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In our list of the best phones for gaming, the Asus ROG Phone stands as the highest gaming-specific smartphone, but it looks like Asus is getting ready to try and steal the crown from itself, as it's just announced the launch date of its next smartphone.On Chinese social media app Weibo, Asus revealed a poster advertising the launch of the ROG Phone 2, which is set to be on the afternoon of July 23 (although due to time differences, it'll actually be late at night on July 22 in the US).Could the Black Shark 2 pose some serious competition?This release date confirms what we previously heard in a leak (also on Weibo) stating we'd see the phone by September – by the sounds of it, we're actually going to see the handset well before September, although usually devices are actually available to buy some time after they're officially launched.What is the Asus ROG Phone 2?ROG (which stands for Republic of Gamers) is a well-known brand for gaming phones, computers and gear, and the original ROG Phone was the first smartphone to carry this brand (Asus itself has a history making traditional smartphones).
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Facebook has apologised for a glitch on Wednesday that meant that people could not upload or send media files (i.e.photos etc) across its various apps and platforms.Facebook also experienced one of its longest outages to date in March, with Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp going offline for more than 24 hours.Facebook admitted on Wednesday that there was an issue with uploading or sending media files on its apps and platforms, including Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, and Messenger.“We’re aware that some people are having trouble uploading or sending images, videos and other files on our apps,” the social network tweeted.“We’re sorry for the trouble and are working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible.”
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In 1665, Lord Christiaan Huygens found that two pendulum clocks, hung in the same wooden structure, oscillated spontaneously and perfectly in line but in opposite directions: the clocks oscillated in anti-phase.Since then, synchronization of coupled oscillators in nature has been described at several scales: from heart cells to bacteria, neural networks and even in binary star systems -spontaneously synchronized.Mechanical oscillators are typical in these systems.In the nanoscale, the challenge is to synchronize these.In these lines, an article published in the journal Physical Review Letters -by a team of researchers from the Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology of the UB (IN2UB) together with ICN2 researchers showed a version of mechanic oscillators at a nanoscale.Through a series of experiments, researchers could synchronize two crystal optomechanical oscillators mechanically coupled, located in the same silicon platform and activated through independent optical impulses.
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I december i fjol lämnade affärsmannen Stefan Lennhammer, en av Truecallers första investerare, rollen som styrelseordförande för kommunikationsappen.Han hade då suttit på posten i hela åtta år.Efter sortin har han hamnat i konflikt med grundarna Nami Zarringhalam och Alan Mamedi.Stefan Lennhammer har velat sälja sin 8-procentiga ägarandel i Truecaller.Posten kontrolleras genom investeringsbolaget Reeda Capital och värderas till drygt en halv miljard kronor.Men Truecaller har inte velat lämna ut viktiga nyckeltal, till exempel omsättningen för 2018, till Stefan Lennhammer i förväg.
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US law enforcers have busted a Bitcon-fuelled dark web drug ring after one of the alleged dealers messed up and bought pre-printed postage online using his real identity.The dealers, which sold almost $9 million worth of counterfeit Adderall, leveraged the anonymity afforded by the dark web and received payments in Bitcoin.But, one of the men involved made a crucial mistake that led to their arrests.It’s all well and good using the dark web and Bitcoin BTC to stay anonymous, but this story shows that these technologies don’t protect your identity outright.According to Quartz, undercover federal agents spent the past six months buying Adderall on now-defunct Dream Market, a dark web site specializing in stolen personal data and narcotics.Court documents show the pills were sold by a Chinese-born US citizen called Tzu Yang “Issac” Lin, supplied by Meng Ting “Leo” Hu, a Taiwanese national, and sent using the US Postal Service.
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Samtidigt laddar vi inför Almedalen där publiken lär få stora ögon, noterar Di Digitals nyhetschef Ida Hansson Brusewitz.Klockimperiet Daniel Wellington har ett mellanår.Hintar om hans historia kunde hittas i protokoll från rättegången mot Ur & Penn, som Daniel Wellington till slut vann.Tidigare i våras kunde vår reporter Johannes Karlsson rapportera om att den haussade energistartupen Wattys grundare Hjalmar Nilsonne lämnade bolaget som togs över av en tysk konkurrent.I skrivande stund så är vi mitt i de sista förberedelserna inför Almedalen.Se Dagens industris program här: mötesplatsen för näringsliv och politik
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No one country can claim monopoly or sovereignty of the vastness of outer space.For the past years, space tech news has mostly revolved around SpaceX and, to a lesser extent, Blue Origin, both US companies.Other countries like China and even Russia aren’t sitting still and now the European Commission is making a move as well.It has just greenlit a three-year project to develop its own reusable rockets.This is an almost complete U-turn from the sentiments and opinions in Europe back when SpaceX was still at its infancy.Then again, the entire rocket industry seemed to think Musk was bonkers and that landing rockets vertically would never be viable.
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Kopi Kenangan, a startup that wants to make quality, fresh coffee affordable to Indonesian consumers, has raised $20 million as it begins to consider overseas expansion in Southeast Asia.The round comes courtesy of Sequoia India and Southeast Asia, via the $695 million investment fund it closed last year.Started in 2017 by Edward Tirtanata and James Prananto, the company aims to bridge the gap between cheap street vendor coffee and drinks priced at the higher end of the spectrum from international chains such as Starbucks — the ‘sweet spot,’ you might say.That delta is a major reason why Indonesia, which is the world’s fourth-largest coffee exporter, has Southeast Asia’s lowest coffee consumption per person, Tirtanata argued.Rather than lattes, mochas or flat whites, its top-selling drink is ‘Es Kopi Kenangan Mantan,’ a sweet Indonesian coffee that uses palm sugar, among other local Southeast Asian beverages.Ingredients are sourced locally, including four different coffee blends from across the country and organic palm sugar.
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Messaging platform Telegram has added a new bunch of location-based features via an update.Users of the latest version of the app will find an ‘Add People Nearby’ setting which they can use to quickly exchange contact details without the need to type in digits.Coupled with a prior update, which lets Telegram users control who can see their phone number, it looks like it’ll make it possible to open a chat channel with a new contact without having to hand over your actual phone number.Also via the ‘Add People Nearby’ contacts setting, the update lets users surface nearby public chat groups — by displaying any open chat channels in their proximity.The setting also includes an option to ‘Create a Local Group’ — which does what it says on the tin, allowing users to set up a chat in their locality.“This update opens up a new world of location-based group chats for anything from conferences, to festivals, to stadiums, to campuses, to chatting with people hanging out in the same cafe,” Telegram suggests, re-upping an idea that’s clocked up more than its fair share of startup tech cycles over the years.
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Cutting-edge drones from companies like DJI and Parrot have no trouble navigating obstacle-strewn environments, but when faced with a never-before-seen landscape like dense woods or a maze, they have a tougher time reaching goal destinations autonomously.That’s why scientists at Intel Labs and Mexico’s Center for Research and Advanced Studies of the National Polytechnic Institute recently investigated a framework for self-guided drone navigation in “cluttered” unknown environments.They describe their work in a paper (“Autonomous Navigation of MAVs in Unknown Cluttered Environments“) published on the preprint server Arxiv.org.In both qualitative and quantitative tests involving Intel’s Ready to Fly drone kit, they say that their real-time, on-device family of algorithms achieve state-of-the-art performance.“Autonomous navigation in unknown cluttered environments is one of the fundamental problems in robotics with applications in search and rescue, information gathering and inspection of industrial and civil structures, among others,” wrote the coauthors.“Although mapping, planning, and trajectory generation can be considered mature fields considering certain combinations of robotic platforms and environments, a framework combining elements from all these fields for [drone] navigation in general environments is still missing.”
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No matter which iPhone XS deal you go with, you're probably going to be paying a pretty big price for it - that's just the game Apple plays nowadays.So if you're going to put the financial investment into this premium device, you might as well go all out on data.Luckily, the kind folks over at Three have created a deal that offers up a massive 100GB of data, while somehow also being one of the lowest prices on the market - yep, we're trying to work that one out too!But no matter how they've achieved this brilliant pricing, we can simply say that we can't see anyone beating this offer anytime soon.At a monthly price of £52, this contract sounds expensive but knocks all other XS deals for six.With 100GB of data you have the capacity to send 40,000 emails, spend 5,000 hours online or even spend 230 hours on a video call - not that we would advise any of these insane feats.
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Anyone that’s ever dabbled in smart home tech knows that part of the experience involves an eventual reset.Having trouble with your C by GE bulbs?No worries, just follow these simple instructions as spotted by Josh Jordan:Turn on for 8 secondsTurn off for 2 secondsTurn on for 8 seconds
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Clifford Rossi, a finance professor at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business, said Facebook's entry into the banking marketplace puts added pressure on commercial banks at a time when they are already scrambling to learn how to compete against nimbler, tech-savvy fintech companies."Given what their ambitions might be, I might start referring to them as Facebook Bank," Rossi said.Several years ago, it launched its own credit card; after a significant marketing campaign, the effort fizzled with little uptake, Rossi said."This makes sense from the standpoint that our payments processing capabilities over the past 50 years are inefficient and they're also fairly costly when you think about the charges.For example, blockchain financial networks disintermediate central banks and payment, clearing and settlement houses that charge fees and slow the processing of transactions."If that happens, it's a game-changer for banking because they currently have tight hold on all things capital markets transactions related," Rossi said.
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Amazon has announced a big discount on the last-generation MacBook Air, allowing you to get the laptop for $250 off.The laptop may not be the latest generation, but it's still more than good enough for the vast majority of basic tasks, like web surfing, emailing, and so on.It's not known how long the deal will last, so it's worth acting quick if you're interested.Are you a Mac user who's in the market for a new laptop but don't want to spend a boatload of cash on a new MacBook?Amazon has a pretty sweet deal going on a MacBook Air for $750, which is $250 off its normal price.The laptop on offer includes a sleek unibody design, along with some pretty nice specs.
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Microsoft might roll out a dedicated Office key to Windows keyboards, and the proposition has us scratching our heads.According to The Verge, Microsoft’s Office key concept was first spotted on Monday, June 17, when Twitter tech detective WalkingCat published screenshots of a survey sent to users that asked them questions about their experience with the Office key.The survey seems to only be able to only be accessible to those with work or school Microsoft accounts but WalkingCat’s screenshot of the survey can be found here.The survey Microsoft sent out revealed a few details about the Office key: Namely, that the key expected to work with the May 2019 update of Windows 10, and that the Office key is supposed to support the use of a variety of Office-related keyboard shortcuts.The only photo of the key included in the survey, also indicates that it will have the familiar Office logo (a 3D square-shaped outline) and that it may show up as a key located next to an ALT key.While the Office key could be helpful for frequent Office users, the whole concept still reads like another unnecessary add-on or permanent product placement ad for its Office subscription service.
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To read the full article, simply click here to claim your deal and get access to all exclusive Business Insider PRIME content.On Tuesday, Hazelcast announced it closed a $21.5 million round of funding led by C5 Capital.Hazelcast is the company behind a popular open source data grid of the same name, which provides an high-performance, large-scale alternative to more traditional databases.Hazelcast CEO Kelly Herrell says that its strong developer community helped it grow so fast, and it's what made him want to join the company.Hazelcast CEO Kelly Herrell says that any technology company faces three major risks: if the technology works, if customers will buy it, and if the company can be scaled.Now, the first two risks are gone, Herrell says, and it's all about execution.
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With deepfake videos making headlines recently and campaigns against the over-Photoshopping of models picking up steam in the last few years, people are more aware than ever of how images can be digitally manipulated.Now the company that created Photoshop, Adobe, wants to give tools to users to let them spot faked images themselves.“While we are proud of the impact that Photoshop and Adobe’s other creative tools have made on the world, we also recognize the ethical implications of our technology,” Adobe wrote in a blog post.That’s why it has developed a method for identifying edits made to an image using tools like Photoshop’s Face Aware Liquify feature.This particular feature was chosen because it is frequently used to change facial expressions, making it a useful test case for identifying image manipulation.A team of researchers used deep learning to train A.I.
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Some of the best real-time insights into Tesla and its global fleet of electric vehicles — outside the confines of its Silicon Valley headquarters — might be through the lens of TezLab, a tiny upstart in Brooklyn.Now, a little more than two years after its founding, TezLab is on the verge of hitting what its founders believe is a tipping point of users, a milestone that could finally trigger a path to monetization.One of these features, which crowdsources data like Waze to give insights and ratings on Tesla Supercharger stations, is rolling out now.The Waze for supercharger feature is considered “phase one” of the company’s plans to broaden its crowdsourcing and social community.The six-person team behind TezLab was born out of HappyFunCorp, a software engineering shop that builds apps for mobile, web, wearables and Internet of Things devices for clients that include Amazon, Facebook and Twitter, as well as an array of startups.HFC’s engineers, including co-founders Ben Schippers and William Schenk, were attracted to Tesla largely because of its techcentric approach and one important detail: the Tesla API endpoints are accessible to outsiders.
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Chinese coffee startup Luckin is planning on a new project focused on self-service coffee machines, which is expected to be a central part of the company’s expansion strategy, Chinese media reported.Branded as Luckin Coffee Express, the self-service machine is designed for public spaces like schools and office buildings.Users can locate the nearest coffee machine and place an order through the Luckin app.Drinks are ready 30 seconds after scanning the pick-up code.The company will launch a pilot program to test the project soon, according to media reports.Luckin declined to comment on the news when contacted by TechNode.
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London needs to buck up its ideas and start investing in the north before it starts clamouring for its own king/queen, as newspapers in the region are pressing for a "revolution" in the way the north is treated on their front pages.The Power Up North movement saw over 33 papers and websites join together to call for change in the way the government treats northern communities, with its list of demands including (via Manchester Evening News):Deliver a fundamental shift in decision-making out of London, giving devolved powers and self-determination to people in the northCommit funding immediately to make Northern Powerhouse Rail a national priorityOverhaul the region’s road and rail network as a part of a wider environmental plan, with devolved funding and powersPut full weight behind a bespoke Industrial Strategy for the north of England to enable every sector of the economy, from manufacturing to farming, to flourish
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Astronomers, for the first time, have snapped an image of a cool, gassy ring swirling around the supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy.This ring is part of the so-called accretion disk — stars, dust and gases — that surround most black holes.These materials are held close by the black hole's strong gravitational grip and the far edge represents the outer limits of its gravitational reach.In the case of the Milky Way's black hole called Sagittarius A*, the disk extends out a few tenths of a light-year from the black hole's event horizon — the point at which even light can't escape the black hole's grasp.[9 Ideas About Black Holes That Will Blow Your Mind]There are a few types of gases that make up parts of this accretion disk, and scientists previously have only imaged the very hot, glowing ones, according to a statement from the National Radio Astronomy Observatory.
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Despite the fact that Apple completed its acquisition of music-ID app Shazam last year, the coolest new Shazam feature is, for now, an Android exclusive.Pop-Up for Shazam can detect songs being played on a device without having to use the microphone.Instead, it effectively digitally eavesdrops on other apps that are running and acquires the signal it needs to identify songs directly.The big benefit to this capability is that you can now leave your headphones on, while Shazam runs in the background, doing its thing.In the past, on both iOS and Android devices, Shazam users have needed to yank an earbud out and position it close to the microphone or disconnect their headphones entirely to let the music escape through their device’s built-in speaker.Android users can elect to keep Shazam in permanent listening mode — similar to iOS’ “always on” feature — but that listening can now be direct from app to app, as well as via the device’s mic.
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You can probably tell that an idea is huge and also right when both manufacturers and consumers refuse to let go even after a catastrophic disaster.Despite the embarrassing failure of the Galaxy Fold, even earlier reviewers with broken units admit they still believe in the vision.Some consumers are of the same mind and would probably still get one, provided Samsung gets its act together.And the Korean manufacturer suggests it might already have and will, in fact, drop some big news in the coming weeks.Given how the Samsung has suddenly gone silent in the past weeks following the spectacular breaking of Galaxy Fold review units, some have begun to doubt if the company is even going to re-launch the foldable phone at all.At least nothing about a launch date.
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Instagram is marking Pride Month with several initiatives, including art installations in New York, rainbow colors on related hashtags and a guide to online safety for LGBTQ+ teens.The Facebook-owned photo- and video-sharing network teamed up with @lgbt_history—an account created by Washington, D.C.-based attorney Leighton Brown and former attorney and current writer and lecturer Matthew Riemer, authors of We Are Everywhere: Protest, Power and Pride in the History of Queer Liberation—on UntoldPride.UntoldPride is a series of 10 large-scale installations that will appear in New York throughout June, spotlighting historic LGBTQ+ pioneers, places and movements that paved the way for today’s queer community—such as GAA, S.T.A.R, Christopher Street Pier and Lesbian Herstory Archives—joined by portraits of LGBTQ+ locals shot by emerging photographer Nicolas Bloise.Riemer and Brown said in a blog post by Instagram’s Chris Parson and Jonathan Lau, “As with all of our work, we hope this experience gives queer people a glimpse into the fullness of their incredible past and inspires them to fight for a liberated future, and we hope others learn that so much of this city—like so much of the world—was built by brave queer folks to whom we are all indebted.”On the product side, Instagram is updating the gender selection part of its profile to be more inclusive of trans and gender non-conforming individuals.Instagram also teamed up with GLAAD to identify the most-used and most-popular hashtags in the LGBTQ+ community—including lgbtq, bornperfect, equalitymatters, accelerateacceptance and pride2019—and those hashtags will be displayed in a rainbow gradient when used in feed and in a rainbow ring when used in Stories.
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Bolt, the Uber rival formerly known as Taxify, is taking a significant step this week in its effort to build out its transportation-on-demand business across the biggest cities in Europe and Africa, which currently covers 25 million users in 30 countries and 100 cities: it’s finally opening for business again in London, the biggest ride-hailing market in Europe.“Finally” and “again” are the operative words here: the Tallinn-based company had launched in London as far back as September 2017 — nearly two years ago — only to shut down its services after three days, when Transport for London, the city’s transportation regulator, started to investigate the terms of its license.Slow and steady wins the raceBolt’s run-in, and eventual cooperation, with TfL underscores the shift we have seen in the transportation market over the last few years in London, which has changed from a hacker mentality of “move fast, break things” to “slow and steady wins the race.”“So far, there has been a monopoly, which leads to the same problems of higher prices and poor service,” Bolt’s CEO and founder Markus Villig said in an interview this week.“We are here first to fix that, but it will take two to three years to do so.”
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Yes, aside from anything else you can expect to hear from Ubisoft, a dancing game is almost assuredly among them.The company's annual Just Dance games aren't just a mainstay of the industry at this point, they're also still a lot of fun.The way it works is diabolically simple: Wacky dancers in cartoonish getups dance on the screen, enticing you to follow along while holding a controller in your hand.Dancing may be the most playful bit of Ubisoft's presentation at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles each year but it's not the most hyped.The company's also made a habit of announcing a tie-in with the popular game maker Nintendo during its show.And finally, the company's next big online game, a pirate battle game called Skull & Bones, might make an appearance.
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IT giant Tech Data has plugged a data leak which exposed 264GB of customer data to the public after being informed of the leak by security researchers.Security researchers Noam Rotem and Ran Locar of vpnMentor first discovered that a log management server was leaking system-wide information while working on their own web mapping project.They then took a sample of the leaked information and determined that the leak was serious.vpnMentor provided further details on their discovery in a blog post, saying:“With a simple search of the exposed database, our researchers were able to find the payment information, PII, and full company and account details for end-users and managed service providers (MSPs) – including for a criminal defense attorney, a utilities service provider, and more.There were enough details in this leak wherein a nefarious party could easily access users’ accounts – and possibly gain access to the associated permissions for said accounts.”
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Yesterday, Google released the fourth beta for Android Q, which was made available via OTA updates for Pixels and might have hinted at improved face unlock for future devices.Unfortunately, some number of Pixel users who downloaded and installed the Over-The-Air update have run into problems: their phones “bootlooped,” going into a constant reset state.As Android Central notes, Google has updated a post on Reddit to say that it is pausing the rollout of the latest Beta while it looks into these issues.We’re aware of an issue with Android Q Beta 4 related to installing updates.We’ve temporarily paused Beta 4 OTA updates to all Pixel devices as we investigate the issue.We apologize for any inconvenience, and will provide an update once the issue is resolved.
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As we've previously reported, Microsoft has been sending out updates for the older versions of Windows, this is done in order to close a serious security hole, which received the name of the Bluekeep (CVE-2019-0708).not all users, however, install the updates, which means that the us signalspaningsmyndigheten of the National Security Agency (NSA) is now sending out its own warning.here be pointed out that the millions and millions of computers at risk of being exposed to the malicious code, which, in turn, increases the risk of the so-called " distributed denial-of-service attacks.in Addition to urging all Windows users to update their own systems, points out, the NSA, that it may be a wise idea to disable the Remote Desktop Protocol (remote Desktop connection) if the service does not have to be in the way.in Order to increase the level of security even further, it can also be a good idea to block the port 3389 in the windows firewall settings.According to ZDnet, has yet another vulnerability (CVE-2019-9510) was detected in the Remote Desktop Protocol, but it is not expected to be as severe as the Bluekeep.
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Embattled Chinese vendor Huawei has picked the middle of the US President’s visit to launch an ad campaign highlighting how important it is to the UK.The new Huawei UK corporate ad campaign is themed: ‘A Fully Connected Britain is a Fully United Britain’ (see poster below).While there’s plenty of evidence on the internet and especially social media to call that claim into question, the point Huawei is presumably trying to make is that the country would be worse off without Huawei’s help in building its networks.Huawei says it has played a pivotal role in helping to shape the UK’s digital future since 2001.The campaign claims Huawei contributes £1.7 billion of value to the UK economy, including 26,000 jobs and £470 million of tax revenues.The two points about the importance of connectivity and Huawei’s contribution to the UK economy are quite distinct, but the purpose of this campaign seems to be to conflate them.
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