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July 18, 2014, 5:30 PM

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Steve Dent / Engadget:
Google won't call games with in-app purchases free anymore (updated)  —  The European Commission has said that while Google addressed its concerns around games with in-app purchasing, Apple has yet to offer a strategy.  Following hordes of complaints by outraged parents …
Dave Lee / BBC:
EU criticizes Apple for not offering “concrete and immediate solutions” to address in-app payment issues, says Google already taking steps  —  Apple scolded by Europe over in-app purchase protections  —  Some parents have been shocked by charges for additional features in free-to-download games
Agam Shah / PC World:
Lenovo stops selling small-screen Windows tablets in the U.S. due to lack of demand  —  Lenovo has stopped selling Windows tablets with screen sizes under 10 inches in the U.S. due to lack of interest.  —  Lenovo has stopped selling two small-screen Windows tablets with 8-inch screens …
Alyson Shontell / Business Insider:
Yo raises a $1.5M seed round at a $5-10M valuation from Betaworks, Pete Cashmore, Tencent founders, others  —  An App That Just Says ‘Yo’ Has Raised $1.5 Million At A $5-10 Million Valuation  —  Simple notification app Yo has raised a $1.5 million seed round at a $5-10 million valuation, the company tells Business Insider.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Dell starts accepting Bitcoin for online purchases from consumers and small businesses in the US  —  Dell today announced it has started accepting Bitcoin for all items available on Dell.com (including Alienware products).  The company says it is “piloting” the digital currency for consumer …
Matt Brian / Engadget:
Amazon's Kindle Unlimited offers all-you-can-eat e-books for $10 a month  —  After teasing us with a possible launch, Amazon has confirmed Kindle Unlimited, its all-you-can-read e-book subscription service.  For $9.99 per month, the new service offers 600,000 books and “thousands” of audiobooks across a range of devices.
Jared Newman / PC World:
Chrome's been eating your laptop's battery for years, but Google promises to fix it  —  Google is just now responding to a bug in Chrome for Windows that may have been sapping users' batteries for years.  —  Chrome's battery drain problem was brought to wider attention by Forbes contributor Ian Morris …
Sam Altman / Y Combinator Posthaven:
Y Combinator adds partners including Alexis Ohanian, makes Dalton Caldwell full-time partner  —  Welcome Scott, Dalton, Adora, Brett, Nicole, Alexis, and Qasar  —  We have a bunch of new additions to the YC team to announce.  —  Scott Bell is joining the YC software team.
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Ginny Marvin / Marketing Land:
At Last, Google Analytics App Comes To The iPhone  —  Google has released its official Google Analytics app for iPhone, now available for download in the app store.  —  The app is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, though is optimized for the iPhone 5.  It requires iOS 6.0 or later.
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
Netflix tests private viewing mode to hide your B-movie binges  —  Select Netflix members are getting a chance to hide viewing of embarrassing titles from logs, recommendations and Facebook friends.  —  We've all been down that road: You decide to watch some roadhouse B-movie fare on Netflix …
More: Engadget
Nellie Bowles / Re/code:
Airbnb Founder on Vagina Logo: “Go Ahead, Laugh All You Want”  —  Airbnb launched a new corporate logo yesterday, and everyone — including their dinner guests last night — had an opinion about it.  —  At the Verdi Club in San Francisco's Potrero Hill neighborhood, many of the guests …
Michael Kan / PC World:
Baidu launches search engine for Brazil  —  China's Baidu is stepping into another major market with a search engine geared for Brazil, and is preparing to set up a research and development center in the country.  —  The search engine formally launched on Friday.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Xbox One August update to add new activity feed, mobile purchases, low battery notification, 3D Blu-ray, more  —  Microsoft today detailed what gamers can expect in the next Xbox One update, which is expected to arrive in August.  There are eight additions and changes the company has highlighted …

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