Boneface’s art turns your childhood into a brutal, bloody mess

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Liverpool artist Boneface grew up absorbing 1990s pop culture like video games and comics, and in a lot of ways, little has changed since then. “I used to draw superheroes and video game characters and monsters and crap back then,” he says. “I just get paid to do it now.”

His vibrant, violent illustrations include everything from beaten down superheroes to badass bikers that look ripped out of the best anime never made. Many of his pieces feature original creations, but he also tackles…

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Slack is now the fastest-growing workplace software ever

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Slack has become a big enough deal that it almost makes you care about enterprise software. The company, which integrates a kind of sophisticated group chat with dozens of other software services that your company may already use, has spread like wildfire in the corporate world. Before February, no one had ever heard of Slack; seemingly overnight, it was being used in every business in tech.

Investors have noticed. Today Slack, which launched less than nine months ago, is announcing that it has raised $120 million, valuing it at $1.12 billion. It had previously raised $60 million. Some of Silicon Valley’s most prominent investors, including Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers, Google Ventures, and Andreessen Horowitz, participated in…

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Slack Confirms $120M Fundraise Led By Google Ventures And KPCB At $1.12B Valuation

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slack-large Slack, the enterprise collaboration platform co-founded by Stewart Butterfield, today confirmed that it has closed a $120 million round of funding, co-led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Google Ventures with the participation of past investors including A16Z, Accel Partners and The Social+Capital Partnership. We first reported on this fundraise last week. The valuation is… Read More

Building a better Paris in ‘Assassin’s Creed Unity’

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It took 182 years to build the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, starting with the first bricks in 1163. For Caroline Miousse, a level artist on Assassin’s Creed Unity, building a virtual likeness centuries later took considerably less time — she spent around two years modelling the landmark inside and out. “I made some other stuff in the game,” she says, “but 80 percent of my time was spent on the Notre Dame.”

Like previous games in the series, the star of the next Assassin’s Creed is its…

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Starbucks will begin delivering coffee next year

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Starbucks will begin delivering coffee and food in select markets next year, as part of its push to expand into e-commerce. CEO Howard Schultz revealed the company’s plans during its quarterly earnings conference call yesterday, saying that the delivery service will be available to loyalty program members through a new Mobile Order and Pay app debuting later this year.

“Imagine the ability to create a standing order of Starbucks delivered hot to your desk daily,” Schultz said. “That’s our version of e-commerce on steroids.”

Matt Ryan, Starbucks’ global chief strategy officer, added that the delivery program is still in its “early days,” though the company is “moving full speed ahead” with plans to introduce it during the second half of…

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Mass protests convince Hungarian government to drop internet tax plans

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Hungary has decided to suspend a controversial plan to tax internet data transfers, after the proposed policy sparked large protests earlier this week. As Reuters reports, Prime Minister Viktor Orban announced told Hungarian media today that the so-called internet tax will be withdrawn from the country’s draft budget, and that a tax on money earned online will be revisited next year.

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HTC Reports Slim $19.7M Profit For Q3 2014 As Its Rebuilding Efforts Continue

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HTC-One-M8-4 Things are better for HTC these days, after the Taiwanese phone company eked out a slim $19.6 million (NT$0.6 billion) profit for the third quarter of 2014. That figure represents a drop on the previous quarter’s $75 million profit, but is a big improvement on October 2013: when it suffered a $102 million loss, its first negative quarter as a public company. Read More

Sony Writes Off $1.5B From Its Mobile Division As It Cuts Smartphone Sales Target Again

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sony logo Sony replaced the head of its mobile division yesterday, and today its latest earnings report gave a clearer indication of why. Sony’s mobile unit increased its revenue in the last quarter of business (its Q2 2014) by 1.2% to $2.83 billion, but the company wrote down the valuation of the business by a whopping $1.58 billion. Read More

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