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Microsoft to Replace ‘Pistol’ Emoji After Google And Facebook

After Google and Facebook, Microsoft to replace 'pistol' emoji

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After Google and Facebook replaced the ‘pistol’ emoji with a ‘water gun’ emoji, Microsoft on Thursday tweeted that it is planning to do the same.

“We are in the process of evolving our emojis to reflect our values and the feedback we’ve received,” Microsoft tweeted alongside a “water gun” emoji.

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The office building of Microsoft. Pixabay

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In a bid to fight the prevailing gun culture, WhatsApp, Samsung and Twitter replaced the ‘pistol emoji’ following Apple which launched a “water gun” emoji in its “iOS 10” update.

However, it is not yet clear exactly when Microsoft will implement this change in Windows 10.  IANS

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Google Sends Email to Employees Asking Them to Delete China Search Engine Memo

The China search engine would link users' search history to their personal phone numbers, according to the memo

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In its bid to suppress a memo revealing information about a plan to launch a censored search engine in China, Google has sent an email to employees asking them to delete the sensitive document, The Intercept reported.

Authored by a Google engineer familiar with the project, the memo disclosed that the search system would require users in China to log in to perform searches.

Codenamed Dragonfly, the search engine would track the location of users and share the data with a Chinese partner who would have “unilateral access” to the data, said the report on Friday, citing the memo.

The news about Google’s plan to build a censored search engine in China broke in August when The Intercept reported that the search platform would blacklist “sensitive queries” about topics including politics, free speech, democracy, human rights and peaceful protest, triggering internal protests among some Google employees.

Two weeks after that report, Google CEO Sundar Pichai told the company’s employees that the China plan was in its “early stages” and “exploratory”.

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai. (Wikimedia Commons)

A group of Google employees who were organising internal protests over the censored search system got access to the memo detailing information about the project.

The Google leadership, according to the The Intercept report, were furious when they discovered that the memo was being passed among employees who were not supposed to know about about the Dragonfly project.

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The China search engine would link users’ search history to their personal phone numbers, according to the memo.

This means if security agencies were to obtain the search records from Google, individual people could easily be tracked and users seeking out information banned by the government could potentially be at risk of interrogation or detention. (IANS)

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