Ballet flat considered for next emoji release

A blue ballet flat is being considered for Emoji 6.0. (LilaMax Media)

Emoji creators have prided themselves on diversity, but three of four emoji for shoes for women have a heel. The sensible shoe supporters want a blue ballet flat. They've got a design made and it's one of the finalists for Emoji 6.0. Next week, the Unicode Consortium, keeper of all things emoji, will vote on it.

A T-Mobile-Sprint merger may be imminent. The two companies have decided this week to forego the investor question-and-answer sessions that typically take place after the carriers release their quarterly earnings. An analyst tells USA Today that this a sign the merger could be announced soon, maybe as soon as this week.

Volkswagen won approval from regulators for its fix on diesel cars. These are the cars that were rigged to fool emissions tests. The fixes help VW avoid the cost of buying back all those cars. The approvals cover 2013-2016 Volkswagen Touareg and Porsche Cayenne SUVs, and 2013-2015 Audi Q7 SUVs. Some of the vehicles will receive updated software while others will also have their hardware modified.

Target's holiday plans including fewer special sales and everyday low prices. Target also says its customers have told them they are tired of "Christmas Creep" -- the notion that Christmas displays are earlier every year. It says it will wait until after Thanksgiving to run Christmas ads.

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