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Is Apple Plotting A Route To A Waze Acquisition? Rumours On The Road Point To Yes

Is Apple Plotting A Route To A Waze Acquisition? Rumours On The Road Point To Yes | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
There can be no doubt that one of the hottest startups of the last couple of years has been social sat-nav smartphone app Waze. Not surprising in an era when – largely due to Apple initially dumping Google Maps in iOS 6 – everyone woke up, as if from some slumber, about the importance of decent mobile maps. Something many had taken for granted was thrown into sharp relief, especially when it became clear that even the mighty Apple was capable of royally screwing up its own maps product. So it comes as almost no surprise to us that there are rumours flying around that Apple is sniffing around Waze with a view to a possible acquisition. After all, Waze is already a data partner for Apple’s Maps app and wasthe only app to gain meaningful marketshare after the Apple Maps fail. We have reached out to both. An apple spokesperson said: “We don’t comment on rumors or speculation.” We got a “we never comment on rumors” from Waze. [UPDATE: Another source confirms that negotiations are advanced, but Waze wants $750M and Apple is willing to do $400M plus $100m in incentives. Waze had less than $1M in revenues last year (primarily from ads). Negotiations may take awhile.]
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Philippe J DEWOST's comment, January 4, 2013 1:30 PM
Course change : seems that acquisition of Waze is not this certain...http://www.businessinsider.com/apple-not-buying-mapping-startup-waze-2013-1
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One Of The Biggest Stories To Watch In 2013

One Of The Biggest Stories To Watch In 2013 | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

For years, people have been predicting the death of Microsoft's Windows dominance. And in the last two years, it's finally happened. The rise of iOS and Android have made Microsoft's operating system significantly less important. 

Luckily for Microsoft, this hasn't meant the death of its business overall. Thanks to the strength of its Office franchise and its Servers and Tools business, Microsoft is still very healthy. 

But, there's no escaping that Windows is what drives the whole company. CEOSteve Ballmer calls Windows, "the heart and soul of Microsoft from WindowsPCs to Windows Servers to Windows Phones and Windows Azure." And that heart is beating a little bit more weakly today than it was in say, 2005. 

This chart from Asymco earlier this year illustrates the decline of Microsoft's Windows monopoly as Apple has risen. There are other illustrations of the same thing here and here.

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$1 Billion In Seed Funding Will Be Vaporized As 1,000 Startups Die Next Year

$1 Billion In Seed Funding Will Be Vaporized As 1,000 Startups Die Next Year | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
The so-called Series A crunch isn't the problem.
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So much for a BlackBerry cloud: RIM sells NewBay to Synchronoss

So much for a BlackBerry cloud: RIM sells NewBay to Synchronoss | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
A year ago RIM bought NewBay, presumably to join Apple and Google in the cloud storage and synch arena. Now it's selling NewBay at a steep discount to Synchronoss.
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The Best Annual Tech Startup Events In 2013

The Best Annual Tech Startup Events In  2013 | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Mike Butcher at TechCrunch has done a remarkable work of spotting very well known as well as emerging and promising conferences with a focus on Europe, but also the unmissable suspects in SF Bay Area or Austin

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Nice infographic about Android

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In 2005, Google bought a small, almost unheard of operating system provider called Android. Now, 250 million Android products are activated annually, and there as almost as many Android devices activated than Big Mac sold every second ...

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Google Maps App for iPhone Goes in the Right Direction - Review

Google Maps App for iPhone Goes in the Right Direction - Review | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
Google’s maps app for the iPhone offers smooth navigation and intelligent directions for driving, walking and public transportation.
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Facebook loses EMEA chief Joanna Shields to Tech City

Facebook loses EMEA chief Joanna Shields to Tech City | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Facebook's top executive in Europe, Joanna Shields, is leaving to spearhead the government's scheme to create a 'Silicon Valley' cluster of technology businesses in East London.

Shields, who is vice-president and managing director of Facebook EMEA, is to become chief executive of the Tech City Investment Organisation in January.

The social network, which is also looking for its first UK managing director, does not have a replacement for her lined up yet.

 

At TCIO Shields will replace Eric van der Kleij, who did not renew his contract when it ended this summer. She will also take up a position with the government as ambassador for the Digital Industries.

 

Shields joined Facebook in 2010, after a brief period working at Elisabeth Murdoch's digital media media venture ShineVu. She made her name at the social network Bebo, where she was president. She oversaw the sale of the business to AOL for $850m (£417m), later becoming president of its social media divison.

Prior to her role at Bebo, Shields was managing director at Google, where she was responsible for building and managing the company's advertising and syndication network across Europe, Russia, the Middle East and Africa.

 

The Tech City Investment Organisation (TCIO) was set up by the government department of UK Trade and Investment in April last year, to support the growth of technology businesses in East London and make it the location of choice for tech and digital businesses.

Businesses that have set up offices in Tech City include Amazon, Google, Intel and Cisco. Shields’ role will involve helping to promote the area, raising its profile internationally, and attracting investment.

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Pendant ce temps, dans un petit village gaulois.....

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iPad growth in context, from KPCB's Mary Meeker December update

iPad growth in context, from KPCB's Mary Meeker December update | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

I had never imagined, when writing http://blog.dewost.com/delighting-views-on-the-ipad , such growth for a product that defined and invented a market ahead of any predictions. Who would have actually?

 

Still puzzled by the fact, however, that Apple achieved this with a personal device that could be (and is used) in family contexts.

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Hppy bthdy txt msng! The text turns twenty today | News Channel - Mind Processors

Hppy bthdy txt msng! The text turns twenty today | News Channel - Mind Processors | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
Hppy bthdy txt msng! The text turns twenty today: Text messaging, or txt msng, if you like, turns 20 today. Inte...
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Samsung spends approx.15x more than Apple in marketing

Samsung spends approx.15x more than Apple in marketing | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

According to Asymco's Horace Dediu, Samsung is blowing all the companies away in advertising.

 

But advertising isn't Samsung's only marketing expense. It also has big, crazy launch parties and promotional discounts.

 

If you look at Samsung's full marketing expenses, you get a better idea about the incredible amount it cost Samsung to become the world's biggest smartphone company.

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Peixin hu's comment, August 17, 2013 5:03 AM
I think the reason why Samsung's success in recent years partly because they establish a good brand image. First of all, Samsung have Stylish appearance compare with other brands also attracting the attention of young people. Second, we can see Samsung show up in a variety of activities, newspapers even all kinds of ball games, so that the different age’s group and different interests of the people can concern them.
Min Li's comment, August 22, 2013 3:58 AM
From this chart, we could see that the tendency of Samsung’s budget increases greatly year by year, now Samsung has been the largest company of investing in marketing advertising. Despite its successful advertising, Samsung also spend a lot of money on promotional campaign to attract customers. As for Samsung, it is an admirable company, its products are popular in Asia and Europe countries. In my personal opinion, advertising is like a dialogue between the company and the consumers, and it can be a good method for communicating the features of a product or service in a way that will motivate customers to purchase it. In the intensely competitive market, to be closer to the consumers to figure out their desires and interests are critical for the smartphone company. This is one of the reasons for Samsung’s big success. Thanks.
Abbey 's curator insight, April 7, 2014 5:36 PM

As shown in the digram Samsung's Marketing expenses are far, far higher than any of the of the other brands shown. Considering Samsung is one of the largest smart phone companies in the world, large marketing campaigns and promotional parties etc contribute immensely to the success and impression of the brand received by consumers. Considering Coca Cola is such a huge brand and marketed hugely worldwide, yet is still way behind what Samsung is spending, really shows in comparison to other developed brands how huge Samsung's Marketing really is. 

 

I am quite surprised at how large the gap is between Apple and Samsung as i always considered them reasonably close competitors in the smart phone industry. 

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A look inside the world’s cheapest tablet computer, India’s $20 Aakash 2

A look inside the world’s cheapest tablet computer, India’s $20 Aakash 2 | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
Suneet Tuli, CEO of Datawind, maker of the world’s least expensive functional 7″ tablet computer, recently stopped by the offices of Quartz to show off the device. The Aakash 2, which we’ve covered at length, is the size of a Google Nexus 7 tablet and, surprisingly, almost as capable, despite costing just one fifth as much. (Datawind sells the tablets to the Indian government for around $40, and the government either gives them away or re-sells them to students for $20.)

“It’s a pretty stock, straightforward entry-level device,” Tuli said during our interview. “As far as the hardware goes, it’s nothing too extraordinary and it’s not intended to be. The key focus is breaking that price barrier.”
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GDP revisions, news and noise and BigData

GDP revisions, news and noise and BigData | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
The numbers guiding policymakers and experts are subject to revisions as "advance" estimates are based on incomplete source data. Until recently, most economists thought that data revisions were likely to be small and inconsequential. But the size of data revisions over the past few years have made a convincing case that data revisions may be large and have important implications for both policies (as exemplified by role of revisions in the debate about shifts in the Beveridge curve) and the variables we choose to measure output growth (GDP vs. GDI).

According to the BEA, the average revision in either direction is 0.5 points between the first and second estimate, 0.6 between the first and third, and 1.3 between the first and last. That’s a huge amount of error.
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How mobile Big Data is serving carriers customer experience management

How mobile Big Data is serving carriers customer experience management | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

How do you improve the mobile experience when all you have is a visibility over a carrier’s network?

 

That is the question that started carrier IQ (CiQ) in 2005. They set out to open up a window on the devices. To show what was happening inside what was until then a closed ‘black box’ after it left the factory.

Seven years later, the company now has a tremendous technology foundation, from a unique agent software which gathers system data on smartphones (180 million rolled out so far), to an incredible analytics big data platform that’s able to deliver real-time drill-down information on technical parameters of a phone as well as trends and statistics. Last ime I checked CiQ was processing over 7 terabytes of smartphone system data each month…

 

They have a great business team, too, and managed to develop solid relationships with major mobile carriers in the US and abroad. And weathered an incredible storm in late 2011 — more on this at the bottom of this post.

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‘Crowdfunding’ Rules Are Unlikely to Meet Deadline

‘Crowdfunding’ Rules Are Unlikely to Meet Deadline | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

When the Jobs Act became law in April, supporters proclaimed a new era for small businesses seeking to raise money.

The “game changer,” as President Obama put it in the Rose Garden as he signed the bill, was a provision to let small companies “crowdfund” — that is, sell stock and other securities over the Internet directly to the public. “For the first time,” the president said, “ordinary Americans will be able to go online and invest in entrepreneurs that they believe in.”

But it now seems that dawn will break late on this new age of democratic investing. The Securities and Exchange Commission appears certain to miss its end-of-year deadline for issuing regulations to put the provision into effect. And with the departure of the S.E.C. chairwoman, Mary L. Schapiro, and three of her top deputies — including two who manage the offices writing the regulations — some in the nascent equity crowdfunding industry worry that it could be 2014 before their line of business becomes legal.

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Facebook Now Controls Nearly One-Fifth Of U.S. Mobile Display Ad Revenue

Facebook Now Controls Nearly One-Fifth Of U.S. Mobile Display Ad Revenue | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
Facebook has vaulted past its competitors to control 18.4 percent of U.S. mobile display ad revenues.
According to eMarketer, that means Facebook will end the year as the top U.S. publisher in mobile display, with roughly $340 million in revenue for all of 2012.
The chart below presents a visualization of Facebook remarkable performance. The social network wasn't in the picture in 2011. One year later, it has seized a fatter share of U.S. mobile display revenues than heavyweights such as Google, Pandora, and Apple's iAd platform. In the process, a greater share of revenue has accrued to the top six publishers.
However, Facebook's accomplishment needs to be placed in context. First, mobile remains a blip in the total advertising landscape. And within mobile, display still accounts for less spend than search ads— 46 percent to 49 percent of U.S. mobile ad spending. (In other countries the picture is even more lopsided in favor of search.)
Finally, it's early days yet for Facebook's mobile ads, and there are no guarantees the company's mobile ad formats will continue to succeed indefinitely.
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Still haven't clicked on any of these ads...

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The secret algorithm one VC firm uses to pick entrepreneurs

The secret algorithm one VC firm uses to pick entrepreneurs | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
Every VC firm has its own way of evaluating potential investments. Remmy Oxley, an anonymous VC, says that Moneyball-style methods are the next step, and reveals his firm's algorithm for screening candidates.
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Presque 2 ans après son lancement, la Freebox Revolution ne supporte toujours pas le standard WDS

Presque 2 ans après son lancement, la Freebox Revolution ne supporte toujours pas le standard WDS | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Ce projet correspond aux anomalies ou aux demandes d'évolutions logicielles pour le Freebox Server.

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Le WDS (Wireless Distribution System) est un protocole de la norme WiFi qui permet à des bornes de travailler ensemble et d'étendre un réseau sans fil unique. Par exemple d'ajouter des Airport Express et autres Time Capsules à un réseau Freebox existant plutôt que d'en créer un deuxième ou de bidouiller avec du CPL

 

Or pour une raison incompréhensible, et très peu commentée, Free n'a toujours pas activé cette fonctionnalité dans le firmware de sa Freebox alors qu'apparemment sa carte WiFi Marvell le supporte parfaitement ?

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Philippe J DEWOST's curator insight, December 19, 2012 5:12 PM

Le WDS (Wireless Distribution System) est un protocole de la norme WiFi qui permet à des bornes de travailler ensemble et d'étendre un réseau sans fil unique. Par exemple d'ajouter des Airport Express et autres Time Capsules à un réseau Freebox existant plutôt que d'en créer un deuxième ou de bidouiller avec du CPL

 

Or pour une raison incompréhensible, et très peu commentée, Free n'a toujours pas activé cette fonctionnalité dans le firmware de sa Freebox alors qu'apparemment sa carte WiFi Marvell le supporte parfaitement ?

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Android Completely Owns The Chinese Smartphone Market

Android Completely Owns The Chinese Smartphone Market | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
Android's share of the Chinese smartphone market ended the third quarter at 90 percent.

According to Analysys International, Android's share is up from 83 percent a quarter prior and 58 percent a year ago.

With the Chinese market now accounting for a quarter of global smartphone shipments, Android's dominance there is driving its widening lead in global smartphone platform market share.

In China, Android's gain has mostly come at the expense of Symbian, Nokia's antiquated platform that will eventually disappear as Nokia shifts its product offerings on to Windows Phone.

Interestingly, despite its dominance, Google only offers limited support for Google Play in China and Android apps are usually downloaded in third-party app markets.

Apple, meanwhile, has never really gained traction after a weak market entry on only one of the country's major providers. The iPhone 5 will be available on two carriers, but as of now will not be distributed by the largest carrier, China Mobile. Additionally, while many Chinese consumers may fawn over iPhones, they are simply out of reach financially for a substantial part of the market.
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Microsoft balks at Apple’s 30% fee, leaving SkyDrive and apps that integrate with it in the lurch on iOS

Microsoft balks at Apple’s 30% fee, leaving SkyDrive and apps that integrate with it in the lurch on iOS | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
Microsoft and Apple are currently locked in something of a Cold War over the future of SkyDrive in the iOS App Store.

Sources close to Microsoft have detailed to TNW a difficult, and perhaps unresolvable situation between the two companies that underscores the difficulty with certain Apple rules concerning its app marketplace, and how far the company is willing to go to protect its vaunted 30% cut of in-app revenues.

The difficulty began when Microsoft rolled out the ability for SkyDrive users to purchase more storage space on the service. From that point, the company was not permitted to update its application in the iOS App Store.

The reason? It doesn’t pay Apple a 30% cut of subscription revenue generated by the application through the paid, additional storage. Microsoft, TNW has learned, has a new version of the application ready to go, including a key bug fix that would rectify a crashing bug, but cannot get it through.

Microsoft does not appear keen to pay Apple the 30% cut, as it lasts in perpetuity, regardless of whether a user continues to use an iOS device or not, as the billing is through their Apple account.

Therefore, if a user signed up for a few additional gigabytes on their iOS device, and then moved to Android or Windows Phone or not phone at all, for the length of their account, Apple would collect 30% of their fee for storage. This hasn’t sat well with Microsoft.

Microsoft has persisted in trying to work out a compromise with Apple, but has thus far failed to come to an agreement. The company offered to remove all subscription options from its application, leaving it a non-revenue generating experience on iOS. The offer was rebuffed.

If a service has a subscription option, it seems, and it is not listed in the iOS store, the application cannot, and will not be allowed. That is, unless you are small enough that Apple doesn’t bothers to check. I assume that smaller companies could slip under the radar.
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Pretty Soon We'll Spend More Time With Smartphones Than TVs

Pretty Soon We'll Spend More Time With Smartphones Than TVs | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
Cool chart from mobile analytics firm, Flurry. It says people are spending 127 minutes per day with their smartphones, up from 66 minutes per day in 2010. This means we spend more time with mobile phones and apps than we do on the web. This time spent is rapidly approaching the time we spend watching TV.
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Microsoft's post-PC dilemma couldn't be clearer in Mary Meeker's latest slide show

Microsoft's post-PC dilemma couldn't be clearer in Mary Meeker's latest slide show | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
FORTUNE -- Kleiner Perkins' Mary ("Queen of the Net") Meeker gave her annual Internet Trends presentation at Stanford University Monday night, and as always her slide deck is a trove of cleverly presented data.

The chart above builds on the work of Asymco's Horace Dediu to show the rise and fall of what for decades seemed the unassailable duopoly of computing: Microsoft (MSFT) Windows running on Intel (INTC) chips. Now it's being rapidly overtaken by mobile devices running Apple's (AAPL) iOS or Google's (GOOG) Android.
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What’s Up With Whatsapp? Facebook Might Want To Buy It, That’s What | TechCrunch

What’s Up With Whatsapp? Facebook Might Want To Buy It, That’s What | TechCrunch | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Whatsapp, the multiplatform mobile messaging app that has been one of the runaway success stories for ad-free, paid services, has been in talks to be acquired by Facebook, according to sources close to the matter.

 

We’re still digging around on potential price and other details about how advanced the deal is. But as mobile becomes the most bloody battleground in the Internet’s game of thrones, you can see how such a deal could make sense.

 

For starters, it would be another way for Facebook to continue extending its touchpoints with mobile consumer. Mark Zuckerberg asserted, on the occasion of reaching 1 billion monthly active users on Facebook, that mobile would be crucial to Facebook reaching the “next billion.”

 

“The big thing is obviously going to be mobile,” Zuckerberg told BusinessWeek. “There are 5 billion people in the world who have phones.”

 

Whatsapp also has a footprint that fits with Facebook’s focus on international/emerging markets: The messaging app has users in over a hundred countries covering 750 mobile networks, on the iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Nokia S40, Symbian and Windows Phone platforms.

 

The startup also has demonstrable scale. We’ve heard the company has something like tens of millions of daily active users globally and these users utilize Whatsapp to send messages to family and friends. Every minute a user spends on Whatsapp is likely at the expense of a minute spent on Facebook.

 

At the end of October 2011, when the last time Whatsapp updated its usage numbers, it announced that it was serving 1 billion messages per day — “Just how much is 1 billion messages? That is 41,666,667 messages an hour, 694,444 messages a minute, and 11,574 messages a second,” the company wrote then. In August 2012, that number had grown ten-fold to 10 billion messages per day, 4 billion inbound and 6 billion outbound (because they go to more than one recipient). The app, which is built on Erlang, has the potential and ambition to grow more and wants to provide “a great mobile messaging system for a global market, regardless of your handset.”

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Hadoop will be a relic soon, predicts Numenta founder

Hadoop will be a relic soon, predicts Numenta founder | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
Numenta is a startup with a cloud-based prediction engine for streaming data. The company launched in 2005 and went into beta earlier this year. It is ready enough now to start making a difference that the New York Times profiled its founder, Jeff Hawkins, this week and called his company a brainy big data company--a play on Hawkins' theories on neuroscience.

In fact, Numenta's core technology, the Grok prediction engine, was developed based on a theory of the neocortex. Hawkins' approach may upset the big data applecart, according to the Times, because it focuses on real-time streaming sensor data and goes against the grain of mass storage that is driving much of the development on databases such as Hadoop.

Hawkins told the Times that "much of this will be a relic within a few years." He said Hadoop won't go away, but it will manage a lot less stuff and that querying databases won't matter as much. "It only makes sense to look at old data if you think the world doesn't change," Hawkins said.
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Mobile Click in Mortar: Walmart Embraces Showrooming

Mobile Click in Mortar: Walmart Embraces Showrooming | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
It’s the scourge of stores everywhere: “showrooming,” the act of going to a store to see and touch a product, then using your phone to find and order the same item for a lower price online.

Some retailers have taken drastic measures to curb the practice, such as blocking barcodes. While likely futile, the effort to stop showrooming is an understandable if sometimes unsubtle reaction to fears of death by a billion clicks.

But the world’s largest retailer hasn’t tried to build a fence to block showrooming. Instead, in an act of digital judo, Walmart is urging shoppers to get out their smartphones when they come into a store.

“You’ve got to go where the customer wants you to go. We live in the age of the customer,” Walmart.com President and CEO Joel Anderson told Wired in an interview this week. “We’re embracing showrooming.”
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