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Today is World Emoji Day, and the good news is that the digital encapsulations of our world are starting to better reflect the world itself.

What's happening: New icons allow couples of all races and genders to better represent themselves, with dozens of new skin tone and gender combinations. There has also been work to make depictions of various professions more gender inclusive.

  • Other new emoji offer more options to represent various people with disabilities and their lives, including prosthetic limbs, service dogs and electric wheelchairs.
  • Also new to the standard emoji palette: icons for garlic, waffles and otters.

Why it matters: However you feel about emoji, they are here to stay and should better represent our diverse population.

  • Both Apple and Google are using World Emoji Day to show off dozens of new emoji they plan to introduce with the next versions of iOS and Android.

By the numbers: Adobe today released its 2019 survey on emoji usage. Among its findings...

  • The three most used emoji are a grin, heart and kiss, with love, happiness and sadness among the top emotions users aim to express through emoji.
  • More than 90% of emoji users say that among the reasons they do so is to either lighten the mood of a conversation or to show support.
  • Nearly two-thirds of emoji users said they are more comfortable expressing their emotions through emoji than a phone call. That's even more true for Gen Z respondents, of whom 83% prefer sending emoji to picking up the phone.
  • Even at work, survey respondents said emoji make communication more likable, sincere and, surprisingly, credible.

Go deeper: Unicode Consortium approves interracial couple emojis

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Why it matters: This is akin to extortion — the sort of thing you'd expect to hear on a wiretap, not from the White House in front of reporters.

Ford names James Farley as new CEO amid ongoing turnaround effort

James Hackett, left, is retiring as Ford CEO. Jim Farley, right, takes over Oct. 1. Photo: Ford

Ford announced Tuesday that James Farley will take over as its next CEO, replacing James Hackett, 65, who is retiring after three years in the job.

Why it matters: It leaves Farley to complete the company's ongoing turnaround effort. The transition will be that much harder as the industry tries to navigate the coronavirus-induced economic slowdown which shuttered Ford plants for two months on the eve of some of its most important vehicle launches.

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The interview was filmed on Tuesday, July 28 and aired Monday, Aug. 3 on HBO.