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  • France Is Trying To Make Google And Facebook Accountable For Hate Speech (FB, GOOG)

    Francois Hollande

    France is hoping to make internet companies such as Google and Facebook accountable for social media posts promoting terrorism, Bloomberg reports.

    The French government is mounting pressure on web companies to take responsibility for online hate speech as the nation battles against extremist groups in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo massacre.

    Bloomberg reports that President Hollande spoke in Paris on Tuesday about a new law that would make internet operators "accomplices" of such offences — making a racial statement is a crime in France. A draft of the legislation could be made next month and challenges messages across social media platforms. 

    The president was talking at a memorial for Jews deported in World War II. He said that social media sites "can no longer close their eyes if they are considered accomplices of what they host," and added: "We must act at the European and international level to define a legal framework so that Internet platforms which manage social media be considered responsible, and that sanctions can be taken.”

    At the World Economic Forum in Davos last week, Hollande also challenged internet companies to crack down on illegal material and help governments identify potential criminals who pose a risk to the public. The problems are widespread: In Germany, a paper was attacked in connection with the Paris murders.

    Bernard Cazeneuve, France's interior minister, said he intends to travel to the US to discuss the possibility of intervention with some of the world's biggest tech companies. Twitter, Microsoft, Google, and Facebook are all on the list. None responded with comment, however. 

    ISIS, probably the most radical Islamist terrorist group in the world right now, is well-known for harnessing social media to make threats and herald their cause to the world. The organisation recently documented a "violent frenzy" on Twitter as part of a social media push.

    Business Insider previously reported: "The extremist group uses clever Twitter hashtags, professionally-shot propaganda videos, smartphone apps, and their own line of commercial products to amplify their war message."

    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg hasn't commented recently on the role that internet companies play in fighting terrorism, but he did champion the right to freedom of speech after the Charlie Hebdo attacks. He underlined the importance that the site has in giving people a voice and connecting people around the world. 

    If we live in fear that we're going to get hurt because some extremist might not like what you say, that's not freedom of expression either. That gets to the core of what Facebook is here to do: stand up and make it so that everyone can have as much of a voice as possible.

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  • 15 Mind-Blowing Facts About Apple's Latest Quarter (AAPL)

    tim cook

    Apple reported fantastic earnings on Tuesday, crushing Wall Street estimates.

    In short, Apple's success is nothing less than historic.

    Here's just how historic ...

    Apple's quarterly revenue just from the iPhone, $51.2 billion, was greater than Yahoo's entire market capitalization of $45.5 billion.

    Apple's iPhone revenue in the fourth quarter was more than three times Google's third-quarter revenue, $16.5 billion.

    And Apple's iPhone revenue was almost twice Microsoft's $26.5 billion in revenue last quarter.

    See the rest of the story at Business Insider
  • 15 Reasons Android Phones Are Better Than The iPhone

    Android vs Apple

    Apple just reported a record number of iPhone sales in its latest earnings report.

    But while iPhones might be selling like hotcakes, there are still a bunch of reasons why Android phones are better. 

    When you buy an iPhone, you're stuck with as much storage as you decided to buy at the get-go. Most Android phones, however, have a microSD card slot, so you can easily and cheaply buy more storage space.

    If your battery starts sucking, you can often remove it and replace it with a new one. Can't do that with an iPhone.

    A bunch of Android phones (including the HTC One, LG G3, and the Galaxy S5) can be used as remote controls, because they have infrared blasters on the top. iPhones do not.

    See the rest of the story at Business Insider
  • The Mobile App-Install Ad Is Driving A Boom In Mobile Ad Spend — And Not Just Among Game Makers


    The mobile app-install ad — an ad unit that directs users to download a mobile app – arguably offers the most measurable return on investment (ROI) of any major mobile ad format, and has seen a massive rise in popularity among marketers.

    These ads are becoming an essential tool for apps seeking to stand out among the millions of mobile apps on the Google Play and the Apple app stores. On top of strong performance, including high clickthrough rates, marketers like app-install ads because their value can often be accurately quantified.

    And, for major mobile platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, Google, and smaller mobile ad platforms like Millennial Media, the high prices these ads commands make them very attractive inventory. 

    New and exclusive data from BI Intelligence finds that US mobile app-install ad revenue will top $4.6 billion this year and grow to $6.8 billion by the end of 2019, increasing by a compound annual growth rate of 14% from 2014. We believe mobile app install ads accounted for about 30% of mobile ad revenue last year.

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  • Android Game Apps Are Becoming As Profitable As Those On The iPhone (AAPL, GOOG)

    Larry Page smiling happy

    The iPhone has always been, the consensus goes, the rich man's phone. iOS customers earn more than Android users. They spend more on apps and on in-app purchases. And advertising rates are higher.

    But new figures show that this prevailing wisdom is no longer always the case: In some categories, Android apps are becoming just as profitable for developers as those on Apple's platform.

    According to DAU-UP, a gaming marketing company, average revenue per user (ARPU) for Android games has increased steadily over 2014. In January, it was just 20% of the ARPU enjoyed by iOS games. By December, it was at 65%. While, it's a big jump, iOS users are still spending more.

    However — and this is the important bit — media advertising costs are between 20-50% lower on Android devices. When that's taken into account, some Android game apps are as profitable (or even more profitable) than iOS ones.

    Here's a graph illustrating the rising lifetime average value (LTV) of the Android apps surveyed over 2014:Android LTV

    One limitation to be aware of is that the data only comes from games — we don't know if this trend is repeated in productivity apps, say, or mobile e-commerce. But there's no reason to believe that in other categories it'd skew dramatically in the opposite direction. (And games are a very significant sector of the app economy in their own right.) The data is also a sample, drawn from more than 10 million users (primarily in North America and Europe).

    What this all means is that yes, Apple customers are still spending more — for now. But Android is on a strong upward trajectory, as its customers spend more and more. They could ultimately reach the same levels as iOS users — and even as it currently stands, some Android apps are already proving more profitable than their iOS equivalents.

    DAU-UP believes that developers are increasingly turning to Google's platform first.

    "After years of being the unwanted step child, Android is having its Cinderella moment, as game developers are increasing their Android development resources to meet the growth in Android revenue," said CEO Idan Nizri. "We're hearing more and more developers developing games 'Android First.' I have no doubt that game developers will invest more time, effort and resources in Android in 2015."

    SEE ALSO: Google's Search Dominance Is Eroding

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  • Headphones As We Know Them Will Soon Become Obsolete

    lightningThey're a staple even on cutting-edge smartphones, televisions, and Hi-Fis, but the jack plug was invented back in the 19th century to route phone calls. Imagine hundreds of them being rearranged with swift dexterity by switchboard operators.

    Has any technical standard ever lasted as long?

    Despite the jack plug's age, it will still come as a shock when it disappears into obsolescence. Especially to those people who have just bought an expensive pair of headphones.

    The original design was a quarter inch in diameter, which is still used on electric guitars, but it shrank to 3.5mm for headphones. It is showing its age, though, and even the smaller sockets are now hindering the gradual de-thickening of mobile phones. Which is why they'll soon be replaced.

    There are basically two main ecosystems for mobile phones today: Apple's iOS and Google's Android. Both of them are well on their way to ditching the 3.5mm socket altogether.

    At its developer conference last year, during a talk on designing accessories for the iPad and iPhone, Apple announced it was working on headphones that connect via the Lightning port. That odd, proprietary socket that replaced the original 30-pin iPod connector now provides audio as well as power.

    Philips was first to develop a pair: the Fidelio M2L. So, just when you thought Apple couldn't be any more of a walled garden, there now exist headphones that work only on its devices.

    Perhaps it was a deliberate measure by Apple to not be the first to launch such a product through its recently acquired Beats brand, to avoid the same accusations of profiteering that cropped up when it dropped 30-pin connectors for Lightning. Certainly, much of Beats' $3 billion price tag could be recouped if every iPhone owner bought a new set of Lightning-equipped headphones.

    The latest version of Google's Android operating system, known as Lollipop, also includes support for USB audio. This is effectively the same thing as Apple's new feature but with a universal USB plug rather than proprietary connector.

    headphonesWhat do these features mean for audio? Unlike a traditional headphone wire, which carries the analog signals produced by a chip inside the phone, the new headphones will take digital audio and convert it to an analog signal only when it reaches the speakers next to the ear.

    In theory, if you buy decent headphones, this will provide better quality: not only will that DAC (digital to analog converter) most likely be better quality, but there will be less degradation along the wire thanks to digital error correction.

    It could also allow phones to be made even thinner, as the round headphone socket is increasingly the bulkiest component, in terms of width, in svelte handsets. Whether or not we really need thinner phones when customers are complaining that their handsets bend in their pockets is another matter, but it certainly makes for easy marketing.

    Another benefit is that noise-canceling headphones could draw power from the phone over the wire, as Philips has already taken advantage of, eliminating the need to charge yet more batteries. There's also the ability to have a microphone on the same cable, and all sorts of buttons to control playback. You could even have apps running on the phone that tweak settings on the headphones, adjusting bass or treble.

    So the advantages are clear and numerous, but there are also downsides: how do you charge your phone and listen to music at the same time when your charger and headphones use the same socket? Not a deal-breaker, but still an issue.

    Most importantly, your current and potentially new and expensive headphones will become obsolete. You could use an adapter, but that's far from ideal and will cost you on top of your phone.

    Thankfully, this isn't going to happen tomorrow. Although there's nothing to stop you splashing out on digital headphones now if you want to adopt early.

    The iPhone, for instance, alternates between a partial refresh and a total redesign with each new model. We had the 6 and 6 Plus in September and will most likely get the refreshed "6S" this year, so it's easy to imagine the "iPhone 7" losing its 3.5mm socket in September 2016.

    Apple didn't respond to a request for comment on this story, so we'll have to speculate.

    You're probably more likely to retain a 3.5mm socket for longer if you use Android, as there's a wide range of manufacturers on the platform, so you can choose the one that retains the plug longest.

    The really interesting thing will be to see when manufacturers ditch the Lightning and USB ports entirely.

    Wireless charging can already handle topping-up our batteries, and Bluetooth can deal with audio and peripherals. Losing the ports will also make devices sleeker and easier to waterproof.

    So while it looks certain that the 3.5mm socket will become an anachronism within a couple of generations of phone, the USB and Lightning port may not be too far behind, and the headphones that you bought to replace the ones that became obsolete will also become obsolete. Such is the way of technology.

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  • WikiLeaks Blasts Google For Quietly Handing Emails To The Government

    People are silhouetted as they pose with laptops in front of a screen projected with a Google logo, in this picture illustration taken in Zenica October 29, 2014.   REUTERS/Dado Ruvic

    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - WikiLeaks criticized Google on Monday, alleging that the company waited 2-1/2 years to notify members of the anti-secrecy group that it had turned over their private emails and other information to the U.S. government.

    In a letter to Google, lawyers representing WikiLeaks said they were "astonished and disturbed" by Google's actions relating to search warrants it received from federal law enforcement officials and asked for a full accounting of the information Google gave the government.

    The revelation follows leaks by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden detailing controversial U.S. government surveillance practices and assurances from technology firms like Google that they would do their utmost to safeguard users' personal information.

    "While it is too late for our clients to have the notice they should have had, they are still entitled to a list of Google's disclosures to the government and an explanation why Google waited more than two and a half years to provide any notice," read the letter from the Center for Constitutional Rights on behalf of WikiLeaks and addressed to Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt and General Counsel Kent Walker.

    WikiLeaks, founded by Julian Assange, landed in the public spotlight in 2010 when it published a trove of classified government information, including leaked U.S. diplomatic cables.

    Julian Assange

    Google, whose online services include the world's No.1 Internet search engine as well as the popular Web email service Gmail, notified three members of WikiLeaks on December 23, 2014 that it had provided "all of their email content, subscriber information, metadata and other content" to law enforcement officials more than two years earlier, according to the letter.

    Google provided the information in response to warrants for an investigation concerning espionage, conspiracy to commit espionage and the theft or conversion of property belonging to the U.S. government, among other items, the letter said.

    Google said in a statement on Monday that it has a policy of informing users about government requests "except in limited cases, like when we are gagged by a court order, which sadly happens quite frequently."

    Google noted that it has pushed to unseal all the documents related to the investigation.

    WikiLeak's letter drew a comparison to social media service Twitter Inc, which it praised for fighting the government in order to notify subscribers about such court orders.

    The letter from WikiLeaks' lawyers asked Google to provide details about whether it had initiated any challenge to the search warrants before complying and whether it initiated any legal challenge to notify users about the warrants.


    (Reporting by Alexei Oreskovic; editing by Andrew Hay)

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  • Everything You Should Know About Google’s New Deal With The NFL

    NFL coach uses Microsoft Surface Pro 3 tablet

    Google and the National Football League have finally reached a new deal for video distribution, according to Re/code.

    Here’s what you need to know:

    • NFL highlight clips will now show up in YouTube and Google search results
    • Google will now provide information about NFL games in its "OneBox" results format it uses for sites like Wikipedia, including kickoff times, schedules, and scores
    • Google will sell ads against those YouTube clips and OneBox league information, sharing that ad revenue with the NFL
    • Google will also promote the NFL on YouTube and elsewhere on the web, pointing to NFL.com when possible

    The search giant has many similar deals with the other major pro sports, including basketball, baseball, and hockey. It also offered World Cup information in its OneBox format last summer, guiding readers to visit ESPN's website.

    You can learn more details of the deal, as well as some previews of what the OneBox results will look like, over at Re/code.

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  • Here's What Could Happen If The Apple Watch Flops Like Google Glass

    Apple Watch two sizesThe biggest near-term catalyst for Apple  stock is the Apple Watch, which could launch as early as March.

    Sales forecasts for the smartwatch run as high as 60 million units (Katy Huberty, Morgan Stanley) within the first year, which would equal at least $21 billion in revenue at a base price of $350. Pricier versions of the watch and premium watch straps could all substantially increase that figure. That would be great news for Apple, which relied on the iPhone and iPad for 56% and 13% of its topline, respectively, during the last reported quarter.

    However, interest in the device remains muted. Piper Jaffray surveys showed the percentage of respondents who planned to buy an Apple Watch slipped from 10% in September 2013 to 7% in December 2014. UBS reported that just 10% of respondents in a recent survey were "very likely" to buy an Apple Watch. Those are not game-changing numbers for the most highly anticipated wearable device to date.

    In several ways, Apple Watch can be compared to Google (NASDAQ: GOOG ) (NASDAQ: GOOGL ) Glass. The former shrinks smartphone tech down for the wrist, while the latter does it for the face. Apple Watch is certainly less intrusive than Glass, but it follows a similar path of leapfrogging over consumer habits in a bid to reshape consumer behavior. If Apple Watch flops, as Glass did recently, what would be the overall impact?

    Less enthusiasm for wearables

    Google GlassWearable market forecasts will likely have to be readjusted if the Apple Watch fails. Research firm Canalys expects annual shipments of smartwatches to rise from 8 million units in 2014 to 23 million this year. That's a fairly conservative estimate that doesn't need Apple to sell 60 million units.

    But looking further ahead, Canalys expects smartwatch sales to hit 45 million units by 2017. Business Insider forecasts sales of nearly 92 million units in 2018. Research firm ON World tops them all by claiming that 330 million units will be shipped by 2018. That whopping figure basically assumes that about a fifth of all worldwide smartphone users in 2018 (1.7 billion according to IDC) will purchase a smartwatch in the next few years.

    However, a recent NPD survey found that a mere 2% of respondents currently own a smartwatch. Therefore, if Apple Watch fails, the market will have to reconsider whether 10% to 20% of smartphone owners is a realistic goal for wearables.

    Not the end of Apple

    If Apple Watch flops, the financial impact won't be severe. Hitting the max forecast of 60 million units would generate sales equivalent to just 10% of the company's projected revenue of $213 billion for fiscal 2015, but strong iPhone sales could easily offset an underwhelming Apple Watch launch.

    According to Counterpoint Research, global iPhone sales rose 24% year-over-year in November. BMO Capital estimates Apple is on track to sell 189 million iPhones in 2015, compared to 169.2 million in 2014 and 150.3 million in 2013. That kind of growth means Apple investors won't need to worry about slowing iPhone demand anytime soon.

    Therefore, Apple Watch should be considered a bonus, and not a pillar, for the company's performance this year.

    Regaining the Midas touch

    Apple Watch is CEO Tim Cook's first test of innovation without the late Steve Jobs, who oversaw the launches of the iPod, iPhone, and iPad. Since Jobs' death in 2011, Apple has refreshed those core products instead of launching new ones.

    Today's smartwatch market looks much like the MP3, smartphone, and tablet markets before Apple launched its game-changing devices. They were fragmented among manufacturers that produced innovative but flawed devices. MP3 players had limited storage, smartphones had clumsy interfaces, and Windows tablets weren't optimized for touchscreens. Today's smartwatches similarly suffer from limited battery life, unreliable health-tracking features, and a lack of aesthetic appeal.

    Apple Watch needs to address those issues. Success will prove the company still has its Midas touch, while failure might weaken consumer and investor confidence in the company.

    Think different

    As a longtime Apple investor, I hope Apple Watch is a hit. However, there's no guarantee it will be, despite bullish market forecasts, and I think investors should be prepared for what could happen if it falls short of expectations.

    I certainly won't sell my Apple stock if the Apple Watch flops. iPhone and Mac sales remain healthy, and Apple has plenty of other services -- such as HealthKit, HomeKit, Apple Pay, and Beats -- that could generate fresh revenue. But looking further ahead, I would be concerned about Apple falling back into its funk in the 1980s and 1990s without Jobs, when it launched plenty of products but nobody wanted them.

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  • Here's What You Can Earn Working At Google

    google woman employeeEverybody wants to work for Google

    Just ask the college kids.

    Grads from the nation's top business, computer science, humanities, engineering, and even natural-science programs all want to work for Larry and Sergey's company

    It's easy to see why.

    Google plays a bigger part in our lives than maybe any other tech company, with over 10 billion Google searches made and a billion Android users active every month

    Of course, there's also the money that Google's 55,000 employees take in.

    Using Glassdoor's self-reported compensation numbers, we can see that Google is a place in which employees are well compensated, especially for that highly-sought-after engineering talentIf you're in engineering at Google, you're making Wall Street-level money

    According to Glassdoor, here's the combined compensation — i.e. annual salary and bonus — for 15 positions at Google, in ascending order: 

    1. Business Development Manager$159,502 
    2. Technical Program Manager: $159,738
    3. Marketing Manager$160,726
    4. Site Reliability Engineer: $167,360
    5. Technical Program Manager III: $184,514
    6. Software Engineer IV: $192,357
    7. Sales Operations Manager: $195,795 
    8. Product Manager: $201,410
    9. Finance Manager: $204,537
    10. Research Scientist$215,158
    11. Senior Software Engineer: $242,449
    12. Senior Software Development Engineer: $262,463
    13. Senior Manager: $279,245
    14. Engineering Manager: $285,131
    15. Senior Product Manager: $320,142

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    SEE ALSO: Here's What You Can Earn Working At Facebook

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  • iTunes Affiliate Program Terms & Conditions Update 2014-10-23T16:00:50Z

    The Terms and Conditions for the Affiliate Program have been updated. There will not be any impact to the commission rate or the purchase window which remain at 7% and 24 hours respectively.

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    • Minor changes to unify verbiage used in the platform and program terms

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  • Affiliate Program Update for App Developers 2014-08-18T16:15:43Z

    Store Kit Product Sheet

    We are excited to announce that Store Kit Product Sheet is now affiliate commissionable on iOS 8. Store Kit Product Sheet allows app developers to promote the purchase of music, apps, books and more directly from a sheet within your app and earn the standard affiliate commission on all sales within 24 hours.

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  • Korea and 19 More Countries Added this Week 2014-04-17T21:17:49Z

    Korea and 19 more countries have been added this week. The Affiliate Program is now supporting 147 countries on one easy to use platform. Start earning commission today when you link to music, apps, books, and more.

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    New Countries added April 2014
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  • 33 New Countries Added, Now Over 100 Supported 2014-02-18T05:10:24Z

    We've done it again. We have expanded support of our Affiliate Program to 33 new countries added today on the PHG platform. Also, as part of our expansion two weeks ago into Europe and South America, we added six more countries that had previously not been supported. Over 100 countries are now supported.

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  • Important News for Europe and South America 2014-02-03T17:08:47Z

    Last year we introduced our new affiliate platform partner, PHG, providing added countries and unified program reporting. Today we are announcing the migration of 39 Europe and South America countries to this single platform.

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    Latin & South America
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  • Affiliate Reporting Holiday Shutdown 2013-12-18T18:46:21Z

    As a reminder, the iTunes Connect holiday shutdown schedule will also impact the affiliate program tools.

    Affiliate program reporting may be impacted from approximately from Saturday, December 21 to Friday, December 27, 2013. Some of the affiliate tools will be temporarily suspended or updated less frequently.

    • The Enterprise Partner Feed will be taken offline for the duration of the iTunes Connect shutdown.

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    We thank you for your understanding and wish you the best of luck in the coming weeks with your affiliate sales.

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  • Affiliate Reporting Planned Downtime 2013-10-16T02:04:16Z

    As part of a planned downtime affiliate reporting will be delayed this week by 3 to 4 days.

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  • 20 Additional Countries Added to the PHG Platform 2013-09-30T19:07:38Z

    We are happy to announce the continued expansion of the Affiliate Program with 20 new countries added today to the PHG platform. This brings the total of new countries to 43. The total number of countries on the PHG platform (existing plus new) is 49, providing a tremendous opportunity for iTunes affiliates.

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    New Countries
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    Moldova Nigeria Oman
    Tanzania Trinidad and Tobago Uganda
    Uzbekistan Yemen

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  • 17 New Countries Added to the PHG Platform 2013-09-04T23:03:54Z

    We are very happy to announce the expansion of the iTunes Affiliate Program with 17 new countries now available on the PHG platform.

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    Egypt India Indonesia
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    United Arab Emirates Vietnam

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    If you have not already signed up for the Affiliate Program on PHG you can go to http://affiliate.itunes.apple.com/apply to apply and start earning commission in all 29 countries.

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