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July 16, 2014, 9:15 PM

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Laura Hazard Owen / Gigaom:
Amazon is testing “Kindle Unlimited,” an ebook subscription service for $9.99/month  —  Amazon is testing an ebook and audiobook subscription service called “Kindle Unlimited” that offers “unlimited access to over 600,000 titles and thousands of audiobooks on any device for just $9.99 a month.”
Reuters:
Apple agrees conditionally to a $450M settlement in e-book price-fixing case; $400M could go to consumers  —  Apple agrees to conditional $450 million e-books antitrust accord  —  (Reuters) - Apple Inc has agreed to pay $450 million to resolve U.S. state and consumer claims …
New York Times:
Time Warner rejected $80B takeover bid by Murdoch's 21st Century Fox last month, no longer in discussions  —  Rupert Murdoch Said to Have Made Offer for Time Warner  —  Twenty-First Century Fox, the media empire run by Rupert Murdoch, made an $80 billion takeover bid in recent weeks …
Mark Harris / Guardian:
FBI warns driverless cars could be used as ‘lethal weapons’  —  Internal report sees benefits for road safety, but warns that autonomy will create greater potential for criminal ‘multitasking’  —  The FBI believes that the driverless car is a “game changing” vehicle could revolutionise high …
Harrison Weber / VentureBeat:
Airbnb unveils its new identity, launches redesigned mobile app and website  —  Airbnb unveiled a complete brand and product redesign today at an exclusive event for top hosts and guests.  —  Airbnb calls its new logo a “multi-state moving identity,” and a “3D modular symbol” that's …
Ina Fried / Re/code:
Visa Launches Checkout, Another Play for Digital Payments  —  Visa wants you to know it gets that the future is about more than just plastic.  —  The company on Tuesday took the wraps off Visa Checkout, its latest effort to make itself relevant in a world of digital payments.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google Starts Selling Its Aerial Imagery To Maps For Business Users  —  Google Maps for Business is a service for enterprises and government organizations that need to visualize their assets on a map.  Today, the company has announced that customers can now purchase Google's aerial imagery directly …
Erico Guizzo / IEEE Spectrum Recent Content full text:
MIT roboticist unveils Jibo, a social robot for the home, available for pre-order today for $499, ships 2015 holiday season  —  Cynthia Breazeal Unveils Jibo, a Social Robot for the Home  —  Cynthia Breazeal and Jibo.  —  Cynthia Breazeal, the famed roboticist at MIT's Media Lab and a pioneer …
Se Young Lee / Reuters:
iPhone 5s was bestselling smartphone in May at 7M units, beating 5M for 2-month-old Galaxy S5  —  Samsung battles on two fronts as Apple readies iPhone 6  —  (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd (005930.KS) is losing smartphone ground not only to cheaper Chinese rivals but also at the high end …
David Pierce / The Verge:
Jawbone's new Up app makes healthy eating a whole lot easier  —  Jawbone finally gets food tracking right  —  Jawbone's Up bracelet has become perhaps the industry's most versatile fitness tracker, thanks to powerful sleep and activity monitoring.  For its next act, Jawbone is turning …
Nitasha Tiku / Valleywag:
Female Yahoo Exec Accused of Sexual Harassment Files for Defamation  —  Maria Zhang, the Yahoo engineering executive sued for sexual harassment by one of her female employees, is striking back.  Zhang, who helps lead Yahoo's crucial mobile efforts, filed a cross-complaint (embedded below) against her accuser, Nan Shi.

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