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November 3, 2015, 12:30 PM

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Akarshan Kumar / The Twitter Blog:
Twitter and Vine rebrand favorites as likes, replace star icon with heart  —  Hearts on Twitter  —  We hope you like what you see on Twitter and Vine today: hearts!  —  We are changing our star icon for favorites to a heart and we'll be calling them likes.
Wilson Rothman / Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft Kills Unlimited OneDrive Storage, Downgrades Paid and Free Options  —  At a time when many companies are expanding cloud storage options, Microsoft Corp. is shrinking its offerings.  —  Microsoft is ending unlimited OneDrive storage plans, citing user abuse, the company said in a blog post late Monday.
Financial Times:
Activision Blizzard to buy King Digital Entertainment, the company behind the Candy Crush games, for $5.9B  —  Activision to buy Candy Crush's King for $5.9bn  —  Activision Blizzard has agreed to acquire King Digital Entertainment, the London-based group behind the hugely popular Candy …
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Analysis: King generated massive but eroding profits, and like most mobile game makers, couldn't launch another megahit  —  Candy, Crushed  —  What would you do if you found a gold mine?  —  Would you keep it to yourself and sell as much gold as you could dig out, for as long as you could?
Bálint Miklós / Gmail Blog:
Gmail launches Smart Reply, suggests up to three responses to emails for quick replies  —  Computer, respond to this email: Introducing Smart Reply in Inbox by Gmail  —  Posted by Bálint Miklós, Software Engineer  —  With the holidays approaching and emails coming in at a furious pace, we can all use a little help.
Jay Greene / The Seattle Times:
Amazon Books, the digital retailer's first brick-and-mortar store, to open in University Village Seattle on Tuesday with 5K-6K titles  —  Amazon opens first brick-and-mortar bookstore — at U Village  —  Two decades after it started selling books online, Amazon opens a shopping center storefront with books for sale on actual shelves.
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
OEMs to stop selling PCs with Windows 7 by October 31, 2016  —  Within a year, OEMs will only be able to ship PCs with Windows 10.  —  In February last year, Microsoft said that it would give a one year warning of when systems with Windows 7 preinstalled would no longer be available from OEMs.
Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:
Open Whisper Systems releases Signal encrypted messaging app for Android to replace TextSecure and RedPhone  —  Open Whisper Systems, a provider of security-related technologies and apps for mobile devices, has started rolling out an Android version of its private messaging and calling iOS app Signal.
Daniel Geiger / Crain's New York Business:
Sources: Google abandons plans for retail store in New York City after spending $6M in renovations, wants to sublease the space for $2.25M/year  —  Google abandons plan to open first-ever retail store in New York City but not before spending $6 million to renovate this SoHo space [Photos]
Natalie Gagliordi / ZDNet:
IBM buys cloud brokerage software developer Gravitant  —  IBM plans to integrate Gravitant's software capabilities into the IBM Global Technology Services unit, in an effort to boost its hybrid cloud and enterprise services.  —  IBM on Tuesday said it has acquired Gravitant, an Austin …

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