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Darrell Etherington

RYU’s line of backpacks offer style and function for exploring the city or weekends away

Yes, it’s Bag Week, where we celebrate all the best bags of the year here at TechCrunch. And there is little more satisfying than finding a basic black one that’s functional, stylish and unique. Luckily, Canadian urban athletic apparel maker RYU makes three such bags, and while each one has its own particular appeal depending on what you’re looking for in a backpack, they’re also all winners that elevate the basic black backpack to new heights.

Quick Pack Lux 18L ($185)

RYU’s...

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Darrell Etherington

ULA tapped to launch Astrobotic’s lunar lander to the Moon in 2021

The United Launch Alliance (ULA) has been chosen to launch the lunar lander of one of the companies chosen by NASA for its commercial lunar payload program. ULA will deliver Astrobotic’s Peregrine lander to the Moon in 2021, the companies announced today.

Peregrine will fly aboard ULA’s Vulcan Centaur rocket, taking off from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral, and this will act as one of two required certification flights that ULA must do in order to qualify for USAF missions...

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Lucas Matney

YC’s latest VR bet is a team building a cyberpunk anime MMO

There are niche startups and then there are VR companies going after fans of the “cyberpunk fantasy anime aesthetic.”

Ramen VR is one of only a few virtual reality startups that Y Combinator has bet on in the past few years and is only one of two in the company’s most recent batch of bets. It has a niche approach but it’s hoping to build an MMO that can leanly grow alongside the slow-but-steady virtual reality market. Like any content play that’s hoping for VC dollars, Ramen VR...

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Manish Singh

Baidu beats estimates on strong video streaming growth

Chinese search giant Baidu on Monday posted a revenue of 26.33 billion yuan ($3.73 billion) for the quarter that ended in June, beating analysts’ estimates of 25.77 billion yuan ($3.65 billion) as its video streaming service iQIYI continues to see strong growth. The 19-year-old firm’s shares were up over 9% in extended trading.

The company, which is often called Google of China, said revenue of its core businesses grew 12% from the same period last year “despite the weak macro...

TechCrunch

Anthony Ha

Men’s personal care startup Huron raises $1M

Huron founder and CEO Matt Mullenax is hoping to build a big business around body wash.

“For us, the broader mission is A+ personal care for guys everywhere — not just guys in New York or guys in the Bay Area or guys in Los Angeles,” he said.

The startup has raised $1 million in seed funding from RXBAR founders Peter Rahal and Jared Smith, CXT Investments, and Lean Luxe founder M. Paul Munford.

Mullenax told me he became interested in this market after working as a finance and...

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Michael Wilson

‘Life-and-Death Choices’: Why the Commissioner Grappled With the Eric Garner Decision

“I can tell you that, had I been in Officer Pantaleo’s situation, I may have made similar mistakes,” Commissioner James P. O’Neill said.

VICE News

Gaby Del Valle

ICE “Deliberately” Denies Medical Care to Detainees, Lawsuit Says

Immigrants in federal immigration custody are deliberately being denied medical and mental health care, a class-action lawsuit filed Monday alleges.

The suit, filed in a California federal court by the Southern Poverty Law Center and other immigrant advocacy groups, was brought on behalf of 15 immigrants currently detained at eight different Immigration and Customs Enforcement facilities across the country.

The 210-page complaint details several instances of guards in ICE facilities...

Mashable

Alex Humphreys

Study finds connection between using emoji and having sex

Recent studies suggest that frequent use of emoji with a potential partner is linked to more active and successful romance. A pair of studies examined attitudes toward emoji use in interpersonal situations.  Read more...

More about Iphone, Mashable Video, Emoji, Sex, and Sex And Relationships

ESPN.com

Stills criticizes Jay-Z: He's never been on a knee

The Dolphins' Kenny Stills has joined the Panthers' Eric Reid in criticizing Jay-Z's partnership with the NFL.

ESPN.com

Rookies see Reddish, not Zion, having best career

In the annual survey of rookies, only 5% of the Class of 2019 thought Zion Williamson would have the best NBA career. Cam Reddish was top vote-getter with 19%.

ESPN.com

Sources: Boston's Sale likely avoids Tommy John

Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale will likely avoid Tommy John surgery, sources told ESPN's Jeff Passan.

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Matt Ellentuck

The Chicago Sky vs. Liz Cambage’s trash talk, explained

The Aces and Sky played a scrappy game, and the beef continued on Twitter.

Liz Cambage had already been whistled for a technical foul before she collided with backup big Cheyenne Parker. In the second quarter, Cambage hit a tough bucket over Sky center Stefanie Dolson and let her hear about it by screaming in her face. But the bump with Parker in the third was the final straw.

When Parker picked herself up from the ground, she marched toward Cambage, shouting “don’t f—ing touch...

TechCrunch

Matt Burns

WP Standard’s Weekender leather duffel is built for life

Have you heard? It’s Bag Week! It’s the most wonderful week of the year at TechCrunch. Just in time for back to school, we’re bringing you reviews of bags of all varieties: from backpacks to rollers to messengers to fanny packs.

WP Standard makes exceptional leather goods, and the company’s new leather duffel is no different. It’s fantastic and my go-to travel bag. There are downsides — it’s heavy and the shoulder strap slips on my boney shoulders — but the good outweighs the...

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Emma Comeau

Join The New Stack for Pancake & Podcast with Q&A at TC Sessions: Enterprise

Popular enterprise news and research site The New Stack is coming to TechCrunch Sessions: Enterprise on September 5 for a special Pancake & Podcast session with live Q&A, featuring, you guessed it, delicious pancakes and awesome panelists!

Here’s the “short stack” of what’s going to happen:

Pancake buffet opens at 7:45 am on Thursday, September 5 at TC Sessions: Enterprise At 8:15 am the panel discussion/podcast kicks off; the topic, “The People and Technology You Need to Build a...

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Sarah Perez

TikTok’s new ‘Hashtag Challenge Plus’ lets video viewers shop for products in the app

TikTok, the short-form video platform favored by young adults and teens, has launched a new feature that allows users to shop for products associated with a sponsored Hashtag Challenge, without leaving its app. These sponsored challenges are Gen Z-friendly marketing campaigns where users are prompted to post videos of them using a product — like showing off favorite outfits from Uniqlo or Guess, for example. Or they might participate in some sort of manufactured viral trend, like singing...

The Verge

Chaim Gartenberg

Sony acquires Spider-Man and Ratchet & Clank developer Insomniac Games

Sony has announced that it’ll be acquiring Insomniac Games, the game development studio behind the Ratchet & Clank series and, most recently, Marvel’s Spider-Man for the PS4.

The news isn’t totally surprising: Insomniac has long had a close relationship with Sony, developing PlayStation-exclusive titles like Spyro the Dragon, Resistance, and the aforementioned Ratchet & Clank and Spider-Man, so bringing Insomniac in-house as a first-party studio makes a lot of sense. That said,...

The Verge

Ashley Carman

eBay and Shopify pull listings on Jeffrey Epstein-inspired merch

T-shirts and other merchandise inspired by convicted sex criminal and financier Jeffrey Epstein’s suicide are challenging online platforms’ moderation policies. Some eBay listings, which were live as recently as this morning, depicted a painting Epstein reportedly kept in his home. Sellers listed shirts and mugs with prints of artist Petrina Ryan-Kleid’s Bill Clinton painting, in which Clinton wears a blue dress and red heels that’s vaguely reminiscent of the outfit Monica Lewinsky...

The Verge

Sean Hollister

Nvidia is bringing its GeForce Now cloud gaming service to Android phones

Microsoft’s xCloud service, running Halo on a phone. | Photo by Nick Statt / The Verge

See the photo above? That’s not Nvidia — it’s Microsoft’s xCloud, streaming Halo to an Android phone from remote internet servers powered by AMD GPUs. Google will also be bringing its Stadia cloud gaming service to Google Pixel phones from AMD-powered servers, and you’ll be able to try both this fall.

That’s probably why AMD rival Nvidia isn’t sitting still. The graphics giant just...

The Verge

Sean O'Kane

Tesla launches a rental plan to help its slumping home solar panel business

Image: Tesla

Tesla has launched a new rental option for its solar panels in a bid to revive its slumping home solar business. The company is offering the new rental plan in six states — Arizona, California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New Mexico — and it will cost as low as $50 per month (plus tax) with no upfront installation costs or long-term contract. The monthly payment also includes support, maintenance, and any “other necessary hardware,” though renters must...

The Verge

Sean O'Kane

The world’s on fire, and Aston Martin wants to build ‘lairs’ for cars

Image: Aston Martin

July was the hottest month on record. Here’s some good news for rich people, though: if your home is in danger of flooding from sea level rise, Aston Martin is now in the business of building lairs for cars.

Yes, one of the first news items to break out of the auto industry’s biggest annual celebration of rare and fancy cars money, the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, is that Aston Martin is starting a service called “Aston Martin Automotive Galleries and...

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