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Bag Week 2018: P.MAI’s women’s leather laptop bag is luxury packed with utility

Welcome to Bag Week 2018. Every year your faithful friends at TechCrunch spend an entire week looking at bags. Why? Because bags — often ignored but full of our important electronics — are the outward representations of our techie styles, and we put far too little thought into where we keep our most prized possessions. I’ve always preferred carrying a backpack to work instead of a purse. Like many women, I’ve accepted that it means sacrificing style for comfort and utility. There are tons of women’s backpacks on the market with all sorts of colors, designs, materials and overall aesthetics. But the minute you look for a quality, women’s leather laptop backpack the options are sparse and divided into two camps. They seem to either be casual in aesthetic and centered around a utilitarian design, or straight off the runway and built more for show than function. P.MAI surprised me in its ability to find an uncompromising middle ground between a luxury aesthetic and practical utility. Phuong Mai founded P.MAI after years of working in the world of management consulting. It is a world where consultants are expected to always be slightly better dressed than their clients, and they are constantly on the road traveling between client projects. Mai’s purse caused back pain, and her doctor recommended switching to a backpack. She couldn’t find a backpack that checked all the boxes — feminine yet durable, comfortable yet sleek, utilitarian and still beautiful. So she bootstrapped P.MAI to create it

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Filing: Xiaomi awarded its CEO Lei Jun $1.5B in stock before IPO; source: award unanimously approved by shareholders and is not tied to future…

Julie Steinberg / Wall Street Journal : Filing: Xiaomi awarded its CEO Lei Jun $1.5B in stock before IPO; source: award unanimously approved by shareholders and is not tied to future performance   —  Lei Jun gets about $1.5 billion ahead of company's listing in Hong Kong  —  Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi Corp. …

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SCOTUS decision on warrants for cell tower location data won’t have expected effect because 4th Amendment protections have already been eroded by…

Aziz Huq / Vox : SCOTUS decision on warrants for cell tower location data won't have expected effect because 4th Amendment protections have already been eroded by other rulings   —  Carpenter forces police to get a warrant before getting some cellphone data.  But other Fourth Amendment cases will undermine its impact.

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Cape Analytics, which helps insurers value properties by extracting structured data like home size, roof condition from geospatial imagery, raises…

Paul Sawers / VentureBeat : Cape Analytics, which helps insurers value properties by extracting structured data like home size, roof condition from geospatial imagery, raises $17M Series B   —  Cape Analytics, a company that meshes computer vision with geospatial imagery to bring property intelligence to U.S. insurance companies …

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Facebook confirms that 3% of apps using Facebook Analytics had their weekly summary reports sent to their app’s testers, who may have been outsiders…

Josh Constine / TechCrunch : Facebook confirms that 3% of apps using Facebook Analytics had their weekly summary reports sent to their app's testers, who may have been outsiders   —  Set the “days without a Facebook's privacy problem” counter to zero.  This week, an alarmed developer contacted TechCrunch …

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Amazon FreeTime Unlimited finally lands on Apple’s App Store

Five and half years after it launched , one of the more popular apps for kids’ reading and entertainment has finally arrived on the iOS. Amazon FreeTime Unlimited, the e-commerce giant’s subscription service for children 3-12 that gives unlimited access to 10,000 books, movies and TV shows for $2.99 per month for up to four users across tablets, phones, e-readers, and smart speakers, is now available on the App Store . Apple is promoting the new app at the moment on the home page of the App Store, where a reader saw it and flagged it to us. “We launch new products and features as they’re ready,” an Amazon spokesperson said. “We’re excited to bring the  FreeTime  Unlimited experience to iOS devices, including iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.” FreeTime Unlimited is already available on Amazon devices and on Android. Now, when users sign up for a subscription on any one platform, they can use it across all of them — whether it be a Fire tablet, a Fire Kids Edition tablet, compatible Android phones and tablets, or compatible Echo devices. The move is a significant one both for Apple and Amazon. At a time when other media companies are launching kid-friendly versions of their services that bring in more parental controls and better filters to help block out content that is inappropriate for young ones, FreeTime Unlimited has proven to be one of the most popular kids-focused entertainment apps of them all — content includes video from Disney, Nickelodeon, Sesame Street, PBS Kids, National Geographic and Amazon Originals for Kids — and yet it wasn’t available on one of the most popular (and well reviewed ) tablets used by children. While Amazon initially kept it as an Amazon-only product for its early years — as a way of driving more sales to its own hardware — last year it finally launched a version for Android devices, but it’s taken over a year more to finally bring it to iPhone and iPad devices. One of the reasons for this could be the ongoing struggle between Amazon and Apple. In some regards, the two are complementary companies: Amazon ships a lot of Apple products, and iOS is a very strong platform for Amazon in terms of online sales, for example. But in others — such as in hardware, increasingly online entertainment and “owning” customers, and for talent to build its products — the two are rivals. Apple, for one, has not allowed apps on its iOS platform to enable Amazon book purchases directly from their apps, and Amazon doesn’t sell books and movies from its own app to avoid Apple’s cut.

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Amazon FreeTime Unlimited finally lands on Apple’s App Store

Five and half years after it launched , one of the more popular apps for kids’ reading and entertainment has finally arrived on the iOS. Amazon FreeTime Unlimited, the e-commerce giant’s subscription service for children 3-12 that gives unlimited access to 10,000 books, movies and TV shows for $2.99 per month for up to four users across tablets, phones, e-readers, and smart speakers, is now available on the App Store . Apple is promoting the new app at the moment on the home page of the App Store, where a reader saw it and flagged it to us. “We launch new products and features as they’re ready,” an Amazon spokesperson said. “We’re excited to bring the  FreeTime  Unlimited experience to iOS devices, including iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.” FreeTime Unlimited is already available on Amazon devices and on Android. Now, when users sign up for a subscription on any one platform, they can use it across all of them — whether it be a Fire tablet, a Fire Kids Edition tablet, compatible Android phones and tablets, or compatible Echo devices. The move is a significant one both for Apple and Amazon. At a time when other media companies are launching kid-friendly versions of their services that bring in more parental controls and better filters to help block out content that is inappropriate for young ones, FreeTime Unlimited has proven to be one of the most popular kids-focused entertainment apps of them all — content includes video from Disney, Nickelodeon, Sesame Street, PBS Kids, National Geographic and Amazon Originals for Kids — and yet it wasn’t available on one of the most popular (and well reviewed ) tablets used by children. While Amazon initially kept it as an Amazon-only product for its early years — as a way of driving more sales to its own hardware — last year it finally launched a version for Android devices, but it’s taken over a year more to finally bring it to iPhone and iPad devices. One of the reasons for this could be the ongoing struggle between Amazon and Apple. In some regards, the two are complementary companies: Amazon ships a lot of Apple products, and iOS is a very strong platform for Amazon in terms of online sales, for example. But in others — such as in hardware, increasingly online entertainment and “owning” customers, and for talent to build its products — the two are rivals. Apple, for one, has not allowed apps on its iOS platform to enable Amazon book purchases directly from their apps, and Amazon doesn’t sell books and movies from its own app to avoid Apple’s cut. So it’s not surprising to see Amazon also delay certain content and features from the Apple platform in some kind of tit-for-tat.

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Source: on-demand services provider Meituan Dianping files for an IPO in Hong Kong, reports ~$2.9B in losses on ~$5.2B revenue in 2017 (Lulu Yilun…

Lulu Yilun Chen / Bloomberg : Source: on-demand services provider Meituan Dianping files for an IPO in Hong Kong, reports ~$2.9B in losses on ~$5.2B revenue in 2017   —  Internet giant Meituan Dianping has filed for an initial public offering in Hong Kong, becoming the latest Chinese technology juggernaut to throw …

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Agari, which uses AI and cloud-based analysis to detect and intercept spear-phishing attacks, raises $40M Series E led by Goldman Sachs (Jeff John…

Jeff John Roberts / Fortune : Agari, which uses AI and cloud-based analysis to detect and intercept spear-phishing attacks, raises $40M Series E led by Goldman Sachs   —  An email from the boss typically gets your attention.  Unfortunately, fraudsters know this too and are increasingly using email impersonations to launch their scams.

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Inside the alleged heist of chip designs from US-based Micron by Taiwanese company UMC, which was hired by a Chinese company to help with memory chip…

Paul Mozur / New York Times : Inside the alleged heist of chip designs from US-based Micron by Taiwanese company UMC, which was hired by a Chinese company to help with memory chip factory   —  JINJIANG, China — With a dragnet closing in, engineers at a Taiwanese chip maker holding American secrets did their best to conceal a daring case of corporate espionage.

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