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Japan Sumitomo Mitsui Bank Concludes PoC Test of R3 Developed Marco Polo
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Japan Sumitomo Mitsui Bank Concludes PoC Test of R3 Developed Marco Polo

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC) together with Mitsui & Co., Ltd. accomplished a proof-of-concept trial on ‘Marco Polo’, a blockchain platform for trade finance built by R3 LLC
Bitmain has a New ASIC Chip for Mining BTC and BCH
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Bitmain has a New ASIC Chip for Mining BTC and BCH

The BM1397 is the next generation 7nm ASIC chip designed for mining SHA-256 cryptocurrencies, like bitcoin and bitcoin cash. It is the latest release by mining rig producer Bitmain
Facebook Continues Headhunting for New Blockchain Department Members; Speculation of its Plans
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Facebook Continues Headhunting for New Blockchain Department Members; Speculation of its Plans

Facebook has 13 blockchain-job openings on its Careers webpage. Among the positions waiting to be occupied are Product Manager, Researchers, and Engineers; there are notions surrounding the company’s blockchain ambition but nothing has been confirmed by the company
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Elon Musk Praises Bitcoin: “Paper Money is Soon Going Away”

Notorious billionaire and entrepreneur Elon Musk once again expressed his enthusiasm for cryptocurrency and blockchain technologies in the latest episode of ARK Invest’s FYI podcast: “On the Road to Full Autonomy With Elon Musk,” courtesy: bitcoin.com In an interview for Tasha Keeney, Musk pointed out several advantages that cryptocurrencies have over traditional fiat money. For Musk, the future of finance goes hand by hand with a global adoption of cryptocurrencies as a means of payment. Musk supported Jack Dorsey’s idea that Bitcoin could become the native currency of the internet. This notion, which he described as “interesting” has been shared by several influencers such as Tone Vays, Jimmy Song and Max Keiser, who consider that although altcoins have important uses, Bitcoin is the best candidate to become the equivalent of money 2.0. Elon Musk: Bitcoin is The Future… But We’re Not There Yet However, aware that there is still a long way to go for cryptocurrencies to replace fiat money, Musk commented that at the moment he does not plan to invest in developments related to this technology, or even experiment with its use in Tesla: “I think that the Bitcoin structure was quite brilliant, it seems like there’s some merit to Ethereum as well, and maybe some of the others. But, I’m not sure if it would be a good use of Tesla resources to get into crypto.” Musk pointed out that one of the advantages of using crypto is precisely that it gives users the freedom to carry out financial transactions without the restrictions imposed by banks or government agencies. When Keeney commented that certain governments impose restrictions on some inhabitants, Musk pointed out precisely that the cryptos were born to combat this excessive control and that in the future, fiat money as we know it “is going away.” “It bypasses currency controls. Paper money is going away, and crypto is a far better way to transfer value than pieces of paper.” Musk has had a presence in the community for his optimistic statements and vision of the role blockchain technologies will play in the society of the future. Previously during the scams boom on Twitter, Musk jokingly commented  At this point, I want ETH even if it is a scam — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 28, 2018 The post Elon Musk Praises Bitcoin: “Paper Money is Soon Going Away” appeared first on Ethereum World News.
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Billionaire Elon Musk Lauds Bitcoin As “Quite Brilliant,” Why Isn’t Tesla Going Crypto?

While Elon Musk has yet to formally delve into the Bitcoin space, he has long been a fabled member of the crypto community. Since finding his way to the headlines of the world’s media, the Tesla chief executive’s pro-innovation mindset has struck a chord with many enamored with cryptocurrencies. In fact, some say that Musk’s unsaid raison d’etre of bettering society at large, especially by amending the world’s most harrowing issues (climate change, confinement on Earth, financial inequality), lines up with the goals held by many cryptocurrency insiders. Thus, some have even argued that Musk could be Satoshi Nakamoto. Sahil Gupta, a former intern at Musk’s second multi-billion dollar enterprise SpaceX, once infamously claimed that Musk’s brief mentionings of cryptography, economics, the C++ computing language, along with the entrepreneur overarching vision scream Satoshi. The South African-Canadian entrepreneur has done his best to keep his mouth zipped regarding his candidacy for the Satoshi title, but that hasn’t stopped him from talking about cryptocurrencies. We had @elonmusk on the latest episode of @ARKInvest's podcast! He had a few things to say about Bitcoin. "Paper money is going away and cryptocurrency is a far better way to transfer value than pieces of paper." – Elon Muskhttps://t.co/U5qOnM7nBo — Yassine Elmandjra (@yassineARK) February 19, 2019 Bitcoin Is “Quite Brilliant” While the crypto market has remained in a depressed state, save for Monday’s jaw-dropping rally, stars have begun to descend on this industry. Weeks ago, NewsBTC reported that a mass of celebrities, including the Spice Girl’s Mel B, Johnny Depp, Madonna, and Lionel Messi, had some involvement in cryptocurrency. More recently, Jack Dorsey of both Twitter and Square took to Joe Rogan to claim that the native currency of the Internet is likely to be Bitcoin. Related Reading: Twitter CEO Loves Lightning on Bitcoin: is it the Future of Fast, Instant Payments? And just on Tuesday, Elon Musk, the most well-known Silicon Valley guru, took to the New York-based ARK Invest’s “FYI” Podcast to touch on Tesla’s plans, autonomy, other innovations, such as crypto. Per The Block, who compiled his comments regarding cryptocurrencies, Musk made his comments with explicitly bullish tones. After discussing Tesla’s most recent advancements, the hosts of the podcast, the CEO and an analyst at ARK, a disruptive innovation-centric investment group, took a brief aside. They asked Musk if he agrees with Dorsey’s recent comments on Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies at large. Interestingly, Musk responded with an answer, albeit somewhat cursory. He tacitly agreed, noting that the “Bitcoin structure was (is) quite brilliant,” adding that Ethereum and “maybe some of the others” have merit too. Musk did admit that he isn’t too enamored with Bitcoin’s Proof of Work (PoW) consensus mechanism, noting that it is energy intensive. Yet, he explained that fundamentally, crypto assets are great as they bypass currency controls, especially in nations embroiled in financial and political turmoil, like Venezuela. He added that cryptocurrencies are also a “far better way to transfer value than pieces of paper,” subsequently quipping that he’s sure of this “without a doubt.” In spite of all this, he made it clear that Tesla isn’t going to foray into the crypto space in any capacity, noting that it would be a good use of his firm’s resources to prop up an offering. Musk’s abrash comments quickly elicited responses from each and every corner of the crypto space. Matt Odell, a long-time pro-Bitcoin coder and industry personality, joked that the comments “confirmed” his bias that cryptocurrencies could oust banknotes. Changpeng “CZ” Zhao of Binance noted that eventually, “[Musk] will join the brotherhood,” adding that he is unequivocally sure that the businessman will take up a crypto mantle. CZ notably called on the Tesla founder to take up the Lightning Network Trust Chain torch last week, just days after Twitter’s Dorsey openly lauded Bitcoin in dozens of tweets. Crypto Is Better Than Banknotes? While Musk made notable acknowledgments in his brief appearance on ARK’s “FYI,” what stood out to many crypto investors was his thoughts on the dichotomy between banknotes & physical cash, and crypto assets, not centralized e-money. For a brief recap, Musk simply stated that he is unequivocally sure that crypto, whether it be Bitcoin, Ethereum, or otherwise, is a “far better” medium of exchange than pieces of paper. Shocking, right? This may be deemed hearsay by pundits of the legacy world, but the world is already adopting digital mediums of exchange. Per previous reports from this outlet, Arthur Hayes of BitMEX took to his company blog to claim that platforms like WeChat Pay and AliPay have already begun to take over China’s financial system. Who’s to say that cryptocurrencies, a decentralized counterpart to these systems that tout their own currencies, cannot have a similar impact on society at large. The fact of the matter is that these digital payments systems, whether decentralized or centralized, offer benefits that cash/plastic cannot. Case in point, payments on both Bitcoin and WeChat Pay are cheap, rapid, and relatively secure. But arguably, decentralized payment ecosystems, which are non-sovereign, private, immutable, and non-censorable, are even better than their centralized peers, which is likely what Musk was touching on. Featured Image from Shutterstock Billionaire Elon Musk Lauds Bitcoin As “Quite Brilliant,” Why Isn’t Tesla Going Crypto? was last modified: February 20th, 2019 by Nick ChongThe post Billionaire Elon Musk Lauds Bitcoin As “Quite Brilliant,” Why Isn’t Tesla Going Crypto? appeared first on NewsBTC.
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In the Daily: Elon Musk Talks Bitcoin, Shanghai’s Fudan University, Xdat Exchange

In this edition of The Daily we cover some largely supportive remarks the famous entrepreneur Elon Musk has made about Bitcoin, the latest academic institution to launch a blockchain R&D center, and a new offering from Malta-based exchange Xdat. Also Read: Bank of Spain Report: Bitcoin Is a Solution for a System Without Censorship Elon Musk Talks Bitcoin The founder of Tesla and Spacex, Elon Musk, is once again making headlines about crypto. He recently went on the Ark Invest podcast to discuss the future of autonomous driving technologies. Most of the half-hour interview focused on the strategy behind his electric car company but the topic of cryptocurrency eventually popped up in the last four minutes. Musk commented: “I think the Bitcoin structure is quite brilliant. There seems like there is some merit to Ethereum as well, and obviously others. But I’m not sure if it’s a good use of Tesla resources to get involved in cryptos … We’re really just trying to accelerate the advances of sustainable energy. One downside of Bitcoin is … computationally it’s quite energy intensive. There has to be some kind of constraint on the creation of crypto. It’s very energy intensive to create the incremental bitcoin at this point … It bypasses currency controls. Paper money is going away, and crypto is a far better way to transfer value than pieces of paper. That’s for sure.” Shanghai’s Fudan University Launches Research Center Shanghai’s Fudan University has become the latest academic institution to launch a blockchain R&D center. Founded in 1905, Fudan is one of the most prestigious and selective schools for higher learning in China. The Shanghai Blockchain Engineering Technology Research Center is tasked with carrying out basic research in the field, developing demo applications in collaboration with the broader industry, and training talent to serve Shanghai’s economic development. Last month the University of California, Berkeley announced the formation of its own blockchain-focused startup accelerator program, the Berkeley Blockchain Xcelerator. This program is meant to help aspiring entrepreneurs create high-value ventures in the blockchain space with industry guidance from Silicon Valley. Xdat Exchange Lists 18 Trading Pairs Xdat, a new Malta-based cryptocurrency trading exchange, has announced the listing of 18 trading pairs. These comprise ETH/BTC, BCH/BTC, EOS/BTC, ETC/BTC, XRP/BTC, DASH/BTC, LTC/BTC, BTC/ETH, BCH/ETH, EOS/ETH, ETC/ETH, XRP/ETH, DASH/ETH, LTC/ETH, BTC/TUSD, ETH/TUSD, BTC/EURO, and ETH/EURO. The company has further plans to add other pairs over time. The exchange is compliant with Maltese regulations for KYC and AML procedures and caters to both retail and institutional investors. Its fiat gateway allows users to deposit funds in 12 major currencies: USD, GBP, JPY, HKD, CHF, AUD, NOK, SEK, DKK, CZK, PLN, and HUF. This selection is meant to eliminate the need for involvement of a foreign bank for the supported options and allows users to work solely with Xdat’s bank. “Xdat is on a mission to address the key problems of existing exchanges … including lack of flow of new capital, lack of trust, no approach for mass adoption, and high fragmentation,” said CEO Prashanth Swaminathan. “Our aim is to bring crypto to all. To that end, we will be working closely with our community and using their support and feedback to make our interface more user-friendly and trading as streamlined as possible.” What do you think about today’s news tidbits? Share your thoughts in the comments section below. Images courtesy of Shutterstock. Verify and track bitcoin cash transactions on our BCH Block Explorer, the best of its kind anywhere in the world. Also, keep up with your holdings, BCH and other coins, on our market charts at Satoshi’s Pulse, another original and free service from Bitcoin.com. The post In the Daily: Elon Musk Talks Bitcoin, Shanghai’s Fudan University, Xdat Exchange appeared first on Bitcoin News.
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Virginia, USA-Based Pension Funds Invest in Crypto
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Virginia, USA-Based Pension Funds Invest in Crypto

Morgan Creek Digital, a subsidiary of hedge fund Morgan Creek, racks up $40 mln new venture capital funding anchored by two public pension plans and a university endowment fund, a hospital system, a private foundation, and an insurance company, according to one of the firm’s founders Anthony Pompliano
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The Perfect Time to 'Be Greedy' and Invest (Investment and Partnership Digest, Dec 20 — 26)

Traditional Investors shift to OTC Bitcoin markets, Pantera Capital raises $115M, Peter Thiel backs a $2.1M seed round for Layer1, Medici Ventures acquires shares of Chainstone Labs, Vostok Project secures $120M, Ubique Networks partners with SLT, INCX launches in partnership with Bittrex, Issuance partners with Prime Trust, Coinbase and TokenSoft partner up, TRON Arcade to work with Gumi Cryptos
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What Is the 'Least Speculative Investment' & Who Will Create Standards for the Crypto Industry (Investment and Partnership Digest, Dec 13 — 19)

CONSOB suspends two projects, Kakao invests in Orbs, TokenSoft invests in a SEC-compliant broker-dealer, Weiss Ratings recommends to buy BTC, France wants to invest $569M in blockchain, crypto-focused VCs invest $30M in Good Money, Tim Draper invests $1.25M in OpenNode, Waves partners with TSA, ICON partners with LayerX, BitDeer teams up with BTC.com and AntPool
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Under Control (Regulatory Digest, Feb 14—20)

Updates on Shift Card, Bank of Lithuania and ETF rules in Indonesia, police to tackle some crimes in Canada India and Turkey, IIT Bombay to join Ripple's UBRI, UAE waste permit portal on blockchain, Germany's interest and Spain's skepticism, Oracle for Czech SDK.finance
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Will start soon…(Weekly Digest, Feb 11—15)

BitMEX forecasts new crisis, new indexes on Nasdaq, positive adoption news from South Korea, new rules from Localbitcoins, scam app on Google Play, new options for KuCoiners and Coinbase users, ideas as for the potential of credit markets, JP Morgan and the Moshe Hogeg case
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In This Perspective… (Regulatory Digest, Feb 7—13)

More adoption use cases in Argentina, a stablecoin for Asian emerging markets, BoK against crypto, regulations from Venezuela, Russia hodling gold, arguments as for Moshe Hogeg's Stox whitepaper, OSC to allegedly interfere with the QuadrigaCX case, Italy to digitalize municipal routine

CySEC to Use EU’s Fifth Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Directive (AMLD5) To Govern Cryptos at a National Level

The Fifth Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Directive, implemented originally by the European Union (EU), became active in July of 2018. The directive made it possible for the EU’s regulators to monitor crypto-related businesses and service providers, based on the intention of reducing the risk of money laundering and terrorism financing. The directive has now been transposed as the new framework for the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySEC) as well, according to an announcement and consultation paper on February 19th. In this directive, the regulators are able to oversee cryptocurrency exchanges, as well as wallet providers. They will be establishing and enforcing requirements upon anonymous payments, making them transparent. The policy does not exempt transactions made on exchanges or with the use of prepaid cards, giving the regulators a clearer picture of potential wrongdoings in the industry. Any EU member country is required to add this directive to their national laws by January 20th next year. There have been many inquiries submitted to CySEC’s Innovation Hub, which are mostly from crypto-related entities. The big concern amongst these platforms and firms is that they presently do not “appear to fall within the existing regulatory framework.” However, if they want to remain active, it is crucial to abide by the current regulations in the area, or they could face legal action. Right now, the AML/CFT obligations are not included in the AMLD5 provisions, but the new law would pertain to the following crypto-related activities: “a) exchange between crypto assets, b) transfer of virtual assets, and c) participation in and provision of financial services related to an issuer’s offer and/or sale of a crypto asset.” The consultation paper of CySEC says that the extension is due to the “judgment of the potential risk posed to investors’ protection and the integrity of the market, and the industry-accepted definitions.” Ireland’s cabinet has already approved the necessary bill that would cause AMLD5 to go into effect within their borders. Cyprus released a declaration that was in favor of the promotion of using distributed ledger technologies (DLTs) in the area. Their stance was supported by six other southern EU member states. The republic’s national investment partner, Invest Cyprus, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in the fall last year with VeChain Foundation, a blockchain platform in Singapore. Their collaboration is meant to work on creating a welcoming environment for blockchain innovation at a national level. Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), XRP (Ripple), and EOS Price Analysis Watch (Feb 19th)
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A Comprehensive List of Dapps Catalogs
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A Comprehensive List of Dapps Catalogs

Probably, this is the most extensive compilation of all dapps aggregators and targeted lists so far
Typical ICO in Q3: a Lone Closed-source dApp Idea With Unknown Founders
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Typical ICO in Q3: a Lone Closed-source dApp Idea With Unknown Founders

On November, 16, ICORating has released its Quarterly Report ICO Market Research Q3. Total sum raised by 597 ICOs is $1,819,585,090 in Q3 (in Q2, 827 projects collected $8,359,976,282). Some more prominent facts:
Why Do We Need to Wrap Bitcoin?
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Why Do We Need to Wrap Bitcoin?

BitGo, Kyber Network, MakerDAO, IDEX and many other crypto companies partnered to create a Bitcoin-backed Ethereum token, Wrapped Bitcoin. This token will represent BTC, 1 token equal to 1 BTC stored in the custody of BitGo. It could be used to trade BTC on DEXes, the whole administration will be via DAO, similar to Maker system
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Top ICOs Raising Funds, Week 51 ’18

Total raised funding amount on Week 51 comes to $61M, which is +64.7% in comparison with the previous Week 50 ($21.5M)
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Top Upcoming and Active ICO Projects, Week 52 ’18

In the below list you'll find some new ICO projects which have to be paid attention to: Arcana, Dataeum. We have also prepared the list of Top ICOs that are active: Eloncity, Javvy, Envoy
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Top ICOs Raising Funds, Week 50 ’18

Total raised funding amount on Week 50 comes to $21.5M, which is -62.2% in comparison with the previous Week 49 ($56.9M)

A Successful Binance DEX Mainnet Could See Binance Coin (BNB) Prices Double

  Binance coin up 17.1 percent in the last week Testnet launch live, users free to test the DEX and Binance chain explorer Transactional volumes double from Dec 2018   BNB is back to the top 10, and with increasing volumes and DEX and explorer test net, coin holders are likely to reap big profits. So far, Binance coin is up 17.1 percent and back to the top 10. Binance Coin (BNB) Price Analysis Fundamentals Like Ethereum’s ETH, Binance Coin is a utility token in the Binance chain network. It is a tool for incentivizing use and so far, the coin is rallying. Perhaps induced by the overly successful BitTorrent’s BTT ICO, the currency is retesting key resistance levels of 2018. Adding to the bullish impetus is news that both the Binance Coin and the Bitcoin DEX testnet is now open to the public. The new release will allow testing of the Binance Coin chain explorer as well as the Web Wallet. Binance said this about the new testnet: “Binance Chain is a new blockchain developed and released by Binance. Binance DEX is a high performance and user-friendly platform built on top of Binance Chain, where users can create, issue and trade digital assets.” To get started in what Binance describes as a standard for DEXs, all a user needs to do is set up a new wallet, unlock the wallet, transfer assets and place orders right away. The eventual launch of the mainnet will be very bullish for Binance coin as users of the Binance DEX will have to pay for gas to power transactions. Gas and fees are quoted in BNB only and assuming there is an immediate shift from centralized exchanges to unhackable Binance DEX–with better liquidity and UIs, then BNB holders stand to benefit. Candlestick Arrangements Thus far, the coin is up 17.1 percent in the last week. Aside from favorable candlestick arrangement, the sole reason behind this week’s expansion may be because of DEX testnet. As we said, Binance is yet to announce the mainnet launch, but from the chart, the path of least resistance is upwards. A simple Fibonacci retracement tool between the BNB’s high low show that prices are finding support off the 78.6 percent level and with increasing volumes, bulls are back. Technically and when we draw guidance from Fibonacci retracement rules, the reaction at 78.6 percent level often leads to a retest of recent highs and in that case ideal targets may be 2017 highs of $26. All the same, before BNB explode, modest targets will be at Q2 2018 highs of $18. Technical Indicators   Week ending Feb 10 bull bar reversed losses of the week ending Nov 25. Accompanying these upswings are increasing average volumes–7 million to 15 million and wide trade ranges which is bullish. Although we expect prices to cool off, ideal reversal zones will be at around last week’s lows of $8.5. However, such deep corrections are unlikely. Sellers may drive prices back to the $10 level before bull trend resume. A Successful Binance DEX Mainnet Could See Binance Coin (BNB) Prices Double was last modified: February 20th, 2019 by Dalmas NgetichThe post A Successful Binance DEX Mainnet Could See Binance Coin (BNB) Prices Double appeared first on NewsBTC.
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An STO Lifecycle: The Complete List of Milestones

How to issue a digital security, what are the steps: a brief outline of the 12 stages that a company will take to launch an STO complying with all the legal issues
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OTC & Media Activity

Finrazor together with ICORating conducted researches and checked the correlation between OTC and mentions of certain words and the originality of the news
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Security Token Offerings Could Disrupt Venture-Backed Tech Startups Positively

A handful of methods exist for raising capital, from private offerings to semi-public to a full-blown IPO or ICO. Now STOs are on the rise which might just be what tech startups need to revitalize the market
Why Blockchain Technology Is Here To Stay
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Why Blockchain Technology Is Here To Stay

We keep up the tradition of giving the stage to crypto advocates to talk about the cryptoindustry. This time we will review the usefulness of blockchain technology and why it deserves a say in the modern world
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Security Token Offering 101

A Security Token Offering (STO) is a form of raising capital for a startup by distributing tokens to investors. While ICOs mainly deal in utility tokens that grant their holders access to services and products associated with respective blockchains and dapps, security tokens can be thought of as digital documents representing the investor’s rights to equity, a revenue share, debt, etc. STOs provide a better investor protection as they need to be compliant with appropriate regulations
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