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*Buying a median-priced home is still difficult for Americans in 75% of markets, despite slow-growing real estate prices, low mortgage rates and higher incomes. Yet, according to the U.S. Home Affordability Report, there is some good news: affordability in four of five markets has seen improvement over the last year. However, the gap between home-price appreciation and wage growth is still wide, as it has been for years. • Here’s what people are saying.

*The Apple design boss instrumental in creating the iPhone is exiting the company after an almost three-decade run. Jony Ive is starting his own design firm, LoveFrom, and will count his soon-to-be-former employer as a key client. Ive was design lead on several Macs, the iPod, iPad, and Apple Watch, as well as the “spaceship” Apple Park campus. Ive’s team, long an elite landing place for design talent, had endured some issues with talent retention in recent years. • Here’s what people are saying.

*Amazon customers will now be able to pick up their packages over the counter from a nearby retailer. The new service will start at 100 Rite Aid pharmacy stores, expanding to 1,500 stores by the end of the year. Amazon is also looking to get other retailers to join the program, which will not require additional costs for customers. The news comes as Axios reports that Amazon is now its own biggest shipper, surpassing FedEx, the postal service and UPS. • Here’s what people are saying.

*Flying startup Kitty Hawk is partnering with Boeing to get flying taxis up in the air. Although details are scarce, Kitty Hawk, backed by Google’s Larry Page, is teaming up with the planemaker’s “Boeing NeXt” division, merging Kitty Hawk’s innovative side with Boeing’s “sheer size and experience in the aircraft business,” says Engadget. Kitty Hawk has been testing its electric air taxi, Cora, in New Zealand, which could give Boeing a competitive edge against rivals such as Airbus. • Here’s what people are saying.

*Female soccer stars are kicking some serious goals, with matches attracting crowds that number similar to the men’s World Cup. The difference, notes the Financial Times, is that these crowds are friendlier — with more families, and more women and girls. More than 1 million match tickets have been sold, but the real wins have been global TV viewing figures. Brazil against France was watched by more than 35 million people in Brazil, and tonight’s quarterfinal between the U.S. and France “perhaps the most anticipated match of the World Cup,” will be sure to draw in large numbers. • Here’s what people are saying.

*Idea of the Day: Most successful startup founders start with an idea that brings to life the solution to a problem, says Vani Kola, managing director at Kalaari.

“Startup founders, at heart, are visionaries who put everything at stake to solve a problem they are passionate about.”

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