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Millie Bobby Brown is so into a Joyce-Hopper romance in 'Stranger Things' Season 3

Wed, 22 Aug 2018 04:32:16 +0000
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Look, we're all hoping there's some truth to the possibility of romance between two main characters in Stranger Things Season 3 — and so is Millie Bobby Brown.

Brown, who plays Eleven in the beloved Netflix series, fully supports co-star David Harbour's teased idea of characters Chief Jim Hopper and Joyce Byers falling in love, telling Variety she "would love for them to get together."

Talking to the publisher at an Emmy nomination event for Stranger Things in New York on Tuesday, Brown said she was in full support of a love story between her onscreen counterpart's guardian, Hopper, and friend Will's mum, Joyce.   Read more...

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Scientists thought 'Steve' was a new aurora. Turns out it isn't.

Wed, 22 Aug 2018 02:41:37 +0000
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Named "Steve," the swathes of purple light filling skies over Regina, Canada, spurred plenty of intrigue when discovered by citizen scientists.

The lights, the likes of which locals had never seen before, were understood by scientists to be a new aurora. Or so they thought.

Turns out "Steve," which stands for Strong Thermal Emission Velocity Enhancement, is no aurora. It's an entirely new celestial phenomenon, with a different atmospheric process to an aurora.

The conclusion was made by researchers from the University of Calgary in Canada, who authored a study which was published in Geophysical Research Letters.  Read more...

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Verizon explains why it throttled a fire department's data during wildfire

Wed, 22 Aug 2018 01:55:19 +0000
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Earlier this summer, the Santa Clara County Fire Department sent a team to fight the largest wildfire in the history of California. 

The problem? During the fire, Verizon throttled the department's "unlimited" data once it reached its limit. 

As part of its emergency services, the department "relies upon Internet-based systems to provide crucial and time sensitive public safety services," Fire Chief Anthony Bowden wrote in an addendum added this week to a lawsuit fighting to overturn the FCC's net neutrality repeal.

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Accio, wand! The 10 most popular 'Harry Potter' spells revealed

Wed, 22 Aug 2018 01:42:35 +0000
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Everyone who's read Harry Potter will have fond memories of practicing their wand twirling action in front of the mirror, muttering "Expelliarmus" over and over again in the vague but undying hope that something will actually happen and that magic is indeed real.

Even though our Hogwarts letters may have never arrived, though, we'll always have the memories. And the spells.

SEE ALSO: 15 Magical Harry Potter Cocktails to Charm Your Palate

Harry Potter readers recently voted on their favourite spells as part of a world-wide survey by Bloomsbury Children's Books — you can probably guess which Harry Potter spell got the top vote, but there are still a few surprises in here... Read more...

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Facebook's role in anti-refugee attacks outlined in shocking study

Wed, 22 Aug 2018 01:41:23 +0000
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Facebook bubbles are dangerous. 

Not in an abstract, immeasurable way. They actually make communities more prone to racial violence, claims a disturbing new study from the University of Warwick. 

The New York Times reported a lengthy piece outlining the study from Altena, Germany, where a man attempted to light a refugee house on fire after sharing racist messages with friends on Facebook. Like many other cities in Europe, the community is home to refugees fleeing violence from countries including Syria and Afghanistan. 

Even in the aftermath of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, it's a shocking study. The researchers studied every refugee attack in Germany over two years (3,335) and considered factors such as wealth, political views, and the number of hate crimes and refugees.  Read more...

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What was Fox News covering while Manafort and Cohen were in court? This hilarious meme has some answers.

Tue, 21 Aug 2018 21:03:31 -0400
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Hey, Fox News, any big news going on? No? Okay. 

As you may have noticed, a lot went down on Tuesday. Paul Manafort, Trump's former campaign manager, was found guilty of eight counts of tax and bank fraud. 

Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen, meanwhile, plead guilty to campaign finance crimes and stated that Trump directed him to pay off two women during the campaign to keep them quiet about affairs they had with Trump. 

While most news outlets have been airing extensive coverage of the two major cases, Fox News has predictably turned a mostly blind eye to it. 

People on Twitter responded to the channel's reluctance to cover anything that looks bad on Trump into a very amusing meme.  Read more...

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Facebook just revealed yet another shady political influence campaign

Wed, 22 Aug 2018 00:50:34 +0000
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Stop me if you've heard this one before. 

On Tuesday afternoon Facebook released yet another detailed look at an elaborate political influence campaign taking advantage of its platform. According to the social media giant, this time around Iranian state media attempted to use the power of Facebook to shape political opinions around the globe. Oh, and there was some more Russian stuff, too. 

This, of course, is just three weeks after Facebook revealed in another blog post a separate campaign run by so-called "inauthentic" accounts with the goal of influencing U.S. politics.   Read more...

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Azealia Banks posted more screenshots. Let's unpack this mess.

Wed, 22 Aug 2018 00:07:07 +0000
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Welcome to another chapter in the bizarre saga of Azealia Banks/Grimes/Elon Musk!

Azealia Banks — who claims she was abandoned by Grimes and trapped in Elon Musk's mansion while he tripped acid — has been dropping juicy screenshots hinting at the unfolding drama in her Instagram stories. 

On Tuesday, Banks posted a screenshot of a conversation between her and an unnamed source. She circled a text that said, "I made you look really good today. The attorneys like you and said you're smart." 

The texts also discuss "damages that Claire caused" — Claire is Grimes' birth name.  Read more...

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Don't believe the naysayers: Self-driving cars are already here in many ways

Tue, 21 Aug 2018 22:36:37 +0000
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Yes, it's true: The promise of self-driving cars zooming around while their human operators doze off, read, or watch movies is not quite here yet. 

But who said that had to happen right now or we've missed our chance at driverless vehicles forever? On Monday, The Outline published an article titled "The self-driving car that will never arrive," calling self-driving cars "delusional" and part of "our grossest capitalistic dreams." It's just the latest from those who believe driverless cars and other artificial intelligence innovations are an unrealistic pipe dream.

But innovation happens incrementally, step by step. Just because it's not instantaneous doesn't mean it will never happen.  Read more...

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Trump fixer Michael Cohen pleads guilty and promptly gets roasted for his crimes

Tue, 21 Aug 2018 22:12:38 +0000
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Remember back in 2015 when Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen joked about sending Hillary Clinton to prison?

It's funny how things change. It now appears that Cohen, not Clinton, will be the one headed to prison. On Tuesday, Cohen reached a plea deal in the Southern District of New York, pleading guilty on charges that include campaign finance violations from his time working on the campaign of President Donald Trump.

According to the Associated Press, Cohen could spend between four and five years in jail.

Between news that former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort was found guilty of tax fraud and Cohen's plea, news fiends' attention was divided on Tuesday. Still, the internet found time to craft some five-star memes, GIFS, and tweets about Trump's right-hand man.  Read more...

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Tinder launches Tinder U for the college kids

Tue, 21 Aug 2018 22:10:21 +0000
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There's a new Tinder in town. It's a feature called Tinder U, made specifically for users of the dating app who are in college. And the company is rolling it out just in time for the start of the new school year.

To set up Tinder U on an account, users must have an active .edu email address and be geolocated on their college campus. At launch, Tinder U will be available to iOS users who attend a four-year, accredited, not-for-profit school.

Tinder U functions just like regular old Tinder, with swiping and all. You can even toggle back and forth between the Tinder U feature and the original. When toggled on, users will see their school logo depicted as a badge on their profile image. Using this feature brings up college students in the same area, including students on Tinder who attend nearby universities.  Read more...

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Twitter's pleasant 'old fruit pictures' bot has a fascinating origin story

Tue, 21 Aug 2018 22:08:41 +0000
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This is Ode To..., a weekly column where we share the stuff we're really into in hopes that you'll be really into it, too.

The Twitter bot is one of the most compelling art forms the internet has given us. Despite some of the more unsavory examples, there are plenty of artful, whimsical, and occasionally beautiful bots to lift your Twitter experience just barely above a total hellfire.

Among the best of these is @pomological, a bot that tweets vintage fruit images from the USDA National Agricultural Library's pomological watercolor collection. Every three hours, it tweets a new illustration from the 7,584-image database, along with the name of the fruit and the name of the artist who made it. (3,807 of the images are apples, but there are lots of other fruits, too.) Read more...

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After losing trust of its users, Facebook assigns them a ‘trustworthiness’ score

Tue, 21 Aug 2018 21:15:42 +0000
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Facebook knows it has a trust problem. 

In an effort to better manage how its users flag content they object to, the social media giant is planning to rate the trustworthiness of its users on an individual basis. However, the initiative comes at a time when Facebook has lost the confidence of the American people on numerous fronts ranging from its ability to protect users' private data to the veracity of the information promoted by the platform on News Feed, surveys show. 

The Washington Post reports the company "has begun to assign its users a reputation score, predicting their trustworthiness on a scale from zero to 1." The score, which was reportedly developed this year, is used for internal calculations by Facebook and does not appear to be displayed in any public capacity.  Read more...

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This man got engaged to boxed wine and we can't even get a text back

Tue, 21 Aug 2018 20:57:32 +0000
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Portland-based writer and artist Michael James Schneider posted a series of engagement photos to Twitter of him and his wine-box boyfriend, and of course, they went viral. You know what they say...rosé is bae. Read more...

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Paul Manafort found guilty of tax fraud, and the internet can't stop smirking

Tue, 21 Aug 2018 20:47:46 +0000
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Former Donald Trump campaign chairman and lover of ugly-but-expensive suits Paul Manafort was found guilty on eight counts on Tuesday, the first verdict in a case stemming from Robert Mueller's special counsel investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. 

Manafort was found guilty of filing false tax returns and bank fraud. While the case was a byproduct of the election meddling investigation, it centered on Manafort's financial dealings. According to CNN, the judge declared a mistrial on 10 other counts after the jury could not reach a consensus.

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Fox News contributor suggests it was a 'compliment' when Trump called Omarosa a 'dog'

Tue, 21 Aug 2018 20:36:12 +0000
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Remember when Donald Trump, our sitting president, called Omarosa "that dog" after news broke that she'd recorded with him and others during her time at the White House? It was both racist and sexist — and definitely was not said from a place of love. 

But if you ask Washington Times' editor Charlie Hurt, Trump's "dog" comment was totally fine. During a segment on Fox News on Tuesday, Hurt suggested that Trump meant "dog" as a compliment. 

Fox News commentator Marie Harf first brought up the comment as an example of "offensive things" Trump's said on Twitter.  Read more...

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We are closer to making a 'universal' blood type

Tue, 21 Aug 2018 20:32:38 +0000
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Researchers have been trying to make a "universal" blood type that anyone can receive, and it may be a reality soon — thanks to some researchers at the University of British Columbia, and to the bacteria in your guts. Read more...

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The Thunder Road race scene from 'Grease' loses a lot of its thunder with bad foley

Tue, 21 Aug 2018 19:23:21 +0000
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The classic Thunder Road race scene from Grease shows us that racing for pinks is risky business. But rerecording the sound effects with shitty mouth noises shows us not only how sound is an important aspect in visual storytelling, but also how easily it can ruin everything. Read more...

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15 words we use for periods that are funny any time of the month

Mon, 28 Mar 2016 12:02:00 +0000
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Shark Week. Aunt Flo. Period.

All of these words are euphemisms for one thing: menstruation. So why can't we just use the word menstruation instead of all of this period slang? Well, there's probably a lot of reasons we're always looking for other words for period, ranging from everything from social pressures to the idea that the word menstruation is just a little bit hard to say. 

An international survey conducted by the health app Clue found that there are more than "5,000 different slang/euphemistic expressions and phrases for periods: from the gentle English 'Aunt Flo,' to the dramatic French 'Les Anglais ont debarqué' – 'the English have landed.'" Read more...

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The 'f*ck your zodiac sign' meme wants to know who you really are as a person

Tue, 21 Aug 2018 19:04:15 +0000
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If there's anything keeping us going in the hellhole that is 2018, it's astrology. 

Analyzing birth charts to bonding over rising signs has become something of a conversation starter. For some, it's just a guilty pleasure. For others, astrology is their guide to life. 

But this meme wants to ignore the superficial zodiac sign and get people to bond over deeper qualities — like what character they start with in Mario Kart.

Fuck your zodiac sign what character do u choose to play in Mario kart

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Porn company offers to turn customers into adult film stars using deepfakes

Tue, 21 Aug 2018 18:34:43 +0000
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When deepfakes burst onto the scene last year, it didn’t take long for the new image-manipulation technology to go from harmless online fun to troubling tool for online harassment. However, one company is looking to shift the conversation back, strangely enough, with porn.

One of the first uses of deepfakes was the swapping the faces of porn actors and actresses with those of celebrities, a big part of what led to deepfake bans across the web. However, the adult film company Naughty America is looking to flip the telescope on that kind of scenario and make it 100 percent consensual. 

Naughty America's new service lets customers insert images of themselves into scenes, transport porn stars to a whole new setting by changing the background, and, in one example, blend together the facial features of two different actors. The company uploaded a number of samples here, which are obviously not safe for work. Read more...

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Why Trump's EPA wants to kill the nation's most ambitious climate change plan

Tue, 21 Aug 2018 18:12:10 +0000
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After President Donald Trump called coal "indestructible" last week while also expressing concern for the number of birds killed by wind turbines, it was all the more evident that the Clean Power Plan — the Obama-era strategy intended to dramatically slash America's reliance on coal-generated electricity — was in hot water. 

Tuesday morning, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler, a former coal lobbyist, announced a strategy dubbed the "Affordable Clean Energy" rule, or ACE,  to completely replace the Clean Power Plan. 

The ACE rule is specifically designed to keep the American coal industry, which has been in significant decline for over a decade, afloat.  Read more...

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Which of these VMAs looks was the wildest?

Tue, 21 Aug 2018 17:51:10 +0000
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The VMAs are always insane — especially the outfits! Here are some of the most...interesting ones from this year's show. Read more...

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Nikolaj Coster-Waldau shares his favorite Jaime moments from 'Game of Thrones' Season 7

Tue, 21 Aug 2018 17:40:45 +0000
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The end is nigh for Game of Thrones, and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, a.k.a. Jaime Lannister, reminisced about some of his favorite moments from the series, specifically a couple scenes from Season 7.

In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Coster-Waldau said that two Season 7 scenes in particular stood out to him — both in his own enjoyment and how they showed Jaime's character development.

The episode "The Queen's Justice" features a scene between Jaime and Olenna Tyrell (played by Dame Diana Rigg) in which Jaime has been tasked with executing Olenna by his sister Cersei (Lena Headey). Instead of a death-by-sword scenario, Jaime offers Olenna a bottle of poison for a quick, painless death, which she takes and then reveals she was the one who poisoned his son Joffrey right before she died. Read more...

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Why Peter Kavinsky is a new kind of rom-com dreamboat

Tue, 21 Aug 2018 17:40:43 +0000
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The romantic comedy lead is a type of role that has changed a lot over the years. 

The "bad boy" had his day in rom-coms, dangling a cigarette from between his lips and daring the lady lead to see past his hard exterior. The "overworked businessman" also had a moment. He was all about his work until a woman came along and showed him how to live a fuller life. Then, of course, there was the "neurotic writer/poet/filmmaker" whose art suffered until he found his muse...and all of those people seem like terrible boyfriends.

Now, Netflix's To All The Boys I've Loved Before (based on the book by Jenny Han) has given the romantic comedy genre a new boy type to play with, one who appeals to Gen Z but is also desirable to anyone with eyes and feelings. The type insofar is just called Peter Kavinsky. And he's the perfect boyfriend.  Read more...

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Bacon the very concerned-looking dog is your new spirit animal

Tue, 21 Aug 2018 15:07:26 +0000
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Please allow me to introduce you to Old Man Bacon.

Old Man Bacon is a dog with strikingly human-like features, who is fast winning over the internet with his extremely expressive face. Bacon's Instagram account is flooded with pictures of him looking concerned, anxious, shocked, and despondent — all the big (and now very normal) 2018 emotions. 

 

Pretending to care about a really long boring story 😶

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Bacon's looks of dread and despair are endearing and relatable — they also kind of make me want to buy him an especially strong Long Island Iced Tea.  Read more...

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The gold-standard in video game horror is now the gateway to a new series

Tue, 21 Aug 2018 17:25:31 +0000
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Until Dawn absolutely owned in 2015.

It's still one of the best PlayStation 4 games, this playable horror story where your decisions and split-second button presses directly influence which members of the cast live and die. And now, the building blocks that make Until Dawn special are apparently going to live on.

The newly announced Dark Pictures Anthology gives developer Supermassive Games a platform to continue toying with ideas first laid out in Until Dawn. Even better, it won't be a PlayStation-only party anymore; the first game, at least, is coming to PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One in 2019. Read more...

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Nicki Minaj blamed a baby for her album sales, and Twitter thinks it's hilarious

Mon, 20 Aug 2018 23:50:49 +0000
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Nicki Minaj blamed a 6-month-old baby for lackluster album sales, and Twitter has been rolling out some golden memes about the whole situation.

Despite landing the No. 2 spot on the Billboard 200 with "The Queen," Nicki was peeved that Travis Scott's "Astroworld" topped charts for the second week in a row. During a Twitter meltdown on Sunday, Nicki blamed Spotify, Travis' merch loophole, Kylie Jenner's promotion tactics, and even the couple's infant daughter, Stormi Webster, for keeping her from the coveted No. 1 spot. 

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Get the NutriBullet Pro 900 on sale for $50 off and make smoothies at home

Tue, 21 Aug 2018 17:23:29 +0000
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The NutriBullet Pro 900 is currently on sale for $79 at Walmart. This will save you $50 on the listed $129 price tag, and will mean you can start making your own smoothies (or milkshakes, we won't judge) at home.

The Pro 900 is among the more powerful blenders that NutriBullet currently offers, able to break down tough things like seeds, frozen fruit, and ice. An added bonus of the setup is the pair of blender cups that allow you to take your smoothie on the go. The tall cup is 24 ounces — this is the standard cup you get with most NutriBullets. But if you're looking for a little extra, you also get the 32-ounce colossal cup if you are especially hungry or need to prep multiple servings. Just make sure you have the lip rings or flip lid on hand if you plan on traveling with it. Read more...

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Man falls into black hole at museum because not even art is safe anymore

Tue, 21 Aug 2018 14:44:54 +0000
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Falling into a dark abyss is normally the stuff of nightmares — but for one unlucky museum patron, it was a kind of reality after he tumbled into an art installation.

According to the Art Newspaper, a visitor to a Portugal museum fell into an art installation that features a deep hole painted dark enough to look like a circle painted on the floor. The hole is part of the Anish Kapoor exhibition at the Serralves museum in Porto.

The installation that included the eight-foot-deep hole, aptly called "Descent into Limbo (1992)," creates the illusion of a endless void — a disturbing concept if I do say so myself. Read more...

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