Mejuri raises $23M Series B to serve women buying jewelry for themselves

New Enterprise Associates, the 42-year-old venture capital firm, has invested in the $23 million Series B round for Mejuri, a startup capturing millennial women’s penchant for affordable and treat yo’ self type of jewelry rather than diamonds and precious stones for special occasions. It’s the latest instance of startups drawing investor interest with their direct-to-customer retail model. Based in Toronto and Buenos Aires, four-year-old Mejuri designs, makes and sells jewelry directly to women primarily online in addition to two offline showrooms, bypassing middle-person costs. Besides striving for reasonable prices, Mejuri also wants to upend an entrenched practice in its industry. Traditional jewelry, the startup points out, targets men for gifting and makes higher markups acceptable. With its D2C play, Mejuri …

Natural Cycles contraception app told to clarify pregnancy risks

A multi-month investigation by Sweden’s Medical Products Agency into a number of unwanted pregnancies among users of ‘digital contraception’ app Natural Cycles has been closed after the startup agreed to clarify the risk of the product failing. But, on the self-reported data front, the agency said it was satisfied the number of unwanted pregnancies is in line with Natural Cycles’ own clinical evaluations which are included in the certification documentation for the product. In its marketing and on its website Natural Cycles describes the app-based system as “93% effective under typical use” — a finding that’s based on a clinical study it conducted of more than 22,000 of its users. The investigation by Sweden’s MPA began around eight months ago, after a …

Wait, Did Kylie Jenner Just Low-Key Announce She’s Pregnant Again?! – Perez Hilton

Is baby number two on the way, or what?! On Thursday, Khloé Kardashian posted a video to her Instagram Story showing off some of her 35th birthday party highlights… and some KUWTK fans are convinced Kylie Jenner low-key announced her second pregnancy in the background!! Wait, WHAT?! It all started with the vid posted by the Revenge Body host, who sarcastically commented “Happy f**king anniversary of perfection,” in reference to her special day donuts. Ha!!! But some fans who watched the clip noted quickly how one of the women laughing and talking in the background could be heard saying “I’m pregnant.” OK… that’s cool, right? Well, some social media users watched and re-watched the video over the last fews hours, and they’ve come to a conclusion: …

Facebook is not equipped to stop the spread of authoritarianism

Yael Grauer UNITED STATES – APRIL 10: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies during the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee joint hearing on “Facebook, Social Media Privacy, and the Use and Abuse of Data” on Tuesday, April 10, 2018. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call) Protesters scrubbing Facebook data for fear of repercussion isn’t uncommon. Over and over again, authoritarian-leaning regimes have utilized low-tech strategies to quell dissent. And aside from providing resources related to online privacy and security, Facebook still has little in place to protect its most vulnerable users from these pernicious efforts. As various countries pass laws calling for a local presence and increased regulation, it is possible that the social media conglomerate …

Boy’s Siri 999 call after mum collapses

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBeau Austin has been given a bravery award A four-year-old boy used Siri on his mother’s iPhone to call 999 after she collapsed. Beau Austin from Hook, Pembrokeshire, was on his own with his pregnant mother Jess when she passed out from the side effects of morning sickness medication. He asked Siri to dial 999 and told the operator “my mummy’s sick”, that he was four years old and was alone with her. Beau, who loves talking to devices such as Alexa and Siri, has now been given a bravery award for his quick thinking. “I was just really proud of him, without Beau being there, something really awful could’ve happened to …

Boy’s Siri 999 call after mum collapses

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBeau Austin has been given a bravery award A four-year-old boy used Siri on his mother’s iPhone to call 999 after she collapsed. Beau Austin from Hook, Pembrokeshire, was on his own with his pregnant mother Jess when she passed out from the side effects of morning sickness medication. He asked Siri to dial 999 and told the operator “my mummy’s sick”, that he was four years old and was alone with her. Beau, who loves talking to devices such as Alexa and Siri, has now been given a bravery award for his quick thinking. “I was just really proud of him, without Beau being there, something really awful could’ve happened to …

Boy’s Siri 999 call after mum collapses

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBeau Austin has been given a bravery award A four-year-old boy used Siri on his mother’s iPhone to call 999 after she collapsed. Beau Austin from Hook, Pembrokeshire, was on his own with his pregnant mother Jess when she passed out from the side effects of morning sickness medication. He asked Siri to dial 999 and told the operator “my mummy’s sick”, that he was four years old and was alone with her. Beau, who loves talking to devices such as Alexa and Siri, has now been given a bravery award for his quick thinking. “I was just really proud of him, without Beau being there, something really awful could’ve happened to …

From parks to Premier League: the shocking scale of racism in English football

A special investigation into the racism crisis uncovers anger, despair and a warning that there will be an explosion unless the problem is tackled He was too shocked to talk, Sotirios Siminas says as he remembers trying to find out why one of his players was in tears at the end of a game that exposed the extent of the racism infecting the heart and soul of English football. Siminas, who coaches one of the under-12 boys teams at AFC Urmston Meadowside, in Manchester, can feel the anger rising. Six months on from that unpleasant Sunday morning, it is not easy listening to him explain what had happened to one of the children in his care. The other boys told …

Pregnant Wifes ER Visit for Husband With “Man Flu” Has the Internet CRY-Laughing!!

ShareTweet I’m sitting upstairs right now and both toddlers are downstairs with my husband and nasty colds. You know what that means? The man flu season is coming. It might not even be the flu, it could just be a cold, but he’ll treat it like the plague because it happens every year like clockwork. Just as sure as the sun rises and sets, I can count on him to be completely useless for a solid week if he so much as sneezes. Throw it back to 2014. I was about nine weeks pregnant with Cora and Sadie was 6 months old. From the moment I woke up, I was violently puking all day. In the car. Out of the …

The fantasy world of pre-wedding photos: inside China’s billion-dollar industry

The black-and-white wedding photos of couples married in China used to resemble ID cards. Now a much more elaborate tradition is emerging, writes Jenny Valentish The photographer and his crew sit outside the tank, grinning. Beauty, how long can you hold your breath under water? one calls out to the sopping wet woman in the wedding gown. A moment later, he addresses the groom-to-be: Handsome, when you dive down, just suck your tummy in a bit. Your bum as well. Its not the most romantic scenario but the end results post-Photoshop are stunning. As is a custom in modern-day Only Photo is a pre-wedding photography studio in an industrial park just out of Shanghai, with three floors of old world …

AI Could Scan IVF Embryos to Help Make Babies More Quickly

If a woman (or non-female-identifying person with a uterus and visions of starting a family) is struggling to conceive and decides to improve their reproductive odds at an IVF clinic, they’ll likely interact with a doctor, a nurse, and a receptionist. They will probably never meet the army of trained embryologists working behind closed lab doors to collect eggs, fertilize them, and develop the embryos bound for implantation. One of embryologists’ more time-consuming jobs is grading embryos—looking at their morphological features under a microscope and assigning a quality score. Round, even numbers of cells are good. Fractured and fragmented cells, bad. They’ll use that information to decide which embryos to implant first. It’s more gut than science and not particularly …

Luke Perry: Beverly Hills, 90210 Teen Icon in the Eternal Triangle of Brenda, Dylan, and Kelly

The cover of Vanity Fair in July 1992, inevitably shared online a lot Monday, featured a picture of a ludicrously sexy, shirtless Luke Perry, sitting slouchily in dirty jeans and dirty boots, a gun in his lap (this, a time when guns could be used non-controversially as accessories on magazine covers). Is Luke a Fluke? the Vanity Fair headline asked. Well, yes and no. The phenomenon of sudden stardom is a fluke; but then you look at Luke Perry, and you think: Of course it had to happen. He was the right guy in the right TV show at the right cultural moment. In July 1992, Perry was not just a pin-up for teens, but for anyone else who watched …

Child Brides in Africa Are Advertised on Facebook and Sold to Old Men

OBANLIKU, NigeriaMonica, 16, is one of two sisters sold as wives to men who found their photographs on their father's Facebook page and contacted him. She and her 14-year-old younger sister never wanted to get married until they completed their secondary education in Ogbakoko, a small village in Obanliku Local Government Area in Nigerias south-central Cross River state. But the teenage sisters fell victims to a culture which subjects little girls, some as young as 10, to de facto slavery through a tradition called money marriage. The sisters belong to the Becheve community, a large tribe of 17 villages in Obanliku where there is a long tradition in which young girlsoften referred to as money women or money wivesare sold …

How Democrats Can Stop Playing Defense on Abortion

The Democrats must defeat the GOPs latest effort to impose the Bible as the law of America (which I have long referred to as six weeks into pregnancyoften before a woman is even aware shes pregnant. And of course the headline-grabbing, extreme announced he didnt support what have been called the three exceptions to abortion: rape, incest, and life of the mother. Rather, he onlyshared the exact same view, and not only did neither face a backlash from the GOP base, the 2016 GOP platformdid not include exceptions for rape or incest. So, stunning as this sounds in 2019, the last, best hope to stop the GOP from achieving its goal banning abortion in state after state is to pass …

Unlicensed Nebraska Midwife Held on $25K Bail in Breech Babys Death

An unlicensed Nebraska midwife hit with a child abuse charge for her role in a home birth in which the infant died was ordered held on $25,000 bail on Friday. Prosecutors say Angela Hocka traditional midwife who goes as The Nebraska Birth Keeper onlineassisted in 25-year-old Emily Noes delivery on June 15. According to court documents, she failed to deliver the breech baby safely, depriving the infant of oxygen and leading to her death two days later. Omaha Police arrested Hock, 36, on Wednesday and charged her with negligent child abuse resulting in death, a felony. Her attorney argued in a Friday court appearance that she had worked with the family in question for two years, according to CNN affiliate …