Saturday, 25 May 2013

Mashable: Latest 29 News Updates - including “FOMO the Movie: The Terrifying Social Truth”

Mashable: Latest 29 News Updates - including “FOMO the Movie: The Terrifying Social Truth”

FOMO the Movie: The Terrifying Social Truth

Posted: 24 May 2013 09:00 PM PDT


For all the amazing ways social media has changed our lives, it's come with some downsides, as well. Chief among those is FOMO — that is, of course, Fear of Missing Out, a documented disease among social media addicts

Surely you're familiar with the feeling. A simple night relaxing at home is no longer good enoughTwitter brings fun updates from friends on vacationInstagram is full of photos from a party you weren't invited toFacebook is a veritable minefield full of reminders of all the wild fun you're not having there on the couch. And yet ... you can't stop checking. Suddenly your relaxing night at home is a painful exercise in anguish and social isolation Read more...

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Elon Musk Wants to Build an Electric Pickup Truck

Posted: 24 May 2013 08:30 PM PDT


How did you spend you Friday night? Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk spent his answering questions about paying back the government and musing about the next kind of electric vehicle he might like to make.

After posting a number of tweets about his thoughts on proper taxation and how he did (PayPal and Zip2) and didn't make his fortune, Musk appeared to drop in something of a non sequitur:

Would love to do a pickup truck. Something w ultra low cg for sports car handling, dynamic air suspension & mega torque.

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 25, 2013

While building an electric truck would be new for Tesla, it's not a new idea for the world of automobiles. There are already electric truck companies like Smith Electric and Zap World. Read more...

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Askem Gets You the Answers You Need, Fast

Posted: 24 May 2013 08:01 PM PDT


The Launchpad is a series that introduces Mashable readers to compelling startups. If you would like to have your startup considered for inclusion, please see the details here.

Name: Askem

The Pitch: Askem aims to simplify your decision-making process

Why It's Taking Off: Askem lets you share your questions online and create up to five different text responses to choose from, so you can cut through the digital noise and get the answers you need instantly.

If you post pictures of three different outfits on Facebook or Twitter and ask which one you should wear tonight, chances are you’ll get a bunch of “likes” and comments and countless opinions, but no definitive answer Read more...

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Video Captures Scary Washington Bridge Collapse

Posted: 24 May 2013 07:04 PM PDT


More proof that the cameras are everywhere. The frightening collapse of a bridge in Washington State on the busy Interstate 5 was actually caught by a surveillance camera.

A huge portion of the bridge fell into the Skagit River on Thursday night after an over-sized freight truck struck part of the structure. The grainy video, obtained by AP, actually shows a large white truck moving through the bridge moments before a large section carrying two vehicles plunged into the river below. Miraculously, the passengers of all those vehicles escaped with only minor injuries.

According to an AP report, the truck driver noticed he hit something and had time to look in his rear view mirror and see the bridge collapse. It could be months before the bridge is repaired and travel in that part of Washington State is returned to normal. Read more...

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Myspace's New Architects Reveal How to Rebuild a Brand

Posted: 24 May 2013 06:27 PM PDT


There's perhaps nothing harder than changing the public perception of a brand once it's been imprinted in popular culture's psyche. Especially when it's left a bad taste in users' mouths. But that was exactly the job facing Ben Johnston and Jess Huddart, CEO and creative director of Josephmark, the 25-person Australian studio tasked with rebuilding the new Myspace from the ground up.

The duo recently came to Los Angeles where they spoke with Mashable about the challenges and successes of redesigning a brand. They say the project's goal is to bring the site back to its simple core values of music and artist discovery. They want the new Myspace to be visually captivating enough to keep and gain new users, so they're incorporating a design reminiscent of Tumblr and Pinterest. Read more...

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Alfonso Ribeiro, Will and Jaden Smith Do the Carlton Dance

Posted: 24 May 2013 05:41 PM PDT


Gather 'round nerds, '90s kids and fans of Carlton Banks

Will Smith and son Jaden recently made an appearance on the BBC's Graham Norton Show. In the video above, they perform a father-son rap together, which is kind of cool. But the real fun starts at the 3:45 mark, when none other than Smith's Fresh Prince of Bel-Air castmate Alfonso Ribeiro — Carlton Banks himself, the coolest nerd in TV history — makes a surprise visit

See also: Will Smith Proves He's Still Got Insane Rapping Skills

Things then take an immediate turn for the awesome when Ribeiro and both Smiths go into the notorious "Carlton dance" that Ribeiro made famous on the show. The outstanding YouTube clip is blowing up the social web, so check it out for yourself above and let us know what you think in the comments Read more...

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UCLA Surgeons Live Vine Brain Surgery

Posted: 24 May 2013 05:01 PM PDT


Doctors at UCLA Health in Southern California documented a brain surgery on Thursday by using Instagram and Vine, showing yet another ground-breaking use of social media in the hospital setting.

We've already witnessed the world's first live-tweeted open-heart surgery from Houston, as well as a live-tweet of a brain surgery. But what was noteworthy about Thursday's live surgery from Los Angeles was the use of newbie social platform Vine, as the Los Angeles Times reported. Check out a sampling of the Vine video posts below.

The UCLA Health System (@UCLAHealth) used the hashtag, #UCLAORLive, to chronicle Thursday's operation. This was the UCLA deep brain stimulation team's 500th patient for which they implanted a brain pacemaker, according to the #UCLAORLive event page on Facebook. A brain pacemaker can help "cease Parkinson's disease and essential tremor," they said. Read more...

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First Apple Computer Could Fetch Half Million in Auction

Posted: 24 May 2013 04:02 PM PDT


An Apple 1 computer, the low-powered PC that started it all for the late Apple CEO Steve Jobs, co-founder Steve Wozniak and the then very new Apple Computers, is up for grabs on May 25. All you need is somewhere north of a half a million dollars.

The still-working computer goes to the highest bidder at the German auction house Auction Team Breker. According to a release, the system is part of a wide-ranging auction of "Firsts" that includes a MITS Altair 8800, a Nat Wadsworth’s 1973 Scelbi-8H (the first Intel 8-bit system) and a mechanical computer, the Pascaline.

The virtually hand-built Apple 1, though, is the true star item here. It was, more or less, hand-built in 1976 by Steve Wozniak. In the Steve Jobs biography by Walter Isaacson, the duo introduced the new computer at a meeting of the Homebrew Computer Club, where Wozniak explained one of the key differences from competing, early PCs: It has "a human-typable keyboard instead of a stupid, cryptic front panel with a bunch of lights and switches." Read more...

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Hanson Beer Mmmhops to Make Its Debut

Posted: 24 May 2013 03:24 PM PDT


Nearly two years after pop band Hanson announced it would be introducing a beer line, Mmmhops is almost ready for its debut. That's right, dear readers — you'll be able to sip your way into '90s nostalgia.

Called Mmmhops — a reference to the brothers' popular "MMMBop" song from 1997 — the pale ale makes a cameo in the film Hangover 3, which hits theaters this weekend. The beer is a product of Mustang Brewing in Oklahoma — the boys' home state — and is in the final stages of brewing, according to BeerPulse.

Mmmhops has arrived @thehangover…

— MmmHops Beer (@MmmhopsBeer) May 21, 2013

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Officials: Stopping 3D-Printed Guns Could Be Impossible

Posted: 24 May 2013 02:47 PM PDT


As the world's first 3D-printed handgun starts to be replicated, authorities are scrambling to react to a technological advancement that only a few weeks ago sounded more like science fiction than fact.. But according to a leaked bulletin by the Department of Homeland Security, any effort to stop the printing of these guns might be in vain.

A May 21 DHS bulletin distributed to several law enforcement agencies across the country, and obtained by Fox News, basically states that there might be nothing that can be done to stop people from downloading and printing plastic guns

"Limiting access may be impossible," the memo states.

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Syrian Electronic Army Taunts Twitter in Latest Hack

Posted: 24 May 2013 02:19 PM PDT


The Syrian Electronic Army claimed credit for hacking one of British television network ITV's Twitter accounts Friday. One of the SEA's hijacked tweets linked to a story about Twitter's recently introduced two-step verification, aimed at preventing such hijackings.

"Just kidding. The Syrian Electronic Army was here. #SEA via @Official_SEA12," read one of the false tweets from @itvlondon. The SEA's tweets have since been deleted and the account restored.

An ITV spokesperson told Reuters the hack was triggered by a phishing email, meaning an ITV employee likely opened a malicious link that allowed hackers to access the account. Read more...

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Sony's Cute Speaker Ball Is Music to our Ears

Posted: 24 May 2013 02:09 PM PDT


I'm kind of in love with Sony's little egg-shaped speaker, the SRS-BTV5. The tiny, tennis-ball-sized gadget is so cute, it really deserves a name other than the seemingly random series of characters. Maybe Veronica. It looks like a Veronica.

At least mine does, but that's probably because it's raven colored. I really wanted one of the bright pink ones — it just seems to go better with the spherical shape — but black still makes a statement, if a quieter one.

And by quiet, I'm referring to the design, of course — not the sound. Veronica actually plays fairly loud for a tiny ball. She's not going to sustain a house party, but a hotel room, definitely. Read more...

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Google and Microsoft Kiss and Make Up Over YouTube App

Posted: 24 May 2013 02:02 PM PDT


Windows Phone customers won't be shut out of seeing YouTube videos after all. After tussling over the YouTube app for Windows Phone, Google and Microsoft have settled their differences now that Microsoft has agreed to include ads in the app.

The YouTube app, like other major apps on Windows Phone, is actually made by Microsoft. But while YouTube launched ads on its the official apps on iOS and Android last year, the Windows Phone version doesn't have them. As a result, Google, which owns YouTube, hit Microsoft with a cease-and-desist letter.

After the letter was issued, Microsoft publicly commented that it would be happy to include ads in the next version of its YouTube app, but that it lacked the necessary technical tools that only Google has. Read more...

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Soccer Player Ejected for Dropping Trou on the Field

Posted: 24 May 2013 01:50 PM PDT


If you're going to get thrown off the field, you might as well go in style, right? This pants-less goal celebration definitely qualifies

It comes courtesy of Mario Djurovski, a Macedonian midfielder for Thai soccer club Muangthong United. After a sweet score, he drops trou, puts his shorts on top of his head and motions strangely toward the stands. The referee, as you'll see, is not impressed, and hits Djurovski with a red card

The clip created a fair amount of befuddled buzz on the sports Internet this week, so check it out for yourself and let us know what you think in the comments Read more...

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'The Simpsons' Theme Park Coming This Summer

Posted: 24 May 2013 01:39 PM PDT


Look alive, Simpsons fans — everyone's favorite animated family is getting its own expanded area at the Universal Orlando Resort. Woo-hoo!

The Simpsons franchise has had a presence at Universal Studios Orlando and Universal Studios Hollywood since 2007. In 2008, The Simpsons Ride launched in both locations.

This summer in Orlando, Universal is expanding the world around the show and building a Springfield replica within the park.

Universal Orlando says there will be an outdoor attraction and a new ride — Kang & Kodos' Twirl 'n' Hurl. Krusty the Clown and Sideshow Bob will also join the Simpson family members as wandering characters. Read more...

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3D-Printed Splint Helps Baby Breathe Again

Posted: 24 May 2013 01:16 PM PDT


When a baby was afflicted with a condition that blocked his ability to breathe, professors at the University of Michigan developed a 3D-printed splint that saved the child's life.

Baby Kaiba Gionfriddo was only six weeks old when he stopped breathing and turned blue, as explained in the video above. Doctors discovered Kaiba had severe tracheobronchomalacia, a condition that causes a collapse of the windpipe, blocking the body's flow of air. This rare condition affects only 1 in 2,200 babies.

When treatments failed to help, Kaiba's doctors went to the University of Michigan. That's where two professors — Dr. Glenn Green, associate professor of pediatric otolaryngology, and Scott Hollister, professor of biomedical engineering & mechanical engineering and associate professor of surgery — used pioneering technology to come up with a solution. Read more...

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Customize and Code Your Own Robots With Linkbot

Posted: 24 May 2013 01:00 PM PDT


California-based company Barobo is all about robots. Their newest invention, Linkbot, is a modular robotic platform that lets you build and customize your own robot, block by block, like LEGOs

You start with a single bot. It's ready to go as-is, but you can add your own flavor by connecting two or more bots together into different shapes. What's especially cool is the hands-on coding feature, called PoseTeach, which allows you to program the bot with your hands on the outside instead of a keyboard. While you make adjustments on the outside, the Linkbot automatically writes and remembers the code itself Read more...

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Report: Yahoo Bidding for Hulu

Posted: 24 May 2013 12:46 PM PDT


The roster of companies interested in acquiring a stake in Hulu is growing. In addition to The Chernin Group (in partnership with Providence Equity), Guggenheim Digital, DirecTV and Time Warner Cable — whose bids were reported on Thursday night and Friday morning — Yahoo, private equity firm KKR and talent agency William Morris Endeavor (in partnership with Silver Lake) have also placed bids, according to AllThingsD and Bloomberg.

AllThingsD reported earlier this month that Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer had met with Hulu executives, but after the company dropped $1.1 billion on Tumblr and another several million for gaming platform PlayerScale earlier this week, it seemed that the company might not go ahead with a bid. But that appears not to be the case — and even after the Tumblr acquisition, Yahoo has around $4 billion in cash to spend. Read more...

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Finally, a Video Game That Lets You Play as a Badger

Posted: 24 May 2013 12:31 PM PDT


If there's one thing gamers have been clamoring for, it's more badger simulators. And by "more," we mean "one singular" badger simulator, because to our knowledge, there is no such genre.

SEE ALSO: 10 Exciting Indie Games We Can't Wait to Play

That's about to change, thanks to Swedish indie studio Might and Delight, makers of the charming 2012 platformer Pid. In its new game, Shelter, a player assumes the role of a mother badger, who must forage for food and protect her cubs from the dangers of — wherever badgers live. Cleveland? I don't know.

The studio dropped a video (watch above) of some early gameplay, and in general, people have been reacting online with: "What the f ... oh. Oh, this is kinda cool!" Read more...

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Couple Embarks on a Crowdsourced Road Trip

Posted: 24 May 2013 12:22 PM PDT


This Memorial Day holiday weekend in the U.S. kicks off the start of the summer travel season. You might have a trip or two meticulously planned and carefully entered into your Google Calendar for the summer vacation months. But what if your travel destinations were crowdsourced — partially dictated by someone else?

A New York couple is ready to hit the road, depending on the whims of family, friends and random people in a crowdsourced road trip.

Meet John Ellis and Laura Preston. They call themselves "The Democratic Travelers." Akin to their democratic nickname, the couple is spending a year driving across the United States and stopping at destinations that people suggest and vote for on John's and Laura's "The Democratic Travelers" website. Read more...

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Apple's iWatch May Ship Late Next Year

Posted: 24 May 2013 12:16 PM PDT


Rumors of an Apple iWatch have started to surface again, now suggesting that an Apple-branded smart watch will be hitting store shelves in late 2014.

In a note to investors, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said he expects Apple to release an iWatch, but not necessarily anytime in the very near future. Kuo, who has successfully predicted other Apple launches, says Apple will start production on the device middle of next year, with a likely launch date toward the end of 2014.

According to a recent report on 9to5 Mac, Kuo says the watch will have a 1.5-inch to 2-inch display and will use biometrics – much like a prototype of a Toshiba smart watch we saw at CES this year – to keep it secure. This means the watch can to determine who is wearing it. Biometric functionality would also allow the watch to be used as a fitness-tracking device, similar to FitBit. Read more...

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AT&T Prepaid Plans Now Support iPhone 5

Posted: 24 May 2013 12:00 PM PDT


AT&T's prepaid GoPhone brand will now support the iPhone 5 and other LTE/HSPA+ devices.

Although iPhone users have been able to sign up for voice service using GoPhone, this is the first time AT&T is opening access to the data network for those customers. This is also the first time the company has offered LTE support for its prepaid GoPhone SIMs.

AT&T offers three service plans that support the iPhone and other LTE/HSPA+ devices, but only the $65 a month plan includes data (1GB a month).

Users can also purchase individual data packages that run $5 a month for 50MB, $15 a month for 200MB and $25 a month for 1GB. Read more...

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Posted: 24 May 2013 11:50 AM PDT

Feed-twFeed-fb, an ad-free social platform popular with developers, has reached a big milestone: 100,000 registered users.

The network launched in August 2012 to users willing to join for $50 per year. Since then, ADN, as it is often called, unveiled a new pricing structure of $36 per year or $5 per month. As it has evolved, the service most recently rolled out a free tier of invite-only accounts for paid members to distribute.

Free users can follow a maximum of 40 users and receive 500MB of storage onsite. Paid accounts can follow an unlimited number of users, receive 10GB of storage and have the ability to provide new users with free-tier accountsADN has provided 5,000 free invites to Mashable, and we'd like to extend these invites to you! Read more...

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5 Mistakes to Avoid When Creating Branded Apps

Posted: 24 May 2013 11:42 AM PDT


With the smartphone increasingly becoming the tool of choice for many shoppers, businesses with their own mobile apps are quickly learning this is an excellent way to get a leg up on the competition.

Branded apps, which give retailers a direct link to their consumers' smartphones, are gaining in popularity among shoppers. Recent studies show that consumers spent six times as much time using retailers' apps this winter than they did a year ago, while more than 60% of affluent shoppers view brands with mobile apps more favorably.

Despite this opportunity to connect with consumers, many businesses are missing the mark due to poorly conceived and developed apps. Ed LaFoy, a mobile developer for digital consulting firm Table XI, warns of five mistakes businesses should avoid when creating their own branded app. Read more...

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LEGO Voldemort and Gandalf Battle for Reigning Wizard

Posted: 24 May 2013 11:36 AM PDT


Lord Voldemort and Gandalf the White (formerly Grey) are the two baddest wizards in town. After all, they've bypassed that whole death thing with Horcruxes and coming back from the dead

And with Dumbledore out of the way, it's only these two vying for the top spot in the land of magic. So who would win in a supreme battle between He Who Has No Nose and He Who Has a Long Beard? YouTuber BrotherhoodWorkshop pitted the wizards against each other in an epic LEGO battle inside Ollivander's Wand Shop

Hopefully, Gandalf can "Avada Kedavra" Voldemort all the way to Middle-earth, so Harry Potter and gang can get back to Hogwarts ASAP Read more...

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Is Strongbox the New Wikileaks?

Posted: 24 May 2013 11:26 AM PDT


The New Yorker's new Strongbox feature claims to be an online safebox for whistleblowers to submit documents safely and anonymously. The system, based on open source DeadDrop software developed by the late Aaron Swartz, has invited comparisons to Wikileaks

Can Strongbox really deliver on its promises? Can it be as successful and secure as Wikileaks' system was?

"I think Wikileaks is the gold standard for reasons that most other leaking systems hardly understand," said Jacob Appelbaum, a famous hacker who has been working with Julian Assange for years.

Wikileaks' submission system has been offline since late 2010, when the mysterious hacker who developed it — known as "The Architect" — left Wikileaks and took the system with him, as explained in Andy Greenberg's This Machine Kills Secrets. Read more...

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Ron Paul Isn't Getting

Posted: 24 May 2013 11:18 AM PDT


Ron Paul doesn't own Ron Paul wants Ron Paul isn't getting

Paul has lost his World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) petition to get from Paul supporters who run a fan site at the domain

Paul filed the petition earlier this year, arguing it confuses Paul supporters who think it's an official website.'s owners previously offered to sell Paul the domain for $250,000 or to give him for free. Paul didn't accept either offer (Paul's campaign website was

WIPO found's owners have a right to the domain for multiple reasons: First, Paul did not trademark his name. Second,'s owners are providing value with their community of Paul supporters. Third, the owners were not acting in "bad faith," i.e. cybersquatting to sell the domain. Read more...

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Teacher Resigns Via YouTube Over Standardized Testing

Posted: 24 May 2013 10:57 AM PDT


Standardized testing has long been a hot-button topic among educational circles. But a veteran teacher is now taking a very open position against the concept by resigning from her job — and telling everyone about it on YouTube

The video, which was posted on Tuesday under the account I Quit You Can't Fire Me, is quickly going viral. Her resignation claims how students and teachers alike can be affected by state-mandated curriculums and tests. The woman, a 4th grade teacher for the past 15 years, says that at one point, she was excited to contribute so powerfully to the lives of children — but over time, she believes the educational system has changed for the worse Read more...

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Morgan Freeman Has a Hilarious Excuse for Dozing During Interview

Posted: 24 May 2013 10:34 AM PDT


Morgan Freeman set the Internet atwitter this week when he briefly fell asleep during a live TV interview alongside Michael Caine in support of their new film Now You See Me.

But, as it turns out, there's a perfectly logical — and awesome — explanation for Freeman's doze-off. Here's what the actor had to say in a Facebook post late Thursday night:

Regarding my recent interview, I wasn't actually sleeping. I'm a beta tester for Google Eyelids and I was merely taking the opportunity to update my Facebook page.

Now it all makes sense. And if you missed it, here below is the original video clip from Freeman and Caine's interview with Tacoma Fox affiliate Q13. Watch as he drifts off then quickly regains consciousness and tries to feign interest in Caine's rambling story about magic tricks: Read more...

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Online Campaigns Aim to Help Kai the Hitchhiker Beat Murder Rap

Posted: 24 May 2013 10:28 AM PDT


The never-dull story of Kai the Hitchhiker took a dark turn last week when the viral hero was unexpectedly arrested on murder charges. Since then, a small handful of online campaigns have tried to drum up support for the man who famously referred to himself as "homefree" — not homeless — and set him back on his untethered way

Kai, less frequently known by his given name of Caleb McGillvary, was arrested at a Philadelphia bus terminal last Thursday. He is charged with killing a 73-year-old lawyer named Joseph Galfy, Jr., in Galfy's home in Clark, N.J. Police found Galfy's body in his house last Monday after he and McGillvary met in New York City. The cause of death was determined as blunt force trauma Read more...

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