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In an unprecedented move by Cloudflare, the DDoS protection provider has fired neo-Nazi website Daily Stormer as a customer, following a string of similar moves by web hosting firms earlier this week.
In a decision announced Wednesday, Cloudflare CEO Matthew Prince said that it terminated Daily Stormer's account and is taking measures to "ensure they cannot sign up for Cloudflare's services ever again."
"Our terms of service reserve the right for us to terminate users of our network at our sole discretion. The tipping point for us making this decision was that the team behind Daily Stormer made the claim that we were secretly supporters of their ideology," Prince said in a blog post. "Our team has been thorough and have had thoughtful discussions for years about what the right policy was on censoring. Like a lot of people, we've felt angry at these hateful people for a long time but we have followed the law and remained content neutral as a network. We could not remain neutral after these claims of secret support by Cloudflare."
See also: String of Web Hosts Boot Neo-Nazi Website Daily Stormer
Cloudflare has run into criticism before for its neutral stance, but it's not the only internet services company that has had to grapple with similar decisions. Recently, Shopify had to defend its decision to provide services to Breitbart, the controversial right-wing website.
In a 2013 interview, Cloudflare CEO Prince said that he doesn't believe his political
Earlier today, Cloudflare terminated the account of the Daily Stormer. We've stopped proxying their traffic and stopped answering DNS requests for their sites. We've taken measures to ensure that they cannot sign up for Cloudflare's services ever again.
Our terms of service reserve the right for us to terminate users of our network at our sole discretion. The tipping point for us making this decision was that the team behind Daily Stormer made the claim that we were secretly supporters of their ideology.
Our team has been thorough and have had thoughtful discussions for years about what the right policy was on censoring. Like a lot of people, we’ve felt angry at these hateful people for a long time but we have followed the law and remained content neutral as a network. We could not remain neutral after these claims of secret support by Cloudflare.
Now, having made that decision, let me explain why it's so dangerous.
Where Do You Regulate Content on the Internet?
There are a number of different organizations that work in concert to bring you the Internet. They include:
Content creators, who author the actual content online.
Platforms (e.g., Facebook, Wordpress, etc.), where the content is published.
Hosts (e.g., Amazon Web Services, Dreamhost, etc.), that provide infrastructure on which the platforms live.
Transit Providers (e.g., Level(3), NTT, etc.), that connect the hosts to the rest of the Internet.
Reverse Proxies/CDNs (e.g., Akamai, Cloudflare, etc.), that provide networks to ensure content loads fast and is protected from attack.
Authoritative DNS Providers (e.g., Dyn, Cloudflare, etc.), that resolve the domains of sites.
Registrars (e.g., GoDaddy, Tucows, etc.), that register the domains of sites.
Registries (e.g., Verisign, Afilias, etc.), that run the top level domains like .com, .org, etc.
Internet Service Providers (ISPs) (e.g., Comcast, AT&T, etc.), that connect content consumers to the Internet.
Recursive DNS Providers (e.g., OpenDNS, Google, etc.), that resolve content consumers' DNS queries.
Browsers (e.g., Firefox, Chrome, etc.), that parse and organize Internet content into a consumable form.
There are other players in the ecosystem, including:
Search engines (e.g., Google, Bing, etc.), that help you discover content.
ICANN, the organization that sets the rules for the Registrars and Registries.
RIRs (e.g., ARIN, RIPE, APNIC, etc.), which provide the IP addresses used by Internet infrastructure.
Any of the above could regulate content online. The question is: which of them should?
The rules and responsibilities for each of the organizations above in regulating content are and should be different. We've argued that it doesn't make sense to regulate content at the proxy, where Cloudflare provides service, since if we terminate a user the content won't go away it will just be slower and more vulnerable to attack.
That's true, and made sense for a long time, but increasingly may not be relevant. The size and scale of the attacks that can now easily be launched online make it such that if you don't have a network like Cloudflare in front of your content, and you upset anyone, you will be knocked offline. In fact, in the case of the Daily Stormer, the initial requests we received to terminate their service came from hackers who literally said: "Get out of the way so we can DDoS this site off the Internet."
You, like me, may believe that the Daily Stormer's site is vile. You may believe it should be restricted. You may think the authors of the site should be prosecuted. Reasonable people can and do believe all those things. But having the mechanism of content control be vigilante hackers launching DDoS attacks subverts any rational concept of justice.
Increasing Dependence On A Few Giant Networks
In a not-so-distant future, if we're not there already, it may be that if you're going to put content on the Internet you'll need to use a company with a giant network like Cloudflare, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Amazon, or Alibaba.
For context, Cloudflare currently handles around 10% of Internet requests.
Without a clear framework as a guide for content regulation, a small number of companies will largely determine what can and cannot be online.
Freedom of Speech < Due Process
The issue of who can and cannot be online has often been associated with Freedom of Speech. We think the more important principle is Due Process. I, personally, believe in strong Freedom of Speech protections, but I also acknowledge that it is a very American idea that is not shared globally. On the other hand, the concept of Due Process is close to universal. At its most basic, Due Process means that you should be able to know the rules a system will follow if you participate in that system.
Due Process requires that decisions be public and not arbitrary. It's why we've always said that our policy is to follow the guidance of the law in the jurisdictions in which we operate. Law enforcement, legislators, and courts have the political legitimacy and predictability to make decisions on what content should be restricted. Companies should not.
What We Would Not Do
Beginning in 2013, Cloudflare began publishing our semi-annual Transparency Report. At the time we choose to include four statements of things that we had never done. They included:
Cloudflare has never turned over our SSL keys or our customers' SSL keys to anyone.
Cloudflare has never installed any law enforcement software or equipment anywhere on our network.
Cloudflare has never terminated a customer or taken down content due to political pressure.
Cloudflare has never provided any law enforcement organization a feed of our customers' content transiting our network.
We included them as "warrant canaries" because we thought they could help us push back against the request that governments may try to force us to make. That’s worked and all four of the warrant canaries have survived in every transparency report since 2013.
We're going to have a long debate internally about whether we need to remove the bullet about not terminating a customer due to political pressure. It's powerful to be able to say you've never done something. And, after today, make no mistake, it will be a little bit harder for us to argue against a government somewhere pressuring us into taking down a site they don't like.
Establishing a Framework
Someone on our team asked after I announced we were going to terminate the Daily Stormer: "Is this the day the Internet dies?" He was half joking, but only half. He's no fan of the Daily Stormer or sites like it. But he does realize the risks of a company like Cloudflare getting into content policing.
There's a saying in legal circles that hard cases make bad law. We need to be careful of that here. What I do hope is it will allow us all to discuss what the framework for all of the organizations listed above should be when it comes to content restrictions. I don't know the right answer, but I do know that as we work it out it's critical we be clear, transparent, consistent and respectful of Due Process.
Starting today Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) Endpoints for Amazon DynamoDB are available in all public AWS regions. You can provision an endpoint right away using the AWS Management Console or the AWS Command Line Interface (CLI). There are no additional costs for a VPC Endpoint for DynamoDB.
Many AWS customers run their applications within a Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) for security or isolation reasons. Previously, if you wanted your EC2 instances in your VPC to be able to access DynamoDB, you had two options. You could use an Internet Gateway (with a NAT Gateway or assigning your instances public IPs) or you could route all of your traffic to your local infrastructure via VPN or AWS Direct Connect and then back to DynamoDB. Both of these solutions had security and throughput implications and it could be difficult to configure NACLs or security groups to restrict access to just DynamoDB. Here is a picture of the old infrastructure.
Creating an Endpoint
Let’s create a VPC Endpoint for DynamoDB. We can make sure our region supports the endpoint with the DescribeVpcEndpointServices API call.
aws ec2 describe-vpc-endpoint-services --region us-east-1
Great, so I know my region supports these endpoints and I know what my regional endpoint is. I can grab one of my VPCs and provision an endpoint with a quick call to the CLI or through the console. Let me show you how to use the console.
First I’ll navigate to the VPC console and select “Endpoints” in the sidebar. From there I’ll click “Create Endpoint” which brings me to this handy console.
You’ll notice the AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) policy section for the endpoint. This supports all of the fine grained access control that DynamoDB supports in regular IAM policies and you can restrict access based on IAM policy conditions.
For now I’ll give full access to my instances within this VPC and click “Next Step”.
This brings me to a list of route tables in my VPC and asks me which of these route tables I want to assign my endpoint to. I’ll select one of them and click “Create Endpoint”.
Keep in mind the note of warning in the console: if you have source restrictions to DynamoDB based on public IP addresses the source IP of your instances accessing DynamoDB will now be their private IP addresses.
After adding the VPC Endpoint for DynamoDB to our VPC our infrastructure looks like this.
That’s it folks! It’s that easy. It’s provided at no cost. Go ahead and start using it today. If you need more details you can read the docs here.
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Two years after it did a pilot fuel-cell installation at one of its Silicon Valley data centers, Equinix is making a big bet on the technology, which uses a chemical process to convert natural gas to electricity.
The Redwood City, California-based data center provider today announced a deal that will see fuel cells installed at 12 additional US data centers. The deal will be financed by the utility Southern Company, with whom Equinix signed a power purchase agreement for a total of about 37MW of generation capacity, which will be the largest single deployment of fuel cells for data centers to date.
The fuel cells will be supplied by Bloom Energy, a leader in the market whose energy servers have been deployed on corporate campuses, at data centers by eBay, Apple, NTT, CenturyLink, and at two Verizon data centers Equinix took over when it acquired the large data center portfolio from the telco earlier this year.
Fuel cells produce significantly fewer carbon emissions than traditional gas-fueled power plants; they also don't require water, unlike power plants, which consume massive amounts of water to generate energy. Apple has made fuel cells part of its corporate sustainability program, using Bloom's technology to provide 10MW of capacity for its Maiden, North Carolina, data center campus.
The technology, which produces energy on-site, is also considered more reliable than America's old, outage-prone electrical grid. eBay
Finding your way in to new opportunities often starts with a simple conversation. Whether it’s sending a quick note to a friend about a job, or introducing yourself to a new connection, actively talking with the people in your network can make a big difference. In fact, more than one-third of members have surfaced new opportunities through casual conversations they started with a LinkedIn message. But here’s the thing – choosing a good time to start a conversation can sometimes be a bit tricky....
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(Bloomberg) — London is set to retain its position as the city with the greatest capacity in private data links, a lead that may help stem any erosion in the city's position as Europe's premier financial center, even after the U.K. leaves the European Union.
The U.K. capital currently has an installed bandwidth of 159 terabytes per second, a figure that exceeds any other European city and is greater than the capacities in either New York or Silicon Valley, according to a new report from Equinix Inc., a U.S. company specializing in data centers that host many of these private data connections.
The report, released Wednesday, forecasts that London will retain this lead, with its overall private bandwidth tripling to 486 terabytes per second by 2020.
Businesses are turning to private data networks due to the huge amounts of data they are now generating, where public internet connections may struggle, said Russell Poole, managing director of Equinix's U.K. business.
The rapid transfer of data has long been of importance to the financial sector. Exchanges have been letting traders place their computer servers next to exchange systems -- a practice known as colocation -- in order to facilitate high frequency trading.
After telecommunications companies and firms that sell cloud and IT services, the banking and insurance sector is the largest user of private networks, Equinix said. And by 2020, the sector will exceed even those network-centric industries in its use
We love podcasts: they’re like the blogging version of radio, a medium anyone can jump into and use to share their story. They introduce us to new voices and give us glimpses into new perspectives… and they pair perfectly with blogs and websites, where they can add more texture and interest to what you’re already publishing.
Thanks to a new partnership with RadioPublic, you can choose from a quarter of a million podcasts to embed into your posts and pages on WordPress.com and Jetpack-powered websites. Whether you produce a podcast yourself, write about them, or just like to listen, you can share podcasts with your visitors, no matter where the podcasts are hosted.
What Can a Podcast Add to My Site?
Use a RadioPublic embed to share and promote your own podcast ! But even if you’ve never even listened to a podcast before, there are ways you can use them:
Round up your favorites: everybody loves a good top-ten list, especially when includes a few surprises. Recommend some sports shows that break the mold (like 30 for 30 and The Rematch), podcasts about art (try A Piece of Work or The Lonely Palette), or amazing audio fiction. By embedding the shows right into your post, you make it easy for readers to sample, listen, and add the shows to their own listening list.
Add a relevant episode to a post to give readers more to chew on. Writing about architecture? There’s probably a 99% Invisible episode that you could tie in. Pop culture? Check out Still Processing.
Not everything has to be heavy: maybe your readers could just use a few minutes of cats purring — there’s a podcast for that, too!
With over 250,000 podcasts out there, there’s probably a show on whatever you’ve writing about.
We’ve partnered with RadioPublic, one of the leading podcast technology providers. They share our commitment to an open web, using open protocols to deliver free audio on demand, across all platforms — their founders have been innovating for years when it comes to the delivery of rich, immersive podcasts. Their technology makes sharing podcasts easier on all WordPress.com sites, opening up a world of opportunities for discovery, curation, and new voices.
As with other kinds of media, you can embed a podcast with a few clicks:
Head to search.radiopublic.com to find a show.
Click on the name of a show. If you’d like to embed a specific episode, click the title of the episode.
Ta-da! The URL of that page is your embed link. Select it, copy the full link, and paste it right into your post editor, on its own line.
So for example, this URL:
…will display this embed player:
(For more detail, head to our RadioPublic embed support doc.)
Did we mention that if you embed a show (rather than a specific episode), the player will automatically display and play the most recent episode? It’ll keep your site fresh without you having to lift a finger.
Start embedding right now by visiting search.radiopublic.com. Enjoy!Filed under: Embeds
Welcome to “Plugged In,” where we take a look at some of the most popular WordPress plugins in various categories. This week we explore some of the best and most useful plugins for including an author bio on posts, pages, and custom post types.
Blogging in any form is about the expression of an author’s interest on any subject matter. It’s important to establish a connection between authors and their audience. By establishing an author biography, you are establishing trust between you and your readers. Additionally, it provides a level of clarification if you happen to be posting on a multi-author site.
Author bios should be aesthetically pleasing, complement the existing theme of your website, and catch the reader’s eye. The best way to do this is by using an author bio plugin. Here’s a list of the some of the best author bio plugins for your WordPress site.
In terms of functionality, Molongui Authorship has got all you need. Set specific demographic information for each author, use the guest post feature for guest authors without WordPress accounts, and use the related posts feature to show other work posted by that author.
Use Author to display your author bio in style. Choose from 10 different author design templates, utilize the multiple author display layout, pick from more than 500 fonts, among many other convenient features.
Co-authors Plus allows you to add bylines for authors without creating new WordPress accounts. Unique to this plugin, add multiple bylines to posts using a convenient search as you type box.
Have a favorite plugin for displaying author bios? Tell us about it in the comments!
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Endurance International Group has announced that its board of directors has appointed Jeffrey H. Fox as president and chief executive officer, effective August 22.
Fox, who will also join the company's board of directors, succeeds Endurance founder Hari Ravichandran.
"Jeff's extensive experience leading strategy and operations for organizations in the technology, information services, and telecom industries make him ideally suited to lead the company as it focuses on balancing operational execution with profitable growth and free cash flow generation," said James C. Neary, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Endurance International Group.
Executive leadership experience Fox brings to Endurance includes a stint from 2010 to 2012 as CEO of Convergys Corporation, and he has served since then as chairman of the board. He founded and is currently a principle of investment and advisory firm The Circumference Group LLC. Fox also previously served as COO, Group President - Shared Services, and Group President - Alltel Information Services for Alltel Corporation.
"I am excited to begin working with the board and the talented team at Endurance," said Fox. "I have a deep appreciation for the dedication that has gone into building this company and am honored to have been selected to guide it through its next phase."
The company announced in April it had adopted a plan to transition to a new "CEO who can take Endurance to the
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If there was any concept that rose out of the darkness and into the mainstream recently, it’s the culture of branding. A few years ago, if you told someone you were “building a lifestyle brand,” you’d probably get an awkward smile in return. But, in today’s blog + Instagram + Facebook + SnapChat driven world, people understand the concept of branding because it’s everywhere and has become part of the daily conversation. Thanks to curated feeds where one single thought goes into every post: This is who I am, and this is what I represent, branding is critical to growing companies, and people.
Whether you’re trying to build your blog’s brand or get a business off the ground, you should keep a few things in mind. Check out our top tips to get your brand up and running—and more importantly—to get folks talking about what you do.
1. Be authentic
Your visitors are sure to look around your website trying to figure you out. If you’re claiming to be a foodie, own it. Don’t go on Twitter asking what brioche is if you’re professing your love for pomes frites with organic truffle infused ketchup – the persona you’re crafting will be compromised. You say you love food, you’d better know the hottest menu items of tomorrow, while being well-versed in all of the classics, too.
Trying to pretend you’re something that you aren’t, only led to problems. If you’re a passionate dog blogger, tell the world about why puppies rule the world. Leave the kitten talk to someone else. Own your unique persona.
2. Consistency is key
If you’re running a baseball blog dedicated to the Chicago White Sox, don’t start posting about how great the Cubs are. It doesn’t work like that in baseball. Readers will come to your blog for the latest news or rumors regarding the Sox and will have little interest involving anything that doesn’t directly affect the team. All of the content featured needs to keep a consistent thread: this is a baseball blog that’s for White Sox fans, written by a White Sox fan.
As a general rule, the best blogs are driven by a singular vision: this is the best place for X topic.
3. Who is the person you want to reach?
Do you know what they love? What they dislike? Who are their heroes? What brands do they engage with? These are the questions you need to ask when building out your brand.
Consider these questions when putting pen to paper:
What age group are you targeting?
What level of education is your reader?
What industry is your ideal reader?
Is your content gender specific?
What is your reader’s lifestyle?
What help can you offer?
Some of these questions won’t matter for your topic if it’s broad like a sports team or a genre of music. But, for everything else, creating an ideal persona is helpful because you can imagine you’re creating content for that person. If you make multiple personas, you can dive deep and flesh out this person’s likes and dislikes, and build out a very brand-specific approach to your message.
Always keep the end-user in mind. This content is created for their benefit, and through the curated material that people are after, the branding happens organically.
4. Be original
We’ve all heard the phrase “Imitation is the greatest form of flattery, ” and in some cases, like an ironic t-shirt, it works. In branding though, that flattery, well, falls flat. It’s always ok to look to your favorite brands and see what worked and what didn’t to push them to the top of the heap regarding their successes, but directly copying their style won’t do you any favors.
Carve out your identity, and be original. Take chances. If there’s one major shift in consumer mindset over the last few years, it’s that we want less “big box” and more “mom and pop” – we want unique identities and independent business.
Truly independent minds rely on the personality of their brand, while also proving that what they do, what they stand for is forever identifiably theirs. Because your brand is willing to try things, to be authentic, many consumers respond.
5. Always be ON
When you’re talking to customers, or just responding to comments on your blog or social media, keeping all communication on-brand is critical. From handling an ugly review or someone saying something great about your business, it’s imperative all communications with the public stay within a vetted style that works within the guidelines of the company vision.
These are just some of our thoughts on the world of branding. Do you have any branding tips we missed? If so, we’d love to hear what are your personal favorites. Leave us a comment.
Robert Dean is a writer, journalist, and cynic. His most recent novel, The Red Seven is in stores. He’s working on his newest novel, A Hard Roll. He also likes ice cream and koalas. He lives in Austin. Stalk him on Twitter: @Robert_Dean
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Earlier this year, at the 2017 CoreOS Fest user conference in San Francisco, hundreds of developers and operators got together to talk all things containers and open source. Out of all the presentations and announcements during the event, I was particularly interested in the recent research paper conducted by 451 Research on behalf of CoreOS. […]
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Do you want more video views from LinkedIn? Wondering how uploading native video can help? Using the mobile app to record and share original, autoplay video directly on LinkedIn can boost views and engagement for your content. In this article, you’ll discover how to upload and share native video on LinkedIn via the mobile app. [...]
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At approximately 4:50pm local time (8:50am UTC) August 15, a major unexpected power outage hit the island of Taiwan with a significant amount of its power generation facilities going down.
Most of the island was hit with power outages, shortages and rolling blackouts, with street lights not functioning, nor power in many of Taipei’s shopping malls, and much other infrastructure.
Blackouts of this scale are very rare. Usually, during an outage of this scale, it would be expected that Internet traffic would greatly drop, as houses and businesses lose power and are unable to connect to the Internet. I’ve experienced this in the past, working at consumer ISPs. As households and businesses lose power, so do their modems or routers which connect them to the Internet.
However, during yesterday's outage, something different happened. I'd like to share some insights from yesterday's outage.
Photo: Taipei 101 Dark during the Blackout -
Source: David Chang/EPA
Even when the power is out, the Internet still operates
Most Telecom and Data Center facilities are built with redundancy in mind and have backup power generation. Our Data Center partner, Chief, was able to switch to backup power generation without any service interruption, allowing our service to operate without interruption.
The lack of interruption was also reflected by many users still accessing the Internet. From our statistics, the number of requests didn’t drop, as illustrated by the graph following. At the beginning of the power outage, there was actually a spike in requests, as more people likely look on the Internet as to more details of what's happening. The graph below shows a timeline of requests per second, seen in our Taipei data center, with a red line marking the beginning of the power outage.
Breaking down traffic between Mobile and Desktop clients, approximately 10% of clients shifted from Desktop to Mobile devices at the beginning of the outage. The graph also shows a spike daily around lunch time, as many clients shift to their mobile phones during lunch.
The shift to to mobile devices did however cause a drop in bandwidth used, by approximately 25%. The following graph showing our bandwidth usage to HiNet, the largest ISP, demonstrates this sharp drop.
Power was fully restored around 21:40pm, (13:40 UTC), however many users were able to regain access during power-rationing and Internet usage grew to reach its usual night-time peaks.
This power outage taught us that Internet usage does not necessarily decrease during a power outage in 2017. Number of requests can actually increase, but bandwidth usage drops, reflecting a shift to usage of mobile devices.
Whilst the entire city lived in darkness, the Internet shined bright!
We love bringing our customers helpful information and we have another cool series we are excited to tell you about. The AWS Partner Webinar Series is a selection of live and recorded presentations covering a broad range of topics at varying technical levels and scale. A little different from our AWS Online TechTalks, each AWS Partner Webinar is hosted by an AWS solutions architect and an AWS Competency Partner who has successfully helped customers evaluate and implement the tools, techniques, and technologies of AWS.
Check out this month’s webinars and let us know which ones you found the most helpful! All schedule times are shown in the Pacific Time (PDT) time zone.
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DreamHost filed legal arguments Friday in opposition to a request by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) for personally identifiable information, including IP addresses, for 1.3 million website visits, according to an announcement on the company's blog.
DreamHost is the host of website disruptj20.org, which was dedicated to organizing protests during the inauguration of President Donald Trump on January 20. It received a grand jury subpoena soon after the inauguration and protests, and complied by providing the government with information about the website owner.
In July, the DOJ issuing a search warrant (PDF) to DreamHost seeking visitor logs, contact information, email content, and photos of thousands of people from the website. The company calls this attempt "a strong example of investigatory overreach and a clear abuse of government authority" in the blog post, and challenged the request in inquiries to the DOJ. The DOJ responded by filing a motion (PDF) to compel the host to comply with the warrant.
DreamHost received 466 requests for information from governments in 2014, and VP of Brand & Community Brett Dunst told the WHIR that the number of requests the company receives from law enforcement is reasonably consistent from year to year. The motion for disruptj20.org data is different from most law enforcement requests in procedure and scope, according to Dunst.
"It is unusual because the motion to compel came after we had basically asked for
.ORG is one of the oldest and most trusted domain extensions out there. It’s a domain ending that a number of nonprofits, educational centers, and other upstanding businesses use for their websites. But .ORG does a lot more than simply giving your website that extra boost of credibility—it also works to provide education and internet […]
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