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U2 frontman Bono helped convince Facebook to pick Dublin for its European HQ

By Martin Bryant

One thing that comes up frequently whenever you talk to people in Ireland is the level of influence that U2 frontman Bono has. Indeed, it turns out that he played a pivotal role in Facebook choosing the country’s capital city as its HQ for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

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(Lou Reed photograph by Man Alive! and used via Creative Commons licensing.)

By: Matt McGee

Bono has written an essay in remembrance of Lou Reed, who died on October 27th of liver disease at the age of 71. In the essay, Bono calls Reed “a still figure in the eye of a metallic hurricane” and “pop’s truly great poker face.” He also talks about times when U2’s path crossed with The Velvet Underground:

Lou was born out of two influences that can’t be underestimated. One: the talents of his bandmates in the Velvet Underground, who then influenced pretty much every group that had a foot in the Seventies. (Witness our own “Running to Stand Still” for red-handed proof.) U2 were beyond ourselves with delight when the Velvets re-formed to play some select dates in the early Nineties, including some with us.

The full essay is available on and will appear in the new issue of the print magazine, dated November 21, 2013.

“Turning pain into beauty is the mark of a great artist”

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Bono and buddies live it up

Photo: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images North America

My Deep Throat in U2 tells me Bono and the Simon Carmody Community had a small party last weekend in a secret location in Dublin. Where the streets have no name? No – up in Killiney, sillies, on the Friday. Presumably the band were toasting the near-completion of their taxing, if long-awaited, new album.

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Mac Pro Customized by Jony Ive Expected to Sell for up to $60,000 at Bono’s (RED) Auction

AuctionImage via Sotheby’s


Apple’s senior VP of design Jony Ive is preparing to auction off a customized version of Apple’s Mac Pro tower for charity next month.

Along with industrial designer Marc Newson, Ive has created a special iteration of the powerhouse computer that will be sold at Bono’s (RED) auction at Sotheby’s to benefit the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

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‘We’re going back to roots for new album’

U2’s Bono doesn’t feel the pressure of the upcoming release but just wants to please the fans, says Niamh Horan

SWEETEST THING: Bono and his wife Ali Hewson attended his niece’s art exhibition


BONO has spoken about the sound and inspiration behind U2’s highly anticipated album for the first time.

As die-hard fans all over the world flood online forums to predict what the new sound will be like, the singer has decided to reveal the inspiration the band has been tapping into.

And it all goes back to the beginning.

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