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12 ways porn shaped the internet

How adult content improved the web's infrastructure

11. Nice: 3G Mobile Services


Pocket porn is the new frontier. Just as adult content helped push the propagation of cable and DSL connections, mobile porn will undoubtedly arouse demand for high-speed 3G data services.

Last June, iRoticNet launched a service that lets iPhone 3G users choose from a library of more than 1,000 adult entertainment clips for a flat fee of $10 a month. There are already 'a few hundred' iPhone porn sites available, according to Farley Cahen, a vice president for adult industry trade group AVN Media Network. Juniper Research predicts that the worldwide market for mobile porn will swell from $1.7 billion to $4.6 billion by 2012.

Frieser, who helped launch a relatively tame mobile service built around XXX star Jenna Jameson in 2005, anticipates a sharp rise in wireless porn, especially as smart phones surge in popularity.

"I think we'll see a big spike in interactive services," says Frieser. "Look at the European market, where you can do one-on-one cam chats using your mobile. To say that's not the future for the US market would be foolish."

Is that your mobile phone vibrating or are you just happy to see me?

12. Naughty: Paris Hilton


Be honest. Where would her career be without '1 Night in Paris'? This lurid sex video from 2004 still contains some of her finest work, according to cineastes of the form. And anyone who ever tried to spend quality time watching "The Simple Life" on the boob tube would be hard put to disagree, even without attempting a head-to-head comparison.


When not researching porn (just for the articles, honest), PC World US magazine contributing editor Dan Tynan tends his blogs, Culture Crash and Tynan on Tech.


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