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Microsoft gets revenge, Twitch wounds Flash, YouTube fixes vertical videos, YouTube adds archive footage, Hollywood films emoji, and Neil deGrasse Tyson explains everything.

Microsoft Helps Revenge Porn Victims

Microsoft is taking a stand against revenge porn, promising to remove and/or hide inappropriate content when a victim requests action. The company has opened a dedicated support ticket for people to request the removal of “a nude or sexually explicit photo or video of you that’s been shared without your consent”.

Once a report has been filed and verified, Microsoft will a) “remove links to photos and videos from search results in Bing,” and b) “remove access to the content itself when shared on OneDrive or Xbox Live”. It’s not a perfect solution, but it could help prevent a victim’s life from being destroyed by a vengeful ex.

This move from Microsoft comes just a month after Google made a similar pledge Google Bans Revenge Porn, Uber Bans Guns, Etsy Bans Spells, & More... [Tech News Digest] Google Bans Revenge Porn, Uber Bans Guns, Etsy Bans Spells, & More... [Tech News Digest] Technology companies go on a banning spree, Apple changes policy because of Taylor Swift, Amazon updates its customer reviews algorithm, and the life and death of an Apple iPhone. Read More . These two tech giants should, between them, be able to help alleviate the problem of revenge porn 20 Years In Prison For Revenge Porn; Here's What That Is And Why It's A Crime 20 Years In Prison For Revenge Porn; Here's What That Is And Why It's A Crime Revenge porn is very real, it destroys lives, and finally the law is starting to recognize it as a crime. Read More . However, ultimately, the people uploading these images and videos need to desist. Which is a much tougher problem to solve.

Twitch Switches From Flash to HTML5

Twitch is ditching Flash in favor of HTML5, following in the footsteps of YouTube and others in trying to remove the proprietary Adobe platform from the equation. This comes just a week after MakeUseOf, as well as many other websites and companies, asked Adobe to kill Flash off Adobe Flash Must Die, Apple Suffers From Staingate, & More... [Tech News Digest] Adobe Flash Must Die, Apple Suffers From Staingate, & More... [Tech News Digest] Facebook bashes Flash, Apple scrubs those stains, Walmart launches Black Friday 2, Nintendo suffers a real loss, Spotify maps the world, and R5-D4 ends it all. Read More so that we can all move onto something bigger and better. Namely, HTML5.

Twitch is making the transition slowly, starting with the controls of its video player on the Web. The controls will now be a combination of HTML5 and Javascript, with the move heralded as “an important step to releasing the much-anticipated full HTML5 player”. It may take Twitch a while to complete the move from Flash to HTML5, but the future beckons.

YouTube Cures Vertical Video Syndrome

YouTube is updating its mobile app to help rid the world of the scourge that is vertical video syndrome The Scourge Of Vertical Video Syndrome [Weird & Wonderful Web] The Scourge Of Vertical Video Syndrome [Weird & Wonderful Web] Vertical Video Syndrome may just be a catchy name which we can use to classify some videos and the people responsible for them, but the issue is real. Do you suffer from this digital ailment? Read More . Version 10.28 of the YouTube app fixes the problem by playing vertical videos vertically, thus removing those nasty black borders. Unfortunately, this is currently only available on Android, and not yet available on Google Play. Hence the need to use APK Mirror.

For those not aware of the issue, while shooting videos on a smartphone in portrait mode feels natural, the end result is footage that doesn’t play nicely with sites such as YouTube. More importantly, vertical videos don’t play nicely with human eyes, which are positioned horizontally rather than vertically. Take the hint, bozos.

Archive News Videos Added to YouTube

A total of 550,000 historical news clips have been added to YouTube by the Associated Press and British Movietone. The venerable news organizations have both uploaded their entire archives to the Google-owned site, allowing the public to view the videos at will for the first time ever.

In total, the AP and Movietone videos add up to an astonishing 1 million minutes of archive footage. All of the major events from the 20th century are there, as well as less serious subject matters such as an early cat video from 1955 as found by The Verge. Take note, Internet, cats have always been cute The Funniest Cat Tumblrs For Feline Fanatics [Weird & Wonderful Web] The Funniest Cat Tumblrs For Feline Fanatics [Weird & Wonderful Web] Cats now own the Internet. And if you want to survive the upcoming catastrophe, you'd best be friends with the feline frenemies. Read More .

Hollywood Is Making an Emoji Movie

Sony Pictures is making an emoji movie. According to Deadline Hollywood, the animation arm of the studio has secured the rights to make a movie based on the animated emoticons. Three studios fought for the rights, which means Sony paid top dollar to win out.

No details on the plot have yet been released, so it isn’t known what form the emoji movie will take. We just hope the Pile of Poo emoji isn’t cast as some kind of hero… it’s still a pile of poo at the end of the day, after all.

Emoji have grown in popularity Can Emoji Transcend Language Boundaries? Can Emoji Transcend Language Boundaries? Will the connected age help us move beyond language as we know it? Some people think that emoji could revolutionize how we communicate. Let's take a look. Read More over the past few years thanks to their use in digital communications, but being popular doesn’t necessarily equate to a successful movie franchise. See the 1993 Super Mario Bros. movie for proof.

Everything Explained In Under 8 Minutes

And finally, there are a lot of things you can do in eight minutes, but none of them will be as enlightening as watching this video. That’s because this video shows everyone’s favorite astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson explain everything. Or at least everything that matters. Like matter.

Nothing I say here can possibly compete with deGrasse Tyson’s words of wisdom, so I’ll shut up. Instead, like you, I’ll just watch the video before spending the rest of the day trying to get my head around the details included within it. [H/T Fast Company]

Your Views on Today’s Tech News

What should be done about revenge porn? Do you support Twitch switching from Flash to HTML5? Do you ever shoot videos in portrait mode? Do you have any interest in an emoji movie?

Let us know your thoughts on the Tech News of the day by posting to the comments section below. Because a healthy discussion is always welcome.

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  1. red_green_esq
    July 24, 2015 at 9:44 pm

    The simplest thing is dont let anyone take compromisimg pictures! Duh!!

  2. fcd76218
    July 23, 2015 at 12:27 pm

    "ultimately, the people uploading these images and videos need to desist."
    Ultimately, the people uploading these images and videos need to be persecuted and prosecuted.

    • Dave Parrack
      July 23, 2015 at 1:23 pm

      Prevention is surely the best solution. Prosecuting people after the fact means those images and videos are still out there ruining people's lives. Educating people as to the consequences would be more helpful.

      • fcd76218
        July 24, 2015 at 12:26 am

        "Educating people as to the consequences would be more helpful."
        Yes, it would be. IF it worked.

        If behavior modification (education) worked, there would be no recidivism.

        My bad, the Communist "re-education" camps were successful but they did destroy the personality.

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