Bitmoji: the emoji avatar app taking on Apple and Facebook

The co-founder of the most downloaded iOS app of 2017 welcomes competition from big tech

It might not be marked in your diary, but 17 July is World Emoji Day. Why? Because, if you’re on an Apple or Google platform, that’s the date the calendar emoji shows.

To mark the occasion, Apple replaced all of its executive headshots with cartoony “memoji”, a new feature coming in iOS 12 for iPhone X users, which lets them create custom avatars and ping them over to friends and family.

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Artificial intelligence will be net UK jobs creator, finds report

AI and robotics forecast to generate 7.2m jobs, more than will be lost due to automation

Artificial intelligence is set to create more than 7m new UK jobs in healthcare, science and education by 2037, more than making up for the jobs lost in manufacturing and other sectors through automation, according to a report.

A report from PricewaterhouseCoopers argued that AI would create slightly more jobs (7.2m) than it displaced (7m) by boosting economic growth. The firm estimated about 20% of jobs would be automated over the next 20 years and no sector would be unaffected.

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Facebook protects far-right activists even after rule breaches

C4 Dispatches documentary finds moderators left Britain First’s pages alone as ‘they generate a lot of revenue’

Leading far-right activists have received special protection from Facebook, preventing their pages from being deleted even after a pattern of behaviour that would typically result in moderator action being taken.

The process, called “shielded review”, was uncovered by Channel 4 Dispatches, after the documentary series sent an undercover reporter to work as a content moderator in a Dublin-based Facebook contractor.

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Airbnb warned it breaches EU rules over pricing policy

Accommodation service told it needs to be clearer on total cost including fees and charges

Airbnb has been found in breach of EU law and given until the end of the summer to ditch a range of practices, including that of belatedly applying additional fees to the prices it promotes online.

The accommodation service has been accused by the European commission and national regulators of failing its customers and making the mistake of many global digital firms of “forgetting its responsibilities”.

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MacBook Pro keyboard update might fix dust issues, experts reveal

Teardown exposes new silicone skirt around keys that could stop debris from blocking them

Despite Apple stating that new 2018 MacBook Pro keyboards were not designed to alleviate key failures due to dust, a teardown has revealed a new barrier under the keys that could stop them getting clogged up.

Repair specialists iFixit took apart one of the keyboards of the new £1,749-plus laptops to see what had been changed for what Apple calls its new third-generation butterfly mechanism under the keys that is reportedly quieter in operation.

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Is it possible to turn online aggression into a frank debate?

While trolls and idiots are best ignored, there can be value in seeking to genuinely understand those who disagree with us

What is the difference between frank debate, bullying, abuse and a pile-on, and what are the appropriate responses to each?

Let’s start with Mary Beard, who has responded very differently to very different types of online provocation in ways that feel to me to be vaguely instructive. I am a big fan of the Cambridge historian, who for a while there was the poster child for how to deal with online abuse, famously shaming the trolls by trying to connect with them and, in one instance, messaging the teenager who had sent her sexually explicit abuse with kindness and an offer of lunch. Eventually, she reduced him – and others – to pathetic, blubbing balls of apology.

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UK in strong position to be leader in crypto economy, report says

Britain has required resources to be global hub for blockchain technology, analysts say

The UK is well-placed to become a leader in blockchain technologies and the crypto economy, according to a new report.

Britain has all the required resources, as well as industrial and governmental will, to become a global hub for the technology by 2022, according to analysis by the Big Innovation Centre, DAG Global and Deep Knowledge Analytics.

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Elon Musk calls British diver in Thai cave rescue a ‘pedo’ in baseless attack

Accusation directed on Twitter at Vern Unsworth, who called Tesla CEO’s offer of ‘mini-sub’ to help rescuers a ‘PR stunt’

Elon Musk came under fire on Sunday after launching an extraordinary attack on a British diver who helped rescue the boys trapped in a flooded cave in Thailand, baselessly calling him a “pedo” on Twitter and then doubling down.

Related: ‘We don’t know how it worked’: the inside story of the Thai cave rescue

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We’ve got the Guardian masthead blues and we’re overjoyed | Letters Lovelace | Morris Minors | Halal school meals | ‘Gordon Bennett’ | Guardian masthead | Angry seabirds

Behind Theresa May and her cabinet in your photo (Cabinet crisis, 10 July) is a big painting of Countess Ada Lovelace, mathematical genius and probable inventor of the computer. Good to see Lovelace hung in the Cabinet Office and a sign that she is at last being given the recognition that she and other hitherto forgotten women of science deserve.
Deborah van der Beek
Lacock, Wiltshire

• We bought our Morris Minor (Letters, 14 July) in 1970 when we lived in London. It had been repainted in silver Hammerite and then left out in the rain, resulting in what could only be described as an interesting paint finish. It was affectionately known as The Silver Blister.
Alun and Clare Owen
Holme Pierrepont, Nottinghamshire

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Instagram users mistakenly believe new question feature is anonymous

People thought they could make unkind comments with recourse before discovering users could see who was asking what

Instagram’s constant kamikaze launch of new features, in which they desperately try to hold on to their sizeable but fickle user-base by throwing new story modes and face filters at them, installed an interesting new question and answer function this week.

The feature is similar to sites like and the now-defunct Formspring, where users could ask anonymous questions of each other, with the answers made public. Some people used these sites to secretly tell someone they had a crush on them, or ask something they’d be too frightened to say in public, but they also became hotbeds of high school bullying and were blamed for a spate of suicides.

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