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Yahoo! Unveils New Logo: VIDEO


Yahoo! unveiled a new logo this morning after 30 days of teases from the company on what it would be. It's not receiving the best reviews.

CEO Marissa Mayer "geeked out" about the logo in a post on Tumblr, in which she writes, in part:

On a personal level, I love brands, logos, color, design, and, most of all, Adobe Illustrator.  I think it’s one of the most incredible software packages ever made.  I’m not a pro, but I know enough to be dangerous :)

So, one weekend this summer, I rolled up my sleeves and dove into the trenches with our logo design team: Bob Stohrer, Marc DeBartolomeis, Russ Khaydarov, and our intern Max Ma.  We spent the majority of Saturday and Sunday designing the logo from start to finish, and we had a ton of fun weighing every minute detail. 

We knew we wanted a logo that reflected Yahoo - whimsical, yet sophisticated.  Modern and fresh, with a nod to our history.  Having a human touch, personal.  Proud.

Mayer then posted a "blueprint" video of the design process.

What do you think of the new logo, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Artist Who Painted Putin in Lingerie Flees Russia, Seeks Asylum in France

Konstantin Altunin, the Russian artist who made headlines this week after his gallery was shut down and paintings depicting Vladimir Putin and PM Dmitry Medvedev in lingerie were seized, has fled Russia and is seeking asylum in France, Radio Free Europe reports:

AltuninIn a telephone interview from Paris, Altunin said he does not want to return to Russia.

"Today, I appealed to the French prefecture in Paris because I have no other [option]. I would gladly get [local residence and work permits] so that I can be useful to France and to work and pay taxes," he said. "But now, I am forced to request political asylum because I fled very quickly without luggage or money."

Altunin says that the gallery's organizers have been arrested:

"The organizers have been arrested, although they have nothing to do with this as it is I who is to blame," Altunin said. "They detained them until 3 o'clock at night, then took them to a police station. There was a young woman among them and they were practically bullying her. What is this?"

Altunin said he had already fled when the police arrived at his apartment to arrest him. He has a wife and  a two-year-old daughter at home:

"My wife is in tears and my 2-year-old child keeps asking where daddy is," he said. "What kind of PR can we talk about here? Of course, deputies simply have nothing better to do than close exhibits and confiscate pictures. This needs no further comment, really. Such a situation is possible only in Russia.” 

The seized paintings also featured the head of the Russian Orthodox Church covered in tattoos, and Vitaly Milonov, co-author of Russia's bill banning gay propaganda, together with a rainbow flag.

Check out the Putin/Medvedev painting below:


Professor Paints 'Anatomical Man' on Actual Man: PHOTOS


Australian lecturer Claudia Diaz has been teaching human anatomy for over 20 years, and after seeing the boredom that rote memorization of the human musculoskeletal system imparted on her students, she decided to try something a bit more hands-on. Diaz introduced what she calls the "anatomical man," a student who sits patiently while other anatomy students paint directly on his body the muscles, tendons, and bones that would be visible underneath his skin.

The RMIT University lecturer says that the project has inspired and motivated her students since she introduced it in 2010, and that it has helped her students shed their inhibitions about their bodies and studying human anatomy. It probably doesn't hurt when the subject is an attractive young man in a thong, either.

See the finished product, AFTER THE JUMP...

More photos at Beautiful Decay...

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Russian Police Seize Painting of Putin in Women's Lingerie, Shut Down St. Petersburg Gallery


Russian police have seized a painting from a St. Petersburg gallery that depicts President Vladimir Putin brushing PM Dmitry Medvedev's hair while the two wear women's lingerie, Reuters reports:

The officers also removed a picture of the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, his torso covered in tattoos, and two others poking fun at lawmakers who have backed legislation banning so-called gay propaganda, gallery staff said. The officers also removed a picture of the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, his torso covered in tattoos, and two others poking fun at lawmakers who have backed legislation banning so-called gay propaganda, gallery staff said.

The latter painting featured Vitaly Milonov, co-author of Russia's bill banning gay propaganda, together with a rainbow flag.

Gallery owner Alexander Donskoy called it an "illegal seizure". It's not clear whether the reason behind the seizure was because of Russia's law banning insult of authorities or its ban on gay propaganda.

Watch a Brooklyn Artist's Intimate 84-Minute Gay Kiss: VIDEO


Brooklyn-based artist Idan Bitton writes us:

I recently posted one of my videos on YouTube. The video features a kiss between me and a fellow male artist. As the video started becoming popular, and surprisingly inspiring to viewers, it got flagged and age restricted on YouTube while other "straight" kissing videos are not. Some of them even have titles such as "How to Kiss Dirty" and such.

I wanted to bring this to your attention in the hopes of raising the awareness to this issue with the help of Towleroad.

Adds Bitton on YouTube:

First Kiss is a 84 minute kiss video between the artists Idan Bitton and Alfredo Calle Ferran. While the camera is still, the kiss is in motion provoking the viewer to stay and watch. Idan and Alfredo do not interact with the viewer, but offer a peek into their intimate moments of commitment. This long lasting, present and unapologetic kiss defines our current gay rights momentum. We are here, we love each other, and this is what it looks like.

Watch Bitton's 90-minute kiss, AFTER THE JUMP...


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Lady Gaga Unveils Details on New Single, App, Album 'ARTPOP'


At approximately 3 am ET, Lady Gaga posted a set of images to her Facebook announcing her new single would be released on August 19th, along with an app on September 1, and the full album on November 11.

Wrote Gaga: "Altering the human experience with social media, we bring ARTculture into POP in a reveres Warholian expedition..."

On November 10, the night before the album's release, Gaga will host "an evening of artRave exhibiting Haus of Gaga's projects as well as collaborations with Inez & Vinoodh, Robert Wilson, Marina Abramovic, and Jeff Koons"

Full announcement, AFTER THE JUMP...

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