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David Bowie Gets His Own Emoji

It's 'among the more unique tributes to Bowie'

(Newser) - Next time ground control wants to get in touch with Major Tom, it can just text an emoji. According to Emojipedia , the new batch of emojis being released with iOS 10.2 will include—along with a face palm, a shrug, crossed fingers, and more—a singer with a lightning... More »

Among MoMA's New Masterpieces: Emojis

Artist palette, clap, smiley face headed to the museum, people

(Newser) - An ear will now hang alongside masterpieces by Van Gogh, Rembrandt, and Monet in New York City. Don't worry, it's not Van Gogh's ear but rather the emoji version. Shigetaka Kurita's original set of 176 emojis created for Japanese cellphone users in 1999—which provided "... More »

Muslim Teen Proposes a First: Headscarf Emojis

Rayouf Alhumedhi, 15, had nothing to represent herself online

(Newser) - When 15-year-old Rayouf Alhumedhi went searching for an emoji to express herself in a group chat room, she came up short. So the Berlin teen chose to create a symbol—the hijab, or headscarf—that has ignited a debate in Europe and beyond about religious freedom, multiculturalism, and women's... More »

Apple: Goodbye Revolver Emoji, Hello Water Gun

Emoji swap part of iOS 10 update that also includes rainbow flag, 'gender diverse' additions

(Newser) - Apple has swapped out an emoji in what the Guardian describes as a reflection of "growing despair in America and worldwide" over gun violence. Starting in September, a neon-green water gun will replace the company's black-and-silver revolver, part of an iPhone and iPad iOS 10 update that "... More »

13 New Emojis Aim to Empower Women

Google team hopes they'll be available this year

(Newser) - Emojis recently became more diverse, but they're still lacking in representing women in the workforce. There's a flamenco dancer, a ballet dancer, and a princess, but that's about it, author Amy Butcher recently wrote in the New York Times . "We are told we are the new... More »

Girl, 12, Charged With a Crime Over Emoji Use

She posted gun, bomb, knife emojis to Instagram

(Newser) - With the increasing popularity of emojis, courts sometimes find themselves in the strange position of having to decide whether a bomb emoji is the same as a bomb threat. Such is the case in Fairfax, Va., where a 12-year-old girl faces criminal charges of computer harassment and threatening her school... More »

Facebook's 'Reactions' Buttons Are Here

Users now have 5 new emotions to choose from other than 'like'

(Newser) - The long-coveted "dislike" button hasn't arrived, but Facebook's newest enhancement may appease those who've been clamoring for more than the ubiquitous thumbs-up icon. There are five new "reactions" buttons joining the like symbol, TechCrunch reports: love, haha, wow, sad, and angry, all accessible when you... More »

The 'Word of the Year' Isn't a Word

But it does mean something very expressive

(Newser) - At least it's not an ancient Egyptian pictogram. While this year's Oxford Dictionaries word of the year is not an actual word, it is a popular image: the "face with tears of joy" emoji, Newsweek reports. "You can see how traditional alphabet scripts have been struggling... More »

Facebook 'Dislike Button' Won't Really Be a Dislike Button

Social network testing out 6 new emoji instead

(Newser) - You know that Facebook "dislike button" you're so excited about? It may not end up being a dislike button at all. As TechCrunch reports, Facebook is actually testing out what it calls "Reactions": six emoji that will join the iconic "Like" thumbs-up button underneath a person'... More »

LOL Is Dead, Haha Reigns

Facebook looks at how we laugh online

(Newser) - A recent New Yorker essay about online laughter prompted Facebook to crunch data on how people actually express a chuckle in the ether. It's probably not a big surprise to find out that LOL is no longer the phrase of choice, but it might be surprising at just how... More »

Rejoice, Lazy Tweeps: Tweet a Pizza Emoji, Get a Pizza

Domino's launches 'tweet-to-order' system

(Newser) - Because ordering a pizza isn't easy enough already, Domino's is launching a new system one week from today that makes it even simpler: Just tweet a pizza emoji to @Dominos and a real-life pizza will magically show up at your door. Of course, as Engadget explains, first you'... More »

Clorox Sorry After Emoji Gaffe

'Where's the bleach?' tweet falls flat

(Newser) - Clorox has apologized for a social media misstep after it sparked outrage by tweeting "where's the bleach" in reference to last week's introduction of new "emoji" cartoons for iPhones that include several faces of people with black and brown skin. The maker of Clorox bleach and... More »

Facebook's 'Fat' Emoji Sparks Angry Movement

Petitions seek to have status-update option removed

(Newser) - Think emoji are innocuous little icons? Then check out the movement spawned by Facebook's "feeling fat" emoji—a smiling face with a double chin that was, at least until recently, on the site's list of available status-update options, ABC News reports. The group Endangered Bodies has launched... More »

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