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Emoji. There are just never enough. The little, colorful pictograms were born in Japan in the late 1990s. Though they grew in popularity, for awhile it was impossible for people outside of the country to use the images. They needed a new coding system, one that enabled all kinds of programs to universally read emoji the same way. That’s where the Unicode Consortium stepped in. The non-profit organization created a global standard for coding the characters.

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