Bubble tea is massively popular in communities around the world but an emoji was initially turned down by the Unicode Consortium who approve all new designs.
Something to brighten your Friday - Durham police has pictured its dogs taking time out from the day-to-day grind for World Emoji Day:
By Tom Gerken
BBC News, Washington
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The Smiley Face earns its copyright holder more than £100m a year - but not the man who first came up with it.
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There's an emoji for everything - feelings, food, faces and fun - but which one started it all?
By Joey D'Urso