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Bitcoin: The Next ‘Must-Have’

Bitcoin: The Next ‘Must-Have’
In early 2015, when I started to focus on bringing Coinsnap’s Bitcoin payment solutions to the adult industry, following successful experiences in similar markets, I had to do a lot of explaining. Most people in the adult world that I talked to — despite being online professionals with ... More »

How to Respond to Chargebacks

How to Respond to Chargebacks
Chargebacks are a topic with which we are all familiar. Unfortunately, a bulk of them in our industry can be attributed to “friendly fraud.” Chargebacks can occur for many reasons, but the most common reasons such as “cardholder does not recognize” or “canceling recurr... More »

Fraud Mitigation a Top Priority

Fraud Mitigation a Top Priority
I’ve always had a holistic approach to our business. We all exist in a complicated business ecosystem with a lot of interdependencies that are not always readily apparent. Internet payment service providers (IPSP) are a critical part in the online high-risk adult industry ecosystem, linking ba... More »

Another Attempt to Blame Pornography

Another Attempt to Blame Pornography
And round and round the censorship wheel goes. Utah state Sen. Todd Weiler is just the latest to try and shape the marketplace of ideas to his own superstitious views of morality. Weiler proposed S.C.R. 9, seeking to have pornography declared a public health hazard. The resolution is hilariou... More »

Will Adobe Animate CC Catch On in a Big Way?

Will Adobe Animate CC Catch On in a Big Way?
Anyone who knows me can tell you I’m not one for flashy things. I do appreciate them, however, and was reminded of my affinity for flashy things as I made small talk with Alec Helmy in the valet line after the XBIZ Awards show and admired the nice cars. One pulled up and I thought, “Hm... More »

Changes in Social Media and What You Need to Know

Changes in Social Media and What You Need to Know
February was a big month for updates on social networks. Twitter updated their algorithm and is talking about expanding to 10,000 characters. Twitter added gif search. Facebook added “reactions” to their like function. Part of what keeps social media interesting is that it is always chan... More »

Stop ‘Borrowing’ Website Terms and Legal Disclaimers

Stop ‘Borrowing’ Website Terms and Legal Disclaimers
During the past decade, I have had the honor and privilege of speaking at tradeshows across the U.S. and Canada with some of the brightest entrepreneurs and many respected legal practitioners. I have spoken about various legal and business issues that the adult industry faces on a daily basis and a... More »

Running a Business in a Man’s World

Running a Business in a Man’s World
Recently I was honored by XBIZ as 2016 Businesswoman of the Year. It was a fun evening and a very gratifying moment for me. Getting to this point in my career took dedication and persistence and wouldn’t have been possible without lots of support from both my SegPay team and my family. Women ... More »

The Condom Battle Is Far From Over

The Condom Battle Is Far From Over
On Feb. 18, Cal/OSHA’s Standards Board voted down new regulations for adult film performers. These regulations not only included mandatory condoms, but latex dental dams to protect the mouth and eye protection such as goggles. This was a huge victory for adult performers, and the adult industr... More »

Sexual Healing: Medical Doctors Could Benefit From Sex Education

Sexual Healing: Medical Doctors Could Benefit From Sex Education
Doctors receive very little sex education as part of their professional training. Most commonly, MDs get a day or two (about 10 hours) of sex ed. Even when they are very well versed on the reproduction system (in the case of GYNs) they often won’t be provided information on other issues such a... More »

PROFILES & BIOS

Studio 20 Owner Plants Roots in California

This past summer, live cam brand Studio 20 planted roots in North American with a production facility in Hollywood, Calif. It’s a remarkable studio that houses 14 sets where glamour cam models provide... More »

Clean Light Labs President Carrie Martz Discusses Uvee Sanitizing System

Clean Light Laboratories has come up with a UVC light system, the Uvee, designed to kill up to 99 percent of infection-causing germs, and scientifically tested by a master biochemist. Carrie Martz, who... More »

WIA Profile: Samantha Brown

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... More »
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