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How I learned to love the simplicity of the Amazon Kindle

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 12:31:28 +0000
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People often ask me what my favorite gadget is, or if there's one piece of technology I can't live without. They're usually taken aback by my simple response: my Kindle Paperwhite, a device that reliably performs one task really well and one that I've treasured since receiving it as a gift in 2013. 

It might be a surprising answer from someone who makes a living chasing iPhone rumors and reviewing fitness trackers everyday, but it's true. Amazon's e-reader is, to me, the perfect confluence of technological savvy and no-frills, barebones utility. 

My Kindle helps me focus on just one task: reading books. It's one of the few single-purpose devices left in this world, and I've come to appreciate its narrow focus. While thousands of other do-it-all gadgets seem to have abandoned all pretense of simplicity, the Amazon Kindle remains devoted to a basic purpose — it lets me read books regularly and holds a charge for weeks. Read more...

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Hey Netflix, Apple reportedly has $1 billion to spend on new TV shows

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 12:29:31 +0000
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Apple dipped a toe into TV. Now it's preparing to do a cannonball. 

Apple has set aside $1 billion for original video over the next year, according to the Wall Street Journal. The money would go to as many as 10 different shows in an attempt to put Apple on the map alongside Netflix, Amazon, HBO, and many other companies that are making high-end internet-delivered video.

Just where those shows would appear is not immediately clear, as Apple doesn't have a dedicated video platform... yet. The two original shows it has made so far ("Planet of the Apps" and "Carpool Karaoke") were in Apple Music. Read more...

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Jimmy Kimmel would rather have Cersei Lannister be president than Trump

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 12:07:20 +0000
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Hot take: Nazis are bad.

Nearly everyone in media condemned the president's defense of white supremacists last night, and none more poetically than Jimmy Kimmel, who urged the president's remaining supporters to let him go.

"It was like if your book club meeting turned into a cockfight," Kimmel said on Jimmy Kimmel Live!.

Except here, everyone is crying. Read more...

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Team of rivals: The startups Uber competes against around the world

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 12:00:00 +0000
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Uber's been facing crisis after crisis at home, but its rivals around the world aren't slowing down. 

Didi Chuxing is leading the international fight against Uber. The Chinese ride-hailing giant is using its considerable influence to shore up other regional ride-sharing competitors—with three global investments in markets Uber competes in over the past two months. 

And that's just the start. From strategic partnerships in the Middle East to investments in Southeast Asia, Uber is facing serious competition. These alliances among regional competitors may be fragile, especially since many of these companies compete against each other too, but they're the best the rest of the ride-hailing world has got against Uber.  Read more...

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'Game of Thrones' fan drops the mic on that Littlefinger storyline with this huge theory

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:58:18 +0000
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Warning: Contains spoilers for Game of Thrones Season 7, episode 5.

What exactly is Littlefinger up to?

Of all the characters in Game of Thrones, he's probably the one with the murkiest intentions. At this point we pretty much know his ultimate goal — marry Sansa and rule over the Seven Kingdoms with her — but his methods are always somewhat mysterious.

Well, Reddit user squirrelwoman has a theory. On Tuesday, they shared an impressively detailed post about Baelish's sneaky intentions: Read more...

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Smiley emoji in your work emails are making you look incompetent :(

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:50:12 +0000
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Emoji have invaded our texts, Slacks, and even our business emails. But, a new study suggests that including emoji in your work emails may be making you look incompetent. Not ideal, TBH. 

Researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel found that professional emails which feature "smiley" emoji  actually "decrease perceptions of competence" and don't convey genuine "warmth."

"Our findings provide first-time evidence that, contrary to actual smiles, smileys do not increase perceptions of warmth and actually decrease perceptions of competence," says Dr Ella Glikson from Ben-Gurion University. She says that in formal business emails, "a smiley is not a smile." Read more...

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The internet gives film titles totally British makeovers and it's absolutely brilliant

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:43:10 +0000
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The people of the internet have decided that film titles don't sound British enough.

In order to amend this, Twitter users have been rewriting popular film titles under the hashtag #makeafilmtotallyBritish. Some of these movie makeovers are pure genius.

Here are some of the cleverest:

Honey I Shrunk the Majority.#makeafilmtotallyBritish pic.twitter.com/vjl7i3Esrq

— Jon Clifton (@Jon_Clifton78) August 15, 2017

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Neo-Nazi website retreats into the dark web after everyone dumps them

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:21:37 +0000
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Daily Stormer is in full retreat mode.

The neo-Nazi website has moved to the dark web, after three different domain services booted them out. 

The original site, Dailystormer.com, is now offline and the new site, not indexed by search engines, is now only available through the anonymous browsing tool Tor. 

The site's official Twitter account tweeted the site's new dark web address and called on supporters to install Tor: 

https://t.co/seXaOKEg51

Available via Tor Browser.

— Daily Stormer Status (@rudhum) August 15, 2017 Read more...

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Woman loses engagement ring, finds it on a carrot 13 years later

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 10:44:32 +0000
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When we lose something precious, many of us eventually make peace with the fact that we'll never get it back. Not so for a woman from Canada who lost her engagement ring — only to find it 13 years later. In her garden. On a carrot.  

84-year-old Mary Grams, from Alberta, Canada, lost her engagement ring back in 2004 when pulling up a big weed in her garden. Grams, who was given the ring in 1951 a year before marrying husband Norman, believed she'd never see the ring again. 

After losing her ring 13 years ago, Mary Grams of #Camrose finally has it back on her finger - you'll never guess where it was found#yeg pic.twitter.com/YLLvSqvFr0

— Sarah Kraus Global (@SarahNKraus) August 15, 2017 Read more...

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Father of the year David Beckham has a Lego surprise for his daughter

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 10:27:39 +0000
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Today's best dad award goes to David Beckham.

Beckham is outspoken about how much he adores his kids, especially his youngest child and only daughter, 6-year-old Harper.

Harper has dad wrapped around her little finger. Beckham would do just about anything for her — from sewing doll dresses to building Lego castles into the wee hours of the morning.

Beckham posted a picture of himself posing in front of the castle to Instagram with the caption: "1am done... Someone's gonna have a nice surprise in the morning."  Read more...

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Gang steals 20 tonnes of Nutella and other chocolate goodies

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 10:23:42 +0000
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If someone offers you a large batch of Nutella and Kinder Surprise Eggs, don't trust them. Report it to police immediately. 

Police in Germany have reported the theft of 20 tonnes of chocolate goods, valued at more than 50,000 euros (£45,400; $59,000), in a lorry trailer. 

To give you a rough idea, 20 tonnes of Nutella = 1,000 of these: 

Image: gianluca mezzofiore

“Anyone offered large quantities of chocolate via unconventional channels should report it to the police immediately,” Neustadt police said in a statementRead more...

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Google can now warn you when your allergies might flare up

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 10:00:00 +0000
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Google search just gained a helpful new superpower.

The search engine can now provide personalized updates about seasonal allergies at your current location directly in search.

Much like weather forecasts, when you search for queries like "pollen forecast" you'll get a detailed look at pollen levels in your area for the next few days. You can also opt to get mobile alerts, which will notify you when pollen counts are likely to be "particularly high." 

The feature is rolling out now.

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The company worked with The Weather Channel, which has long provided pollen info and other allergy-related forecasts, to bring the predictions to its service. Google says searches for allergy information consistently spike every year in the spring and the fall, when seasonal allergy sufferers tend to have more symptoms. Read more...

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Yep, a 'Hunger Games' theme park is actually happening

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:43:10 +0000
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You could be making your way to Panem sooner than you think.

Lionsgate announced on Tuesday the opening of a new 1.3 million square-foot (122,00 sqm) theme park in South Korea.

The park will be made up of seven zones, each devoted to a different Lionsgate-produced film.

And of course, both the Hunger Games and Twilight will be getting their own zones.

That's right — from the Cullens to the Capitol — the Lionsgate Movie World, which is scheduled to open in 2019, has it all.

Visitors will be able to experience "actual movie scenes through state-of the-art rides, attractions and reproduced streets and towns," according to a press releaseRead more...

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Billy Eichner and Metallica bond over 'Little Mermaid' song in 'Carpool Karaoke' clip

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:39:17 +0000
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Sometimes, all you need to become instant BFFs with someone is a shared love of Disney.

Just look at Billy Eichner and Metallica. The band seem pretty reluctant to join in with Eichner's impassioned rendition of a song from The Little Mermaid at first — but by the end, James Hetfield is singing right along with him.

As an added bonus, the Carpool Karaoke: The Series clip above also includes a more metal version of the game "Never Have I Ever," and a frank discussion about d*ck pics. Read more...

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Jaime Lannister has some incredible 'Game of Thrones' cast tattoo ideas you'll definitely want to copy

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:33:03 +0000
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How do you celebrate the end of an era? Get a commemorative tattoo, of course.

In the video above, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau tells Lin-Manuel Miranda and James Corden that he's unsure he would get a Game of Thrones cast tattoo. Maybe he needs the right tattoo idea to spark his excitement.

The men toss around some pretty epic ideas — a sword, a dragon on the ass cheek, the faces of the deceased Cersei/Jaime love children down the arm. 

Any one of these will do. Read more...

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Paralympian plans to cross 40 miles of the Australian outback in just his wheelchair

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:27:49 +0000
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No wheelchair user has ever been allowed on Australia's Larapinta trail — until now.

This week, Dr William Tan, a Singapore Paralympian, begins a five day journey across 65km (40 miles) of the Australian outback.

The 60-year-old has in the past completed marathons across Antarctica and the North Pole, but says the upcoming challenge will be the "most treacherous one" yet.

The terrain in the Larapinta Trail is rugged and steep, making it difficult even for the average athlete to complete — much less someone crossing it in a wheelchair.  Read more...

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LED eyelashes could cause cataracts and wrinkles, doctor warns

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:13:00 +0000
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Perhaps you should think twice before jumping on the LED eyelash bandwagon, an ophthalmologist is warning.

The latest clubbing fad has people affixing LED strips above their eyes. Powered by a small battery tucked into the hair at the back of your head, the lights flash in different colours, as you move to the beat.

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But several eye specialists are now highlighting possible health risks that could come from sticking the lights onto your eyelids.

With such close and constant exposure to UV rays from the lights, users risk developing cataracts and macular degeneration down the road, Assoc. Prof Naris Kitnarong, a specialist at Siriraj Hospital’s Department of Ophthalmology, was quoted by the Thai broadcaster as saying. Read more...

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LinkedIn is rolling out video creation on its mobile app

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:12:34 +0000
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LinkedIn wants to let users share as much as possible on the site. So in its latest effort the social media company is rolling out a video creation tool within its mobile app

The feature is only available for frequent contributors at the moment, but will be available to everyone else soon.

"Some stories are better shown than told. Video allows you to evoke emotion, transport viewers, teach something or share some incredible piece of insight when words and images alone aren't enough," LinkedIn wrote in the announcement email. "We can't wait to see how you use this new way to tell your stories on LinkedIn."  Read more...

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We finally have a shipping date for Andy Rubin's Essential phone

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:08:41 +0000
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The Essential phone is real, you guys, and it will actually start shipping within 7 days. 

This is according to an email sent to customers who have reserved the phone, Android Authority reports. This doesn't, however, include the Essential 360 Camera; customers that ordered it will receive a separate email with a shipping date for the gadget. 

The news comes after a long delay (the phone was originally due for a June launch) during which it was unclear when the phone would ship. In early August, the project founder Andy Rubin (also known as the creator of Android) broke the silence by tweeting photos of the phone being manufactured.  Read more...

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John Legend sings about erections in hilarious 'Carpool Karaoke' clip

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:02:40 +0000
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John Legend and Alicia Keys can turn any sentence into a song. Even one about erections.

In the hilarious Carpool Karaoke: The Series clip above, Legend and Keys are challenged by James Corden to turn mundane sentences into beautiful vocals.

Needless to say, they both nail it. Read more...

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Melbourne, Australia is the world's most liveable city for the seventh year in a row

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 08:48:53 +0000
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Now they're just rubbing it in.

The city of Melbourne in Australia for the seventh year in a row running (count it, seriously), has been named the most liveable city in the world by The Economist's Intelligence Unit.

With a near-perfect 97.5/100 livability rating, Melbourne narrowly beat Vienna, Austria, which sits in second place. It's followed by the Canadian cities of Vancouver, Toronto and Calgary. 

No U.S. cities made the top ten. Nor did Melbourne's arch-rival, Sydney, which sits all the way back in eleventh place, ya suckers. Read more...

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This guy's amazing Tinder profile is a PowerPoint sales pitch

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 08:43:15 +0000
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If your Tinder profile doesn't look like a PowerPoint slide, you're not doing it right.

Niket Biswas, a software engineering manager at Facebook in New York, decided he wanted to create a Tinder profile that was far from generic — and he did.

Biswas spent two hours on presentation software Keynote before finally coming up with this, which he uploaded to Tinder last Saturday:

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Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner surprise 'Game of Thrones' fans in Carpool Karaoke trailer

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 08:37:44 +0000
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The Stark girls may not be getting on super well in Westeros right now, but their off-screen relationship has never been better.

Just check Apple's trailer above for their upcoming Carpool Karaoke episode. You can only sing that passionately in front of people you're truly friends with, right?

We're also looking forward to seeing what happens when they just jump out on some Game of Thrones fans and scream "WINTER IS COMING".

Carpool Karaoke: The Series is out now on Apple Music with new episodes being added weekly. Read more...

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Next episode of 'Game of Thrones' leaked online, courtesy of HBO Spain

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 08:29:38 +0000
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It turns out you don't need hackers to spoil the next episode of Game of Thrones — HBO Spain is here for your needs!

This season's episode 6, due to air Sunday, has leaked online after HBO Spain accidentally made it available to subscribers for an hour before it was removed. 

Reddit user Kingrdgz posted a screenshot of the episode on /r/FreeFolk (SPOILERS!), a popular Game of Thrones discussion board that isn't moderated. He even posted a 2 minute video from the leak (WARNING, SPOILERS!)

Other users in the thread shared links of the episode being livestreamed on Instagram, YouTube, and Twitch. All the links have been removed at the time of publication.  Read more...

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Hey, these feeding sugar gliders are really that adorable

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 06:08:39 +0000
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You might've never heard of a sugar glider before, but this is a pretty good introduction to the Australian marsupial.

Tiny, Beyoncé and Lemonade — yes, even their names are sweet too — are the newest members of the Australian Reptile Park family. They got their own special introduction, as you can see in a video uploaded onto the park's Facebook page.

The sugar glider is best known for its ability to leap long distances. It has a special membrane which allows it to glide up to 50 metres (164 feet) between trees, according to the Australian Museum.

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Guess who's back: Daniel Craig confirms return as James Bond

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 05:54:46 +0000
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Even though he may be a teensy-weensy bit sick of it, Daniel Craig is back as Agent 007 once again.

The British actor confirmed he would return to the role on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Tuesday, ending speculation there would be a changing of the guard — for now.

Craig explained to Colbert that he had been sitting on the Bond decision for "a couple of months." He'll be back at it in James Bond 25, set to release in 2019. 

"We've been discussing it and we've been trying to figure things out, but I always wanted to. I needed a break," he said. Read more...

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The battle between Walmart and Amazon moves into a surprising new arena

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 03:33:46 +0000
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As the industry buzzes about Amazon's growing  advertising power, its arch-rival is trying its best not to be outdone.

Walmart is now quietly bulking up its own online ads business, according to a recent research note from KeyBanc analyst Ed Yruma. Whereas the retailer previously used space on its site mostly for its own promotions, it's now increasingly selling it to other brands and vendors.

Walmart's already tapping into the same sort of cocktail that's made Amazon such a potentially formidable force in the ads world: a valuable trove of data on customer shopping habits. The big-box retailer is now also plugging in information collected on in-store sales to give advertisers a fuller picture of the customers they're targeting. Read more...

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'Bachelor in Paradise' inadvertently joins the impeach Trump train

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 03:05:50 +0000
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Here's probably the best press that our favourite dating show spin-off, Bachelor In Paradise, will receive.

The show's Twitter account, which was live-tweeting Tuesday's episode, somehow mistakenly joined the impeach Trump brigade by including the hashtag "#Impeach45" in its tweet.

It was attached to a GIF of contestant Raven Gates cannonballing into a pool. We're sure there's an analogy somewhere.

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The tweet was up for an hour, before it was finally and sadly deleted. Not soon enough to prevent the internet from declaring The Bachelor got woke, though. Read more...

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Fancy smart locks marketed to Airbnb hosts permanently broken by software update

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 02:59:42 +0000
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The Internet of Things continues to amaze, but unfortunately for all the techno-utopians of the world, it's for exactly the wrong reasons. 

The latest case study in why connecting every little thing to the internet might not be such a good idea is brought to us by Lockstate — a company that manufactures, among other things, a Wi-Fi enabled smart lock marketed to Airbnb hosts around the world. The device allows for keyless entry and remote monitoring, along with the charming ability to be remotely bricked.

And, surprise, that's exactly what happened on Aug. 7 when Lockstate pushed an errant firmware update that left a number of its locks permanently busted. Whoops. Read more...

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Anderson Cooper breaks down exactly why Trump's press conference should bother you

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 02:39:06 +0000
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The American public is still trying to process Donald Trump's disastrous press conference on Tuesday, in which he defended those who marched in a white supremacist rally.

Later that day, Anderson Cooper broke down exactly what was so disturbing about the president's comments in a segment that lasted more than 11 minutes.

.@AndersonCooper: Today, Trump seem to go out of his way to whitewash the nature of what was a white power rally https://t.co/NYObZGfyrt

— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) August 16, 2017

"In the remarks he made today, the president revealed what he truly thinks about race in America," Cooper said, before showing clips of Trump trying to downplay a gathering of neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and alt-right members that resulted in a protester getting killed by a car.  Read more...

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