NSA and GCHQ agents ‘leak Tor bugs’, alleges developer

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(Media Release) British and American intelligence agents attempting to hack the “dark web” are being deliberately undermined by colleagues, it has been alleged.

Spies from both countries have been working on finding flaws in Tor, a popular way of anonymously accessing “hidden” sites.

But the team behind Tor says other spies are tipping them off, allowing them to quickly fix any vulnerabilities.

The agencies declined to comment.

The allegations were made in an interview given to the BBC by Andrew Lewman, who is responsible for all the Tor Project’s operations.

He said leaks had come from both the UK Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) and the US National Security Agency (NSA).

By fixing these flaws, the project can protect users’ anonymity, he said.

“There are plenty of people in both organisations who can anonymously leak data to us to say – maybe you should look here, maybe you should look at this to fix this,” he said. “And they have.”

Mr Lewman is part of a team of software engineers responsible for the Tor Browser – software designed to prevent it being possible to trace users’ internet activity. The programs involved also offer access to otherwise hard-to-reach websites, some of which are used for illegal purposes.

The dark web, as it is known, has been used by paedophiles to share child abuse imagery, while online drug marketplaces are also hosted on the hidden sites.

The Tor Browser is designed to allow people to use the internet anonymously

Mr Lewman said that his organisation received tips from security agency sources on “probably [a] monthly” basis about bugs and design issues that potentially could compromise the service.

However, (Free-Pr-Online.com) he acknowledged that because of the way the Tor Project received such information, he could not prove who had sent it.

“It’s a hunch,” he said. “Obviously we are not going to ask for any details.

“You have to think about the type of people who would be able to do this and have the expertise and time to read Tor source code from scratch for hours, for weeks, for months, and find and elucidate these super-subtle bugs or other things that they probably don’t get to see in most commercial software.

“And the fact that we take a completely anonymous bug report allows them to report to us safely.”

He added that he had been told by William Binney, a former NSA official turned whistleblower, that one reason NSA workers might have leaked such information was because many were “upset that they are spying on Americans”.

In response, a spokesman from the NSA public affairs office said: “We have nothing for you on this one.”

The Edward Snowden leaks have indicated that the NSA has tried to spy on Tor activity

A spokesman for GCHQ said: “It is long-standing policy that we do not comment on intelligence matters. Furthermore, all of GCHQ’s work is carried out in accordance with a strict legal and policy framework, which ensures that our activities are authorised, necessary and proportionate.”

The BBC understands, however, that GCHQ does attempt to monitor a range of anonymisation services to identify and track down suspects involved in the online sexual exploitation of children, among other crimes.

The reporter Glenn Greenwald has also published several articles, based on documents released by the whistleblower Edward Snowden, alleging that both agencies have attempted to crack Tor as part of efforts to prevent terrorism.

A security expert who has done consultancy work for GCHQ said he was he was amazed by Mr Lewman’s allegation, but added that it was not “beyond the bounds of possibility.

“It’s not surprising that agencies all over the world will be looking for weaknesses in Tor,” said Alan Woodward.

“But the fact that people might then be leaking that to the Tor Project so that it can undo it would be really very serious.

“So if that is happening, then those organisations are going to take this very seriously.”

Illegal activity

Tor was originally designed by the US Naval Research Laboratory, and continues to receive funding from the US State Department.

The ability to unmask Tor’s users would undermine the reason people use the service

It is used by the military, activists, businesses and others to keep communications confidential and aid free speech.

But it has also been used to organise the sale of illegal drugs, host malware, run money laundering services, and traffic images of child abuse and other illegal pornography.

Mr Lewman said that his organisation provided advice to law enforcement agencies, including the FBI and the UK Serious Crime Agency (Soca), to help them understand how Tor worked in order to aid their investigations.

But he criticised cyberspies who carried out orders to undermine Tor’s protections.

“We are around 30 people in total, and think of the NSA or GCHQ with their tens of thousands of employees and billions of pounds of budget,” he said.

“The odds there are obviously in their favour.

“It’s sort of funny because it also came out that GCHQ heavily relies on Tor working to be able to do a lot of their operations.

“So you can imagine one part of GCHQ is trying to break Tor, the other part is trying to make sure it’s not broken because they’re relying on it to do their work.

“So it’s typical within governments, or even within large agencies, that you have two halves of the same coin going after different parts of Tor. Some protect it, some to try to attack it.”

Tor Browser
The Tor Browser is based on Firefox and is available for Windows, Mac and Linux PCs

He added that the Tor browser had been downloaded 150 million times in the past year, and that it currently supported about 2.5 million users a day.

“Hundreds of millions of people are now relying on Tor,” Mr Lewman said, “in some cases in life-and-death situations. And that’s what we pay attention to.

“We would be very sad if anyone was arrested, tortured and killed because of some software bug or because of some design decision we made that put them at risk.”

Mr Lewman will deliver the keynote speech at the Broadband World Forum event in Amsterdam in October.

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XebiaLabs Releases Updates to XL Deploy, XL Release, to Continuously Deliver Value to Software Releases


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To provide better insight into the Continuous Delivery process for
DevOps managers and end users, XebiaLabs today announced new features
and enhancements to its XL Deploy and XL Release products.

Boston, MA (USA), July 24, 2014 — To provide better insight into the
Continuous Delivery process for DevOps managers and end users,
XebiaLabs ( http://www.xebialabs.com ) today announced new features
and enhancements to its XL Deploy and XL Release products. Included
are updates to its dashboards and reporting functions designed to
improve feedback on the entire software build and release process.
XebiaLabs provides software delivery automation solutions to agile
teams looking to speed time-to-market with their software production
cycles.  (Free-Pr-Online.com)

XL Deploy and XL Release respectively provide plug-and-play
application release automation, and enterprise release pipeline
orchestration for DevOps and Continuous Delivery. Both are components
of XL Platform, which also comprises XL Test for Agile test management
and analysis, and XL Scale for on-demand provisioning and scaling of
full environments.

What’s New in XL Release

Configurable Value Stream Analysis:
XL Release dashboards have been expanded to include a new,
configurable Value Stream Analysis that automatically highlights areas
of your pipelines and release processes that are prime candidates for

“One stop shop” view of release and Continuous Delivery pipeline
XL Release also adds a new dashboard that provides a “one stop
shop” view of current release and pipeline performance, risk and

Webhooks and more automation plugins:
Several additional automation plugins including ServiceNow and Splunk,
have also been added to XL Release. XL Release also now features new
smart webhook support to quickly automate any target system with an

What’s New in XL Deploy

Easy configuration and integration with Cool Tech:
Already designed to make it easy to add support for new middleware
tools, the XL Deploy plugin API has gained additional extensibility by
including a new, fully backwards-compatible, rule DSL on top of the
existing plugin API. This makes it even easier to configure XL Deploy
for your existing environment and extend it to support the latest and
greatest “cool tech”in a couple of lines of XML, without coding.

Customizable views & dashboards:
XL Deploy also includes a preview version of the new UI extension
framework, which will allow users to seamlessly integrate their own
views and dashboards into the user interface.

Tackle Configuration Drift:
To solve common configuration drift problems in several types of
middleware environments, XL Deploy now provides an additional set of
advanced reports.

The reports feature smart container matching and attribute filtering
designed to highlight what is important, avoiding the time spent
running through thousands of irrelevant default properties.

The new feature can compare target environments directly andalso
tracks discrepancies between XL Deploy’s repository and the live
environment. As an added bonus, the report interface introduces the
first HTML5 UI components to XL Deploy, based on the new UI extension

XL Deploy already supports comprehensive, extensible discovery for
WebSphere and other middleware, as well as comparison and versioning
of all configuration items in its repository making it now the most
advanced solution for configuration drift on the market.

For more details please visit
http://www.xebialabs.com/products/xl-platform, or start a 30-day trial
now: http://go.xebialabs.com/xl-platform-trial.html.

“Continuous Delivery moves software builds in and out of production
in an automated fashion,” said Coert Baart, CEO. “These updates
will improve flexibility and add insight into the entire process of
CD, giving organizations more predictability and DevOps teams a better
chance to effectively improve the CD process.”

About XebiaLabs:
XebiaLabs is the fastest-growing, leading global provider of
automation software for DevOps and Continuous Delivery helping
companies to accelerate the delivery of new software. XebiaLabs’
products provide the automation, efficiency and insight organizations
need to meet the demand for faster software deployment cycles. Founded
in 2008 and headquartered in Boston, XebiaLabs has a worldwide network
of sales offices and partners. For more information, please visit

Press & Media Contact:
Victor Cruz, Principal
MediaPR.net, Inc
Essex, MA – USA
+1 (978) 768-6888
[email protected]

Oroblu Underwear Sales? …100% Made in Italy on MyBoutique.it!


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Which kind of woman are you? Simple, Dressy, Seductive, Discreet?
With Oroblu Underwear you will find what you are looking for. You will
feel comfortable but always elegant in every moment of the day.
Transform the accessories of your life into details that talk about
you. Purchase Oroblu. (Free-Pr-Online.com)

Child, adolescent, girl, wife, mom, grandmother, are all Women with a
capital W.

By highlighting their beauty, wrapping their curves, adding precious
details, Oroblu understands women and knows how to make them happy,
posh and dressy in every moment of the day, on every occasion.
Quality and elegance never go out of fashion, but the difficult task
is to adapt charm to the different characters.

Oroblu Underwear accomplishes this assignment because of its
long-standing experience and passion. It’s not just a matter of
wearing accessories, but details, details that create your life, your
way of living and facing the day.

Are you a protagonist or a spectator in life?

Don’t let work stress, a bad day, your marriage, habits and routine
prevent you from looking after your outward appearence.

Since scientific tests show that the right match can enhance a good
mood, what might the right lingerie ensamble do?

A woman should always be elegant, even in the intimacy of her home.
This is the reason why the brand Oroblu deals with the feminine world,
introducing a wide offer of products designed for women of all ages
and styles: stockings, tights, bodywear and swimsuits, 100% Made in

The fabrics of Oroblu underwear are the most precious at a commercial
level, with a posh comfort, a soft and delicate design and a high
quality/price ratio.

Innovative materials, insight on women’s wishes and incomparable
Italian quality are the real strength points of the company.

Did you know that….

Oroblu is part of CSP, i.e. the International Fashion Group Ltd., a
leader company in the sector of hosiery and ladies’ underwear since
1973. Besides Oroblu, CSP markets famous brands such as Le Bourgert
and Well Lingerie (French), Lepel, Liberty and Cagi (Italian). You can
discover the whole Oroblu collection on the official store.


Register and Log in: you will find the last collection’s items at
very convenient prices because you can purchase Oroblu underwear
directly from the manufacturer, without any dealers.
Moreover you can easily and safely pay by credit card, Paypal or bank

Take advantage of this offer, delivery in Italy is free.

Wear Oroblu and change the mood of your life.

SmartTOP Convertible Top Module by Mods4cars for Mini Convertible and BMW 1 Series Convertible Gets Design Refresh


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Effective immediately the aftermarket SmartTOP Convertible Top
Controller kits made by Mods4cars for the Mini Convertible and the BMW
1 Series Convertible ship with the new slim line enclosure. The new,
custom designed plastic enclosure was made specifically for Mods4cars
and for the SmartTOP hardware. The SmartTOP module gives owners added
convenience when using the convertible top along with bonus features.

Las Vegas, NV (USA), July 24th, 2014 — Mods4cars now ships the
SmartTOP add-on kits for the Mini Convertible and the BMW 1 Series
Convertible with the new Mods4cars module enclosure. This custom
designed enclosure impresses with its slim, form fitting design and
two LEDs for quick and simple installation. Thanks to the smaller size
the module can easily be installed in even tighter locations in the
car.  (Free-Pr-Online.com)

“We are happy to announce the switch to the new product enclosure on
the SmartTOP modules designed for Mini and BMW 1 Series.” says
PR-Manager Sven Tornow. “The sophistication of our products is now
also apparent from the outside.” The smart add-on modules with their
useful features make day-to-day use of the convertible top more
convenient and more fun.

With a SmartTOP module installed, owners can open or close the
convertible top at slow speeds of up to 40 km/h (~28 mph). A quick tap
is enough to start full automatic operation. It is not necessary any
longer to hold down the switch for the entire time. The driver’s
hands are back on the wheel quickly.

“Especially Mini owners will appreciate the one-touch feature
greatly, since they can now choose the desired outcome when pressing
the button.” Sven Tornow continues. A single touch opens the
sunroof. A double tap opens the sunroof and the convertible top. A
triple tap opens the sunroof, convertible top and windows. “Owners
can quickly select what they want and the whole operation is carried
out fully automatically: Either just the sunroof or the whole
convertible top, and whether the windows should be up or down after
the top operation finishes.” Sven Tornow concludes.

Full automatic one-touch operation is also possible from a distance by
using the original key fob remote. Not having to hold down any buttons
means convenience and saving time. The SmartTOP customer may even get
in the car and start driving while the top still operates. No changes
are necessary to the key fobs or the receiver system.

SmartTOP modules all come with additional bonus features. A few
examples are one-touch operation for the windows from the console
switch, automatic mirror folding and unfolding on the BMW 1 Series and
options to unlock the doors when turning the ignition off. An extended
mode can be activated that allows a top operation to continue even
when the engine is being started or stopped. The entire module can
also be disabled temporarily while retaining all user configurable

Another standard feature on all SmartTOP products is the integrated
USB port for quick and simple configuration and firmware updates.
Updates are free of charge and support software is available for
Windows and Mac. The SmartTOP kit comes with a custom designed
plug-and-play wiring adapter that allows simple installation by
connecting the module to the vehicle electronics.

The add-on module for Mini Convertible and BMW 1 Series starts at 209
Euros + tax. The following brands are supported by SmartTOP: Alfa,
Audi, Bentley, BMW, Ferrari, Ford, Infiniti, Lamborghini, Mazda,
Mercedes-Benz, Mini, Nissan, Opel, Peugeot, Porsche, Renault,
Volkswagen and Volvo.

Product video SmartTOP for Mini Convertible R52:

Product video SmartTOP for Mini Convertible R57:

Product video SmartTOP for BMW 1 Series Convertible:

Further details:

About Mods4cars:
Mods4cars was founded in 2002 with the idea to add a highly demanded
feature to the otherwise almost perfect Porsche Boxster: Comfort
One-Touch roof operation while driving at slow speeds. The resulting
product offered not only that, but also allowed quick and easy
installation by just swapping out a relay box, thus leaving no traces
and no permanent changes on the vehicle. The first SmartTOP roof
controller was born.

The success of their first products in Germany and Europe prompted
them in late 2004 to move operations to the USA, to be able to serve
the American market as well as all other English speaking countries
such as Australia, UK and South Africa from one central location.
Their business has grown to a full-fledged international corporation
with an office in Las Vegas and a full line of innovative products as
well as distributors and installation partners all over the globe.

Being highly specialized in the development and distribution of
aftermarket roof- and comfort controllers since 2002 allows them to
offer an unsurpassed level of competence and product quality. Their
main goal is optimization of each individual product to a maximum in
compatibility, usability and intuitive operation. They put greatest
effort into development and quality checks of all their products to
achieve this goal and meet all expectations of their customers.

The extraordinary success of their products is also based on the great
communication with their customers, which usually already starts for
each new product during the development and prototyping phase.

Press & Media Contact:
Anja Lehmann
Mods4cars LLC
1350 E. Flamingo Rd #3100
Las Vegas, NV 89119 – USA
[email protected]

Post Torrent Sell Off, Elder Pharma Hopes to do a Shelcal With Eldervit, Lays Out Product Extensions to Make it a Rs 100 Core Brand


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Self Owned Brands to get a major boost especially in the fields of
anti-infectives, Lifestyle Diseases, Dermatology and neurology
segments. (Free-Pr-Online.com)

Mumbai, India, July 24th, 2014 — With the closure of its Rs 2000
crore deal with Torrent Pharmaceuticals Ltd involving selling off of
more than 30 ethical brands including Shelcal, Elder Pharmaceuticals
Ltd ( http://www.elderindia.com ) plans to create a super brand out of
Eldervit with product extensions and large scale geographical
expansion. A much leaner and low-debted company now, Elder Pharma is
laying emphasis on expanding the brands remaining with itself post
selloff – the chief being Eldervit, a nutraceutical with a current
turnover of approx. Rs 40 crore. Eldervit is a prescription drug which
acts as a Vitamin & Minerals supplement to boost energy.

Says Mr Alok Saxena, Managing Director, Elder Pharma, “In addition
to Injection form, we are making Eldervit available in Capsules, Gel
Capsules and Sachet forms to make it acceptable to all age groups.
With its new range and aggressive national expansion, Elder hopes to
add a million customers every month and make Eldervit a Rs 100 crore
brand by the end of financial year 2016 and a Rs 300 crore brand by FY
2019.” Another product which is being revamped and upgraded is
Thrive a natural nutritional supplement for fighting chronic metabolic
disorders which is likely to generate sales of Rs 10 crore in the
current fiscal with anticipated growth of 12-15% every year. Product
extensions of Thrive too have been launched in drink, capsules and
tablets form.

With a view to capture a larger share of the highly competitive
anti-infectives market Elder is restructuring & expanding its team as
also rationalizing prices to ramp up volumes. Anti-infectives like
Cefixime based Formic and Elfi have been registering a growth of more
than 12% every year and are expected to grow at 15% annually from

The company’s major focus areas in the years to come shall be in the
anti infectives, Lifestyle deases Dermatology and Neurological
segments. Anti infectives segment contributes about 10% to the
company’s turnover and is likely to witness a major price revamp in
order to garner a larger share in the domestic market. Elder’s
International operations are registering steady growth and more than
40% of Elder revenue is likel yto come from its global business.

As a apart of the deal with Torrent – which also involved the
transfer of Elder’s domestic business employees to Torrent – Elder
shall utilize its six plants for contract manufacture of the
formulations business sold to Torrent for 3 years which will fetch
Elder a continous revenue stream of Rs 70 – 75 crore every year.Elder
group is targeting a turnover of about Rs 1000 crs from its domestic
and international operations by FY 2016.

Press & Media Contact:
Mitesh M Kapadia
Sentinel Public Relations Pvt Ltd / Sentinel Advertising Services
B-603, Samajdeep, Near Bhanu Park/Seasons Restaurant
Adukia Road, Off S V Road
Kandivli (W), Mumbai 400 067 India
Mob: +91 98205 03876
Tel: (022) 28625131/32
Fax: (022) 28625133
[email protected]

India’s First Corporate Jodi Dance Championship (CJDC) to Premiere at UB City


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India’s first Corporate Jodi Dance Championship (CJDC) is all set to
debut at Bangalore’s best-known landmark, UB City.

Bangalore, India, July 24, 2014 — India’s first Corporate Jodi Dance
Championship (CJDC) is all set to debut at Bangalore’s best-known
landmark, UB City. Conceptualized and organized by reputed dancer, Raj
Mangeshkar, the Semi-Final round of this unique and fun event will
take place on 03 August 2014 while the Grand Finale will take place on
10 August 2014.  (Free-Pr-Online.com)

About Corporate Jodi Dance Championship (CJDC)
After auditioning dancers across 15 multinational companies including
Ernst & Young, IBM, Cognizant, L&T, TCS, Wipro, Infosys, Biocon, Tech
Mahindra, Mindtree, among other, CJDC has shortlisted 15 couples (One
Per Company), who will receive training for 3 weeks in Contemporary,
Hip Hop and Latin dance forms. They will then battle it out in the
Semi-Finals of the event. Of these, 8 couples will make it to the
Grand Finale to compete for the first-ever title of Corporate Jodi
Dance Championship. The winner, 1st runner-up & 2nd runner-up couples
will be gifted a prize amount, certificates, a grooming kit worth Rs.
30,000/-, a holiday voucher worth Rs. 30,000/- and a 3 day 2 night
stay at any of Club Mahindra’s 38 resorts in India.

Idea behind the initiative
The growing trend among youngsters working in multinational companies
to sign up for weekend dance classes in order to de-stress and learn
something new, gave rise to the idea of this distinctive competition,
aimed at recognizing and rewarding talented people within
organizations, for their dancing skills. Along with his dance partner
- Priyanka Kirad, Raj Mangeshkar is gearing up for the launch of this

Raj Mangeshkar – Profile
Raj Mangeshkar, a distant relative of legendary singer, Lata
Mangeshkar, started training in dance at the tender age of 3 years. He
has competed and won in the celebrated television dance show ‘Boogie
Woogie’, apart from winning in various district, state and national
level dance competitions. This passion for dance slowly cultivated
into a career. After completing his Engineering from VTU, he trained
in Latin dance-forms like Salsa, Bachata, Zouk, Reggaton & Cha Cha
from Australia. Raj has also trained in acting from renowned Bollywood
Actor, Anupam Kher & learnt dancing from reputed dancers, Remo D’Souza
& Prabhu Deva. He is also a certified Zumba Instructor and has now put
his expertise and passion for dance into making the first edition of
Corporate Jodi Dance Championship (CJDC) a success.

For further information:
Urmila Biswas
Lateral Thinkers Communications
Mobile: +91 98860 99736
Email: [email protected]
URL: http://www.ubcitybangalore.in

Frank Quiñones Joins Prepay Nation Team


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Money transfer veteran takes on role as National Sales Manager.

Berwyn, PA (USA), July 18, 2014 — Prepay Nation, a leading provider
of cross-border microvalue and prepaid mobile airtime transfers, is
pleased to welcome seasoned sales leader Frank Quiñones to their
team. Quiñones will be serving as National Sales Manager, focusing
his efforts on growing Prepay Nation’s distribution base within the
Financial Services Centers market, with an emphasis on the
Spanish-speaking sector. (Free-Pr-Online.com)

Recently responsible for prepaid product launches at money transfer
firm Sigue, Quiñones has a wealth of both sales experience and
familiarity with the value remittance market. He has worked with
industry leaders such as Western Union, MoneyGram, Praxell and
Softgate, garnering a reputation for excellent salesmanship and strong
customer relationships. Originally from Puerto Rico, Quiñones will
lead both west coast and Spanish-speaking retail business development
for the Prepay Nation network ( http://www.prepaynation.com ).

With 53 million Hispanic individuals living in the United States, over
19 million of whom are immigrants, the Spanish-speaking population is
a large and growing force in the US economy. Businesses catering to
the needs of this demographic often include cross-border money
remittance services—a high-demand service, with over $41 billion
being remitted to Spanish-speaking Latin America from the U.S.
annually. According to World Bank data analyzed by the Pew Research
Center, funds transferred to Latin America account for a third (33%)
of remittances from the U.S.

“Money remittance is a vital service, but often an expensive one,”
said Quiñones. “By selling international airtime top-ups as a form
of remittance, businesses can bring a no-fee option to their customers
who want to support their loved ones back home. It’s a huge value,
and I am eager to help our partners grow by incorporating it into
their offerings.”

“We are excited to have Frank on our team,” said Anurag Jain, CEO
of Prepay Nation. “His dedication to providing strong value to
customers, along with his Spanish fluency and familiarity with both
prepaid products and cross-border remittance channels, are going to be
excellent assets to Prepay Nation. We’re confident that he will
contribute greatly not only to our growth, but also to the success of
each of our retail and distribution partners.”

About Prepay Nation:
Prepay Nation is a fast growth company in the business of enabling
micropayments from one person to another across international borders.
Prepay Nation utilizes the prepaid mobile ecosystem to transfer values
in the form of international airtime remittance. With mobile operator
partnerships in Central America, South America, Caribbean, Asia, and
Africa, and a varied distribution channel spanning the US, Canada, and
Middle East, Prepay Nation offers its innovative services to
expatriates who financially support their loved ones back home. Prepay
Nation’s unique business model, highly scalable processing platform,
and interconnectivity with mobile operators, allows for instantaneous
and no-fee transfers for the consumers and an opportunity to generate
significant revenues for the distributors. For more information, visit
http://www.prepaynation.com .

Press & Media Contact:
Sarah Feidt
Head of Marketing
Prepay Nation, LLC
1055 Westlakes Drive, Suite 300
Berwyn, PA 19312 – USA
+1 571 213 6609
[email protected]

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