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Introducing Samsung Newsroom Ukraine

Samsung Electronics today launched Samsung Newsroom Ukraine, its latest platform intended to keep local media and consumers up to date with the latest news,

Making Digital Skills More Accessible to Everyone

Our Facebook Community Boost program is in Columbus, Ohio where we’re announcing two new partnerships — one locally with the Columbus State Community College and another with the National Urban League.

Bing Maps Autosuggest API GA Release

Introducing the Bing Maps Autosuggest API, the newest addition to the Bing Maps REST services. The Autosuggest API is used to return a ranked list of suggested entities based on a user’s partial query. The service can return three possible entity types: Addresses (including roads), points of interest, and businesses (currently available in the US only with new markets coming soon).

Five new grants to support CS education research

Excitement about computer science (CS) education is growing across the country—from educators and students to corporations, governments and nonprofit organizations alike. But as we work together to make CS education more available in the U.S., there’s a need for more scientific education research to determine the best way to teach CS—a fairly new discipline.

After consulting with many CS education experts, we realized that while some research existed, more was needed.

To better understand current research needs, we funded exploratory research and held a gathering of  prominent CS education researchers who advised us on current research needs. Using criteria they helped us develop, we invited more than 100 CS education researchers to contribute proposals for innovative new research.

Today, we’re excited to announce the recipients of the Computer Science (CS) Education Research Awards:

Harvard University Graduate School of Education
Associate Professor Karen Brennan

How do K-12 Teachers Assess Creative Work in CS Classes?

Making CS accessible for all K-12 learners requires opportunities for young people to feel interested in and connected to computing. Creative programming activities foster interest and connection, but uncertainty about how to assess programming as creative work makes it difficult for K-12 teachers to incorporate creativity in the computing classroom. This one-year study will investigate how CS teachers are currently assessing creative curriculum used to teach CS. This research will inform teachers, instructional designers, and researchers about classroom-level decision-making and design.

Indiana University Bloomington School of Education
Associate Professor Anne Leftwich

Examining the Impact of Socially Relevant Problem-based Learning Curriculum at the Elementary Level: Students’ CS Interest/Knowledge and Teachers’ Implementation Needs

This project will pilot a 6th grade student-centered Problem-Based Learning (PBL) with social impact CS curriculum that investigates what support tools can be designed to decrease instances of bullying in schools. The researchers will use a research practice partnership with local 6th grade teachers to improve our understanding of how PBL impacts students’ CS interest and knowledge at the elementary level, and what supports teachers need to facilitate PBL in the CS classroom.

University of Massachusetts Amherst, College of Information and Computer Sciences
W. Richards Adrion, Professor Emeritus

CSforAll in Springfield MA: An Elementary CS/CT Curriculum Integration Pilot

This is a pilot study to integrate Massachusetts’ Digital Learning and Computer Science standards with CS and computational thinking (CT) concepts, learning progressions, and practices in core curricula at the kindergarten and grade 3 levels in the highly diverse Springfield Public School (SPS) district in Massachusetts. The researchers create, assess and revise 16-24 integrated CS/CT lessons in eight schools at each grade level. This project will help us better understand how to increase teacher knowledge and effectiveness for creating and teaching an integrated CS/CT K-5 curricula that reaches and engages diverse students.

University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education
Yasmin Kafai, Chair, Teaching, Learning, and Leadership Division

MADE (Music ArtDesign with Etextiles)

This program will introduce students in Career and Technical Education courses to more advanced computing concepts through electronic textile designs. Working together with Exploring Computer Science (ECS) high school teachers, the researchers will collect evidence of student learning and teacher practices to address critical questions about student growth in their CS practices, knowledge, motivation, and future projections. This project will provide curriculum prototypes for integrating arts into high school computing and help us better understand student learning and teacher professional development in Career Technical Education courses.

University of Texas, Austin
Carol Fletcher, Deputy Director Center for STEM Education

Project ROCS (Rural Opportunities in CS)

This project will produce a framework for collecting and reporting outcome measures that accurately show access to and participation in K-12 CS education, especially for students in rural communities. This project will develop viable solutions for measuring, scaling and sustaining equitable access to CS education within rural communities and other historically underserved populations.

Each of the selected grantees brings a unique and innovative approach to addressing current research questions. Stay tuned over the coming year for updates on program recipients’ progress and results.

Five of the Best Time-Tracking Software for Employees in 2018

When you’re looking for the best time tracking software for your employees, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. After all, each option has different features, benefits, and pricing plans. Until you get started, how do you know which one you want? Look no further. In this post, you’ll find the pros and cons of the top…

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Building a new data center in Singapore

We started building our first Southeast Asia data center in Singapore back in 2011, expanding quickly to a second building in 2015 due to the rapid growth in users and usage in the region.

The pace hasn’t slowed. In the three years since our last update, more than 70 million people in Southeast Asia have gotten online for the first time, bringing the region’s total to more than 330 million–that’s more than the population of the United States.

More businesses are getting online too, so demand for our expanding Google Cloud Platform (GCP) offerings has grown quickly. Since first opening ourGCP region in Singapore last year, companies like Singapore Airlines, Ninjavan and Wego have joined the likes of GO-JEK and Carousell, using GCP to serve their customers globally.

To keep up with that demand, we’re starting work on a third facility in Singapore. Located in Jurong West, just down the road from our first two buildings (Singapore’s not a very large place), and looking something like the rendering below, this expansion will bring our long-term investment in Singapore data centers to USD $850 million. 

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The multi-story facility will be one of the most efficient and environmentally friendly sites in Asia, in line with our global approach. It will feature the latest machine learning technology to reduce energy use. And we will use recycled water, diverting 100 percent of the data center’s waste away from landfill.

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    Our first Google data center opened in 2015 in Singapore

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    A top down image of our Singapore data center facilities

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    One of our data center facilities specialists catching up on work in a space-themed common area

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    Google data center technician Haikal at work

We’re looking forward to growing our small team at the data centers here, as well as expanding our ties with the local community. Data center Googlers like Haikal Fadly have been helping out with STEM workshops at the nearby Zhenghua Secondary School. Back in December we did a “Walk for Rice” hosted by the St Joseph’s Home for the Aged (our team on the walk below).

And we’re always on the lookout to contribute to nonprofits with good ideas for benefiting the community. So I’d like to encourage community organizations and registered nonprofits in Singapore seeking funding to reach out to us to learn more and apply for our annual grants program, with the applications window opening today.

Hot searches for summer entertainment

Ah, summer–the season of hot outdoor concerts and cool, air-conditioned movie theaters. Here’s a glimpse into the songs, artists, concerts and movies that have been heating up all summer, according to Google Trends insights from the past 3 months.

“What did they say?”

Half the fun of any song of the summer is singing along as you’re cruising with the windows down. These are the top trending lyrics people are searching for:

  1. Drake, “In My Feelings”

  2. Childish Gambino, “This is America”

  3. Kanye West, “Lift Yourself”

  4. Drake, Lil Baby “Yes Indeed”

  5. Pusha T, “Story of Adidon”

  6. Drake, “Emotionless”

  7. Drake, “Duppy Freestyle”

  8. The Carters, “APES**T”

  9. 6ix9ine ft. Nicki Minaj, “FEFE”

  10. Post Malone, “Rich & Sad”

Festival Fever

Music festivals have become a summer entertainment staple. Here’s how some of the remaining summer festivals stack up against each other:

  1. Vans Warped Tour

  2. Lollapalooza (Chicago, IL)

  3. Outside Lands (San Francisco, CA)

  4. Austin City Limits (Austin, TX)

  5. Made in America Festival (Los Angeles, CA)

  6. Electric Zoo (New York, NY)

  7. Bumbershoot (Seattle, WA)

  8. Lockn’ Festival (Arrington, VA)

  9. Hard Music Festival (Fontana, CA)

Favorite flicks

Franchise fans have plenty of reasons to head to the theater this summer with sequels topping the box office charts. Here’s how some of the biggest films rank in terms of search interest:

  1. Avengers: Infinity War

  2. The Incredibles 2

  3. Deadpool 2

  4. Ocean’s 8

  5. Ant-Man and the Wasp

  6. Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

  7. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

  8. Solo: A Star Wars Story

  9. Mission: Impossible– Fallout

  10. Sicario: Day of the Soldado

For those on the hunt for family-friendly flicks, here were this summer’s faves:

  1. The Incredibles 2

  2. Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation

  3. Teen Titans Go! To the Movies

  4. Disney’s Christopher Robin

  5. Show Dogs

If you’re looking to score tickets to an upcoming concert or purchase passes for a movie to round out your summer, try our new event search features, or check out showtimes and ticketing options for your local theater. Now, if you’ll excuse me,  I need to go to search for more Drake lyrics…

Update your AVG Business clients ASAP

Final call to update all your AVG Business clients before the old versions hit end of life. AVG Business Edition version 2013 and 2016 reach end-of-life (EOL) August 1, 2018.

Malvertising in plain sight | Avast

An elaborate and sophisticated criminal operation like something out of an Oceans 11 sequel has just been uncovered, and the caper here is mass malvertising. While investigating exploit kits, security researchers stumbled upon an operation where crimin…

Our August Talks at Google roundup: the ultimate spectator sport

Editor’s Note: Talks at Google is our regular series that brings interesting speakers and brilliant minds from all industries and backgrounds to Google campuses. Each month, we select a few favorite talks from that month, or about a particular topic.

While the world spent the past couple of months watching the World Cup, we dug through our Talks at Google archive to find inspiration from athletes who have stopped by Google. Check out a few of our favorites: one athlete rides waves, another crushes miles, two play on a field, and the other does his toughest work off the court. And they all have stories to share.

Bethany Hamilton | Talks at Google

Bethany Hamilton

Born and raised in Kauai, Bethany Hamilton lost her arm to a shark attack at age 13, but she didn’t let that stop her from riding the waves she’s surfed her whole life. After waiting a month to get the go-ahead to get in the water, she learned how to surf with one arm and she didn’t stop there. She founded a nonprofit, Friends of Bethany, to help young female amputees and is very passionate about working to help young girls. Bethany shared: “So many times in life we all go through different challenges and struggles. I’ve found in my life I’ve hugely relied on the things that I’m passionate about to kind of overcome and give me motivation and hope that there’s a future beyond this momentary struggle and pain.”

Shalane Flanagan & Elyse Kopecky: "Run Fast. Eat Slow." | Talks at Google

Shalane Flanagan and Elyse Kopecky

Four-time Olympian and New York City marathon champion Shalane Flanagan, along with her college roommate and fellow runner Elyse Kopecky, have a lot of miles under their belts shoes. Over the course of their careers as runners, they’ve struggled to find a healthy, yet satisfying approach to fueling up for their runs. So together, they came up with the concept of “indulgent nourishment” (and wrote a cookbook about it), based on the idea that you don’t have to deprive yourself of the good stuff to stay healthy.

David Beckham | Talks at Google

David Beckham

It’s been a while since David Beckham came to Google, but his perspective is just as interesting six years later. After discussing the future of soccer in the U.S, the music that gets him pumped before games, and how his family has factored into the biggest decisions of his career, Beckham answers questions from fans around the world.

Keyon Dooling: "Mental Health in the NBA" | Talks at Google

Keyon Dooling

“In doing the therapy process and going through the healing process, I was able to identify and recognize all these emotions as a man I never allowed myself to feel.” From NBA player to mental health activist, author, speaker and nonprofit founder, Keyon Dooling shares his inspiring personal experience with mental health and how he’s working to help others. He also gives insight into what the NBA is doing to support the mental health of its players.

Javagal Srinath: "His Cricket Career and the Future of Technology in Sports" | Talks at Google

Javagal Srinath

Javagal Srinath was the fastest Indian bowler (for non-cricket experts, this is similar to a baseball pitcher, the person throwing the ball at the batter) of his time and inspired many by being one of the most successful Indian cricket players of all time in the world. When discussing his journey through the sport he talked about how he juggled getting his degree while playing the sport he loves. He shared advice given to him by an old mentor, “To think better in life is where education comes to your rescue and not for anything else … whatever you become in life you have to have education as the base.”

Fairness matters: Promoting pride and respect with AI

We think everyone should be able to express themselves online, so we want to make conversations more inclusive. That’s why we created tools like Perspective, an API that uses machine learning to detect abuse and harassment online. Perspective scores comments based on their similarity to other comments that others have marked as toxic.

However, sometimes the labels we use to describe ourselves and our loved ones can be used in a negative way to harass people online. And because machine learning models like the one used for Perspective are sensitive to the data sets on which they are trained, that means they might make the mistake of identifying sentences that use words like “gay,” “lesbian” or “transgender” in positive ways as negative. (Within the ML community, we talk about this as insufficient diversity in the training data.)

That’s why we created Project Respect. We’re creating an open dataset that collects diverse statements from the LGBTIQ+ community, such as “I’m gay and I’m proud to be out” or “I’m a fit, happy lesbian that has just retired from a wonderful career” to help reclaim positive identity labels. These statements from the LGBTIQ+ community and their supporters will be made available in an open dataset, which coders, developers and technologists all over the world can use to help teach machine learning models how the LGBTIQ+ community speak about ourselves. The hope is that by expanding the diversity of training data, these models will be able to better parse what’s actually toxic and what’s not.

We launched the Project Respect site in March. But we need more input and help to make conversations more inclusive, so we’ve begun taking Project Respect on tour to Pride events around the world—starting in Sydney and Auckland before coming to San Francisco Pride last month. We’ll continue to roll out in other parts of the world, meaning the data we gather will represent the LGBTIQ+ community on a global scale.

LGBTIQ+ individuals should feel safe and accepted wherever they are, both in the real world and online. That’s why efforts like Project Respect are important, and why we hope you’ll share your positive identity statement about yourself or the people you love in the LGBTIQ+ community. Share your statement at

 to help make conversations more inclusive.

Removing Bad Actors on Facebook

We removed 32 Pages and accounts from Facebook and Instagram because they were involved in coordinated inauthentic behavior.

Making it easier to discover data in Search

In a polarized world, facts and data can provide valuable context for the debates swirling around us. And there has never been more data out there, with record numbers of data journalists working to make sense of it all. In fact, a study by the Google News Lab found that just over half of all newsrooms now have a dedicated data journalist.

One of the ways we seek to support data journalists through our Google News Initiative is to work to make data easier to discover, and we’re continuing this work with a new feature on Search.

Data journalism takes many forms, and it’s not always clear from the headline that there is potentially useful data within that document or story. The way that data is presented can vary as well, and though data tables are often the most useful format for data journalists, it isn’t always easy for Google Search to detect and understand tables of data to surface the most relevant results.

Based on feedback from 30 of the top data journalists in the world, we identified an opportunity to improve how tabular data appears in Google Search and in doing so make it easier for all people to find the data they’re looking for. It works like this: news organizations that publish data in the form of tables can add additional structured data to make the dataset parts of the page easier to identify for use in relevant Search features. One of the participants, ProPublica has been testing the structured data on its interactive databases (for example, on its Non-profits Explorer).


News organizations add the structured data to their existing html of a page, which means that news organizations can still control how their tables are presented to readers.

“As a news organization that is focused on having real-world impact, it’s very much in our mission to give people information at the point of need. If we can make the data we’ve worked hard to collect and prepare available to people at the very moment when they’re researching a big life decision, and thereby help them make the best decision they can, it’s an absolute no-brainer for us. And the code is trivial to add.” – Scott Klein, Deputy Managing Editor, ProPublica

If you’re part of a news organization, check out our developer documentation.

Start your day on a high note with musical alarms on the Google Clock app

Starting today, you’ll be able to wake up to your favorite music on Spotify with the Google Clock app. Swap out the classic alarm sounds for your favorite pump-up song, a calming soundtrack or a mood-boosting melody.

To get started with musical alarms, make sure the latest versions of your Spotify and Clock apps are installed and connected on your device—this works for both Free and Premium Spotify users. Then choose your perfect wake up music. You can browse recently played music, choose from Spotify’s curated morning playlists, or search for a specific soundtrack.

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Now when your musical alarm goes off, it will be a whole lot easier to get moving. After switching off your alarm, you’ll have the option to continue listening to Spotify throughout your day.

This feature will be rolling out globally this week on the Play Store, and will be available on all devices running Android 5.0 (Lollipop) and above.

The Secret’s Out: Reports of the privacy of private browsing have been greatly exaggerated

Sure, surfing the web in “incognito” or “private” mode might seem more secure than doing it with a totally unsecured browser—the phrases imply an air of security—but recent research and an overwhelming amount of anecdotal evidence from security experts indicates that so-called private browsing isn’t nearly as private as it’s cracked up to be. In fact, it’s not really private at all: routers, firewalls, proxy servers, RAM chips or the Domain Name System (DNS) cache all could have a record of your browsing history.

We need to embrace technological breakthroughs

Editor’s note: This article is a condensed version of a speech Caesar gave at Singapore’s Smart Nation Innovations Week Opening Symposium on June 5, 2018.

Humans have invented technology to help themselves and each other for centuries. While we often refer to technology as the shiny, new innovations like self-driving cars or voice assistants, its breadth is much more than that. Technology also includes the things that are so bound up in our daily lives that we have stopped thinking about them as technological innovations—things like language, clothes and shelter.

Despite technology’s pivotal role in human history, our response to breakthroughs is often to hesitate because we fear potential harm. But the world doesn’t stand still for anyone. As the past has shown, each of these technological breakthroughs presents another opportunity to improve people’s lives, and we need to embrace each of those opportunities.

The move online has opened up access to opportunity

Between 2000 and 2017, the number of internet users grew by 10X—from 360 million to 3.6 billion people. This massive migration online is causing an explosion of economic opportunity across the world.

Something as basic as an internet connection can mean the chance for a higher education, a new job or improved skills. In India for example, every month more than 8 million people use Google’s public Wi-Fi program, Google Station, to get online and access job training material or educational resources. Shrinath, a railway porter in Kerala, used the free, high-speed Wi-Fi at his public transit station to study for and eventually pass the entrance examinations to the Kerala civil service—a feat that would have been much more difficult if Shrinath hadn’t embraced the internet.

The shift to digital has transformed businesses

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Caesar speaking at Smart Nation about the need to embrace new technologies

It’s also opening up opportunity for businesses big and small. With access to online platforms, companies have more ways to reach customers and grow. And every business can benefit from digital tools, even the most traditional ones. Hai Sia, a 40-year-old family-run seafood wholesaler in Singapore, for example, was a largely face-to-face business in a bustling fish market. Today, they’ve reached new customers with digital advertising and other digital tools like YouTube videos that show the company’s work.

Technology isn’t just about digitizing existing businesses—it’s also creating new kinds of entrepreneurs and industries. Look at YouTube creators, who run businesses that were born on an online platform and that could not have existed before the internet. GO-JEK, a startup that started as motorbike-hailing company in Indonesia, has facilitated the emergence of a new type of business with their food delivery service: allowing home cooks to become restaurateurs. Freed from the costly requirements of renting a restaurant space and hiring staff, people can run profitable businesses right from their kitchens at home.

AI is the next big leap

Every major shift in technology has transformed how we live and work. In the early 1980s, the PC revolution made computers part of people’s lives and changed how we work. In the 1990s, the internet transformed how we find information and opened up new economic opportunity. Then, in the mid-2000s, smartphones brought all that knowledge into our pockets. Now AI is the next frontier. 

What excites me most about the shift to AI and machine learning is watching what younger generations are doing with the technology. Teenagers are using AI to create programs that more accurately identify plant diseases and even detect breast cancer. If our kids can use technology to conserve the environment and fight cancer, imagine what we humans can do if they use AI as one tool among many to improve citizens’ lives.

As we continue to explore what benefits AI can bring, we need to lean into this shift rather than shy away from it. After all, the world would be a very different and much poorer place today if our ancestors had given up on fire or language or the wheel. The reaction to technology we don’t know how to use well isn’t to stop innovating. The right reaction is to work harder and innovate even better so we can make technology work for everyone.

Supporting display cutouts on edge-to-edge screens

Posted By Megan Potoski, Product Manager, Android System UI

Smartphones are quickly moving towards smaller bezels and larger aspect ratios. On these devices, display cutouts are a popular way to achieve an edge-to-edge experience while providing…

Intermittent Webmaster Tools API Issues Resolved

Feedback is important. It helps notifying us of potential issues and helps us to improve Bing. In July, your feedback notified the Webmaster Tools team of intermittent API failures. Upon investigation we discovered a technical glitch causing the errors that was not captured through our existing protocols. Thank you for your feedback. It helped us correct the error and is making Bing Webmaster Tools better for everyone.

Shall we dance? Using technology to explore new art

In a yoga studio on the 11th floor of Google New York, dancer Lorenzo Pagano performed a modern piece he’d choreographed, with roles for four dancers. But this wasn’t your ordinary piece of modern dance—through the use of technology, Lorenzo is dancing all the parts. With a Perception Neuron tracking suit, Lorenzo can record his movements as an avatar, and through virtual reality, he can watch his piece from any angle and in several backgrounds.

Pagano was among the dancers visiting from the Martha Graham Dance Company as part of a two-week Artist in Residency program through Google Arts & Culture. This latest endeavor had a simple aim: to bring dance, artists and technologists together to see what they can create.

Google Arts & Culture provides technical and developmental support, tools, and facilities to members of the Artist in Residency program. Working with Google technologists, Pagano and other company members explored how virtual reality and other technology might be applied to their craft. For example, some dancers wore full-body suits to track their movements and create virtual avatars in real time—a process that can help choreographers envision, tweak, and teach their pieces.

One of the first tools in hand was Tilt Brush, a Google VR tool that lets you paint in 3D space. With it, the dance troupe tried out some creative approaches to choreography. One member of the company, Xin Ying, created a duet inspired by the Chinese concept of yin and yang, where two dancers use their movement to paint a sculpture with Tilt Brush. To do so, she had to think about movement in a whole new way. “On stage, the movements would just disappear into the air,” Ying recounts. “With Tilt Brush, it became 3D art that lasted after the dance was finished.”

Yin Yang Dance

The goal of the residency was to create a new piece of art; along the way, the dancers realized the technology could be equally useful in helping them learn from what they create. Traditional cameras capture 2D motion from the audience’s point of view, which presents a challenge to performers, who have to think about all of the movements in reverse. Virtual reality headsets allow dancers to step into a role and really understand it, even walking around a piece they have recorded in order to see it from all angles.

The Martha Graham residency marks the first time that Google Arts & Culture has hosted dancers as artists in residence, and the first residency in New York City. Across the Atlantic and at the Google Arts & Culture Lab’s home in Paris, artists have been meeting for years with Google’s computer engineers to explore new ideas together. Last year, artist Jonathan Yeo unveiled a bronze sculpture modeled off of an AR piece created using Tilt Brush. Recently, the Lab unveiled new uses of machine learning in the art world, including Art Palette, which uses a combination of computer vision algorithms to match artworks with a color palette of your choosing.

“No artist is ahead of his time,” Martha Graham once said. “He is his time.” And by tapping into the technology of our time, we’re excited to see what these dancers and artists can do.

Browse the web in VR: Chrome launches on Daydream View

Chrome is built to be accessed across all types of devices and platforms, regardless of what operating system you’re on. And today, we’re launching Chrome on Google Daydream View and the Lenovo Mirage Solo with Daydream. So if you have one of these headsets, you can  launch Chrome directly from your homepage to browse and interact with any webpage while in VR.

All the features you love on Chrome, from voice search to incognito mode to fast search directly in your address bar, are now accessible on your Daydream headset. But we’ve also added a few Daydream-specific features, like “cinema mode” which optimizes web video for the best viewing experience in VR. With Chrome now integrated into Daydream, you can start browsing on your phone, whether it is reading your favorite news article or watching a YouTube video, and easily switch to your headset.

When you update to the latest version of Chrome on Android in Google Play, you can now launch Chrome from the home screen of your Daydream device.

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