Sex Tech: Iran Execution, Reddit Apathy, Microsoft Gay Marriage, Amazon Plagiarism

Sex Tech: Iran Execution, Reddit Apathy, Microsoft Gay Marriage, Amazon Plagiarism

Summary: Iran to execute alleged porn programmer, Reddit's SOPA porn apathy, Microsoft wants gay marriage, erotic book plagiarism at Amazon.

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The intersection of tech and sex proves both fascinating and terrifying this week.

In Iran, a programmer that has been held for over a year on pornography charges has been sentenced to death, the new king of porn is a techhie, Microsoft makes a statement to legalize gay marriage, sexy apps have been found in Apple's app store and Reddit's attempt to stage a SOPA/PIPA porn protest fails.

Iran set to execute "porn" programmer

Iran’s supreme court has upheld the death sentence for a web programmer who faces imminent execution after being found guilty of developing and promoting porn websites.

Saeed Malekpour faces imminent execution on basis of confessions he retracted in letter, saying they had been beaten out of him.

Malekpour maintains that he did nothing more than write photo-uploading software, which was (allegedly, according to the Iranian government) subsequently used by a pornographic website.

Iran began an internet crackdown on pornography in 2008, which is when they imprisoned Malekpour - to publicly fight what Iran's government describes, "the campaign launched by western governments to corrupt Iranian youth."

Since the 2008 crackdown, Iran has executed two unnamed others on alleged internet porn charges. Malekpour's Canadian wife tells Guardian UK that he was held secretly for over a year, and no one knew he had been arrested for a long time.

Execution of the web programmer for allegedly "creating pornographic websites" is imminent.

Microsoft appeals to legalize gay marriage

Yes, you read that right: Microsoft Inc. has officially appealed to the state of Washington to legalize gay marriage.

Microsoft has written a short-but-sweet letter to Washington Governor Chris Gregoire and has joined with five other businesses (Vulcan, NIKE, RealNetworks, Group Health Cooperative, and Concur) to support bills that would legalize gay marriage in Washington state, where Microsoft is based.

Microsoft states in its letter that it's hard to hire the best people in the world when the state where it's based discriminates against them.

Porn's new emperor you never heard of

Names like Larry Flynt, Hugh Hefner, Reuben Sturman and Stephen Hirsh conjure up images of porn kings - of days past, at least, with coin-op arcades, the VCR and porno parodies. But who's set to be the kingpin of porn's tech era?

Fabian Thylmann isn’t a familiar name to most people outside the adult entertainment industry. The managing partner of Manwin (Brazzers, Twisty’s, Playboy online, Digital Playground, Wicked Pictures, YouPorn) lacks the glitz of Hugh Hefner, Sturman's mastery of the shell game, the drama of Larry Flynt and the Hollywood appeal of Hirsch.

But he has now become one of the most powerful people in porn over the past two years.

No one really wants a Richard Branson porn site

Mad props for a cheeky headline… Worldwide conglomerate Virgin forgot to register the richardbranson.xxx domain name, and the company wants it back.

Are there any sexy apps in Apple's prissy appstore?

We all know - and thousands of developers found out the hard way one weekend - that Apple doesn’t condone “overtly sexual content” in its 500,000+ iPhone Apps.

However, one search for the term “sex” and Valley Advocate found plenty of tired Cosmo-inspired position guides and boobie pictorials in the App Store.

They weren't very, erm, excited by what they found. Endeavoring to find actual sexy fun in the appstore, they did the tedious work and found us seven apps "for that."

SOPA protest or porn apathy?

When Reddit, Wikipedia, and many other sites decided to turn the lights out from 8 am to 8 pm in support of a free and open internet this week, some Redditors urged porn users to write an email to their favorite sex sites’ administrators, asking porn sites to join the SOPA/PIPA protest.

In fact, sites like Manwin's YouPorn had been encouraging users on every page to learn about SOPA/PIPA, and pushing visitors to take action for months.

But Manwin isn't like the other guys - they're tech focused. And based on Big Porn's history of mass-filesharing-lawsuits against its fans and communicating a deep misunderstanding of the tech-porn user landscape, I think the porn biz would be more on the MPAA and pro-SOPA side.

I did think this Reddit SOPA porn protest - Operation PornOut - was a great idea in spirit, if not in implementation.

Reddit didn’t have much luck. Reddit suggested that it was because the porn sites serve a, “largely politically apathetic userbase.”

Personally, I doubt that very much. I just think that getting adult sites to "go dark" is a whole different conversation.

Virginal Silicon Valley Sperm donor

You may remember Trent Arsenault as the DIY Silicon Valley sperm donor who also happens to be an amateur porn star.

This past week he was on Anderson Cooper’s daytime talk show, where he admitted to being a 36-year-old virgin with more than a dozen kids.

Amazon's erotica section - front lines for plagiarism

Amazon’s erotica section is much like its science fiction section - a place where many indie authors and self-publishers have been able to find large audiences without the creative risk-aversion found through traditional publishing.

The erotica section is also where fantasies can run wild - as apparently, can stealing free online work and selling it under a fake name. It has become a hotbed of pseudonymous "authors" profiting from copyright infringement.

Amazon doesn’t appear too eager to stop the nonconsensual violations.

Accurate sex information - yes, it's online

The bad news has always been that when young people need sex answers, they don't get safe or accurate information - and sometimes the information is critical for making crucial, appropriate live-changing decisions.

The good news is that the internet is helping more than anyone previously thought.

When young people were asked the number one way they learn about sex, their response was — you guessed it — Google.

While they shouldn’t take the place of conversations, and heart-to-hearts about your values, these resources can augment the sexuality education of your teens.

Image by Drew Coffman used under Creative Commons license 2.0.

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  • Re Microsoft

    "[i]Microsoft states in its letter that it???s hard to hire the best people in the world when the state where it???s based discriminates against them.[/i]"

    So why is Microsoft advocating discrimination against bi's? After all, since they're neither straight nor gay, why should they be forced to decide between marrying one person of the opposite gender or one person of the same gender? Isn't it a violation of their "rights"? If "they didn't choose to be that way" why should they have to choose between a straight or gay marriage if they're neither?
    Rick_R
    • RE: Sex Tech: Iran Execution, Reddit Apathy, Microsoft Gay Marriage, Amazon Plagiarism

      @Rick_R
      As a legally married bisexual, you are so out to lunch. I am sick of hearing/seeing this kind of lies and FUD about bisexuals.

      "Bisexual" does not mean "polygamous" or "polyamourous". It means, "I care more about the content of my partner's character than about what s/he has between hir legs."

      One can still be monogamous and bisexual. Most bisexuals are. And just because they married someone of the same/different sex, doesn't change that. Happily married straight men still look at women. Happily married straight women still look at men. Happily married gay men still look at other men. Happily married lesbian women still look at other women. Happily married bisexuals still look at both. Just because we're married, doesn't mean we don't look, doesn't mean the attraction isn't there. It just means we're happily married and no matter how good the other looks, we'll stick with what we have. As one happily married man told his wife decades ago when she complained, about his looking at other women "I'm married, not dead".
      mheartwood
    • RE: Sex Tech: Iran Execution, Reddit Apathy, Microsoft Gay Marriage, Amazon Plagiarism

      @Rick_R
      As a legally married bisexual, you are so out to lunch. I am sick of hearing/seeing this kind of lies and FUD about bisexuals.

      "Bisexual" does not mean "polygamous" or "polyamourous". It means, "I care more about the content of my partner's character than about what s/he has between hir legs."

      One can still be monogamous and bisexual. Most bisexuals are. And just because they married someone of the same/different sex, doesn't change that. Happily married straight men still look at women. Happily married straight women still look at men. Happily married gay men still look at other men. Happily married lesbian women still look at other women. Happily married bisexuals still look at both. Just because we're married, doesn't mean we don't look, doesn't mean the attraction isn't there. It just means we're happily married and no matter how good the other looks, we'll stick with what we have. As one happily married man told his wife decades ago when she complained, about his looking at other women "I'm married, not dead".
      mheartwood
  • M$ promotes abominations against God and nature

    this is the final nail in their coffin. American people won't stand for sodomists and perverts like M$.
    LlNUX Geek
    • RE: Sex Tech: Iran Execution, Reddit Apathy, Microsoft Gay Marriage, Amazon Plagiarism

      @Linux Guru Advocate +1
      Unfortunately, there is now an established media system that considers pro-gay or whatever a standard of some sort.
      JOB83
    • RE: Sex Tech: Iran Execution, Reddit Apathy, Microsoft Gay Marriage, Amazon Plagiarism

      @Linux Guru Advocate
      For your information... anyone who has sex out of a God sanctioned wedlock is sinning.

      A guy and girl who aren't married and having sex is just as bad as 2 of the same sex... I get tired of all the hypocritical crap thrown against homosexuals. God loves everyone, but we are ALL sinners, even you... like Jesus said... "He who is without sin, throw the first stone..."

      Christianity is about sharing with people, and letting them decide, it is NOT about forcing what is right on people... its never about force, just as Jesus doesn't force himself on anyone... He gives you the choice. If the majority of the people in the nation want gay marriage let them have it... it wouldn't be the first wrong thing that the majority wants... but we do not need to force religious views on other people, because that does the opposite of what we are tying to do.. it pushes people away.
      doh123
    • RE: Sex Tech: Iran Execution, Reddit Apathy, Microsoft Gay Marriage, Amazon Plagiarism

      @Linux Guru Advocate Just fell off that turnip truck, did you? Who anointed you the spokesman for the American people? The "sky-friend" you probably pray to for the the destruction and death of people who don't believe as you do? Ordinarily, I'd tell you to get a life, but I really don't think you can. So, consider the alternative.
      thetwonkey
      • RE: Sex Tech: Iran Execution, Reddit Apathy, Microsoft Gay Marriage, Amazon Plagiarism

        @thetwonkey

        Who anointed you his judge and jury? I don't like the freetard but he does have free will to speak his mind.
        Stan57
  • RE: Sex Tech: Iran Execution, Reddit Apathy, Microsoft Gay Marriage, Amazon Plagiarism

    If Microsoft is okay with Gay Marriage, then I'm okay with it. There is no need to be small minded about things. Gay, Bi, straight, sexual preference is not important. As long as you support progressive companies, like Microsoft, and the Democratic Party, you're good in my book.
    Stephen-B
  • RE: Sex Tech: Iran Execution, Reddit Apathy, Microsoft Gay Marriage, Amazon Plagiarism

    But you all don't understands, the merciful Lord, has said that we can only marry different sexes. Any thing else is against the word of a forgiving God. He has commanded us to obey his commandments or our loving Creator will smite us. Everlasting damnation and suffering is the fate of all those that turn from the omniscient benevolence of The Almighty's way.
    So different sexes of the world get married and live in holy peace.
    Agnostic_OS
    • RE: Sex Tech: Iran Execution, Reddit Apathy, Microsoft Gay Marriage, Amazon Plagiarism

      @Agnostic_OS
      actually, if you love the Lord with all your heart, mind and soul... and accept his free gift of eternal life, your sins are forgiven... being saved isn't about what acts you do to try to deserve it here, because no one will ever be good enough to deserve it. Now if you actually love Him, you will try to do what he wants, but everyone is still a sinner, even after being saved, and not perfect... and still sins.
      doh123
  • RE: Sex Tech: Microsoft Gay Marriage

    As a woman who is happily married in a same sex marriage, and as an embedded systems level software developer with device driver, network, and operating system experience, I REFUSE to take any job in any country that will not recognize my spouse as my spouse. As a result, I have turned down many a well paying job in the U.S. The State of Washington is not enough. MS needs to send its message to the President. If states want to opt-out and be seen as backwards corners of the world, that should be their choice, but at the national level, this discrimination hurts the U.S.
    mheartwood
    • RE: Sex Tech: Iran Execution, Reddit Apathy, Microsoft Gay Marriage, Amazon Plagiarism

      @mheartwood you tell em! Microsoft is one of the most forward thinking companies ever. Microsoft will e the company that legitimizes Gay Marriage, as they are the only company that has the people's best interest at heart.Name another company that cares this much about their employees? You can't, because they don't exist.

      Once Obama wins by a landslide, and they reduce the number of Repukes in the Senate, and Congress. The US Government will come around, granting Gay, and Lesbians all the same rights (if not more) than those ignorant straight people. Steve Ballmer knows that not ignoring people due to sexual preference is the best policy. Microsoft will be the champion of the Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual groups from here till they gain equality.
      Stephen-B