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Country Snapshot: Jamaica

Country Snapshot: Jamaica
The first thing that struck me about Jamaica when my wife and I decided to celebrate the millennium there was the number of people that owned a cell phone — and this was nearly a decade ago. Despite living in what most of us would deem to be abject poverty, a mobile device was and is a "must ha... More »

The Gay Fringe

The Gay Fringe
In an industry of ever-shifting interests, it is sometimes difficult to come up with alternatives to the norm. Particularly since "the norm" itself is in a constant state of flux. In the 1980s, gay adult entertainment was shaped by the pretty-boy California surfer-types, thanks in large part to d... More »

Using PageFlakes

Using PageFlakes
Looking for a simplified personal start page alternative to My Yahoo! or iGoogle? You might consider the Ajax-based PageFlakes.com, an entity launched in 2005 and which has been steadily growing in users and popularity in the years since then. When users sign up for PageFlakes.com, the site autom... More »

Thexis Hits Gay Target Market

Thexis Hits Gay Target Market
When one thinks of fetish videos, an image often comes to mind of a large, hairy men engaging in rough hardcore sex. Not necessarily, says Thexis LLC. Based in Scottsdale, Ariz., Thexis LLC puts its focus on the younger men in the industry: pretty boys in the 18-23 category who just happen to ... More »

BDSM Shakes Up Vanilla Porn

BDSM Shakes Up Vanilla Porn
There was a time when bondage and sadomasochism were practically unheard of in vanilla erotica. Back in the 1970s and 1980s, BDSM was seldom discussed in Penthouse, Playboy or Oui — and standard adult films stuck to what BDSM players refer to as "vanilla sex" (that is, heterosexual or gay sex that... More »

The Sound and Fury

The Sound and Fury
The debate pitting social responsibility against commercial viability vis-à-vis sexually explicit content seems never louder than when someone tosses a mention of so-called "extreme" content into the middle of it. While it's not exactly a hot-button issue in the adult-entertainment industry, the "e... More »

Tube Life

Tube Life
This time it was Twistys turn to publicize their position with regard to Tube sites. Shap did the dirty work and expressed his company's stance very articulately on GFY. Still, as expected, he was immediately set upon by the mob as if he'd just announced the opening of a child porn brokerage. Others... More »

WIA Profile: Diane Duke

WIA Profile: Diane Duke
Each month, industry news media organization XBIZ spotlights the career accomplishments and outstanding contributions of Women in Adult. WIA profiles offer an intimate look at the professional lives of the industry's most influential female executives. What did you do for a living prior to coming... More »

Combating Piracy

Combating Piracy
Recently, XBIZ World Magazine asked several industry players "Which do you think will be most effective in combating content piracy — taking legal action against pirates, a technological solution, or some combination of both?" Here's what they had to say: Who steals content in the first pl... More »

Channel 69 Video

Channel 69 Video
Ami Ben really knows his customers. And they know exactly what to expect of the niche products that Ben's Channel 69 Video produces. "They all know my company has the best specialty products," Ben says. "If they want the best of the niches, they come to me. Once I get that kind of customer, they'... More »

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