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Even @theEconomist loves @LaFrenchTech

Even @theEconomist loves @LaFrenchTech | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

WHILE much of the world is swathed in gloom, the 48th annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, which opened to the public on January 6th, is all jollity. Demand for such gadgets adds up to more than $1 trillion a year, according to the Consumer Electronic Association (CEA), which puts on the world’s most important consumer-tech jamboree. More than 3,600 companies are exhibiting in the Nevada city and more than 20,000 new products will be launched.

Among the novelties this year is an exceptionally strong French presence. Around 120 firms from France are showing their wares there, fewer than from China, the United States, South Korea or Taiwan, but more than from other European countries such as Germany and Britain.

 

Some are big companies applying new digital technology to essentially old businesses, among them the cosmetics giant L’Oréal, drinks-maker Pernod Ricard and La Poste. A swathe of established mid-sized tech firms are there too, a number of them serial winners of awards for innovation. The new Activité Pop smartwatch by Withings is attracting attention. So are Netatmo’s bracelet measuring sun exposure and Parrot’s mini-drones and fancy headphones.

The big increase, however, is in the number of French start-ups. Up from 38 in 2014 to 66 this year, they account for almost one in four of the firms in Eureka Park, an area reserved for start-ups. Only America has fielded more.

 

Two new outfits were among five French firms singled out by CES for their innovation. Lima makes a hardware adapter and a multi-platform app that allows people to have the same files on all their devices, regardless of operating system or storage capacity. Voxtok produces a top-quality audio box for playing stored music, a sort of “connected jukebox”. Then there is SlowControl’s smart baby bottle that tracks the amount of milk an infant consumes. Emiota is presenting a prototype belt that measures changes in the size of the wearer’s waist and adjusts accordingly. Cityzen Sciences produces a tee-shirt that tracks the heartbeat. All in all, the French offering is varied but with a particular strength in connected objects.

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@theEconomist might not yet turn francophile, yet such a "paper" on @LaFrenchTech is as unexpected as welcome as they join the already fantastic US coverage of #FrenchTech companies taking Vegas and #CES by storm. I'm proud of what @CaisseDesDepots ignited 18 months ago.

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French Tech Start-Ups Push for Investor Funds at CES

French Tech Start-Ups Push for Investor Funds at CES | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Jean-David Chamboredon, chief executive officer and chairman at Isai, discusses the push by French start-up companies at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show to attract investors to the nation’s tech scene.

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En avant @LaFrenchTech #CES #proud ! Merci à @EmmanuelMacron & @isai_fr pour leur soutien à tous nos entrepreneurs.

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Full speed ahead for 802.11ac Gigabit Wi-Fi

Full speed ahead for 802.11ac Gigabit Wi-Fi | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
Last December customers were peppering wireless LAN vendors with questions about whether to upgrade to the pre-standard-but-certified 802.11ac products flooding the market or hold off until 2015, when more powerful “Wave 2” Gigabit Wifi gear was expected to become prevalent. A year later, even though Wave 2 products have begun trickling into the market, many IT shops seem less preoccupied with Wave 2 and more focused on installing the Wave 1 11ac routers, access points and other products at hand
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Time to check for your 802.11ac compatibility. WiFi isn’t about the coverage anymore, it’s about capacity.

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Amazon undercuts Google's cloud prices - providing you can pay up front

Amazon undercuts Google's cloud prices - providing you can pay up front | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Amazon has introduced a way to pay for cloud infrastructure that undercuts Google – provided you're willing to shell out up front towards at least one year of use.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has changed the way it charges for its Reserved Instance (RI) compute infrastructure on its Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2). EC2 customers pay for Reserved Instance infrastructure whether they use it or not, unlike EC2's On Demand Instances.

The charges for Reserved Instances are no longer split into light, medium and heavy usage but instead reflect how much a user is willing to pay up front.

Users can chose to pay no up-front costs, or some or all of the costs up front, and must commit to paying for one or three years of usage. A table produced by the cloud portfolio management company RightScale summarises the available payment options below.

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Cash is king and Amazon as a Bank

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La Liste de Noël de la French Tech

La Liste de Noël de la French Tech | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
La French Tech c'est quoi ? C'est le nom collectif pour désigner tous les acteurs de l’écosystème de startups français.C'est notre étendard commun pour se faire entendre à l'échelle nationale, et internationale. Et la liste de Noël de la French Tech alors ?  C'est une initiative prise par un collectif d'une trentaine de start-ups françaises pour vous proposer pleins de cadeaux originaux pour Noël. Vous offrez un cadeau créatif et innovant ... et vous soutenez la croissance des start-ups françaises ! C'est pas beau ça ? Suivez-nous sur Facebook : il y a un cadeau de la liste à gagner chaque jour ! 
 
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Feat. @MeetLima , @giroptic , @kolibree , @hexopluslive , c'est le Noël de @LaFrenchTech !

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Watch NASA’s Live Briefing On Manned Mars Mission Progress And Orion Testflight

Watch NASA’s Live Briefing On Manned Mars Mission Progress And Orion Testflight | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream NASA is gearing up for its manned mission to Mars, and a key step will be Thursday's launch of the Orion capsule..
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NASA attacks Mars !
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Etude Global Talents EY: Paris Ile De France dans la course mais pas (encore) sur le podium

Etude Global Talents EY: Paris Ile De France dans la course mais pas (encore) sur le podium | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

EY et Paris Ile-de-France Capitale Economique publient « Global Talent in Global Cities », la première étude mondiale qui examine l’attractivité des grandes métropoles pour 5 catégories de talents: étudiants, chercheurs, dirigeants d’entreprise, créateurs de start-ups et classes créatives. L’étude analyse la performance et les stratégies pour attirer et retenir les talents de 44 métropoles au niveau mondial, ainsi que les atouts de Paris Ile-de-France par rapport à ses concurrents dans cette course internationale. 

Principaux résultats pour Paris Ile-de-France :

- une très forte attractivité internationale (3ème mondiale) pour les étudiants et les classes créatives

- Dirigeants économiques : une attractivité dégradée (5ème mondiale)

- Attirer les chercheurs et les startuppers : le vrai défi (Paris Ile-de-France 6ème mondiale)

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

@LaFrenchTech relève d'une compétition non entre métropoles françaises, mais avec les métropoles internationales cc: @greaterparis

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Samsung's Mobile Market Share Is Tumbling

Samsung's Mobile Market Share Is Tumbling | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Based on IDC data charted for us by BI Intelligence, Samsung’s market share is getting eaten not only by Apple, representing the high-end smartphone market, but most notably from low-end phone makers in China including Lenovo, Huawei, and Xiaomi, which has come out of nowhere to become the biggest smartphone maker in China and the third-biggest in the world.

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This chart explains the current shakeup at Samsung, and illustrates how Android FragmentaDominated in a mere 4 years 

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Amazon Web Services wants to run your world | ZDNet

Amazon Web Services wants to run your world | ZDNet | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

The rapid growth of cloud services like AWS will have a big impact on hardware, in particular on servers and other gear in data centers, but also on how we use PCs and mobile devices. Here are my takeaways from re:Invent.

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A very good wrapup of AWS re:Invent conference held last week in Vegas. And a must read if you want to seize the speed, depth, power and future of the online book store that happened to invent Cloud Computing.

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WeIO Web of Things platform

WeIO Web of Things platform | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

WeIO is a Web of Things - Internet of things platform. It lets you connect and control your objects from any device using only your web browser. Connect easily objects between them or with Internet services like social networks.

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Impressive #DIY project turned into a product/platform. #HarwareIsNotDead #OpenCompute

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Impressive Bare Metal Magic demo by Canonical/Ubuntu 's Mark Shuttleworth

Watch Mark Shuttleworth, the founder of Canonical and Ubuntu, demonstrate bare-metal magic at OCP in Paris. He deployed three scale-out workloads: OpenStack, Cloud Foundry, and Hadoop, on different hardware architectures and operating systems, all in just minutes. He also built a complete OpenStack cloud using Canonical's new OpenStack Autopilot tool and the audience choice of hypervisor, storage and networking components.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

OCP EU Summit videos are coming online, and @Mark_SABDFL keynote and demo do scale-out !

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10 free tickets to GizWorld Conf ! Nov 18

10 free tickets to GizWorld Conf ! Nov 18 | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

One day. One night.
WearableTech Paris, curated by industry experts come to Paris this fall. With a full day of 20 dynamic keynotes, cutting-edge technologies, investment opportunities, and 50 speakers (experts, entrepreneurs, athletes (NBA, L1, French car racer..)), WearableTech Paris is the wearable event of the year in Paris.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

To all interested @LaFrenchTech members : I have 10 free tickets for GizWorld Paris. Please DM / email

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Un cloud souverain pour la Santé lancé par Cloudwatt

Un cloud souverain pour la Santé lancé par Cloudwatt | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

En partenariat avec le spécialiste de l'hébergement de données médicales Netplus, le cloud souverain Cloudwatt annonce un service taillé pour le secteur de la santé. Baptisée Cloud Santé, cette nouvelle offre a reçu l'agrément d'hébergeur de données du ministère français de la Santé. Un agrément qui implique de s'aligner sur des objectifs de sécurité, de confidentialité et traçabilité des informations.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

La montée en puissance des sujets souveraineté, HealthTech, Big Data tombe a pic alors que la réglementation HDS française fait des émules notamment en Chine...

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CHECy's curator insight, November 6, 2014 6:42 AM

Les enjeux sont énormes, à divers points de vue. Modèles économiques, questions de santé publique, problématique juridiques voire éthiques.

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Cloud : Iliad mise sur les puces ARM pour jouer les trublions

Cloud : Iliad mise sur les puces ARM pour jouer les trublions | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Iliad, via sa filiale d’hébergement Online.net, va faire son entrée sur le  marché du Cloud. Avec un concept en rupture. Des micro-serveurs dédiés basés sur  des puces ARM. Et une architecture maison.

Online.net, filiale d’hébergement d’Iliad-Free, va lancer un service Cloud  simple d’usage et basé sur des serveurs ARM, et non sur des puces x86. Sur le  modèle d’un DigitalOcean (hébergeur new-yorkais) connaissant une croissance  rapide, l’offre sera disponible selon un modèle tarifaire à  l’heure. Elle reposera sur des serveurs dédiés, et non sur une couche  de virtualisation, ainsi que sur du stockage SSD. « Ce qui est  impressionnant chez DigitalOcean, c’est leur croissance. C’est la raison  principale pour laquelle nous avons examiné leur modèle », explique à  VentureBeat Yann Léger, le vice-président Cloud Computing d’Online.

 

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Lancé voici environ deux ans, le projet, baptisé Online  Labs, doit déboucher à la mi-janvier, avec le  lancement commercial de l’offre. La filiale d’Iliad mise sur des puces Cortex A9  développées par Marvell pour offrir des performances optimisées pour les  applications Web. La firme explique que son serveur C1, né de ces  développements, est plus petit qu’une carte de crédit et consomme  seulement quelques watts. « Nous obtenons une meilleure  densité qu’avec des serveurs virtualisés et une consommation électrique deux à  trois fois inférieure », assure Online. Clairement, Iliad mise sur ces  arguments – essentiels dans l’équation économique d’un hébergeur – pour venir  perturber le marché du Cloud, où les acteurs dominants comme Amazon et Microsoft  testent certes le potentiel des puces ARM (notamment en matière de réduction de  la consommation électrique), mais sans franchir le pas.

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Illiad déploie des micros serveurs sur base ARM. 288 serveurs par chassis tout de même.

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Open Compute EU Summit keynote - Philippe Dewost's light sources

Open Compute EU Summit keynote  - Philippe Dewost's light sources | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

The first Open Compute Europe Summit took place in Paris on October 30 & 31st, 2014, on Ecole Polytechnique's campus in Palaiseau.

The european tech scene is catching up on OCP, with pioneers such as Telecity or Enter.it , and is federated by Splitted Desktop System's Jean-Marie Verdun.

Here is the keynote I delivered at government's request, explaining why France is Open (to) Compute (following my April post - in french).

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Most enjoyable standing ovations are the ones you call for those deserving real credit (at 29'30")

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Paris Tech Guide - Explore the French Tech ecosystem

Paris Tech Guide - Explore the French Tech ecosystem | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Meet the french tech ecosystem, and find the best ways to to expand your business in France.

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The best english speaking guide to @LaFrenchTech so far. Kudos to @rmen and the whole @FrenchWeb team !

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Old Laptop Batteries Could Help Power the Developing World | MIT Technology Review

Old Laptop Batteries Could Help Power the Developing World | MIT Technology Review | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
Millions of batteries discarded with computers have more than enough life to power home lighting for one year, researchers in India say.
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Brilliant idea on activating capacity (in all meanings of these words)
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Création de Cap Innov’Est, fonds d’amorçage multisectoriel de 36 M€

Création de Cap Innov’Est, fonds d’amorçage multisectoriel de 36 M€ | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Le Fonds national d’amorçage (FNA), géré par Bpifrance pour le compte de l’Etat dans le cadre du Programme d’investissements d’avenir (PIA), a participé le 25 novembre à la création du fonds d’amorçage multisectoriel Cap Innov’Est d’un montant initial de 36 M€.

Le FNA apporte 20 M€, la Région Alsace 4,5 M€, la Région Bourgogne 3 M€, la Région Franche-Comté 3 M€, et Safidi (filiale du Groupe EDF) 1,5 M€. Ils sont accompagnés par BNP Paribas, les Caisses d’épargne d’Alsace et de Bourgogne-Franche-Comté et Capital Investissement Franche-Comté pour un montant total de 4 M€.

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+1 (et +36M € déployés par le Fonds National d'Amorçage). Entrepreneurs, à vous de jouer !

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Telcos Tap Into Cloud Platforms

Telcos Tap Into Cloud Platforms | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Fast-growing cloud service platform providers such as AppDirect bring telcos closer to their business customers.

Developing the services and attaining the skills to meet the demands of enterprise users is challenging, but that's where cloud services and platform providers come in. Gartner Inc.  predicts this fast-growing segment will account for 20% of all cloud service usage in 2015, compared with 5% in 2013.

It's becoming a popular way for operators to reach out to business customers. The latest to join the party is Telstra Corp. Ltd., which says its new apps marketplace for SMEs is designed to remove "the complexity out of choosing and managing apps from different vendors."

The Australian operator is using a white-label platform from AppDirect , which also counts Comcast Corp., Deutsche Telekom AG and TeliaSonera AB as customers.

AppDirect, founded in Sydney five years ago but now based in San Francisco, is one of the largest of these cloud middlemen. Richard Dufty, vice president of worldwide sales at AppDirect, says the business was created to bring together "buyers and sellers from two different spectrums who could not get access to each other."

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Interesting story about AppDirect that shows how middlemen can strive in the cloud

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UK, US behind Regin malware, attacked European Union networks

UK, US behind Regin malware, attacked European Union networks | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Blame the British and American spy agencies for the latest state-sponsored malware attack, say reporters at The Intercept.

The publication, which in the wake of Glenn Greenwald's departure from The Guardian continued to publish documents leaked by Edward Snowden, said on Monday the recently discovered malware, known as Regin, was used against targets in the European Union.

One of those targets included Belgian telecommunications company Belgacom, which had its networks broken into by the British spy agency the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ).

Regin was first publicly talked about over the weekend after Symantec discovered the "sophisticated" malware, though is understood to have been in circulation since 2008.

Compared to Stuxnet, the state-sponsored malware whose creators have never been confirmed, the recently-discovered trojan steals data from machines and networks it infects, disguised as Microsoft software. 

 

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Babel Minute Zero - Regin malware origin identified ? Looks it has been circulating for the past 6 years...

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For The First Time Ever, Americans Spend More Time Using Mobile Devices Than TV

For The First Time Ever, Americans Spend More Time Using Mobile Devices Than TV | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

For the first time, Americans spent more time on average looking at their mobile devices than at a television screen. Based on Flurry data charted for us by BI Intelligence, Americans spent an average of 2 hours and 57 minutes a day on a mobile device, compared to 2 hours and 48 minutes in front of a TV set.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Turning point as for the first time, mobile surpasses TV in the US in terms of daily time spent !

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Tech firms and activists join to launch free certificate authority

Tech firms and activists join to launch free certificate authority | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
“Let’s Encrypt” is an initiative backed by Mozilla, Cisco, Akamai, the EFF and others. The aim is to get more websites offering secure connections for their customers, with minimal hassle associated with certificate issuance and updating.
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TLS certificates for the masses

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After criticizing it, Cisco joins Open Compute

After criticizing it, Cisco joins Open Compute | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Cisco has joined the Open Compute Project, a Facebook-driven effort to develop open source servers and switches, 16 months after criticizing it. At that time, Cisco CEO John Chambers said OCP has “weaknesses” that Cisco can exploit.

Featured ResourceChambers said efforts like Facebook’s to commoditize and wring cost out of hardware purchases will open up opportunities for Cisco to provide solutions that are better tailored to specific customer needs:"I think this will just be one more series of good challenges that Cisco will say ‘what’s the business objective on.’ There are a lot of weaknesses to the area -- we’re going to go back and solve customer problems. If you’re standalone anything, this is going to be a hard market to play in. Anything white label, where the decision is cost or opex, you’re going to lose."
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Open Compute : Sixteen months later Cisco looks to get "ahead of the game" according to Network World

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L’offensive « French Tech » d’Axelle Lemaire

L’offensive « French Tech » d’Axelle Lemaire | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Mercredi 12 novembre, la ministre a enclenché la phase deux de l’offensive « French Tech » (cette bannière sous laquelle le gouvernement a décidé de « marketer » l’écosystème high-tech français afin qu’il soit plus visible à l’étranger). Et annoncé quelles villes françaises, parce qu’elles disposent d’un écosystème numérique local dynamique, seront labellisées « métropoles French Tech ». Au-delà de Paris, qui héberge 60 % des start-up françaises.

Sur quinze dossiers, « nous avons décidé d’attribuer le label à neuf candidats : French Tech Aix-Marseille, Bordeaux Métropole numérique, Digital Grenoble, Lille is French Tech, Lyon French Tech, Nantes Tech, Montpellier Métropole numérique, La French Tech Rennes, French Tech Toulouse », annonce Mme Lemaire au Monde.

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Félicitations aux 9 villes labellisées "Métropoles French Tech" cc: @LaFrenchTech !

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Rapport Lemoine sur la transformation numérique de l'économie française.

Rapport Lemoine sur la transformation numérique de l'économie française. | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

En janvier dernier, une mission gouvernementale sur la transformation numérique de l’économie française était confiée à Philippe Lemoine, Président du Forum d'Action Modernités et Président de la Fondation internet nouvelle génération, par les ministres de Bercy et la ministre de la Décentralisation et de la Fonction publique.                   

À l’issue de 9 mois de travaux, au cours desquels plus de 500 personnes ont travaillé ensemble sur la question de la transformation numérique de l’économie, le rapport de la mission Lemoine a officiellement été remis vendredi 7 novembre 2014 à Emmanuel Macron, Marylise Lebranchu, Thierry Mandon et Axelle Lemaire à l’occasion d’une présentation publique à Bercy.

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De retour de Bercy, voici l'accès au #RapportLemoine

180 propositions à découvrir tout de même ... Bravo à tous ceux qui y ont contribué et qui maintenant vont le mettre en oeuvre.

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