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Will Google+ Maim Twitter?

Will Google+ Maim Twitter? | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it
There’s been a great deal of talk about Google+ as a Facebook competitor, but how does Google+ stack up as a Twitter competitor? Some think Twitter should be more concerned than Facebook.

I don’t want to say Google+ will “kill” Twitter. Not a big fan of those “this thing will kill this thing” proclamations. Even MySpace still has millions of users. I think “maim” is a more appropriate word though. Google+ could very well damage Twitter’s momentum.
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What The Facebook-Skype Deal Means For Your Business

The whole world waited in anticipation for Facebook’s “something awesome” event on Wednesday. During the event, Mark Zuckerberg confirmed that Facebook now has more than 750 million active users, there by making it the world’s leading social network, and that by some distance.

Google+ is a new kid on the block and it remains to be seen whether it can challenge Facebook’s might. None the less, the good thing is that Facebook isn’t sitting on its current laurels and instead, it’s focusing on bringing in more innovative changes to keep its pole position in tact.
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Pinterest: A Social Catalog - ProfHacker - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Pinterest: A Social Catalog - ProfHacker - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it
A few weeks ago, a friend posted something to Facebook from a site I wasn’t familiar with: Pinterest. The post in question was a wonderful photograph of a wall of bookshelves filled to the rafters with various texts. Like many academics, I love books; I love libraries, and I love photographs of both books and libraries, so I had to see where this photograph came from.

Enter Pinterest. Pinterest is an electronic bulletin board that allows users to pin images from around the web onto one communal space. Users can manage several different categories on their boards, and you can use either the default categories (eg. “For the Home,” “Recipes,” “Quotes,” etc.) or create your own.
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The Top 10 Ways to Motivate Yourself to Exercise

The Top 10 Ways to Motivate Yourself to Exercise | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it
I love to keep fit and exercise but there are some days I struggle with the motivation to do it. I have days when I drag my feet and days when everything else seems to be a priority. So on those days I really need certain things to get me motivated and get going. Making your health and wellness a priority is so important. Taking care of yourself and feeling good will help you in so many other areas of your life. So here are 10 things I do to find the motivation to exercise.1. Motivational Fitness Quotes- If you read my blog very often you know I am a big fan of quotes. There are some great quotes out there on fitness that have helped me. I keep them where I can see them daily. Here are a few of my favorites- “Fitness – if it came in a bottle, everybody would have a great body”. ~Cher and “If your body’s not right, the rest of your day will go all wrong. Take care of yourself. “~V.L. Allinear

2. Remembering the after workout feeling- I know there is no other feeling in the world like the feeling after a good workout. When my motivation is not there I think about that feeling and it gets me going. If you can keep that after workout feeling in your head it will get you more excited to exercise.
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Rascal Flatts' Gary LeVox, Cledus T. Judd & Jimmy Yeary Co-Write Song for Caylee Anthony

Rascal Flatts' Gary LeVox, Cledus T. Judd & Jimmy Yeary Co-Write Song for Caylee Anthony | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it
The entire country was rocked by the not-guilty verdict that came this week in the trial of Casey Anthony, the Florida woman accused of killing her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee. But not to be overshadowed by outrage for the verdict is sorrow for the little girl who lost her life, in a mysterious death for which no one may ever know the full story.

Rascal Flatts' Gary LeVox teamed up with country comedian/radio host Cledus T. Judd and famed songwriter Jimmy Yeary to write a song for Caylee. The tune, performed by Shane Hines, is called 'She's Going Places,' and opens with these tearjerking lines: "Just a baby, barely two years old / A story that shouldn't have to be told / See that little girl with big brown eyes / Stole our hearts and touched our lives."
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27 Cool Ice Sculptures for Geeks

27 Cool Ice Sculptures for Geeks | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it
Most likely you have probably seen some amazing ice sculptures, but have you seen so many that are inspired by the world of geek? In this amazing collection, we have put together 27 Geeky Ice-Sculptures that are absolutely cool to touch and look at.


Although Star Wars fans will probably freak if they ran across any such Ice Sculptures, it doesn’t mean you have to be a fan to appreciate the detailed artwork. In these examples you could see Darth Vader, Princess Leia, R2D2, C3PO, AT-AT, a Wampa, a Tauntaun and even the awesome Stewie Griffin Darth Vader.

star wars ice sculptures wampa

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Images: Kermit Gonzales, Every Joe, tikistitch
Awesome Ice Sculpted Robots
Optimus Prime


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Cool Use of Photography in 45+ Advertisments by Zaun Carreno | Modny73

Cool Use of Photography in 45+ Advertisments by Zaun Carreno | Modny73 | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it
Zaun Carreno is a Colombian fashion photographer. Zaun Carreno has used the photography beautifully in advertisement designs. So here i have a beautiful showcase of superb advertisement designs by Zaun Carreno for your inspiration. Advertising is a form of communication used to persuade an audience (viewers, readers or listeners) to take some action with respect to products, ideas, or services. Zaun Carreno is a Colombian fashion photographer who is available for editorial and commercial assignments worldwide. Zaun Carreno has used the photography beautifully in advertisement designs. So here i have a beautiful showcase of superb advertisement designs by Zaun Carreno for your inspiration. You gonna love it.
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WhoSay Brings Social Media to the Stars (Video)

WhoSay Brings Social Media to the Stars (Video) | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it
Have you noticed that lately an increasing number of tweets from famous people are tagged "via WhoSay"? What is this WhoSay app -- and if it's good enough for Steven Tyler and Tom Hanks and Eva Longoria, can you use it too? Not unless you’re famous.

WhoSay, it turns out, is a sort of HootSuite for the stars, helping them manage their social media presence and making sure photos and videos are posted on a page the stars themselves can control and eventually monetize.

I spoke with WhoSay CEO Steve Ellis yesterday about his 18-month-old company and what it has accomplished so far. First, the start-up basics
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Are Angels Engaging With Humans on Twitter? Interview with Amit Verma

Are Angels Engaging With Humans on Twitter? Interview with Amit Verma | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it
An interview with the 16 year old author of the popular blog, Modern Life, Amit Verma.
I don't remember which of Amit Verma's Modern Life blog posts first caught my attention. What I do remember is that it was inspiring and amazingly insightful and it caused me to want to know more about the writer.

But when I read his "About" page I was blown away. I couldn't believe a 15 year old kid from India could be so wise and in tune with what's really important in life.

Amit seemed to truly embody his angelic avatar. I was charmed and I started to retweet his posts. I noticed that lots of other people were retweeting Amit's posts too. Then I noticed that he made some list of top bloggers (which I can't seem to find now.) Remarkable, I thought at the time.

Amit friended me on Facebook and would occasionally instant message me to ask me how I was doing and offer a word of support. Even with a slight language barrier and the limitations of online communication, he always managed to convey kindness and compassion.When he asked me to write a guest post for his blog Modern Life, I couldn't say no.
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LAPD Appeals to Lady Gaga, Ashton Kutcher Regarding 405 Closings

LAPD Appeals to Lady Gaga, Ashton Kutcher Regarding 405 Closings | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it
The LA Times reports that the LAPD is appealing to Lady Gaga and Ashton Kutcher to use their Twitter influence to alert motorists to the traffic nightmare that is expected when the 405 Freeway closes next month. While city officials have resorted to press conferences, advertising, email blasts and warning messages in order to inform locals about the impending doom, they are not above recruiting celebs to get the message across.

The LAPD has requested that celebrities with large Twitter followings –- including actors, musicians and professional athletes -– send out messages helping authorities get the word out. Officials want the celebrities not just to urge their followers about avoiding the 10-mile stretch of the roadway that will be closed on the weekend of July 15th but to encourage them to stay close to home. Wow, they think celebs wield that much influence over the common folk?

Two of the celebs they reached out to are Lady Gaga, who has over 11 million Twitter followers, as well as Ashton Kutcher, who has over 7 million followers.
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Google+ Users Want App Store, Facebook Data Imports

Google+ Users Want App Store, Facebook Data Imports | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it
What's next for the new Google+ social network? If Google acts on its users' requests, the ability to export data from Facebook to Google+ might be one, as well as an app store.

And one user already acted on his own request: a Chrome extension to export Google+ Stream posts to Facebook and Twitter.

Announced Tuesday, Google's Google+ takes on Facebook in form and function. With LinkedIn serving as a social network for jobs, PCMag.com's hands-on found Google+ to be a social network for geeks, chock full of new features and social options.

Even Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg has joined Google+, although his profile page has just one update: a change to his profile picture. Larry Page also has a single public post, but Sergey Brin has yet to publicly announce himself on Google+.

Within Google+, any comments attached to a public post are themselves public, and early users attached enthusiastic comments to two posts from Vic Gundotra, Google's senior vice president of engineering, with congratulations and feature requests. Google currently is conducting a "field trial" of the service, with a full rollout at a future date.
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Klout Stars: Dan Schawbel « Measuring Online Influence: The Official Klout Blog

Klout Stars: Dan Schawbel « Measuring Online Influence: The Official Klout Blog | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it
About Dan: Dan Schawbel, recognized as a “personal branding guru” by The New York Times, is the Managing Partner of Millennial Branding, LLC, and the author of the #1 international bestselling book, Me 2.0: 4 Steps to Building Your Future (Kaplan, October 2010). Dan is the founder of the Personal Branding Blog, the publisher of Personal Branding Magazine, the youngest columnist at BusinessWeek, and has been featured in over 400 media outlets, such as The Details Magazine and ELLE Magazine. He’s spoken at Google, Harvard Business School, MIT, Time Warner, IBM, and CitiGroup. Dan was named to the Inc. Magazine 30 Under 30 List in 2010, and BusinessWeek cites him as someone entrepreneurs should follow on Twitter.
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New website to help patients compare doctors, hospitals

New website to help patients compare doctors, hospitals | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it
Consumers looking to compare doctors and hospitals are getting a new resource as the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation launches an online state-by-state directory of healthcare providers.

The directory features an interactive map of the 50 states that consumers can click on to access 197 state-level and 27 national quality databases set up by nonprofits, health plans and government agencies nationwide.

Though some of these databases have been available for years, such directories have been proliferating as patient advocates, healthcare leaders and public officials intensify efforts to improve the quality of care that Americans receive.
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Want Netflix DVDs & Streaming? That'll Be $16 a Month

Want Netflix DVDs & Streaming? That'll Be $16 a Month | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it
Depending on how you use Netflix, your monthly bill could be increasing this fall. Netflix announced Tuesday that it is turning its unlimited DVD and unlimited streaming services into two separate plans.

Currently, customers can take one DVD out at a time and watch unlimited movies online for $9.99 per month. Starting immediately, new customers will pay $7.99 per month to rent one DVD at a time by mail or $7.99 to stream movies online. Customers who want both services will pay both fees, for a combined total of $15.98 per month. That’s a 60% rate hike.
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A Groupon For Sports? Crowd Seats Brings The Daily Deal Model To Sports Tickets

A Groupon For Sports? Crowd Seats Brings The Daily Deal Model To Sports Tickets | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it
Daily deal sites, by and large, seem like they’re here to stay, much to Rocky Agrawal’s chagrin, surely. Whether or not you agree with Rocky’s flurry of posts last month about Groupon and its claque of clones, the daily deals model is not perfect, and it’s certainly a worthy endeavor to make sure that small businesses and merchants are not coerced into structuring one-sided relationships with daily deals sites. Justin Cener, the Founder and CEO of Crowd Seats, agrees that the daily deal model is not ideal for every industry and merchants shouldn’t force the model just because daily deals are all the rage these days.
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Top 10 Works by Albert Camus | Top 10 Lists | TopTenz.net

Top 10 Works by Albert Camus | Top 10 Lists | TopTenz.net | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it
During the late 1940s and throughout the 1950s, Albert Camus was one of the leading figures in French literature and philosophy, garnering the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1957 ”for his important literary production, which with clear-sighted earnestness illuminates the problems of the human conscience in our times”. In recent years, Camus’s novels The Stranger and The Plague have become the scourge of philosophy and psychology students all across the globe, and he himself has been sighted as the prime role model of many of today’s intellectuals because of his adamant pacifism and magnificent literary style. I’ve been obsessed with Camus for a while now, and have read all of his fiction and skimmed most of his non-fiction. Here are, in my humble opinion, his best works.

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Campaign To Honor Bruce Lee on a US Postage Stamp in 2012

Campaign To Honor Bruce Lee on a US Postage Stamp in 2012 | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it
The Bruce Lee website, run by his daughter Shannon Lee, has launched a campaign to honor Bruce Lee on a US postage stamp in 2012, the Year of the Dragon.

Bruce Lee’s contributions to history as a prominent Chinese American person are both unique and unforgettable, a lasting and positive legacy worthy of national commemoration. Even before he became an American icon in the 1970s, his ideals were the same principles on which our great country is based. Determination. Innovation. Equality. We believe a Bruce Lee United States postage stamp would be an excellent way to support these ideals and to honor his lasting legacy and contributions.
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Foursquare checks in with over half a million businesses | VentureBeat

Foursquare checks in with over half a million businesses | VentureBeat | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it
Popular check-in application Foursquare announced today on its blog that as of last week it has more than half a million businesses signed up and offering specials.

Businesses looking to take advantage of customers using Foursquare to check in to their locations can sign up for a merchant account. Once they do so, they can offer specials, update venue information and gain useful insights on check-in data, such as popular days and times. Best of all, it’s free.

Foursquare spotlights several specials that are currently running, including one from Radisson Hotels that allows guests to check out 2 hours later than normal. Also, McDonald’s is offering a free beverage with the purchase of a meal to people who check in with Foursquare.
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Facebook Video Chat v. Google Hangouts: It’s No Contest

Facebook Video Chat v. Google Hangouts: It’s No Contest | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it
One of the questions I had when I broke the news last week about the Facebook/Skype partnership: Would group video chat be part of the product, and if so would it be free?

The answer is no, there’s no group chat. Facebook says that one on one video chat is far more popular on Skype than group chat and so it makes sense to start there. But that’s misdirection – group chat on Skype requires that at least one user be paying $4.49/month for premium service. So not a lot of group video chat happens on Skype.

Google’s new hangout product is all about group chat, and it’s free. Up to ten people can use it at once. Google is smart about this, figuring out which person is talking and focusing the video stream on them until someone else takes over. If you want to have fun with a group of friends, or hold a dead simple video team call, Google Hangouts is perfect for that.
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Lost Boys, Pitti Uomo Fashion Shows, Summer 2011 Kelly’s...

Lost Boys, Pitti Uomo Fashion Shows, Summer 2011 Kelly’s... | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it
Pitti Uomo Fashion Shows, Summer 2011 Kelly’s back from the Pitti Uomo Shows she’s sharing an insiders view of the shows, a behind the scenes peak to Band of Outsiders’ West Side Story Fashion Show. Pitti Uomo Fashion Shows, Summer 2011

Kelly’s back from the Pitti Uomo Shows she’s sharing an insiders view of the shows, a behind the scenes peak to Band of Outsiders’ West Side Story Fashion Show, and a notebook full of must-see places for you to shop, eat, and beyond on your next Italian escapade… Bon Voyage!

Florence: Your Can’t Miss Shopping A Piedi Nudi Nel Parco

Built atop ancient Florentine ruins you can see beneath you through the glass floors, this store is a mecca for independent designers that won’t be discovered for another 5 years. They just opened a ‘brother store’ featuring mostly men’s collections encapsuled by leather walls and life-size statues made of metal. (A Piedi Nudi Parco, V. Santa Margherita, 2R, Firenze, www.pnp-firenze.com)

Capri: Your Can’t Miss Cocktails with a View: Hotel Scalinatella

This exclusive 5 start hotel boasts the best view in Capri and the best Campari blood orange cocktails we’ve ever tasted served with a trio of mouthwatering appetizers. (Via Tragera, 8, Capri, www.scalinatella.com)
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Klout Gives Serious Perks To Facebook Fans - PSFK

Klout Gives Serious Perks To Facebook Fans - PSFK | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it
A different kind of word-of-mouth advertising is sweeping the online world. Brands can offer Facebook fans with high Klout scores customized content or special offers. Klout, the indicator of online influence, now allows brands to connect with fans on their Facebook pages, by giving perks to those with high scores. Some examples of previous perks include Universal Pictures inviting entertainment influencers to an advance screening of The Adjustment Bureau and Hewlett Packard offering influencers a HP laptop loaded with top films from the Cinequest festival. Klout’s co-founder, Joe Fernandez, said:

We believe that companies can no longer simply judge each customer by the lifetime value of what they spend with them. Every individual now has a network value based on their ability to leverage word of mouth and social media to influence their network and spread the word about a product or service.


via PSFK: http://www.psfk.com/2011/07/klout-gives-serious-perks-to-facebook-fans.html#ixzz1R2vrNRnZ
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Welcome, Google. Seriously.

Welcome, Google. Seriously. | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it
Here is the latest comic from our Joy of Tech friends at Geek Culture, Nitrozac and Snaggy. Joy of Tech appears three times a week in the Voices section of this site. This is a multi curated piece on Google +, so be sure to enjoy all of it, as well as our featured content curator Rachel Parker of Resonance Social Media who has created a scoop.it topic on all things Google +. Well enjoy. Here is a segment from the video.

K. Cameron Lau | Jul 01, 2011 | 1min:25sec Google+ Might Not be Able to Scare Facebook, Twitter Could be Crushed. With all the buzz surrounding the launch of Google Plus, expectations are high and the reviews have been good, but as the minutes tick by, some are wondering how this is all going to play out. Facebook currently has over half a billion active users, and when I say active users, I almost mean addicts. It’s for this reason that some are saying that it makes more sense for Google to set its crosshairs on Twitter primarily.
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Yelp Brings Local Deals To Mobile And Gives Groupon Now A Run For Its Money

Yelp Brings Local Deals To Mobile And Gives Groupon Now A Run For Its Money | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it
The next phase of growth for local deals will be mobile. Groupon knows this, and so does Yelp, which today is rolling out Yelp Deals to its iPhone and Android apps. An update to its mobile apps that is getting pushed out today will add a new deals icon to the app. When you click on it you can see a list of nearby Yelp Deals for discounts at restaurants, spas, and other businesses. (These are in addition to Yelp Special Offers and Check-In Offers, which already appear on mobile).

Yelp started offering daily deals at local merchants about a year ago, and it now has deals in over a dozen metro areas, including San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Boston, LA, Phoenix, Seattle, and San Diego. You have to sign up for these deals currently and you get an email when there are new deals, just like with Groupon or LivingSocial.

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Video of the Day: NASA Successfully Tests Robotic Hover Lander

Video of the Day: NASA Successfully Tests Robotic Hover Lander | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it
With drones in and out of the news as they fly back and forth across Pakistan and Afghanistan every day, we know that, while we're able to pilot military aircraft remotely, it doesn't always work out as planned. But we keep the drones flying and that's because, sometimes, it makes sense not to risk the life of a pilot by putting him or her in a dangerous situation.

But Pakistan isn't the only dangerous environment. So, too, is the moon. And the surface of an asteroid. And other low-gravity environments that require parachutes and other safety equipment, but that NASA wants to visit anyway.

That's why NASA is working on eliminating the need for human pilots on some of its missions. The Robotic Lander Development Project taking place at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama is the next step toward reaching that goal. The team behind the project has successfully tested a hover lander and captured that test in the video embedded below. "The lander is captured in flight from overhead and side mounted cameras in high definition and infrared video," according to the video's description on YouTube. "The infrared video allows engineers to see how the vehicle is behaving thermally as well as how the thrusters pulse during [the] test since the thruster plumes are invisible to the naked eye."
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Cele|bitchy » Blog Archive » Shia LaBeouf covers Details Mag, admits that he hooked up with Megan Fox

Cele|bitchy » Blog Archive » Shia LaBeouf covers Details Mag, admits that he hooked up with Megan Fox | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it
I can’t help it - sometimes I find Shia LaBeouf very attractive. Not in a “I must have the Fassbender RIGHT NOW” kind of attractive, but sometimes Shia looks kind of dirty and sexy, and I could totally see getting drunk with him and bringing him home. He’s the cover boy for the August issue of Details, and some of these photos are… nice. You can see the slideshow here. His scruffy facial hair is working, his arms look good, he’s kind of dirty and sweaty, and YES, I have issues with men. Don’t even start. Anyway, the Details piece is called “Hollywood’s Last Bad Boy” - er… but it’s a decent read. Shia usually gives a decent interview. Here are some highlights:

On his reported bar fight: “I’m at a bar, trying to be with my friends,” he begins, still a little peeved several months after the night in question, “and a dude comes up to me and says he wants a photograph, and I say no.” He’s talking about the widely reported incident at Mad Bull’s Tavern in Sherman Oaks in February that ended with one of Hollywood’s most bankable stars chilling on the curb in handcuffs. “Then he comes up with his girlfriend and says it’s for her, and I say, ‘Actually, I’m a little topsy-turvy, man. Can I not?’”
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