Fitness startup Mirror nears $300M valuation with fresh funding

Today, Peloton is a bonafide success. The company, which sells $2,245 internet-connected exercise bikes, boasts a $4 billion valuation and a cult following. That hasn’t always been the case. For years, Peloton battled for venture capital investment and struggled to attract buyers. Now that it’s proven the market for tech-enabled home exercise equipment and affiliated subscription products, a whole bunch of startups are chasing down the same customer segment. Mirror, a New York-based company that sells $1,495 full-length mirrors that double as interactive home gyms, is closing in a round of funding expected to reach $36 million, sources and Delaware stock filings confirm, at a valuation just under $300 million. It’s unclear who has signed on to lead the round; …

Instagram one-ups TikTok with karaoke lyrics

Lip-syncing jumpstarted TikTok’s rise to the center of teen culture, arguably displacing Instagram . Now the Facebook-owned app is striking back with a new feature that lets you displays lyrics on your video Story synced to a soundtrack you’ve added with the Music sticker. Lyrics could help creators and their fans sing along, and the visual flare could make the amateur MTV content more watchable. Instagram scored a big endorsement from teen scare-pop phenomenon Billie Eilish who’s featured in the demo video for Story lyrics, which are now available in all the countries where Instagram Music has launched including the US, Germany, and France. But TikTok isn’t waiting up. Today it launched its own text feature for adding overlaid captions …

Lori Loughlin Apparently Believes That USC Is Trying ‘To Attempt To Financially Ruin Her Family’ – Perez Hilton

Apparently it’s not just the feds that are coming after Lori Loughlin… The former Fuller House star and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, could potentially be facing legal hot water from a new foe very soon: the University of Southern California. Yes, the very school that Loughlin’s daughters Olivia Jade and Isabella attended after allegedly You know, from a broad perspective, it’s really interesting to see how Loughlin’s path in this controversial case has diverged so completely from that of, say, Felicity Huffman Macy. The latter fessed up, copped to the crime, pled out, and now appears to be moving forward… at least somewhat. And as for the former… well, it appears Loughlin is in it for the long, long, long run. But is that a mistake, …

I don’t wear high heels for anyone but me. Got that, boss?

(CNN)Nearly 20,000 people in Japan have signed a petition calling for an end to work dress codes which make wearing heels mandatory for women. The campaign is just one of several worldwide efforts over the last several years to undo arcane rules which require women to work in shoes which are uncomfortable, impede their performance at work, and can even be dangerous. A Japanese government minister went so far as to say Wednesday that heels are “occupationally necessary and appropriate.” In fairness, he appears to be doing a sub-par job without them. I have mixed feelings about heels at work. A decent metal spike under your feet can feel powerful, almost warrior-like. As a relatively short person (I’m 5 feet, …

Netflix leads the way at first ever Critics’ Choice Real TV Awards

(CNN)Who doesn’t love an opportunity to celebrate your favorite TV stars. CBS, CBS Television/Syndicated, Lifetime, NBC, and PBS took home two wins each. The awards show was organized by the Broadcast Television Journalists Association and nonfiction producer trade organization NPACT. But don’t worry, even if you weren’t there for the actual awards show in Beverly Hills, it will air June 9 on VH1. Here’s a list of the winners: Competition series “RuPaul’s Drag Race” (VH1) Competition series: talent/variety “The Masked Singer” (Fox) Unstructured series “Born This Way” (A&E) Structured series “Queer Eye” (Netflix) Business show “Shark Tank” (ABC) Sports show “American Ninja Warrior” (NBC) Crime/justice show “Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes” (Netflix) Ongoing documentary series “POV” (PBS) …

Stylist June Ambrose Addresses Her CFDA Awards ‘Screw Up’ After Being Slammed For Kate Spade Question – Perez Hilton

UPDATE 9:06 A.M. PST: June Ambrose has finally spoken! Following backlash over her question about where the late Kate Spade was at the CFDA Awards on Monday, the stylist issued an apology on Tuesday. Taking to Twitter, she wrote: “Good morning I want to address an error I made last night while hosting the CFDA red carpet. I sincerely apologize to the family and friends of the late Kate Spade, in addition to the team at Kate Spade for having misspoken. I made a mistake and I’m sorry to those I offended.” Thoughts on her statement? Drama at the Brooklyn Museum! June Ambrose is getting called out after hosting the red carpet show of the CFDA Awards in New York …

Why Is Ashton Kutcher Testifying In A Murder Trial? Betches

Ashton Kutcher’s life turned into a live-action episode of Dateline last week when he had to testify at a murder trial. No, this was not an elaborate stunt he concocted to convince MTV to bring back Punk’d (although I fully support any show that makes Justin Timberlake cry), this is real life. So now I’m sure you’re thinking, “WTF is Ashton doing testifying in this case, and more importantly, why is he sporting facial hair that makes it look like he’s the sexual predator?” Never fear, FBI agent Sweetest Betch is here to take the case. Ashley Ellerin was a student at L.A.’s Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising when she met Ashton, and was originally from Northern California. She …

Rihanna Is The Richest Female Musician In The World! Check Out The Other Top 5! – Perez Hilton

Mirror, mirror, on the wall — who’s the richest of them all? Oh, never mind, Forbes already did the math. Thanks anyway, Magic Mirror, you can just… quietly reflect for a bit. Yes, the money magazine dropped its list of the richest female musicians in 2019, and a surprise dark horse has debuted on the list — and already at the top spot! According to the outlet, Rihanna has a net worth of approximately $600 MILLION! Whoa! That’s a lot of green! Even for Rihanna! The cosmetics company reportedly made $100 million in sales in just a few weeks of existence — and has only grown since then. In 2018, Fenty Beauty is estimated to have generated a whopping $570 MILLION in …

Ashley Longshore Will Be Your New IG Obsession Betches

One of my recent Instagram obsessions is Ashley Longshore, a painter and entrepreneur with a casual 209K followers on Instagram. That might not seem like a lot (even though you probs have like, 300 followers rn, so who are you to talk?), but Ashley is going to be huge, and trust me, the celeb and fashion-darling pop artist is going to become your new obsession. After spending her nights “crying snot bubbles,” this entrepreneurial badass took matters into her own hands and opened her own gallery. And just like in a movie, Blake Lively was driving by one day, and upon seeing Ashley’s vibrant artwork, demanded that her driver stop so she could check it out. A post shared by …

Global Fashion Group plans to raise 300M in Frankfurt IPO

The ongoing evolution of the startup factory known as Rocket Internet continues apace. Today, the Global Fashion Group, which is made up of a number of regional e-commerce fashion commerce sites — operating under the names Zalora, Dafiti, The Iconic and La Moda — originally incubated in the Berlin outfit, announced that it is planning a public listing on the Frankfurt stock exchange later this year. GFG is expecting to raise €300 million ($336 million) by selling newly issued shares in its IPO. The company, which is still operating at a loss, is not giving guidance on what kind of a valuation it is looking at in its IPO, but as one marker, its largest shareholder, the Swedish company Kinnevik, values its 35% …

‘They have you in a cultish grip’: the women losing thousands to online beauty schemes

It sounds too good to be true earn money selling makeup on social media. And for many, it is. What really happens when you join a multi-level beauty business? When a Facebook friend told Lindsay about a genius business opportunity in January 2015, the Manchester-based NHS laboratory assistant was already struggling for money. She had spent the last two years caring for her elderly father, and the stress meant she frequently missed shifts at work. Unwell with chronic fatigue syndrome and struggling to pay the household bills, Lindsay was instantly curious about her friends offer. I hardly had any money coming in, and I was looking at everything, doing all the maths, and there just wasnt enough, Lindsay says now …

Gato Roboto and Dig Dog put pixelated pets to work in gleeful gaming homages

Drawing inspiration from games of yore but with dog and cat protagonists that signal light adventures rather than grim, dark ones, Gato Roboto and Dig Dog are easy to recommend to anyone looking to waste a couple hours this weekend. Not only that, but the latter was developed in a fascinating and inspiring way. Both games share a 1-bit aesthetic that goes back many years but most recently was popularized by the inimitable Downwell and recently used to wonderful effect in both Return of the Obra Dinn and Minit. This is a limitation that frees the developer from certain concerns while also challenging them to present the player with all the information they need with only two colors, or in …

The Blood Eagle Torture Method As Seen On The Show Vikings: Was It Real, Or The Stuff Of Nordic Legend?

By Jerome London Updated June 3, 2019 Two separate episodes of the hit History Channel show depict an unimaginably grisly and horrific torture method that is known as the “Blood Eagle.” In the first, the villain Karl Borg is murdered through the extremely cruel and brutal method; in the second, the corrupt King Ella is tortured to death using the “Blood Eagle” method. Ancient literary references to the Blood Eagle first appeared hundreds of years after it was allegedly performed, and the descriptions grew more elaborate and horrifying with each passing century. Historians are divided as to whether the Blood Eagle was a real practice or simply a myth that originated from misinterpretation of ancient Nordic sagas. It is alleged …

Amazons Apocalyptic TV Blockbuster Is Hellish Fun

Aziraphale (David Tennant) are life partnerslife, in this instance, constituting the entirety of Earths existence. An angel and a demon, respectively, tasked with serving as their divine dominions planetary representatives, Aziraphale and Crowley are oppositesthe former a dapper southern pansy dressed in white old-world suits, and the latter a devil-may-care neer-do-well decked out in stylish black nightclub attire. Theyre the oddest couple in the history of creation, and as brilliantly embodied by Sheen and Tennant, theyre the supernatural engine that powers Amazons sterling new miniseries Good Omens. Based on Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaimans cult 1990 novel, which many have unsuccessfully tried to bring to the screenincluding Terry Gilliam, who always seemed an ideal fit for the materialGood Omens, premiering …

8 Hilarious Photoshop Instagram Accounts You Need To Follow Betches

We all love Instagram. I mean, obviously. But with so many people posting the same thirst traps, and using the same filters, and holding the same glasses of rosé, things on the old timeline can start to get a little stale. I can only double tap so many basic girls’ FashionNova photoshoots by the pool. We all want to follow the right people to make our feed more scrollable, but it can be tough to actually know where to find those people. Luckily, we’ve found some of the most unique, creative accounts to spice up your timeline. Obviously, we love meme accounts, but these graphic designers and Photoshop wizards are taking things to the next level. Whether you love fashion, …

You Can Help Ben & Jerrys CBD-Infused Ice Cream Become A Reality

Ben & Jerry’s When Will Ben & Jerry’s Release CBD-Infused Ice Cream? You Can Help Make It Happen By Lizzy Rosenberg 2 days ago At this point, you have most likely heard a thing or two about cannabidiol, also known as CBD. If you know absolutely nothing about the natural chemical compound, it’s the “non-psychoactive” compound derived from the cannabis plant, and it’s praised for an endless list of health benefits. Most importantly, it can seamlessly be infused with a variety of foods… including ice cream. So, you might be wondering, ” When will Ben & Jerry’s release CBD-infused ice cream?” You’ll be happy to know that it could actually happen soon. If you’ve ever had popular Vermont-based Ben & …