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July 18, 2014, 8:10 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
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Lenovo Newsroom:
Lenovo will continue selling 8" and 10" Windows tablets in the US, new models coming this holiday  —  Clarification on Lenovo Statement on Sales of Small Screen Windows-Based Tablets  —  We will continue to bring new Windows devices to market across different screen sizes …
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.

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