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November 3, 2015, 8:25 AM

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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 as gold as you could dig out, for as long as you could?
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.
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.
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]
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
Official Plex app for Apple TV now available, offers local streaming, playlists, channels, more  —  The official Plex app for Apple TV is now available in the App Store.  Plex is a media server for video, TV shows, music and photos.  The app is fully featured, with quick access to search, playlists and more from the top bar.
Hiroshi Lockheimer / Google Chrome Blog:
Google emphasizes that “there's no plan to phase out Chrome OS”, but says it's “bringing together the best” of Android and Chrome OS  —  Chrome OS is here to stay  —  Over the last few days, there's been some confusion about the future of Chrome OS and Chromebooks based …
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
Apple TV App Store adds Top Charts section, confirms popularity of games  —  When the new Apple TV launched last week, one notable omission in the tvOS App Store were Top Charts like we are used to seeing on iOS devices.  The obvious reason for this omission seemed to be that Apple …
Curt Woodward / BetaBoston:
Internet cloud services firm Endurance buys e-mail marketing company Constant Contact for $1.1B  —  Endurance International buys Constant Contact for $1.1 billion  —  Two publicly traded Massachusetts companies that sell technology services to small businesses are joining forces.
BBC:
Google's Project Wing lead David Vos says company aims to start commercial package deliveries by drone in 2017  —  Google plans drone delivery service for 2017  —  Search giant Google has announced a date for the launch of its drone delivery service.  —  Called Project Wing …
Alex Weprin / Politico:
By making Star Trek exclusive to All Access, CBS shows it is serious about competing with Netflix, Amazon, others with its own streaming service  —  CBS is serious about taking on Netflix  —  There's no question about it anymore: CBS is serious in its effort to take on Netflix, Amazon …
Kellex / Droid Life:
Blackberry Priv Arrives at AT&T on November 6, $249 on a two year contract  —  Blackberry Priv Arrives at AT&T on November 6  —  If you were turned off at the unlocked price of the Blackberry Priv when it went up for pre-order a couple of weeks ago, I can't say I blame you.

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