July 2017 User Experience and Web Professional Events

first_imgWhether you’re a user experience or web professional, you know it can be a challenge to keep your skills up-to-date, learn about new methods, and network with fellow web workers. And it takes time to find interesting local events.That’s why I publish a monthly calendar of user experience and web professionals events for southeast Michigan. An agile project management workshop, learning about the emotional life of Internet things, and professional headshots are a few of the events you’ll discover in the July 2017 event calendar.While I don’t attend every event on the calendar, I usually make it to one or two events each week. I’d love to meet you. When you see me, stop by and say hi!The Emotional Life of Internet ThingsDate: July 10, 2017 at 6:30pmLocation: School of Information at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan (map and directions to the School of Information)Cost: $10, pre-registration requiredI’m excited that the Michigan chapter of the User Experience Professionals Association (Michigan UXPA) has returned, launching their first event with special guest Pam Pavliscak speaking about our emotional relationship with our Internet things.While the event has sold out, a waitlist is available. Workshop: How to Test AnythingDate: July 12, 2017 at 6:00pmLocation: Midtown Detroit, MichiganCost: $25, pre-registration requiredLearn to test anything at the Detroit User Experience interactive workshop. Jodi Bollaert leads the workshop, where you’ll gets hands on with research to help you plan the strategy and design of your product or service. Drinks x Design: Architecture & Urban PlanningDate: July 13, 2017 at 5:30pmLocation: Artist Village Detroit in Detroit, Michigan (map and directions to Artist Village Detroit)Cost: free, pre-registration requiredFor their July event, Drinks x Design will host a celebration of architecture and urban planning, with displays from architects and community organizations working to enhance the quality of life and economic opportunity in Detroit.Meet new people, make connections, promote your creative endeavors, and learn about other projects in the Detroit community.Professional Headshots in Ann ArborDate: July 15, 2017, 8:00am to 10:00amLocation: Island Park in Ann Arbor, Michigan (map and directions to Island Park)Cost: $30, pre-registration requiredLadies That UX Detroit is offering Ann Arbor area members the chance to get a professional headshot from local photographer, Aparna Bankston. She’ll spend 10 minutes with you to take traditional headshots and full body shots. You’ll receive five digitally edited headshots, both high resolution and resized copies of the five photos. Professional Headshots in DetroitDate: July 16, 2017, 7:000pm to 10:00pmLocation: Scott Memorial Fountain at Belle Isle State Park in Detroit, Michigan (map and directions to Belle Isle State Park)Cost: $30, pre-registration requiredLike the Ann Arbor area members, the Detroit area members of Ladies That UX Detroit have the opportunity to get a professional headshot from local photographer, Aparna Bankston. She’ll spend 10 minutes with you to take traditional headshots and full body shots. You’ll receive five digitally edited headshots, both high resolution and resized copies of the five photos. Agile Project Management WorkshopDate: July 25, 2017 and July 27, 2017, from 6:00pm to 8:00pmLocation: Grand Circus in Detroit, Michigan (map and directions to Grand Circus)Cost: $75, pre-registration requiredWondering what agile project management is all about? Learn about the different agile frameworks (Scrum and Kanban), project planning, estimation methods, and forecasting techniques in this two-day workshop with Ryan McCann.Share EventsIt’s impossible to include every event happening in our area. Do you know of any metro Detroit events not on the list? Share them in the comments. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedMichigan UXPA Launches July 10: The Emotional Life of Internet Things with Pam PavliscakThe Michigan chapter of the User Experience Professionals Association (Michigan UXPA) is launching their first event with special guest Pam Pavliscak, speaking about our emotional relationship with our Internet things. On July 10, 2017, Pavliscak will discuss our emotional interactions with technology, how our technology knows what we do, but…In “Technology”April 2017 User Experience and Web Professional EventsWhether you’re a user experience or web professional, you know it can be a challenge to keep your skills up-to-date, learn about new methods, and network with fellow web workers. And it takes time to find interesting local events. That’s why I publish a monthly calendar of user experience and…In “Calendar”July 2016 User Experience and Web Professional EventsWhat user experience (UX) and web professional events are happening this month in southeast Michigan and northwestern Ohio? If you work on the web, you know it’s a challenge to keep your skills up-to-date, learn about new methods, and network with fellow web workers. And it takes time to find…In “Calendar”last_img read more

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Search War: Yahoo! Opens Its Search Engine to Attack Google With An Army of Verticals

first_imgYahoo! is taking a bold step tonight: opening up its index and search engine to any outside developers who want to incorporate Yahoo! Search’s content and functionality into search engines on their own sites. The company that sees just over 20% of the searches performed each day believes that the new program, called BOSS (Build Your Own Search Service), could create a cadre of small search engines that in aggregate will outstrip their own market share and leave Google with less than 50% of the search market.It’s an ambitious and exciting idea. It could also become very profitable when Yahoo! later enables the inclusion of Yahoo! search ads on sites using the BOSS APIs. BOSS will include access to Yahoo! web, news and image searches.Partner RelationshipsWebsites wishing to leverage the BOSS APIs will be allowed to can blend in their own ranking input and change the presentation of results. There are no requirements for attribution to Yahoo! and there’s no limit on the number of queries that can be performed.At launch Yahoo! BOSS will see live integrations with at least three other companies. Hakia will integrate their semantic parsing with the Yahoo! index and search, social browser plug-in Me.dium will use the data it’s collected to offer a social search tied to the Yahoo! index, and real-time sentiment search engine Summize was included in the BOSS demo – augmenting Yahoo News search results with related Twitter messages. More extensive customization and integration with large media companies will be performed with assistance from Yahoo! and ad-free access to the APIs will be made available to the Computer Science departments of academic institutions.Me.dium captures 20m URLs daily and will use BOSS to show social relevance in addition to link-weight in search.Does Anyone Really Care About Niche Vertical Search Engines?We asked Yahoo! just that, although we believe that alternative search engines can be pretty exciting. None the less, we think it’s a valid question. Senior Director of the Open Search Platform, Bill Michels told us that niche search engines often aren’t very good because they have access to a very limited index of content. It’s expensive to index the whole web. Likewise, Michels said that there are a substantial number of large organizations that have a huge amount of content but don’t have world-class search technology. In both cases, Yahoo! BOSS is intended to level the playing field and blow the Big 3 wide open. We agree that it’s very exciting to imagine thousands of new Yahoo! powered niche search engines proliferating. Could Yahoo! plus the respective strengths and communities of all these new players challenge Google? We think they could.What’s Not Included?The BOSS APIs are in beta for now, so they may be expanded with time – but for now there are still a few crown jewels in the company’s plans that won’t be opened up. We asked about Yahoo’s indexing of the semantic web and were told that would not be a part of BOSS. We asked about the Inbox 2.0 strategy and the company’s plans to rewire for social graph and data portability paradigms. We were told that those were “other programs.” We hope that there’s not a fundamental disconnect there that will lead to lost opportunities and a lack of focus. It is clear, though, that BOSS falls well within the company’s overall technical strategy of openness. When it comes to web standards, openness and support for the ecosystem of innovation – there may be no other major vendor online as strong as Yahoo! is today. These are times of openness, where some believe that no single vendor’s technology and genius alone can match the creativity of an empowered open market of developers. Yahoo! is positioning itself as leader of this movement.Let’s see what they can do with an army of Yahoo! powered search engines. Let the games begin! Related Posts marshall kirkpatrick Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Tags:#Analysis#Features#search#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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A More Social Workplace, According to Palo Alto Networks

first_imgTags:#Analysis#enterprise IT + Project Management: A Love Affair david strom Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowcenter_img A research report released by Palo Alto Networks last month describes trends in application traffic that the vendor observed crossing their enterprise firewalls in more than 1,200 of their customer prospects. This is the latest and largest monitoring of applications trends from the company, and it provides some interesting tidbits. For example:Social networking is complementary to instant messaging, not replacing it. IM traffic, as a percentage of overall traffic has more than doubled, and webmail and social networking traffic has increased nearly five fold. Facebook accounts for 80% of social networking bandwidth and Twitter just three percent. Almost half of applications traffic is hidden from view. The company observed that applications use either port-hopping techniques (think Skype or other P2P apps) or hide behind encrypted SSL port 443 more than 40% of the total traffic. This means that apps are getting more agile and difficult to block by enterprises. Browser-based file transfer apps continue to grow and surpass P2P networking in terms of traffic patterns. “This data should be a wake-up call for IT teams who assume encrypted traffic is mainly HTTPS or for those who still believe that social networking usage is not taking place on their corporate networks,” said Rene Bonvanie, vice-president of marketing at Palo Alto Networks.You can download the Application Usage and Risk Report report here. Palo Alto also maintains a worthy reference work called Applipedia, where it catalogs the behavior of more than 1,200 different applications. Related Posts Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

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76ers’ Redick could miss 2 weeks with left leg injury

first_imgView comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais Raptors’ DeRozan fined for ‘5-on-8’ comment criticizing refs Philadelphia 76ers guard JJ Redick (17) injures his ankle as Toronto Raptors guard Delon Wright (55) looks on during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Philadelphia, Monday, Jan. 15, 2018. The 76ers defeated the Raptors 117-111. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia 76ers guard JJ Redick could miss two weeks with a left leg injury.The 76ers say Redick was hurt Monday during the fourth quarter of their victory over Toronto, and X-rays after the game were negative. However, an MRI on Tuesday revealed bone edema and a small cortical crack in the fibular head of the leg.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte MOST READ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim The team says Redick will be re-evaluated in about 10 days to two weeks.Redick is averaging 17.3 points in his first season in PhiladelphiaFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusiveslast_img read more

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Ancelotti measured on CL – Ballack

first_imgBayern München Under-fire Ancelotti’s Bayern tenure will be judged on Champions League results – Ballack Iain Strachan Last updated 2 years ago 16:55 26/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Carlo Ancelotti Bayern 2017 Getty Images Bayern München Carlo Ancelotti PSG v Bayern München UEFA Champions League The Italian must deliver success in Europe’s elite club competition if he is to secure his legacy at the club, says the former midfielder Former Bayern Munich star Michael Ballack feels the tenure of Carlo Ancelotti will ultimately be judged on the team’s exploits in the Champions League.After winning the Bundesliga in his first campaign in charge, Ancelotti has endured a difficult start to 2017-18.Bayern 6/1 to win CL with dabblebet Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Bayern floundered in pre-season and then dropped early points in the league, losing 2-0 at Hoffenheim and drawing 2-2 at home to Wolfsburg last time out.They exited the Champions League at the hands of eventual winners Real Madrid in the quarter-finals last term, having not won the competition since 2012-13.And, speaking ahead of Bayern’s crunch Group B clash with fellow heavyweights Paris Saint-Germain, Ballack offered a reminder that the success or failure of the Italian coach’s tenure will be determined in Europe. “Bayern are looking [to win] the Champions League. Ancelotti has to be measured by this,” he was quoted as saying by Die Welt .According to Ballack, a further challenge for Ancelotti and Bayern will be managing the impending departure or retirement of long-serving forwards Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben, who are 34 and 33 respectively.”It’s very important how the club and the coach communicate with them in this matter,” he said.”Franck and Arjen are absolute world class players in the autumn of their career. And dealing with such things can be difficult, the past has shown.”last_img read more

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REFEREES GEAR ORDER FORM- UPDATED

first_imgEveryday the office staff at Touch Football Australia receive phone calls or emails from referees Australia-wide needing gear. To help make the process a little easier for all involved, a referees gear order form has been updated and loaded onto this website. It contains all of the items available for referees to purchase, as well as mailing and payment details. Simply download the form, fill it in and return to the TFA office by fax or email. Remember to highlight the required sizes and make sure you fill in the appropiate section (red and blue or green and gold). Please click here for the gear order form: REFEREES GEAR ORDER FORMlast_img read more

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Watch: UNC’s Brice Johnson Finds Out About All-American Selection, Jersey Honor

first_imgBrice Johnson on the couch finds out about All American selection and jersey honor.North Carolina senior forward Brice Johnson was named a First Team All-American today by the United States Basketball Writers Association. As a result, he will have his jersey put up in the rafters at the Dean Dome as part of the program’s tradition of honoring All-Americans.The Tar Heels put out a very cool feature showing Johnson finding out about his All-American status from head coach Roy Williams, as his teammates cheered him. The video goes on to include Williams talking about Johnson and Johnson saying how much the honor means to him. If you bleed Carolina blue, this is a must-watch. Watch @bjohnson_23 find out the 1st team All-American selection means his jersey will be in Smith Center rafters! https://t.co/WCZJjF1KBS— Carolina Basketball (@UNC_Basketball) March 14, 2016last_img read more

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National pharmacare strategy to preserve existing system Morneau

first_imgOTTAWA – Finance Minister Bill Morneau says the national pharmacare committee assembled this week will preserve the best parts of Canada’s existing drug plans, rather than abandon them in pursuit of a new, country-wide universal program.Speaking a day after tabling his third budget, Morneau said Wednesday that the new pharmacare advisory council will explore a strategy on how to close gaps in the current patchwork to ensure all Canadians have access to the medications they need.“We need to consider how we can best make use of our existing system — which, after all, for most people in this room, is probably working — but recognize that there are very significant gaps that we need to deal with,” Morneau told the Economic Club of Canada in Ottawa.“We recognize that we need a strategy to deal with the fact that not everyone has access and we need to do it in a way that’s responsible, that deals with the gaps, but doesn’t throw out the system that we currently have.”The advisory group, led by former Ontario health minister Eric Hoskins, was officially announced in Morneau’s budget Tuesday. Hoskins will likely be supportive of maintaining existing systems — he was behind the introduction of an Ontario pharmacare plan this year that covers 4,400 medications for people under 25.His new committee will work with provinces, territories and Indigenous groups.A national pharmacare plan is seen as a major undertaking with a hefty price tag. Last fall, the parliamentary budget watchdog warned it could cost $19 billion a year.While on stage Wednesday, Morneau noted that Ottawa wants to proceed in fiscally responsible way. He made a point of saying he sees a very big difference between a national pharmacare “strategy” and a “plan.”Following his appearance, he told a news conference that “there are parts of the system that are working well, there are parts of the system that really aren’t working well — we need to consider both those parts.”Morneau’s comments that some of the existing systems could remain in place drew condemnation from the Canadian Health Coalition, which issued a news release Wednesday accusing the minister of backing away from a universal public drug plan.“This is a cruel sleight-of-hand,” James Hutt, the group’s interim national director for policy and advocacy, said in a statement.“Millions of Canadians have been waiting decades for life-saving medications and were ecstatic (with) the Liberals’ announcement yesterday. Now, today they clarify that the Liberals want only partial drug coverage — not for everyone.”The coalition said Canada is the only country with a public health-care system that lacks a national public drug plan for everyone.Hoskins has until the spring of next year to deliver his final report, setting the stage for the Liberals to make pharmacare a centrepiece of the party’s 2019 election campaign and possibly expropriate a central plank of NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh’s platform.In Wednesday’s question period, New Democrat MP Peter Julian painted the new pharmacare strategy as yet another Liberal study: “If he wants to steal NDP ideas, steal them, put them into practice, don’t just stare at them — it’s weird.”Earlier Wednesday, Morneau also defended his budget against complaints it didn’t do enough to shield Canada from shorter-term competitiveness threats linked to incoming U.S. tax reforms.Morneau said the government will focus on more immediate worries like NAFTA and lower U.S. corporate taxes at the same time it takes steps to address longer-term domestic risks, such as the aging workforce.Tuesday’s fiscal plan was packed with billions of dollars worth of new investments, including measures to increase the labour-force participation of women.To pay for it all, the Liberal government used up roughly $20 billion of additional fiscal room over the coming years that came from economic improvements, reprofiled infrastructure commitments and lower-than-expected departmental spending.“We need to play a long game and we need to play a short game — and that’s what we’re trying to do and happily our economy is in a position where we have the ability to do that,” Morneau said.He later reiterated that his department is still doing its homework on impending U.S. tax reforms that business leaders have warned could damage to the Canadian economy.Tuesday’s budget showed the Liberal government is still predicting billions of dollars in annual deficits over the coming years — starting with a shortfall of $18.1 billion for 2018-19 and no timeline to return to balance.Morneau is focused on another fiscal “anchor” of lowering the net debt-to-GDP ratio, which is a measure of Ottawa’s debt burden. The budget predicts the ratio to decline each year over the outlook.The Liberals came under attack Wednesday for failing to outline a timetable to eliminate the shortfalls despite its improved fiscal position.“There’s no question the prime minister has inherited great fortune,” Pierre Poilievre said in the House of Commons in reference to the stronger economic conditions.“This government is blowing every penny of it.”Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitterlast_img read more

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Liberals name Catherine Tait as CBC president first woman to hold role

first_imgOTTAWA – Catherine Tait, a 30-year veteran of the Canadian and U.S. television and film industry, has been tapped to lead a digital revolution at CBC/Radio-Canada, becoming the first woman in the organization’s history to be named president and chief executive.Tait, who will officially begin her five-year term at the public broadcaster in the summer, called the position a dream job during a Tuesday morning news conference on Parliament Hill alongside Heritage Minister Melanie Joly.Tait said she wants the broadcaster to increasingly think digital in order to deal with the ongoing disruption across the broadcast industry — a symptom of evolving technology and consumption habits that allow consumers to access content anywhere and any time.The CBC needs to remain relevant to the many audiences it serves, she added, calling on the Crown corporation to be an inclusive storyteller for Indigenous Peoples, women, newcomers and LGBTQ communities, as well as a creator of quality local content.“CBC/Radio-Canada, along with public broadcasters around the world, are under significant competitive pressure,” Tait said.“In order for public broadcasters to survive and to flourish, we must flourish on the services, news and programming that most connect with our public — not just as one audience, but as many audiences. This is, after all, the power of digital.”Tait didn’t provide many additional details of the changes she hopes to see at the public broadcaster. She said she had some ideas about the direction she wanted the CBC to take, but first wanted to talk with outgoing president Hubert Lacroix and other executives.Tait, 60, is no stranger to the CBC. She is a former president of Salter Street Films that produced a CBC mainstay, “This Hour Has 22 Minutes,” and more recently saw a company she co-founded, iThentic, partner with the CBC to create a 10-part, online series.Her appointment was supported by industry groups like the Canadian Media Producers Association, who said Tait is “not afraid to innovate” and should keep the CBC “relevant and connected” to younger audiences. Daniel Bernhard, executive director of the advocacy group Friends of Canadian Broadcasting, said he was optimistic about Tait’s tenure, but needed to wait and see how she changes the CBC.The chairman of the committee that recommended Tait and others said she was the more audacious of the names that were put forward. Tom Clark, a former journalist, said Tait talked about some innovative and achievable ideas to implement at the public broadcaster and showed an understanding of the CBC and the challenges it faces.“She got not only who the CBC was and what it means to the country, but she also got the extent of the challenges — and challenges is a small word for a really big problem,” Clark said.“The reimagination of the national public broadcaster at a time when broadcasting is disappearing is a monumental task. She got both sides of the equation right.”Tait’s appointment is the latest in a series of moves the Liberal government has made at the public broadcaster that began in 2016, when it boosted funding to the CBC by $675 million over five years.The first tranche of money, about $75 million, moved last year. This year, the funding doubled to $150 million, a level that will continue through to April 2021. Joly said the CBC has been investing the money “bit by bit.”But the union at the CBC has raised concerns that the money, partly tied to boosting local content, has largely gone to outside production companies like the ones Tait led. The Canadian Media Guild (which also represents unionized workers at The Canadian Press) worries the new money from the federal government wasn’t a reinvestment in the CBC so much as spending on companies producing CBC programming.Jonathan Spence, the union’s branch president for CBC/Radio-Canada, said he hoped the new board and chief executive would rethink how the extra federal dollars were being spent.“Our concern is that if we continue to see increasing amounts of money going towards the independent production community, that may reflect a priority over local news and local programming,” he said.Pressed on the issue, Tait said that producing local content would be central in everything the CBC does.The board of directors is also receiving a makeover. On Tuesday, the Liberals announced the appointment of three new directors, and named Michael Goldbloom, an academic and former journalist, as chairman of the board.The government launched an overhaul last year of how members of the board of directors are chosen — a response to complaints that the selection process was open to political interference and did not reflect Canada’s diversity.“The CBC is at a turning point and we have the right management team, the right board to ultimately seize the opportunities that are out there,” Joly said.— Follow @jpress on TwitterNote to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version had the incorrect name for the advocacy group Friends of Canadian Broadcastinglast_img read more

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Workers at GMs Oshawa Assembly Plant hold work stoppage over closure

first_imgOSHAWA, Ont. — Unionized workers at the General Motors assembly plant in Oshawa, Ont., are back to work after holding a sit-down protest over the planned closure of the facility.Kathleen O’Keefe, a spokeswoman for Unifor, said in an email early today that the workers have since gone back on the line after starting the protest Tuesday.The work stoppage came after Unifor president Jerry Dias sat down with GM on Tuesday to talk about proposals the union had made to extend the life of the Ontario plant, but came away empty-handed.The company has said the options suggested by the union, including extending the life of the Chevy Impala and Cadillac XTS currently produced at the plant or shifting production slated for Mexico to the plant, are not economic.David Paterson, vice president of corporate affairs at GM Canada, says the union should instead work with the company on timing and transition plans for the close to 3,000 affected jobs.GM said it has identified job opportunities, is willing to pay for retraining and is open to negotiations on packages for workers on top of what is already included in contracts.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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