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November 3, 2015, 6:10 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.
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.
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Firefox 42 arrives with tracking protection for private browsing mode, tab audio indicators, and background link opening on Android  —  Firefox 42 arrives with tracking protection, tab audio indicators, and background link opening on Android  —  Mozilla today launched Firefox 42 for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android.
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 …
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
Groupon replaces co-founder and CEO Eric Lefkofsky with COO Rich Williams, Lefkofsky returns to previous role as chairman of the board  —  Groupon Replaces CEO Eric Lefkofsky With COO Rich Williams  —  Groupon's board of directors has voted to replace co-founder Eric Lefkofsky as CEO with Rich Williams …
Kevin Tofel / ZDNet:
Merged wireless charging groups A4WP and PMA rebrand as AirFuel Alliance  —  The rebranding will help reduce confusion among consumers but we still don't have one wireless charging standard to rule them all.  —  Following their announcement earlier this year to merge, the Alliance For Wireless Power …

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