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Emoticon creator says emoji are ‘ugly’

The standard, smiley-faced emoticon turns 30 this month, and to celebrate the occasion, The Independent interviewed its creator, Professor Scott Fahlman, of Carnegie Mellon University. Fahlman is credited with creating the common :-) hieroglyphic when he included it in an email on September 19th, 1982, but he never imagined that it would become a universal standard.

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