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I just received an email ending like this:

是非是非また誘って

How to read the ?
Zero results on Google.

As for the meaning, is it equivalent to ?

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you mean ~ <- this? I'm not sure what you are talking about, but if that's it, then it's like friendly please. よ is more less friendly but still friendly. –  Hikari Iwasaki Jun 25 '11 at 0:18
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is that a little square? –  wallyqs Aug 18 '11 at 15:10
    
@wallyqs: No, no little squares. –  Nicolas Raoul Aug 19 '11 at 1:18
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It's mojibake, not a valid character. Looking at the character code I suppose it's this emoji sent from a mobile phone:

emoji

http://code.iamcal.com/php/emoji/

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oh crap, that php library is awesome. Thanks for the link. –  Jeshii Jun 24 '11 at 16:11
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The character you presented is U+E4FB. According to the Unicode standard, it is in the "private use area", which means a software or hardware vendor can define what the character means on their own system. Such a character has no universally accepted meaning.

Reference: Wikipedia - Mapping of Unicode characters - Private use characters

"The Basic Multilingual Plane includes a PUA in the range from U+E000 to U+F8FF (6,400)."

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How are you guys reading the code points? –  Louis Aug 18 '11 at 21:57
    
@Louis: i.imgur.com/HkcMA.png –  Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams Aug 19 '11 at 3:59
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@Ignacio, ohh, they are empty boxes on my version of Chrome. –  Louis Aug 19 '11 at 4:20
    
If you're a programmer, you can use JavaScript to figure out the code point, i.e. by typing this into the address bar: javascript: "X".charCodeAt(0).toString(16) –  Nayuki Minase Aug 19 '11 at 4:37
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