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Recommended Reading highlights the best long-form writing on technology and more in print and on the web. Some weeks, you'll also find short reviews of books that we think are worth your time. We hope you enjoy the read. @War: The Rise of the Military-Internet Complex by Shane Harris The NSA's

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Okay, people, you know emojis are a big deal -- so big, in fact, that there's a social network composed entirely of these virtual characters. And even though it isn't too hard to come across different kinds of emoji on the internet, there are specific guidelines to follow in order for them to be c

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Remember how companies were working with the Unicode Consortium to get more diversity into the emoji characters you use? Well, there's now a clue as to how those more accommodating characters are likely to work. A newly proposed update from Apple and Google would build a skin tone modifier into U

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Now that you can communicate solely in emoji and even track your daily activities that way, it stands to reason that you should get to search the web using those tiny pictures, doesn't it? Microsoft certainly thinks so. Bing's search engine now understands emoji, saving you the (admittedly prett

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Social networks love emoji. And those better-than-real-words icons love social networks right back. Emojli is possibly the next step in that blossoming relationship: a social network with \"no words, no spam, just emoji.\" It hasn't launched yet, but the iOS-bound network already polices a rigorous

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Someone once said that a picture is worth a thousand words, so a smiling, yellow face is probably worth at least 160 characters. If you ever found the current run of emoji a little too stifling, some 250 new ones could be en route to help recreate the rest of your favorite album covers. But don't

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Some folks like to pass the time with a playlist or TV show while getting a treadmill workout in, but for musician Wesley Stace, it was the perfect time to recreate highly-recognizable album covers. Using his emoji library, Stace has since created over 50 such works that range from The Beatles' A

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Are your Twitter friends jumping down your throat for flooding them with emojis? Well, you might want to let off some emoji-filled steam on Yelp instead, because the business directory app now lets users search for establishments with the popular ideograms. Yes, it's just what it sounds like -- on

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There's a good chance that some of your smartphone-toting friends use emoji to express themselves on Twitter -- wouldn't it be nice to see those icons while you're surfing the web? As of today, you can. Twitter has updated its web client to display emoji, giving you all the colorful characters t

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Emojis not giving that missive the right oomph? A Facebook Messenger for Android update has brought stickers into that mix with characters like cats and aliens, lending your chat head conversation just the right dose of nuance. It popped up yesterday as a hidden feature, but now you can download t

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If you haven't updated to iOS 5 by now, let's face it: you never will. It's cool. We get it. Some of us are still using Netscape, too. For the rest of the iOS universe, though, iOS 5 has almost certainly been installed, and now that you've had a few weeks to tinker with it, we're interested in se

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