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Thumbs-Up Emoji Costs Farmer $61K
Thumbs-Up Emoji
Costs Farmer $61K

Thumbs-Up Emoji Costs Farmer $61K

Farmer fined $61K after judge determines emoji constitutes a signature

(Newser) - A Canadian farmer is out more than $61,000 after a judge in Saskatchewan ruled that a thumbs-up emoji he sent a client amounted to a contractual agreement—which the farmer then failed to deliver on. Kent Mickleborough, a grain buyer, first texted in March of 2021 regarding an order...

Late Surge May Make This the 'Emoji of the Year'

Saluting face has become ubiquitous thanks in part to the chaos at Twitter

(Newser) - The year is almost up, but there's a late entrant for "emoji of the year" honors. It's the saluting face emoji that has lately surged in popularity and use, thanks largely to the mass layoffs and firings at Twitter. However, the New York Times notes that it'...

That Emoji Doesn't Always Mean What You Think It Does

Study shows men, women get different emotional impact

(Newser) - Communication is hard. And in fraught or ambiguous situations, or in a context where precision is important, word choice is all important. But what if you aren’t even using words? What does that smiley face even mean? Turns out emoji can mean different things to different people, and the...

The First Debate Is Over. Biden's Trolling Isn't

Joe Biden swaps crying emoji in for Trump's head in online post

(Newser) - If you thought Tuesday night's insult fest in the guise of a presidential debate was over, grab another cup of coffee. The Washington Times reports it was Joe Biden that started things up Wednesday morning, posting a video on Twitter that slightly altered a scene from the debate the...

There's No Emoji That's More 2020 Than This New One

We feel ya, 'face with spiral eyes'

(Newser) - The Verge calls what we've all been going through in 2020 a "psychic assault," and it's a state of mind that seems impossible to express via any existing emoji—until now. CNN Business reports that the Unicode Consortium has just given the green light to a...

We Now Have an Elbow Bump Emoji. There's a Caveat

New entry into emoji world likely won't be made Unicode-official, last long after virus pandemic

(Newser) - It's a new world we've been thrust into in the Age of COVID-19, and that includes the salutations we're now using. Out are handshakes, hugs, and high-fives, while in are elbow bumps, such as the one a health-care exec used to greet President Trump at a news...

Emoji House Causes Angry Faces in Calif. Neighborhood

Owner denies paint job is retaliation for fine

(Newser) - A southern California seaside community is in an uproar after a home was given a new paint job featuring two huge emoji on a bright pink background. Manhattan Beach residents railed against the makeover during a City Council meeting Tuesday night, citing problems with spectators and asserting that it was...

Here Are Apple and Google's New, More Inclusive Emojis

Updates to skin tone and gender, plus a lot more

(Newser) - Apple and Google are rolling out dozens of new emojis that include cute critters, of course, but also expand the number of images of human diversity, the AP reports. Apple Inc. is releasing new variants of its holding hands emoji that allow people to pick any combination of skin tone...

Coming This Spring: a Big Move to Smash Period 'Stigma'

Menstruation emoji will be represented by a single drop of blood

(Newser) - Due to a long-running push , you'll soon be able to throw the subject of menstruation into your online interactions, thanks to a new emoji that the Unicode Consortium is releasing this spring, per Mashable . Although everything from a red flashing light and double exclamation point to an erupting volcano...

Fear Not, Outraged Maine: The Lobster Emoji Is Getting Fixed

Image will add 2 more legs to be anatomically correct

(Newser) - After an outcry, the organization that controls the release of emojis has added two more legs to the forthcoming lobster emoji to make it correct. The Portland Press Herald reports that soon after the Unicode Consortium released proposed images of 157 new emojis, Maine residents took umbrage at the lobster...

Expert Linguists Wage War on Anthropomorphic Poo

Inside the great emoji debate of our time

(Newser) - Andrew West and Michael Everson are two of the top language encoders in the world, experienced linguists—and definitive proof that it's impossible to not sound silly while discussing poo. "Will we have a CRYING PILE OF POO next? PILE OF POO WITH TONGUE STICKING OUT? PILE OF...

Internet Loses It After Chris Brown Comments on Rihanna's Instagram

Most of her fans think he should stay away

(Newser) - Rihanna is in Barbados for Carnival , and on Monday she posted a photo to Instagram of herself sporting blue hair and a bejeweled bikini for the occasion. One of the people who commented on said photo? Chris Brown. The comment, posted from his official Instagram account, was simply the "...

The Emoji Movie : 'A Force of Insidious Evil'
The Emoji Movie: 'A
Force of Insidious Evil'
movie review

The Emoji Movie: 'A Force of Insidious Evil'

The new animated film is getting absolutely destroyed by critics

(Newser) - With a 3% "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes , reviews of The Emoji Movie could have consisted of repeated strings of the vomiting emoji, thumbs-down emoji, and poop emoji. Fortunately for fans of brutal critical drubbings, film critics had to use words (despite the film's position that "words...

This Is the 'Best' Emoji

This Is the
'Best' Emoji

This Is the 'Best' Emoji

Who among us can't relate to the grimace?

(Newser) - "We all feel like gritting our teeth in a straight line sometimes," writes Leah Fessler at Quartz , which is exactly why she has deemed one emoji above all others "the best." The "grimace"—which Emojipedia also lists under the labels of "eek,"...

Texas Politician's Bill Urges Texans Not to Use Wrong Emoji

Lawmaker's legislation doesn't want locals using Chile's flag emoji

(Newser) - The Chilean flag is annoyingly similar to Texas' state flag, but that doesn't mean Lone Star Staters should appropriate Chile's flag emoji when they feel like expressing Texas pride. That's the gist of what one state lawmaker is trying to push through via Texas House Concurrent Resolution...

Twitter Blocked From Trump Tech Summit Over an Emoji

The Trump campaign wanted a Crooked Hillary emoji to use during a debate

(Newser) - Call it EmojiGate. Donald Trump summoned some of the biggest names in tech—Amazon, Facebook, Apple, etc.—to Trump Tower for a meeting Wednesday. But one name was conspicuously absent: Twitter, which Politico notes is practically Trump's "de facto press channel." A source tells the Hill...

David Bowie Gets His Own Emoji
David Bowie Gets
His Own Emoji

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...

Among MoMA's New Masterpieces: Emojis
Among MoMA's New
Masterpieces: Emojis

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 "...

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...

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 "...

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