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Slack is now valued at more than $1 billion after launching less than a year ago



Slack Technologies is the latest startup to join the billion-dollar valuation club.

Slack, a startup that builds tools for employees to communicate and collaborate in the workplace, announced Friday that it has raised $120 million in funding at a $1.12 billion valuation. The significant valuation and funding round, which was led by Kleiner Perkins and Google Ventures, is all the more notable considering the startup launched publicly less than a year ago

Starbucks will offer delivery through its app, and a ‘Starbucks for Life’ contest



Starbucks said Thursday that it will offer a delivery option on its mobile app in select areas of the U.S. starting next year.

The company declined to provide more details, but has been pushing to get people to use its app as a way to build customer loyalty. It also previously said it plans to let customers across the country place orders ahead of time on their smartphone by next year, an option intended to get people in and out of stores quicker.

Chelsea Handler calls Instagram sexist for taking down her topless photo



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People love Chelsea Handler‘s outrageously crude and crass brand of humor — unless those people work at Instagram.

On Thursday night, Handler posted a picture of herself on her Instagram page mocking Russian president and bear-hating, horseback riding outdoorsman Vladimir Putin. Authentic to the original picture of Putin, Handler appeared completely topless.

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Hungary suspends Internet tax after huge protests



Hungary’s prime minister says the government will suspend a planned tax on Internet usage and reconsider the matter next year after backlash

Two protests within the past week attended by tens of thousands of people were sparked by a scheme to make Internet service providers pay 150 forints ($0.62) per gigabyte of Internet traffic, later proposed to be capped at different monthly rates for individual and business users.

Massive blaze at fireworks store captured on video by onlooker



LONDON — Dramatic footage has emerged of a blaze at a fireworks store in the UK on Thursday evening.

Two people are still missing after the fire in Stafford, in the West Midlands, while another four were injured. Police say one of the injured is in a “poorly condition” while the second is said to be stable after being treated

The video, filmed outside SP Fireworks by Jacob Willcox captures the intensity of the event.

Police have been working through the night coordinating with the family…

Why Australians cackle in the face of Halloween



SYDNEY — Halloween is here. Except a random street party held by 20-year-old students and a lonesome house covered in cobwebs, there is a stillness in the air. There are no knocks at the door, there are no groups of kids cackling as they hurry down the street, there are no free sweets. This is Australian Halloween.

Every year, the debate is thrown around — why do we ignore the most brilliant holiday of them all? (When you remove Australia Day and Boxing Day, of course). This year is no…

Burkina Faso president plans to step down after violent protests rock capital



The President of Burkina Faso said he will hand over his 27-year rule of the west African nation after violent protests rocked the capital city of Ouagadougou on Thursday.

In a televised statement to the nation, President Blaise Compaore announced his intention to hand over power to a new democratically elected leader after a period of transition. Compaore intends to remain in power while the transition takes place

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Dramatic scene at Kansas airport as plane crash engulfs building in smoke



A small plane crashed into a building at a Kansas airport Thursday, igniting a large blaze.

According to airport authorities, a small plane crashed on the roof of a building at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport, leaving two people dead and five injured.

Initial reports from the Wichita Police Department suggest that four people were also unaccounted for following the crash. The aircraft, identified as a Beechcraft King Air 200, struck the building around…

Sweden officially recognizes Palestinian state



Sweden’s new government has recognized a Palestinian state. The EU member country joined only two other Western European countries — Malta and Cyprus — to do so.

Sweden’s Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom said the Scandinavian country had decided on the move because the criteria of international law required for such recognition had been fulfilled.

“There is a territory, a people and government,” she told reporters in Stockholm.


Queen of Halloween Heidi Klum has some costume advice for you



Not only is she one of world’s most famous supermodels, Heidi Klum has another claim to fame: She’s the queen of Halloween.

Klum’s costumes are famous for being fantastically over-the-top, and they typically take months of planning to put together. In fact, she’s even worked with Hollywood designers to help her assemble the perfect get up

But her advice to aspiring Halloween revelers is simple: “Go big, or stay home.”

“You really have…