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»Porn is the Web’s favourite past time. But given the enormity of WWW it has been hard to put a number on how big or how popular online porn is. 

A new book A Billion Wicked Thoughts by two brainy academics Ogi Ogas and Hyderabad-origin Sai Gaddam gets pretty close to doing it. Working with the largest sample size ever used on the subject, one million web sites, they estimate that just 4 per cent of all web sites may deal with porn.  Less than 15 per cent of the Googling masses seek porn online.

The study as reported by Forbes reveals that the supposedly long shadow of porn on WWW is quite short.

It also turns out that porn has shrunk overtime. In the early years of the web, when the male surfers dominated, porn was more popular. But as the web grew and women moved in, demand for ‘porn’ declined and for 'romance’ picked up. It is very hard to estimate the revenue earned by the porn industry. But it appears to be small as most of the porn companies are small-time outfits with less than 10 employees.

The study also ranks the most sought after ethnic groups by patrons of porn. For the international audience, excluding  Americans, Canadians, and British, in decreasing popularity, it is (1) Indian, (2) German, (3) French, (4) Japanese, (5) Russian, (6) Black, (7) Italian, (8) Arab.
Well, here is a distinction we may not like to flaunt.

How not to fire a CEO
»Yahoo’s inelegant firing of its CEO Carol Bartz turned into a public fiasco last week. The feisty 63-year-old shared details of her stormy exit with Fortune.  

On September 7, Bartz was scheduled to call the chairman of Yahoo board, Roy Bostock, at 6 pm. When she did, he started reading from a script prepared by the company’s lawyers. Realising that she was being abruptly packed off, Carl revolted: “…Don't you have the b***s to tell me yourself ?’’

But Bostock, a veteran of many battles, stayed with the script.  Bartz had two hours to decide if she wanted to quit on her own or let the board fire her. She came to know that Yahoo had dispatched lawyers with her papers to St. Regis hotel in New York where was supposed to stay that day. Bartz switched hotel and rushed to her iPad to blast off a mail to Yahoo’s 14,000 employees saying she had just been fired. 

Bartz called the board members ‘doofuses’ and sprinkled the interview with words, which we cannot reproduce in a family newspaper. Rage is a highly exhilarating emotion when you let-go. But Bartz had a ‘non-disparagement clause’ with Yahoo and the interview reportedly cost her a walloping 10 million dollars.