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July 18, 2014, 2:35 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 …
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.
Adam Lashinsky / Fortune:
Bill Campbell reflects on his relationship with Steve Jobs, Apple under Tim Cook, coaching leaders in tech  —  After 17 years, Bill Campbell steps down from Apple's board  —  Bill Campbell recalls Steve Jobs' invitation to join Apple's board of directors as the kind of request that takes your breath away.
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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 …
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
Reddit Co-Founder Alexis Ohanian Joins Y Combinator as Partner  —  Alexis Ohanian has joined Y Combinator as a partner.  —  I ran into the high-profile Internet entrepreneur at an event in San Francisco yesterday, where he was sporting a very hipster beard and seemed even more excited …
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.
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Forbes sells majority stake to Hong Kong-based Integrated Whale Media Investments, company reportedly valued at $475M  —  Forbes Sells to Hong Kong Investment Group  —  Forbes Media, which has been on the market for about a year, has found a buyer: Hong Kong-based Integrated Whale Media Investments …
Stuart Dredge / Guardian:
Microsoft plans to spin-off Nokia MixRadio as a standalone music streaming service, iOS and Android versions now a possibility  —  Nokia MixRadio spins out of Microsoft as standalone streaming music service  —  Personal radio app will still be preloaded on Windows Phones, but now has scope to launch on iOS and Android too
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Jordan Kahn / 9to5Google:
Google gives an early look at completely new Chrome OS experience dubbed Project Athena  —  Google's François Beaufort shared a screenshot today of a completely redesigned user experience for Chrome OS that he says the Chromium OS team is currently experimenting with.
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Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
Spotify loses Euro exec, denies IPO plans and eyes Russia  —  Spotify lost a key European executive this week: Euro VP Chris Maples, who had long been the face of Spotify's efforts in Europe, has left the company.  The departure was first reported by the British communications industry publication Campaign …

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