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Sad poop emoji gets flushed after row

Plans to introduce a “frowning pile of poo” emoji have been flushed from the latest proposals by the group in charge of creating the symbols. The symbol was floated as one of many to be introduced in 2018, but it angered typographers who said it was “embarrassing” to the group. The Unicode Consortium pushes out a central list of emoji so that they show up properly on different devices. It said changes to the “pile of poo” emoji had not been totally dumped. While the Unicode Consortium curates the standard…

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On the Runway: Trump’s Official Portrait Resembles a Smiley Emoji

Vanessa Friedman ON THE RUNWAY It was an irony lost perhaps only on the White House that, almost nine months after he entered office, President Trump’s official photographic portrait was finally released … on Halloween. After all, it presented a very different image of the president than had most of his previous snaps. It is unlike the portrait that had often been used in the past few months on Mr. Trump’s Twitter profile, showing the president with a fearsome “You’re fired!” look on his face, and unlike the one on…

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The Emoji Movie gets thumbs down from critics

The reviews are in – and it’s not looking great for The Emoji Movie, despite it starring the likes of James Corden and Patrick Stewart. Film review website Rotten Tomatoes, which collates reviews, currently has the movie on a 0% rating. Which means not one of the 23 critics whose reviews are on the site so far have given the film the thumbs up. The film invites viewers inside a smartphone, where an emoji called Gene has a glitch which allows him to use expressions other than his “meh” face….

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Digital Artist Yung Jake Scores With Emoji Portraits

They flow ceaselessly through the text panels on our smartphones, these ubiquitous ideograms used to convey facts or feelings or perhaps nothing at all. They have come to infiltrate both our memes and our dreams. They appeared on Nippon Telegraph and Telephone mobile devices in the ’90s, went global when Apple made them standard on iPhones and have become so universal that Sony has turned them into an animated movie. And now emoji, it seems, are a medium for fine art. That is how the Los Angeles creator Yung Jake…

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