v. To cause to disappear; to prevent someone or something from communicating or being communicated.
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However, industry analysts have pointed out that economic factors constitute the more compelling reasons that delay 3G. In the midst of the 3G auction mania raging at the turn of the millennium, many operators in forerunning countries found themselves black-holed in the mega-buck bidding.
—Jeff Ooi, “Going, going, gone!,” Malaysian Business, May 01, 2002
1996 (earliest)
A few weeks back, the Associated Press reported that, contrary to all the hullabaloo over the burning of black churches, there was no evidence of any spate of arson fires that were racially motivated. How many newspapers picked up this story? Fewer than 10, according to the New York Post's media critic. The Orange County Register, by the way, was one of the papers that ran the AP piece.

The Los Angeles Times wasn't.

You guessed it: It was from talk radio — Ray Briem's afternoon program on KIEV — that I first learned of this black-holing of the AP article that debunked the epidemic of church burnings.
—Harold Johnson, “Dream team: Putnam, Elder, Prager,” The Orange County Register, July 29, 1996
Being "black holed" is a growing problem for ISPs unfortunate enough to host aggressive spammers, Geller said. In such cases, ISPs block all e-mail bearing the ISP name after the @ sign shared by a notorious spammer, blocking the vast majority of legitimate e-mails from that ISP.
—Patrick Ross, Independent ISPs Wary of Financial, Legal Burdens of Privacy, Washington Internet Daily, October 12, 2001
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