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There are all sorts of other characters you can use too (hearts, stars, skull and crossbone, etc.)
The unicode character set has 256 characters allocated for "Miscellaneous Characters". I guess Google could simply filter that character range or something...
But why? If someone has a title that is in all caps or starts with "*******" or something, is it really Google's job to tell people what characters they can or can't use in their content?
Answer: he's doing it for the latter purpose. The character doesn't even show up on Internet Explorer.
Google doesn't like it when people change their web pages for the sole purpose of doing better in Google. Of course, a lot of things people do, Google can't do anything about. But with regards to the leading triangle, it would be easy enough for Google to filter that out.