All the suitors who might buy Slack and why


One of the world’s richest unicorns may find a new home. 

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Slack, the workplace chat system best known for having really good GIF integration, is generating acquisition interest from several companies, including Amazon, Bloomberg reported. The service launched in 2013 and has been adopted all over the world. (Mashable is a Slack customer.)

Slack also gained fame by being one of the most well-funded startups. The company has raised around $540 million total, most recently bringing in $200 million in April 2016. 

But it looks like it may be nixing an initial public offering and going straight for an acquisition. We weighed its options.  Read more…

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You can start a coding career without a degree — here’s how


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Bored of slaving away at a job you don’t love? Stuck in a career rut? Hating on the man? There’s one easy solution to changing things up: teach yourself how to code.  

As of 2015, there were nearly 7 million job openings in occupations that required coding skills. From software engineering to web development and IT administration, companies in all industries require technical experts to build products, maintain systems, and solve problems.

Below are two great options for you to get started on your path to becoming a full-fledged developer:  Read more…

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Watch Samantha Bee lay into the Sessions hearing on Trump’s birthday


Donald Trump is a lucky man; for his birthday, he got a new episode of Full Frontal with Samantha Bee. After opening with some false praise and a well-timed Handmaid’s Tale reference (“I think my stage manager is an Eye!”), Bee pointed out Trump’s record-low approval ratings and then laid into the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing of one Jefferson Beauregard Sessions. Ya know, the Attorney General.

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Bee briefly recapped Sessions’ wobbly testimony, but then zeroes in on how white men in the Senate seem to love interrupting California Senator Kamala Harris. Harris still managed to stump Sessions with her line of questioning, but not without being called “hysterical” by ex-Trump aide Jason Miller. Read more…

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This live BBC radio fail is so spectacularly British


Your computer freezing on you is a moderate annoyance at the best of times.

When you’re live on air and you’re relying on it to read the news, though, it’s a total disaster.

SEE ALSO: BBC Reporter Mistakes Stack of Paper for iPad on Camera

On Wednesday, Scott Hanselman shared the following recording of a live BBC radio news broadcast that went a bit wrong:

“Just to let you know I’m having a bit of a problem with the software here,” the presenter says cheerfully in the clip above.

“And, er, I’m not sure I can continue with this news summary at the moment. Just bear with my while I see if my computer will un-freeze.” Read more…

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This Spider-Man does whatever a spider-companion can do

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Nervous dog going swimming for the first time will melt your cold, cold heart

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How Muslim cosplayers are cleverly using their hijabs as part of their outfits


A growing community of Muslim cosplayers are sharing ingenious ways of integrating their hijabs into fantasy outfits.

With a touch of creativity, they’ve used the religious head covering to double up as a wig, or even to sass up their outfit.

SEE ALSO: Muslim vlogger wants women to try wearing a hijab for 15 minutes to understand exclusion

Kira, a 23-year-old cosplayer from Malaysia, says she first thought of the idea to cosplay using her hijab after she saw another Muslim cosplayer doing it. 

Today, Kira, who cosplays under the name Saakira Cosplayer, has cosplayed as virtually everything from the Powerpuff Girls to characters from Sailormoon. Read more…

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Firefighter’s tweet goes viral in the wake of the London tower fire


It’s now been over 24 hours since a horrendous fire ripped through a 24-story highrise tower block in West London.

Throughout Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, firefighters from across London were working to rescue people from the building and combat the spreading flames.

SEE ALSO: London tower residents repeatedly blogged about fire safety — but were ignored

On Wednesday afternoon, a London firefighter called Mick posted the following tweet.

You know it’s not going to be good when your told to write your name on you helmet before you go in!

— Mick (@crispymick) June 14, 2017 Read more…

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A car park space in Hong Kong just sold for the low low price of $664,260


In a city where land is sparse, even parking lots go for a premium.

A parking space in Hong Kong has been sold for a record $664,260 (HK$ 5.18 million) — making it the most expensive parking space in the world, according to the South China Morning Post.

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At just 188 square feet, or 17.5 square metres, that works out to a staggering $3,500 per square foot. 

To put things in context, apartments in New York went for an average price of $1,750 per square foot, in mid-2016. 

A micro-apartment in New York

A micro-apartment in New York

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The buyer of the parking lot, an executive director of an investment firm in Hong Kong, already has two other parking spaces in the luxury apartment complex in the West of the island. Read more…

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