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February 7, 2018

An exciting new catch is coming soon to your smartphone. The Unicode Consortium announced Wednesday that it will add more than 150 new emojis to its database, and after a campaign from Maine Sen. Angus King (I) — as well as an online petition that received over 5,000 signatures — the lobster will at long last join its crustacean companion, the crab, in emoji form.

Upon hearing of the victory, King tweeted that it was "great news for Maine" and thanked the Unicode Consortium for recognizing "this critical crustacean" for its influence "across the country."

The Unicode Consortium also released a mock-up of the lobster emoji, and while its exact look is subject to change until it makes its debut in June, the forthcoming critter looks positively delicious. Among other emojis to be included in the new set are a mango, a strand of DNA, and a roll of toilet paper. View the full list here, or watch a video of all the previews below. Shivani Ishwar

January 11, 2018

With the help of a poop emoji topped with a swoop of orangish hair, we now know where the New York Daily News stands on President Trump's "shithole" comments.

The paper wasted no time reacting to Trump calling Haiti, El Salvador, and African countries "shitholes" on Thursday afternoon, posting Friday's front page on Twitter just an hour after the news broke; the headline is "S--t For Brains." Cue Trump Twitter meltdown in 3, 2, 1... Catherine Garcia

August 2, 2015

Russian Sen. Mikhail Marchenko has had it with emoji depicting same-sex relationships. He alleged the same-sex parenting and kissing emoji violate Russia's 2013 law against gay propaganda, according to translations of a Russian newspaper report from Quartz and BBC News.

Mikhail reportedly said the emoji "promoted non-traditional sexual relationships" and "denied family values." His complaint prompted a state media investigation into the emoji that could lead to them being banned from social media in Russia. Pro-gay emoji have been available on iPhones since 2012.

The Russian law allows for blocking pro-gay websites and fining individuals and businesses that publicly support gay rights. Julie Kliegman

April 8, 2015

No, the problem-in-question is not that the new package left out the highly-anticipated middle finger emoji. (But really — why, Apple? Why can't you give this to us?).

Emoji users have long advocated for a more racially-inclusive package, which they finally got today in the new iOS 8.3 beta update. Unfortunately though, users who don't have the updated iOS can't see the new emojis properly. When someone with the update sends, let's say, a black nose, to someone without it, the receiving user sees a white nose and a little alien box, which is obviously problematic and offensive.

It's unlikely Apple meant any harm by this, especially when they were trying to correct the problem, but it certainly seems like a controversy that could have been avoided.

Perhaps this is why they declined to make the middle finger emoji. Stephanie Talmadge

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