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A New Bike Lane That Could Save Lives and Make Cycling More Popular !

A New Bike Lane That Could Save Lives and Make Cycling More Popular ! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

Biking through a city can feel like navigating a video game staked upon your life. You’re avoiding pedestrians and potholes all the while making sure cars don’t run into you. For all the benefits commuting by bike have, getting to your destination can be terrifying.

In the past few years, U.S. cities have come a long way to make sure bicyclists are safe on the road, but even protected bike lanes have an achilles heel: the intersection !

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It’s a battle, but implementing these bike lanes are totally possible, pointing out that protected bike lanes are just now gaining support across the country. It’s not so much a matter of keeping people safe—cities already do a pretty good job of that. It’s a matter of getting more people to bike. And in order to do that, biking needs to feel stress free ;()

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Microsoft and Facebook join forces to lay giant internet cable across the Atlantic

Microsoft and Facebook join forces to lay giant internet cable across the Atlantic | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it
Facebook may be hard at work creating the future of internet connectivity with its high-altitude drones and lasers, but sometimes nothing beats laying a gigant
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The plan is to lay a massive cable across the Atlantic Ocean, stretching a distance of over 4,100 miles between Virginia Beach, Virginia and Bilbao, Spain. The new cable, dubbed “Marea,” will be the highest-capacity submarine cable in the Atlantic, boasting speeds of 160 Tbps.
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Google’s Got Better Ways to Protect Pedestrians Than Glue-Covered Cars

Google’s Got Better Ways to Protect Pedestrians Than Glue-Covered Cars | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

Google engineers believe coating the front of a car with adhesive could improve road safety, but it's not the best way to tackle the problem. Google engineers believe coating the front of a car with adhesive could prevent someone from bouncing onto the windshield, sliding under the wheels, or flying into the air and landing in the road.

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It is hard to see anyone covering cars in glue, and Google advises against seeing “prospective product announcements” in a patent. But it’s worth noting this idea is not entirely ridiculous. The only thing worse than being hit by a car is bouncing off the car into something else, like the ground. Google wants to minimize the odds of that !
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The 9 Rules of Innovation !

The 9 Rules of Innovation ! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it
So who deserves credit? Engelbart for coming up with the idea? Taylor and Kay for engineering solutions around it? Jobs for creating a marketable product that made an impact on the world? Strong arguments can be made for each, as well as for many others not mentioned here. The truth is that there are many paths to innovation. Here are nine of them.
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On December 9th, 1968, a research project funded by the US Department of Defense launched a revolution. The focus was not a Cold War adversary or even a resource rich banana republic, but rather to “augment human intellect” and the man driving it was not a general, but a mild-mannered engineer named Douglas Engelbart. His presentation that day would be so consequential that it is now called The Mother of All Demos. Two of those in attendance, Bob Taylor and Alan Kay would go on to develop Engelbart’s ideas into the Alto, the first truly personal computer. Later, Steve Jobs would take many elements of the Alto to create the Macintosh ... 
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Should you hire for bimodal IT?

Should you hire for bimodal IT? | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it
Since Gartner coined the term of bimodal IT, plenty of CIOs have jumped on the bandwagon and separated their IT departments into two camps. But a recent report from Forrester suggests that bimodal IT only complicates things, and the real success lies in business technology units.
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Modern IT departments are struggling to balance needing to innovate while also maintaining legacy systems to keep the business running smoothly. As a result, one popular answer, as proposed by Gartner, has been to shift to bimodal IT. The idea is that bimodal IT separates the department into two camps, one that focuses on a more traditional side of IT and another that invests in fast paced innovation ! 
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A retired Navy SEAL commander’s 12 rules for being an effective leader

A retired Navy SEAL commander’s 12 rules for being an effective leader | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

#Leadership requires finding the equilibrium in the #dichotomy of many seemingly contradictory qualities between one extreme and another.

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By being aware of these seeming contradictions, a leader can "more easily balance the opposing forces and lead with maximum effectiveness."
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Why digital transformation should be a strategic priority for health insurers !

Why digital transformation should be a strategic priority for health insurers ! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

Digital technologies and applications have the potential to markedly enhance a payor’s profits. Leadership from the top is necessary to overcome the organizational resistance to change that can make a digital transformation difficult. In addition, digital initiatives can serve as a catalyst to organizational transformation. Given current margin pressures and ongoing industry changes, payors face a strategic imperative to consider fundamental changes to their operating model. Digital initiatives can help payors reimagine their business processes and customer engagement techniques, and enable them to make the needed changes !

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Other sectors are being affected by digital disruption. Uber is upending the taxi industry. Airbnb is threatening hotel revenues. Netflix, Hulu, and similar services have radically changed TV industry dynamics ... 
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This Tricky Crosswalk Stops Drivers With an Optical Illusion

This Tricky Crosswalk Stops Drivers With an Optical Illusion | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

THE WORLD’S MOST famous crosswalk is the six white stripes painted onto the asphalt of Abbey Road in London. The notoriety, of course, has nothing to do with its design and everything to do with four blokes who once crossed it. It looks like every other zebra crossing ever painted, which is to say simple, flat, and hardly eye catching. From the side, the markings appear to be flat, but from a certain vantage point, they take on a 3-D appearance like a set of roadblocks ... 

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No one’s really improved the zebra crossing since the first one went down in 1951, despite its questionable effectiveness. But two artists from Gujarat, India, created a design they believe will make crossing the street safer !
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Beware of the ‘Hypenated’ Innovation Trend !

Beware of the ‘Hypenated’ Innovation Trend ! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

It’s almost inevitable that innovation will grow to become an amorphous blob of ideas, techniques, processes, “experts”, software and a host of other things. It’s the natural order of economics that when an opportunity is available, everything rushes in to fill the vacuum, and as the market becomes crowded various offerings must differentiate themselves from the others to demonstrate value.

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Can you resist the temptation to hype your innovation solution? Unfortunately, we can expect to see much more of this - the unintentional obfuscation of innovation ... 
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How Automation and Artificial Intelligence Work Together to Spur Innovation !

How Automation and Artificial Intelligence Work Together to Spur Innovation ! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it
AI is already excellent at problem-solving — when it comes to finding patterns, it can usually solve a problem much faster than its human counterpart. For the most part, though, AI still very limited in scope, and the dreams of a general intelligence are still far off. To some, AI being able to execute nearly any task that humans can perform today may sound like a worst-case scenario. But, in actuality, this future will bring about a new era of creativity and innovation. While AI may be able to execute the majority of logic-based tasks, it’s still incapable of creative thinking — and that shows no signs of changing in the near future. 
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According to the experts, 2016 may finally be the year that artificial intelligence comes into its own. Here is how AI stands to aid us in the future ... 
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Risk and Reward of Innovation

Risk and Reward of Innovation | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it
The concept of risk often carries an inherent bias for an established company and for valid reasons.Risk can disrupt a healthy revenue stream, a stable customer base, and upset shareholders who like predictable results. Risk is something you manage. It’s something that you mitigate, not embrace. It’s this mentality that causes companies to invest millions of dollars each year just to avoid risk.
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There is no such thing as “risk-free” innovation. Without taking some much needed risk, we’d be forever stunted and static rather than curious and dynamic. In today’s market where innovation is driving success in every industry, there really isn’t much tolerance for risk averse cultures...
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Innovation and Introduction to TRIZ Theory for New Product Development Process ... 

Innovation and Introduction to TRIZ Theory for New Product Development Process ...  | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

The TRIZ approach and best practices such as the Stage-Gate Process can greatly benefit each other. These approaches are not rivals, but rather can be used to amplify each other’s successes. 


What is TRIZ? All sorts of projects reach a point in the development process where the analysis portion of the project is complete, but it is unclear what the next step should be. To figure out the next best step, the project team must be creative to figure out what to do. Traditionally, common creativity tools and methodology have been constrained to brainstorming and similar methods, which are dependent on team members’ intuition, knowledge, and orders given by somebody in a position of authority. These common creativity tools and methods are often described as psychologically based; and unfortunately, they often have unpredictable and unrepeatable results. And that’s where TRIZ should come in… 

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While modern industry has developed its own best practices for the new product development process, such as the popular Stage-Gate Process, it would be naïve and counter-productive to not try to introduce a new arsenal of tools such as the TRIZ approach to tackle difficult inventive problems. If properly used, the TRIZ approach and best practices such as the Stage-Gate Process can greatly benefit each other. These approaches are not rivals, but rather can be used to amplify each other’s successes.
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Google Self Driving Bicycle - The Inspiration Room

Google Self Driving Bicycle - The Inspiration Room | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

Google is introducing the Google Self Driving Bicycle in Amsterdam, the world’s premier cycling city. The Dutch cycle more than any other nation in the world, almost 900 kilometres per year per person, amounting to over 15 billion kilometres annually. The self-driving bicycle enables safe navigation through the city for Amsterdam residents, and furthers Google’s ambition to improve urban mobility with technology. Google Netherlands takes enormous pride in the fact that a Dutch team worked on this innovation that will have great impact in their home country !

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After #Cars ... it's time for #SelfDriving #bicycle ! Too smart ;()  #innovation #breakthrough #safety
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Volvo's Planning to Put 100 Chinese Customers in Self-Driving Cars ... 

Volvo's Planning to Put 100 Chinese Customers in Self-Driving Cars ...  | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

Volvo plans to put 100 Chinese customers into its self-driving cars for a longterm beta test. The Swedes synonymous with safety want to eliminate all traffic deaths and serious injuries in their cars by the end of the decade. Because airbags, automatic braking and other active tech can only do so much, Volvo plans to use automated driving to do it. Next year, it plans to see how that tech works in the real world when it puts 100 customers in robocars for an extended beta test in Gothenburg, Sweden. Today, the company announced it will do the same thing in China ... 

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NO ONE’S QUITE sure on just when people will be able to summon a self-driving car and go wherever they need to go. Too many variables—how the technology advances, how regulations are developed, what consumer acceptance looks like—remain for anyone to say, but that’s not keeping Volvo from offering a date: 2020 !
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Calling an Uber Is Cooler Than Owning a Car—And Automakers Want In

Calling an Uber Is Cooler Than Owning a Car—And Automakers Want In | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

Today both Toyota and VW said they were pouring money into ride-hailing startups as Silicon Valley redefines the future of getting around. Clearly automakers have Silicon Valley envy. Startups are transforming the way people move around cities. In order to stay relevant, car companies are trying to show they understand that on-demand services have changed consumer behavior.

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PEOPLE DON’T WANT cars, they want rides. That’s the existential fear plaguing automakers today. And they’re scrambling to do something about it. 
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Reimagining the Workday

Reimagining the Workday | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it
As workplaces continue to innovate, technology should knock down the obstacles between us and our work, increasing our willingness and ability to work and accomplish great things. Follow these four strategies to make better use of technology and bring your office into the future.
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We often talk about remote workers and home offices like they are the exception rather than the rule. While working from home is not for everyone, working from everywhere soon will be. As technology and processes continue to innovate, the differences between working in the office, a coffeehouse, or your own backyard will fade away. People won’t have to work remotely if they don’t want to, but the office is already becoming just one of many locations where work occurs.
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JavaScript Conquered the Web. Now It’s Taking Over the Desktop !

JavaScript Conquered the Web. Now It’s Taking Over the Desktop ! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

JAVASCRIPT WAS ORIGINALLY created in 1995 to give web pages a little more pep than the tag could provide. Today it has far more powerful uses. Companies like Google and Facebook build complex, desktop-like web applications with JavaScript; since the launch of Node.js in 2009, it’s also become one of the most popular languages for building server-side software. Today, even the web isn’t big enough to contain JavaScript’s versatility: it’s now making its way into applications for the desktop.

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JavaScript, the lingua franca of the online world, is moving beyond your browser - Electron is a software development platform created by Github that lets developers use JavaScript along with other web technologies like HTML and CSS to create desktop applications that can run on Windows, Macintosh OS X, and Linux. The company released the first full version of Electron yesterday. But some of tech’s biggest names have already put the tool to work to push JavaScript beyond the browser ... 
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Don’t Underestimate the Power of Lateral Career Moves for Professional Growth

Don’t Underestimate the Power of Lateral Career Moves for Professional Growth | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

When asked why they would be willing to make a lateral career move, the most common answers were to find greater personal satisfaction (57%), to pursue an entirely new career path (41%), and to take up a professional challenge (40%). Instead of racing up the corporate ladder to get the title of “Vice President” in a job they don’t find fulfilling, today’s workers are willing to sacrifice the time they’ve spent in their current position and completely start over to find something new that they hope will make them happy ... 


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One of the survey’s most surprising findings is how willing people are to make lateral career moves into positions with similar titles and pay grades in different departments. We found that 89% of respondents said they would consider making a lateral career move with no financial incentive, for multiple reasons. There wasn’t that much difference between generations, either — 81% of Baby Boomers and 91% of Gen Xers felt this way !
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A Cognitive Trick for Solving Problems Creatively

A Cognitive Trick for Solving Problems Creatively | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

Many experts argue that creative thinking requires people to challenge their preconceptions and assumptions about the way the world works. One common claim, for example, is that the mental shortcuts we all rely on to solve problems get in the way of creative thinking. How can you innovate if your thinking is anchored in past experience? Mental biases can actually help !

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Enter Odysseus and his plan for building a wooden horse. We know from Homer that the Greeks tried all possible means of taking the city, including some fairly unlikely methods, but the challenge proved intractable. They tried fighting the Trojan warriors but found no way of getting through the walls by tunneling under them or battering them down ... 
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A Simple Brain Hack That Boosts Workplace Engagement

A Simple Brain Hack That Boosts Workplace Engagement | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

Knowing how your brain works under stress can help you manage those unproductive responses that add up to a lack of engagement on the job.

"The psychological and physiological benefits of pursuing rewards are also felt in the workplace,". Success, praise, recognition, even mastering subject matter are all motivational factors.

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1. Remove yourself from the environment if possible. This will help you calm yourself down. 
 2. Breathe. Breathing deeply can help slow down the response you are having. 
 3. Put in strategies to deal with the threat response beforehand. You can try to use the more analytical (slow thinking) part of your brain to help control some of your fast thinking responses. 
4. Attempt to solve the problem. Maybe you need to communicate with your boss that they are stressing you out !
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25 Geniuses Who Are Creating the Future of Business

25 Geniuses Who Are Creating the Future of Business | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it
SOFTWARE WILL know how you feel—and will use that data to sell you things. The gig economy will go global (but it’s not Uber-take-all). The tech industry will finally be inclusive. AI will achieve something like common sense, and it will be open source too. But that future won’t build itself. Actual people (at least for now) have to make these things happen, and they aren’t the C-suite hotshots you always hear about. The 25 people in these pages are the unsung creative, technical, and social visionaries working to bring the incredible world of tomorrow to you today. Get to know them now. Welcome to our second annual Next List.
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The future won't build itself; actual people will make it happen. Meet the under-the-radar geniuses who are bringing tomorrow to you today.
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Scientists can now make lithium-ion batteries last a lifetime

Scientists can now make lithium-ion batteries last a lifetime | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it
Researchers at the University of California have discovered a way to use nanowires to allow lithium-ion batteries in smartphones, electric vehicles and other commercial devices to be recharged hundreds of thousands of times.
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"All nanowire capacitors can be extended from 2000 to 8000 cycles to more than 100,000 cycles, simply by replacing a liquid electrolyte with a... gel electrolyte," the researchers wrote in their paper. The result: commercial batteries that could last a lifetime in computers, smartphones, appliances, cars and spacecraft.
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How does misinformation spread online?

How does misinformation spread online? | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it
Recent studies that focus on misinformation online pointed out that the selective exposure to specific contents lead to ‘echo-chambers’ in which users tend to shape and reinforce their beliefs.
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What can be done to fight misinformation? Misinformation online is very difficult to correct. Confirmation bias is extremely powerful. Once people have found "evidence" of their views, external and contradicting versions are simply ignored. One proposal to counteract this trend is algorithmic-driven solutions !
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Web performance tools: Synthetic vs. RUM

Web performance tools: Synthetic vs. RUM | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

Learn the difference between synthetic and real-user monitoring tools. Web performance tools tend to be divided based on which big question they answer: "How fast is it?" or "How can it be made faster?" The two classifications of tools are commonly referred to as synthetic and real-user monitoring (RUM). WebPageTest falls under the synthetic category. There's a saying that when you have a hammer, all of your problems start to look like nails. Similarly, no one type of web performance tool can answer all of your questions. It's important to distinguish what each type does and how it can be used so that you know when to use the right tool for the job ... 

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Tools like WebPageTest are considered to be synthetic because of their artificial testing environments. Akin to a clean room in a laboratory, WebPageTest gives its testers granular control over many of the variables that contribute to performance changes, such as geographic location and type of network connection. By making these variables constant, the root causes of poor frontend performance can be more easily identified and measured !
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Memory: Are challenges ahead?

Memory: Are challenges ahead? | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

The memory segment has been profitable since 2012. Can this continue as new technologies emerge and the competitive landscape evolves?  Although a weak economy may contribute to poor results, fundamental structural factors have an even greater influence on the memory sector. In fact, they may largely explain why memory suffers more than other semiconductor segments during downturns and why memory players were not able to create economic value between 1996 and 2012, even though their technological innovations significantly contributed to the semiconductor industry’s growth.1 First, competition was intense. Second, both DRAM and NAND flash were commoditized and primarily differentiated based on price per gigabyte ... 


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The semiconductor sector is highly cyclical, with profitability typically rising and falling in tandem with overall economic trends. A review of the past two decades shows that earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) for major semiconductor players were highest in 2000, at the height of the dot-com craze !
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Why Platform Disruption Is So Much Bigger than Product Disruption

Why Platform Disruption Is So Much Bigger than Product Disruption | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

How does disruptive innovation differ when it’s applied to a product versus a platform? For the sake of clarity, let’s call a product “a platform that is used for one or very few products” and a platform “a structure upon which many variations of products are built.” These definitions recognize that product vs. platform isn’t black-and-white, but let’s use them for practical purposes. For example, using this definition, a Tesla car battery is a product, because it powers only a few cars. But as more electric cars enter the market (including more Tesla models) and there are more uses for rechargeable electric batteries, perhaps the battery will one day move up the scale to become more like a platform.


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New products change what we buy, but new platforms have much broader effects. While product-based disruptions change what people buy, platform-based disruptions result in more far-reaching societal shifts. Today, they enable people to complement their salary with part-time work or rent out their underused assets; tomorrow, as more of these companies become bigger and more sophisticated, these trends may accelerate so that, paradoxically, people who make a living out of a few platform-based jobs have more job security than today, when their income comes from a single source.

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