Panasonic 3D TV

After only a week of being available, Panasonic has completely sold out of it’s new 3D Televisions. reports the Panasonic became the first to offer 3D sets in the U.S. with the March 10 release of its 50-inch full high-definition plasma TV that came with a pair of glasses and a 3-D Blu-ray player, retailing at $2,899.99.

Hustler recently unveiled plans to produce “This Ain’t Avatar XXX” parody in 3D, which is set to street in the summer. Rob Smith, Hustler’s Director of Operations, is happy with Panasonic and looking forward to the other television manufacturers’ success in 3D technology as well.

“Hustler is very excited by the success of Panasonic with its first run of 3D televisions,” Smith said. “We also look forward to JVC, Phillips, and others doing well in the market. I feel that the groundwork for 3D in the home is already being laid by the mainstream film industry. With all the great feature films coming out in 3D people are going to want that technology in the home and after spending money on that new 3D TV, why not watch your porn that way? What you gain from 3D, the depth and the heightened realism, has its greatest impact in adult content. 3D is perfect for porn and vice versa.”

There has been some curiosity surrounding Hustler’s plans for more 3D titles. The major porn giant has not made any plans to create more 3D porn, but it’s not due to production difficulty.

“I don’t see it being an impediment,” he said. “At the moment it’s unfamiliar territory and it requires planning, forethought, and testing. Like all new production technology it will quickly become just the norm.

“My only concern with 3D in the home is competing 3D methods and players. The home viewing market, whether DVD, broadcast, or streaming content won’t be able to support a handful of delivery formats. We need a 3D standard for Blu-ray and broadcast to emerge.”

The 3D Media watch continues. Will it take the consumer tech world by storm, or will it fizzle out like beta-max? Stay tuned, I’ll keep you updated.


Google Stops Censoring in China

Google and China continue to duke it out over web freedom.

Google may decide to close all operations in China if an agreement cannot be reached concerning China’s regulation of search results. Closing would greatly affect Google’s partners in China; who would then have to either find a different search partner to power their tools or filter search results themselves in order to comply with China’s regulations.

Although this has been brought about by Google refusing to censor it’s search results in China, the decision has been applauded. At a March 2 hearing on Internet freedom in Washington, D.C., assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) praised Google for its decision.

Google CEO Eric Schmidt is confident a solution will be found.

ICANN Debates .xxx

ICANN has deferred a decision for at least 70 days on whether to create the “.xxx” domain name as an online red-light district.

The board of ICANN – the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers – has given its chief executive and chief lawyer two weeks to recommend options for the agency to handle the controversial issue. ICANN, which was meeting in Kenya, oversees the allocation of Internet addresses globally.

The .xxx domain campaign has seen three strikes already from ICANN. If denied again after the 70 day layover, this would be the fourth. “.xxx” is a proposed top-level domain (TLD) intended as a voluntary option for sexually explicit sites on the Internet. The name is inspired by the former MPAA and BBFC “X” rating, now commonly applied to pornographic movies as “XXX”. ICANN announced in June 1, 2005 that .xxx would become a sponsored top-level domain similar to .aero, .travel, etc. but it was never implemented. On May 10, 2006, ICANN reversed its decision, and on March 30, 2007, ICANN rejected the .xxx proposal a third time.

Child Porn Computer Virus

A story recently surfaced saying malware could plant child porn on innocent people’s computers without their knowledge. Just how real is this threat? And how can you keep it from happening to you?

Being accused of possessing child pornography can ruin people’s reputations, confront them with overwhelming legal bills and, if convicted, deprive them of their freedom for years if sentenced to prison time, and perhaps for life, if they’re required to register as sex offenders.

That is why, at least in part, a recent case outlined by the Associated Press raised concerns over computer viruses being used to plant child pornography on people’s computers. But the innocent have little to fear, according to experts.

The AP story reported about the case of Michael Fiola, a former Massachusetts state employee whose state-owned work computer was found to contain illegal child pornography images. He was fired and charged with possession of child pornography which, had he been convicted, could have landed him in prison for up to five years, according to the AP.

Sexually explicit images of children – who are often being exploited – are not protected by the First Amendment because they may memorialize, celebrate, or encourage sexual crimes against children deemed defenseless victims. Although Fiola avoided a child porn conviction, he reportedly has suffered related indignities, including death threats and friend abandonment. The AP said he and his wife liquidated their savings and spent $250,000 on legal fees. Read the rest of this entry »