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Channel partners flying customers for holidays in Russia and China, that's fine!Juniper Networks has agreed to pay $11.7m in penalties to the US Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) to settle charges that its subsidiaries violated bribery laws by paying for trips taken by customers and foreign officials in Russia and China.On Thursday, the SEC announced the conclusion of its cease-and-desist proceedings against the networking equipment maker over its subsidiaries' alleged violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).The agency said sales employees of Juniper's Russia subsidiary, JNN Development Corporation, colluded with channel partners to provide discounts to customers without and calling them as expenses."Instead, the channel partners diverted the additional discounts into a fund held by the channel partners for travel and marketing expenses," the SEC Order says."These off-book funds were referred to as 'common funds' and were directed in part by JNN sales representatives.
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It’s really no secret by now that OnePlus has decided to go with Android TV for its first smart TV product.CEO Pete Lau has confirmed as much in unofficial interviews and statements.Now, however, the company that Never Settles is not only making it official that the OnePlus TV will indeed be based on Android TV.Lau is also giving fans and curious onlookers the rationale behind using what may be a rather controversial choice for a smart TV platform.Unlike on smartphones, Android hasn’t had much of an impact on the smart TV market.It mirrors the situation on smartwatches where Android-based Wear OS is an option but not always the best option.
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During an interview on Wednesday, Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk said that computers are getting smarter, so much so that they could quickly surpass human intelligence.On stage at the World Artificial Intelligence Conference in Shanghai, Musk told Jack Ma, chairman of Alibaba, that he guarantees that humans will eventually be surpassed by computers “in every single way,” CNBC reports.“The first thing we should assume is we are very dumb,” Musk said.“We can definitely make things smarter than ourselves.”Musk pointed to computer programs that allow computers to beat chess champions as well as technology from Neuralink, his own brain interface company that may eventually be able to help people boost their cognitive abilities in some spheres, as examples.In contrast, Ma thinks somewhat the opposite, noting that machines have never spawned life, and while computers can beat games, the fact that they can win is to some extent of little consequence: who wants to play a game that they know they’re going to lose?
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Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager yesterday pointed out in a speech in Berlin the Commission had already fined the Choc Factory €1.49bn for abusing its dominance in search to profit its other divisions.Vestager said: "And we're looking right now at whether the same thing may have happened with other parts of Google’s business – like the job search business known as Google for Jobs.”The probe was not unexpected - two weeks ago several rival jobs sites wrote to the European Commission outlining their concerns, although some of the firms had admitted that agreeing to follow Google's requirements had improved traffic to their sites.Vestager used the speech to point out the regulatory challenge presented by some technology companies, which effectively operate as platform providers while competing with other companies that use their platform – effectively making them both a player and referee.This conflict of interest leads to the temptation for platform providers to favour their own services – as Google was found to have done over comparison shopping services.Amazon is also facing a probe of this nature.
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A wave of SubReddit bans occurred this afternoon seemingly at once, including but not limited to r/Android, r/cricket, r/MiamiDolphins, r/golf, r/auckland, r/tennisstreams, r/Wellington, r/Minneapolis, and possibly others.This ban wave likely occurred due to an automatic switch to combat malicious spam attacks.It is unlikely that these bans were due to human analysis and admin judgement.UPDATE: Most or all SubReddits banned this afternoon are now back in business – and we’re still seeking answers.“We have no idea what just happened,” said Reddit r/Android moderator u/IAmANOObie, “but we’ll update this post when we find out.Please don’t spam the modqueue with posts about this or you’ll get us banned for real lol.” This is similar to comments posted by moderators in each of the other SubReddits listed above – these posts appeared almost immediately upon the re-administration of each of the SubReddits affected by this incident.
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4:20pm ET Monday Update: Per SpaceX founder Elon Musk, the company is working toward a "hop" test at 6pm ET (22:00 UTC) Monday.Original post: As soon as Monday afternoon, SpaceX may attempt a second flight for its Starship prototype named "Starhopper."The stubby vehicle, which resembles a water tower, will seek to make a controlled flight to 150 meters above the ground before returning to land safely at SpaceX's test site in South Texas.One month ago, Starhopper made its first untethered flight, rising about 20 meters.This weekend, Cameron County officials notified residents in Boca Chica Village, near the test site, that the company plans to conduct a flight test from 4pm to 4:15pm CT Monday, and "there is a risk that a malfunction of the SpaceX vehicle during flight will create an overpressure event that can break windows."SpaceX’s Starship prototype has taken flight for the first time
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Google Photos has a very tricky search engine that is completely driven by AI.While sometimes it can be difficult to find a specific photo, it’s impressive how the results are shown based on the search for colors, animals and face expression.Now, the search engine will become more powerful, since Google is implementing the ability to “search for text in your images”.In addition to the new feature, the search giant will also provide it to you in plain form for editing.Currently, users can go into the Google Photos app and type any text you know is present on a screenshot or a photo.If you need to copy the text, you just need to click the Lens button on the bottom.
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Alibaba’s rumored acquisition of Kaola, NetEase’s cross-border e-commerce business, has reportedly fallen through after the two companies failed to agree on details, Chinese media reported, citing people familiar with the matter.Why it’s important: A merger of Tmall Global and Kaola, China’s two largest cross-border platforms, would have resulted in a clear-cut leader of the fragmented cross-border segment and consolidated Alibaba’s dominance in the country’s e-commerce industry.The failure opens possibilities for Alibaba rival Pinduoduo, which is trying to tap higher-tier city markets.Details: The talks collapsed after NetEase founder and CEO Ding Lei vetoed Alibaba’s offer, according to Tencent News.The talks broke down because NetEase was not satisfied with the price, an unnamed source said.In addition to Kaola, the deal was said to also include NetEase Music and NetEase’s research and development unit.
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It’s Monday morning, and after a long weekend of system trouble the cloud operations team is discussing what happened.It seems that several systems that were associated with a very advanced, new inventory management system enabled with machine learning had issues over the weekend.An ops team member who was working over the weekend attempted to resubmit but caused not one, but four partial updates that left the training database in an unstable state.[ Avoid machine learning failures: 6 ways to make machine learning fail.• Machine learning lessons: 5 companies share their mistakes. ]This caused the knowledge models in the machine learning systems to train with bad data and required that the new information in the knowledge base be removed and the models rebuilt.
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Drivers are used to stopping at any fuel station, selecting a fuel grade and filling up.For electric car owners, things are different when it comes to public charging.Each company typically requires a separate account with a different member card to scan and load funds onto.It's frustrating, to say the least.However, Electrify America continues to help consolidate things and announced in a Thursday release that one account will provide access to both Electrify America charging stations and EVgo units.The news follows a similar agreement between Electrify America and ChargePoint -- another major charging station company in the US.
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At the urging of director Martin Scorsese, Netflix is attempting to secure a wider release for his movie "The Irishman" than it got for its award season contender last year, "Roma," multiple sources told Business Insider.Netflix has come a long way since trying to release the company's first original movie, "Beasts of No Nation," in theaters.But industry insiders have mixed opinions on whether the big theater chains will work with Netflix.As we get closer to the fall, for Netflix it means time is running out for it to appease its latest big-name filmmaker: Martin Scorsese.Netflix spent as much as $60 million on the campaign, which resulted in a best picture Oscar nomination and wins in the best foreign language, cinematography, and director categories.The New York Times reported on Wednesday that Netflix had been in discussions with major theater chains like AMC Theatres (the largest chain in the world) and Cineplex (Canada's largest exhibitor) about playing "The Irishman."
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Pluripotent cells can give rise to all cells of the body, a power that researchers are eager to control because it opens the door to regenerative medicine and organ culture for transplants.But pluripotency is still a black box for science, controlled by unknown genetic (expression of genes) and epigenetic signals (biochemical marks that control gene expression like on/off switches).The Telomeres and Telomerase Group, led by Maria Blasco at the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO), now uncovers one of those epigenetic signals, after a detective quest that started almost a decade ago.It is a piece of the puzzle that explains the observed powerful connection between the phenomenon of pluripotency and telomeres -protective structures at the ends of chromosomes-, a kind of butterfly effect in which a protein that is only present in telomeres shows a global action on the genome.This butterfly effect is essential to initiate and maintain pluripotency.The DNA of telomeres directs the production of long RNA molecules called TERRAs.
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There has been a lot of chatter about Canon announcing a successor to the EOS 80D for a while now, with the specs for the rumored EOS 90D leaking in bits and bobs since May 2019.However, the discovery of the official promo video by the eagle-eyed people at Canon Rumors has now given us a darn good look at the upcoming snapper.The video is a minute-and-a-half long and reveals not just the physical design of the EOS 90D, but the major specs that it will boast, confirming much of what we’d heard previously.Replacing both the EOS 80D and the EOS 7D Mark II (the latter has long been rumored to be the last of its kind), the 90D is slated to become Canon's next APS-C flagship, getting a welcome bump in resolution over both older snappers.The promo video confirms the 90D will house a 32.5MP APS-C sensor alongside a Digic 8 imaging engine – also giving it a speed boost over both its predecessors – and will boast 10fps burst speeds and 4K video capabilities at up to 30fps.The video also reveals that the viewfinder will have 100% frame coverage, with a 45-point cross-type autofocus (AF) system.
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For every event, meeting, or situation, the way a person chooses to presents themself can set a specific tone.While some are pioneering the online DIY style and makeup scene on YouTube, there are many more of us who can admit, especially when it comes to our hair, makeup, styling, or shopping, that we can obviously benefit from professional advice in the fashion department.Mirjana Perkovic is the Founder & CEO of LookStyler, a New York Founder Institute portfolio company that offers a complete marketplace connecting fashion consumers with local stylists for any type of event or occasion.With stylists available in 70 of the biggest shopping cities worldwide, LookStyler makes it easier than ever to find a luxury stylist, regardless of where you are in the world.Most shoppers turn to friends or perhaps a quick Google search, roll the dice, and hope the stylist they work with both understands their needs and delivers great results.Sure, there may be some basic reviews, but when it comes to style, everything is incredibly subjective.
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With the end of summer, back-to-school season is around the corner.If you are looking for a new smartphone for the upcoming school year, the newly-launched flagship-level Ulefone T2 could be a great choice.The device does indeed come with a fashionable design and a powerful configuration.Now the phone manufacturer – Ulefone – kicks off a back-to-school promotion online.This event will give you the chance to get a free Ulefone T2 and provide some pretty sweet deals on Ulefone products with up to $110 off discounts.Including the best-selling models such as the Note 7P, Armor X3, Power 6 and more.
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Reminders are a useful feature for those of us who have horrible short-term memories.Soon Google Assistant will allow you to assign reminders to others with the same problem (or who conveniently “forget”).The feature will roll out to Google Assistant-enabled phones, speakers, and displays over the next few weeks, and to Google’s Nest Hub Max when that debuts this fall, the company said.As it stands now, reminders can be created to be triggered based on time and location, but there’s no way for you to create them for other people easily.With the change, you’ll now be able to assign them to others within your household.It works like this: Say, for example, you wanted to remind your husband, Greg, to take out the trash this evening, so it’s out for pickup tomorrow.
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Ett hundratal tjänstemän anlitades för att lyssna på och transkribera Facebook-användares samtal, avslöjar Bloomberg News.Syftet var att undersöka om Facebooks ai tolkade innehållet korrekt.Apple, Amazon, Google och Facebook har alla tagit hjälp av underleverantörer för att granska sina användares samtal, med målet att förbättra sin ai.I ett nytt avslöjande berättar Bloomberg News att ett hundratal tjänstemän har fått betalt för att transkribera Facebook-användares ljudsamtal.De kontrakterade tjänstemännen har inte fått veta varifrån ljudet de skulle transkribera kommit ifrån, var det var inspelat eller vad syftet med transkriberingen var.Men enligt Bloomberg News källor har tjänstemännen tagit del av Facebook-användares konversationer, ibland av känslig art.
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Event If you’re thinking of exploiting serverless technologies, or want to take your current experiments to the next level, what could be better than getting your hands dirty with an acknowledged expert in the field.Which is why we’ve got three crackingly good one-day workshops happening at Serverless Computing London in November – and right now, they’re all at early bird prices.We’re welcoming back Lars Rowekamp with his Serverless Kickstarter with AWS Lambda, which will take you through a variety of real-life scenarios, and get you building your own serverless functions from scratch.If your world is Azure-coloured, Marc Duiker’s all-day session will show you how to write, test and deploy functions with confidence, using C /.NET Core and Visual Studio or VS Code.And iRobot’s Richard Boyd will be running a workshop on building CI/CD pipelines for Serverless Applications.In this session you’ll start with a set of CloudFormation templates to define a serverless application before building a CI/CD pipeline to deploy changes to Dev/Test/Prod stages.
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to Perform at their best and at the same time, to have a private life, is not always an easy combination.This allows executives to use their influence in order to create the conditions for a better balance.best of Luck, and the well-being of the private sphere is, of course, is a responsibility, but a leader's behavior and actions can create the conditions in order to get the work-life balance to make ends meet at the same time as the enterprise is affected positively.the web Site Fast Company has listed some tips for managers and team leaders.It does not necessarily have to be a crusade against the company's policy is, but to find new ways of working and practices that could improve the conditions and well-being of our employees.in Arguing for a balance between work and leisure time.
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GalaxyPlay Link got fleetingly little stage time at last week’s Unpacked event.It’s true that Samsung had a lot of information to jam into the hour-long press conference, but the offering was glazed over during a brief segment on mobile gaming — a surprising choice given how big of an industry the category has become.We got a little more information from the company by way of a quick “hands-on” video served through Samsung’s Korean video channel, but that’s about all we’ve heard.Here’s what we know to date: GamePlay Live is a streaming service that makes it possible to stream PC games to the Note 10.We can now add that the service will be available as a downloadable app (for Android and Windows 10) at some point during the first two weeks of September.The service is free and leverages technology created by Parsec, a New York-based cloud gaming startup that we covered way back in late 2017.
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Your digital camera may not steal souls every time you take someone’s photos, but it may present an unexpected opportunity for hackers to load ransomware.New research suggests that increasingly consumer-friendly features like wireless connectivity are opening up DSLRs to potential hacks, that could leave your photos locked behind a ransom paywall or worse.Indeed, it needn’t only be wireless.USB attacks are another potential point of entry, as owners plug their digital cameras into a PC in order to retrieve images saved on it, or to install new firmware.Security firm Check Point Research decided to explore how straightforward it might be for someone with nefarious intent to compromise a camera, and discovered that it wasn’t as difficult as you might hope.Increasingly complex camera technology, but a blindspot by users – and manufacturers – that modern DSLRs could be susceptible to attacks leave owners potentially vulnerable.
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In addition to just the monstrous task of fundraising — which can take as long as two years in some cases to lock down all the limited partners (LPs) on the same terms — the economics for a debut fund are often just terrible.Whatever remains is split between those two GPs as their salaries.For young financiers looking to break into the industry, the situation is bleak, which is one reason why fund managers have gotten very creative around how to structure their management fees in order to bootstrap a venture firm in its early years.These sorts of fund details are often kept tight-lipped, but thanks to the Mike Rothenberg case, we now actually have real data from a new firm and how it structured its fees for asset growth.TechCrunch did not attempt to verify the work of the forensic accountant, since this analysis makes no claims about Rothenberg Ventures, but uses the data for illustrating how funds are structured in today’s work.Below is a recreation of the fund structures as reported in the SEC’s case against Mike Rothenberg.
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The new "Avikom" research project is innovating an intelligent, assistive audiovisual system for workers in the fields of manufacturing and logistics.Bielefeld University and the University of Applied Sciences Bielefeld are working on the project with four regional companies: the v. Bodelschwinghsch Bethel Foundation, the Handelskammer Ostwestfalen zu Bielefeld (Chamber of Industry and Commerce Bielefeld, Ostwestfalen) and two trade associations.The Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (Federal Ministry for Education and Research, BMBF) and the European Social Fund (ESF) are funding the new research with a total of 2.4 million Euro through April 2022.The new system is meant to help with these kinds of tasks," says Professor Dr. Thomas Schack, who heads the "Neurocognition and Action - Biomechanics" research group at Bielefeld University.His research group is part of Bielefeld University's Faculty of Psychology and Sports Science and is also a participating member of the Cluster of Excellence CITEC."Nowadays, it is frequently the case that individually customized products are ordered and then produced as special custom-made assemblies and small series production runs.
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Amazon’s Scout six-wheeled, sidewalk driving delivery robots have begun doing deliveries in Southern California, to customers in the Irvine area.Amazon announced this first California deployment of Scout bots in a blog post, noting that in its experience to date, the company has had plenty of opportunity to experience a range of weather conditions in its first deployments in the Pacific Northwest in Seattle – so weather-wise at least, the little blue bot should have a smoother time in sunny CA.There are only a “small number” of the robots currently deployed, so even if you’re an Irvine resident, don’t necessarily expect to get a glimpse of one just yet.But they will be making their way to customer homes “during daylight hours,” Monday to Friday, per Amazon.They’ll be sent out at random for orders placed by customers through Amazon as usual, regardless of what delivery option you select.While the robots can drive themselves around, which is the whole point of the project to begin with, for the time being they’ll be accompanied by an ‘Amazon Scout Ambassador .’ These Amazon staff are part diplomat, part research associate for the project, answering questions from people in the neighborhood and also taking note of their reactions.
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Jam City has launched a new mobile game, Vineyard Valley, where your goal is to solve a series of puzzles and unravel a mystery in a bid to restore a run-down vineyard.It blends multiple gameplay mechanics, a focus on characters and storyline, social features, and aspirational interior design choices.Jam City also announced it has partnered with Genevieve Gorder, celebrity interior designer and Emmy-nominated television personality (Netflix’s Stay Here, Bravo’s Best Room Wins, and TLC’s Trading Spaces) on Vineyard Valley.Gorder collaborated with the game development team to bring her expertise to the interior designs and renovation opportunities in the game.She developed design looks and furniture packs that reflect current trends in interior design which will be available as upgrades within the game later this year.Gorder will be featured in-game events where players can shop her design picks to customize their own Vineyard Valley resort.
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Samsung makes quality Android smartphones, and an Android wearable is the perfect complement for one.With both Apple and Samsung focused on their latest models — the Apple Watch Series 4 and the Galaxy Watch, respectively — there’s no better time than now to snag a previous-generation smartwatch at a more affordable price point.Amazon is currently offering a renewed version of the Samsung Gear S3 for $164 , but you can also opt for one that’s new for $280 .Samsung typically sets the price of this smartwatch at $300, so you get a good deal whether it’s refurbished or not.You are also entitled to a replacement or refund within a 90-day period should there be some issues with the watch.And if you’re looking for a more discounted price grab the previous model, the Samsung Gear S2, for just $138.
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Google today pledged to include recycled materials in all of its Made By Google products by 2022.The portfolio currently includes hardware like Pixel phones, Pixelbooks, Google Home speakers, Nest, and accessories like phone cases and charging stands.In an interview with Fast Company, Google said it had begun using recycled plastic in Chromecast devices and used plastic bottles to create the fabric on Google Homes and cases.The move follows Apple’s green initiative to use recycled materials in its products, with the company going so far as to make an in-house robot that disassembles old hardware for parts.Earlier this year, Samsung also announced a similar pledge, promising to use sustainable materials in its product packaging.In addition to using recycled materials, Google also said that it would pledge to make all its shipments carbon neutral by 2020 to promote sustainability in its hardware division.
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There has been much debate about the effect of Instagram’s test of hidden like counts on influencers, so creator media platform paid decided to dig a little deeper in Canada, where the platform’s experiment began.Hidden like counts were spotted in testing as early as April, and Instagram confirmed last month that the test was expanded to six more countries in July: Australia, Brazil, Ireland, Italy, Japan and New Zealand.Respondents were largely focused on travel (40%), outdoors/nature (20%), beauty/makeup (18%) and parenting/family (18%).paid found that opinions varied depending on whether or not creators were in the test group.According to paid, 35% of respondents in the test group either hated (19%) or disliked (16%) having their like counts hidden, compared with 24% of unaffected respondents.As one respondent put it, “If likes aren’t seen, people are less likely to like, thinking this is irrelevant.” Posts with fewer likes are also ranked as less popular by Instagram and may not show up at all in their followers’ feeds.
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Carbon nanotubes able to take on the desired shapes thanks to a special chemical treatment, called crosslinking and, at the same time, able to function as substrata for the growth of nerve cells, finely tuning their growth and activity.The research just published in ACS Nano, the prestigious international scientific journal, is a new and important step towards the construction of neuronal regenerative-interfaces to repair spinal injuries.The study is the new achievement of a long-term and, in terms of results, successful collaboration between the scientists Laura Ballerini of SISSA (Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati), Trieste, and Maurizio Prato of the University of Trieste.The carbon nanotubes used in the research have been modified by appropriate chemical treatments: "For many years, in our laboratories we have been working on the chemical reactivity of carbon nanotubes, a fascinating but very difficult material to work.Thanks to our experience, we have crosslinked them or, to say it more clearly, we have treated the nanotubes so they could link themselves to one another thanks to specific chemical reactions.We have discovered that this procedure gives the material very interesting characteristics.
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With private companies setting their sights on sending humans to the moon in the near future, it's possible that one could touch down on the lunar surface before NASA astronauts do.NASA's current lunar push kicked into high gear in December 2017, when President Donald Trump signed a space-policy directive to send humans to the moon and establish a sustainable presence there.NASA's Artemis program aims to reach that goal.The agency's Orion spacecraft will carry human explorers to the Gateway outpost, a small space station that NASA plans to start building in lunar orbit in the early 2020s.Landers will then carry astronauts from the Gateway to the lunar surface.Blue Origin, operated by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, is working on a big lander called Blue Moon, which will deliver science instruments, lunar rovers and, eventually, astronauts to the lunar surface.
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