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July 18, 2014, 12:00 PM

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Adam Lashinsky / Fortune:
Bill Campbell reflects on his relationship with Steve Jobs, coaching tech's leaders, and Apple under Tim Cook  —  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.
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 …
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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.
Jemima Kiss / Guardian:
Snowden: Dropbox is hostile to privacy, unlike ‘zero knowledge’ Spideroak  —  Whistleblower urges consumers to adopt more secure file storage systems which are less susceptible to government surveillance  —  Edward Snowden has warned against the cloud storage service Dropbox which he says is …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Chrome 37 beta supports Microsoft's DirectWrite API, which improves the appearance of fonts  —  Fonts In Chrome For Windows Will Look Better Soon  —  Google released the latest beta version of its Chrome browser today, and if you're a Windows user on a machine that runs at least Vista, fonts will now look better on your screen.
Michael Arrington / Uncrunched:
They Might Be Tearing Down The Creamery To Build Condos  —  If you're involved in the startup world in San Francisco you've likely been to the Creamery on Townsend and 4th street.  It's iconic, even if only recently so.  —  In 2012 I wrote about the Creamery in a post talking about the shift …
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 …
Ina Fried / Re/code:
Care.com Scoops Up Kid-Centric Subscription Service Citrus Lane for More Than $30 Million  —  Childcare marketplace service Care.com said Thursday that it had acquired Citrus Lane, an e-commerce subscription service that provides products to families with kids.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Twitter Acquires CardSpring To Power In-Tweet Commerce And Offers  —  Twitter just announced it's acquired CardSpring to enable “in-the-moment commerce experiences.”  CardSpring is an application platform that lets developers build card-linked offers electronic coupons, loyalty cards …
Ian Sherr / CNET:
Oculus preparing motion controllers to complement its forthcoming goggles  —  Oculus to get hands on with new virtual reality gear  —  Facebook's virtual reality company is readying motion control prototypes for its headsets to offer a more immersive experience for consumers.  —  Sarah Tew
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook starts testing Buy button on News Feed ads and Page posts, will not charge participating US businesses for now  —  Facebook Tests Buy Button To Let You Purchase Stuff Without Leaving Facebook  —  Facebook is trying out letting you pay for ecommerce purchases from other businesses without leaving its site or app.
Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch:
Google's Q2 Revenue Of $15.96B Beats, But Its Non-GAAP EPS Of $6.08 Disappoints  —  Today after the bell Google reported its second quarter financial results, including net revenue (ex-TAC) of $12.67 billion, and $6.08 in non-GAAP earnings per share.  Google gross revenue for the period came in at $15.96 billion

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