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November 3, 2015, 1:30 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.
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.
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 …
iFixit:
The Microsoft Surface Book earns a 1 out of 10 repairability score with RAM and processor soldered to motherboard and heavily glued components  —  Microsoft Surface Book Teardown  —  Teardown  —  Teardowns provide a look inside a device and should not be used as disassembly instructions.
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.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Chromecast Can Now Stream Live Television With Added Sling TV Support  —  Sling TV, Dish's streaming live TV service that offers a variety of cable TV channels, including ESPN, is now available on Google's Chromecast.  The forthcoming addition of Sling TV support was first announced in September …

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