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Microsoft’s One Outlook Launches in Preview for Office Insiders

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Earlier this month, new leaks showed Microsoft’s upcoming One Outlook email client, which was developed a Project Monarch. At the time, I wrote that it was likely the app would arrive soon. Well, Microsoft is now rolling out One Outlook for Windows to the Beta Channel on the Office Insider Program.

Since May 17, the new app is available to customers with Microsoft 365 or Office 365 business and education accounts on the Beta Channel. Microsoft says current testers are paying customers. Other requirements include having their default email sending account as classic Outlook on Windows and are part of the Beta channel.

Alongside the preview release, Microsoft is announcing a new feature known as Microsoft Loop:

“With Microsoft Loop components everyone can edit and share their thoughts while staying in the flow of their work and the app they are using, Outlook or Teams –  Loop components can be copied and pasted across Outlook emails and Teams chats and they always stay in sync so everyone can stay up to date wherever and whenever they work.”

This release just about squeezes into Microsoft’s promise to launch the app during spring 2022. Microsoft initially planned a 2021 launch but reports earlier this year pointed to a spring 2022 release.

New Outlook

One Outlook takes its inspiration from the Outlook web version, matching it closely in terms of design and functionality.

One Outlook is a unified email experience, it will gather the various versions of the services from across platforms into a single app. For example, it will replace the Win32 and UWP apps on Windows 10, Outlook Web Access, and the macOS version. It will also be hosted as Outlook for Web on browsers.

Tip of the day: After years of hefting a laptop around, you inevitably build up a menagerie of Wi-Fi networks. For the most part, they’ll sit on your PC, hardly used, but at times a change in configuration can make it difficult to connect to a network your computer already remembers. At this point, it can be beneficial to make Windows forget a Wi-Fi network and delete its network profile.

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Microsoft Warns Of “Cryware” Malware Targeting Crypt Wallets

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ware will become a frequent concern as more people start using “hot wallets”.

As more people look to increase they cryptocurrency investments in hot wallets, cybercrooks will look to target them. Microsoft says cryware is the term it gives the malware category (crypto + malware = cryware).

Crypto markets are increasingly volatile and info-stealing malware will seek to gain access to passwords and private keys for hot wallets. If you are unfamiliar with hot wallets, they store cryptocurrency online. The alternative is offline storage, which is a cold wallet.

“Cryware are information stealers that collect and exfiltrate data directly from non-custodial cryptocurrency wallets, also known as hot wallets. Because hot wallets, unlike custodial wallets, are stored locally on a device and provide easier access to cryptographic keys needed to perform transactions, more and more threats are targeting them,” Microsoft details in a blogpost.

Attacks

Of course, malware looking to steal information for cryptocurrency wallets is nothing new. However, cryware marks a change where attackers are ramping up their efforts and seeking to steal crypto and transfer it into their wallets.

Microsoft explains how such attacks are irreversible because of the nature of crypto:

“Unlike credit cards and other financial transactions, there are currently no available mechanisms that could help reverse fraudulent cryptocurrency transactions or protect users from such,” Microsoft explains.

Microsoft security explains how cryware works and details a specific attack:

“Mars Stealer is a notable cryware that steals data from web wallets, desktop wallets, password managers, and browser files. The snippet below was taken from a section of Mars Stealer code aimed to locate wallets installed on a system and steal their sensitive files,” says Microsoft.

Tip of the day: After years of hefting a laptop around, you inevitably build up a menagerie of Wi-Fi networks. For the most part, they’ll sit on your PC, hardly used, but at times a change in configuration can make it difficult to connect to a network your computer already remembers. At this point, it can be beneficial to make Windows forget a Wi-Fi network and delete its network profile

“Cryware are information stealers that collect and exfiltrate data directly from non-custodial cryptocurrency wallets, also known as hot wallets. Because hot wallets, unlike custodial wallets, are stored locally on a device

 

and provide easier access to cryptographic keys needed to perform transactions, more and more threats are targeting them,” Microsoft details in a blogpost.

Attacks

Of course, malware looking to steal information for cryptocurrency wallets is nothing new. However, cryware marks a change where attackers are ramping up their efforts and seeking to steal crypto and transfer it into their wallets.

Microsoft explains how such attacks are irreversible because of the nature of crypto:

“Unlike credit cards and other financial transactions, there are currently no available mechanisms that could help reverse fraudulent cryptocurrency transactions or protect users from such,” Microsoft explains.

Microsoft security explains how cryware works and details a specific attack:

“Mars Stealer is a notable cryware that steals data from web wallets, desktop wallets, password managers, and browser files. The snippet below was taken from a section of Mars Stealer code aimed to locate wallets installed on a system and steal their sensitive files,” says Microsoft.

Tip of the day: After years of hefting a laptop around, you inevitably build up a menagerie of Wi-Fi networks. For the most part, they’ll sit on your PC, hardly used, but at times a change in configuration can make it difficult to connect to a network your computer already remembers. At this point, it can be beneficial to make Windows forget a Wi-Fi network and delete its network profile

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Microsoft Azure to Help Wayve Scale Its Deep Learning Products

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Microsoft is teaming with London-based Wayve for a collaboration that will see the company invest in the development of deep learning technologies for autonomous vehicles (AVs). In return, Wayve will use Microsoft Azure across its services.

By partnering with Microsoft, Wayve will use Microsoft cloud technologies to propel its supercomputing that powers its AI models. Microsoft is investing as part of Wayve’s $200 million Series B round. However, the companies have been working together since 2020 when Wayve first selected Azure as its preferred cloud platform.

Now, the companies plan to leverage Wayve’s AI expertise and deep learning models to train Microsoft’s AI. As for Azure, it will provide Microsoft’s resources and engineering experience across large-scale projects.

Mark Russinovich, CTO, Azure at Microsoft said: “Supercomputing capabilities are key to processing the immense amount of data required for the simulation, validation, and training of AI models that enable safe and secure autonomous driving. Wayve is combining its expertise in deep learning-based autonomous vehicle systems with Microsoft Azure computing power to bring self-driving transportation experiences to more people and organizations faster.”

Powering Supercomputers

Wayve is going to commercialize its product at some point. The company says it will continue to use Azure as its chosen cloud platform. During commercial piloting of its technology, supercomputers will take the deep learning models necessary for commercialization to the next level.

Microsoft Azure will underpin the cloud infrastructure needed to power these supercomputers.

Alex Kendall, CEO of Wayve said: “Joining forces with Microsoft to design the supercomputing infrastructure needed to accelerate deep learning for autonomous mobility is an opportunity that we are honoured to lead. Deep learning systems thrive on data, and we’ve put an immense amount of effort into understanding what it takes to get these systems on the road. We are excited by the opportunities that this collaboration will create as we push deep learning to new levels of scale.”

Tip of the day: After years of hefting a laptop around, you inevitably build up a menagerie of Wi-Fi networks. For the most part, they’ll sit on your PC, hardly used, but at times a change in configuration can make it difficult to connect to a network your computer already remembers. At this point, it can be beneficial to make Windows forget a Wi-Fi network and delete its network profile.

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Valve Steam Monopolization Lawsuit to Go Ahead

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A lawsuit that alleges Valve monopolizes the PC gaming market is gathering pace and will go ahead. U.S. District Court Judge John C. Coughenour – who twice found in favor of Valve during preliminary hearings – is still allowing the lawsuit to happen, albeit an amended version of the filing.

Independent PC game creator Wolfire Games is leading the class action against Valve. The company believes Valve uses its Steam platform to dominate the PC game market with unfair practices. Bloombeg Law reports Judge Coughenour is allowing a part of the lawsuit to go ahead.

Specifically, the allegations made by Wolfire about Steam driving up the price of games because the platform also takes a 30% commission on sales. Furthermore, the claim is that Valve actively retaliates against companies who offer alternative purchase options outside of Steam. Valve will now face both these allegations before the court.

New Decision

Another claim from Wolfire, that Valve should split Steam into a separate game platform and game store, will not be allowed to progress.

This development is interesting because Coughenour previously dismissed the case in preliminary hearings. He said that there was no evidence that Valve was engaging in anti-competition practices. He said previously Steam “did not need market power to charge a fee well above its cost structure because those brick-and-mortar competitors had a far higher cost structure”.

Of course, just because the lawsuit is moving ahead, it does not mean the allegations will hold up. The case will now proceed with legal teams from Wolfire and Valve arguing their site of the case. We will keep you updated as the lawsuit progresses.

Tip of the day: If you need to Create, Delete or Resize Partitions, Windows has everything you thanks to the built-in Disk Management-tool.

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Microsoft Adaptive Accesories Debut to Help Users with Disabilities

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At the 12th annual Microsoft Ability Summit early this week (May 10-11), the company made an important hardware announcement. Specifically, the introduction of new Microsoft Adaptive Accessories that Redmond says will help increase productivity for users with disabilities.

While the Microsoft Adaptive Accessories will not launch until this fall, Microsoft offered details on them at the Ability Summit. The accessories are three components specifically designed to allow more efficient and seamless input onto PCs for disabled users.

They are customizable and configurable to allow users to personalize the devices for their own needs.

First up is the Microsoft Adaptive Mouse, which is a wireless mouse that can function on up to three devices (or via USB-C). Microsoft points out this product can be used as a regular mouse, but also comes with modular abilities to connect with other Microsoft Adaptive Accessories.

Furthermore, the Adaptive Mouse has a thumb support additional accessory that switches sides between left and right. Users can customize the mouse to include the mouse tail, a 3D printed component. Alternatively, customers can create their own 3D printed mouse tails.

Adaptive Hub and Adaptive Buttons

Next is the Microsoft Adaptive Hub, which connects to three devices wireless or through USB-C too. It will also connect with up to four Microsoft Adaptive Buttons, which are wireless buttones that have eight programmable commands. Users can choose between a joystick, d-pad, or dual pad button.

“The new Microsoft adaptive accessories provide a highly adaptable, easy-to-use system,” says Microsoft’s Dave Dame in a blog post. “Each piece is designed in partnership with the disability community to empower people who may have difficulty using a traditional mouse and keyboard to create their ideal setup, increase productivity, and use their favorite apps more effectively. A traditional mouse and keyboard may pose obstacles for someone with limit mobility. These adaptive accessories can perform a variety of functions, thereby alleviating a pain point for those who find it challenging to get the most out of their PC.”

Tip of the day: With many reachable wireless access points popping up and disappearing again, the available networks list can become quite annoying. If needed you can use the allowed and blocked filter list of Windows to block certain WiFi networks or all unknown WiFi networks.

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Windows Package Manager Gets Portable App Support

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Microsoft is currently rolling out a new version of Windows Package Manager in preview. With the release of version 1.3.1251 of the tool also known as winget, Microsoft is adding support for portable applications. There are other tweaks to the service, but that support seems to be the priority on this update.

If you’re unfamiliar with portable apps, they are software that does not need to be installed through the Microsoft Store or traditional exe/msi files. With a portable app, it is possible to extract the program files, place them in any folder, and run them on Windows.

Because they do not require installation, they can be stored externally and used across multiple Windows PCs.

For the latest preview of Windows Package Manager, Microsoft is adding portable app support, albeit with limitations. Specifically, users can install apps with local manifests, but they cannot uninstall or update portable software.

If you’re new to the Windows Package Manager, check out our complete tutorial on how to use the new development service.

Preview

Elsewhere in version 1.3.1251, Microsoft says the progress bar now looks better, while a setting for verbose logs is available. Check out the full details about the release on the Windows Package Manager GitHub repository. The preview is available to Windows Insiders on the Dev Channel and the Insider Program for the Package Manager.

Microsoft introduced Windows Package Manager (Winget) for Windows 10 at Build 2020. The new service gives developers a platform to efficiently download services to help app development. However, the new open-source solution found controversy after the creator of a similar tool argued Microsoft has stolen his idea.

Microsoft later admitted it should have credited Keivan Beigi for his work in getting WinGet off the ground.

Tip of the day: Windows now has a package manager similar to Linux called “Winget”. In our tutorial, we show you how to install and use this new tool that allows the quick installation of apps via PowerShell or a GUI.

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Microsoft Brings Exchange Server Updates to .exe Packages

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Microsoft has been considering making changes to its update strategy recently, and next up is Microsoft Exchange Server. Specifically, the company says it will now send Exchange Server updates via .exe packages, for both Security Updates (SUs) and Hotfixes (HFs).

This will add a new update method alongside the existing Windows Installer patch (.msp) files route. While the older method is functional, admins often struggle to manually install the files because they require elevated privileges to install.

So, if a user attempts to install the self-contained packages without privileges, Microsoft Exchange Servers enter a “bad state”. Microsoft already mitigates this problem by recommending users to install the .msp files with elevated Command Prompt.

However, better mitigation is to simply give users without elevated privileges another option. As such, the company says Microsoft Exchange Server Hotfixes and Security Updates can now be installed through .exe.

How it Works

These .exe packages will automatically extract, while they are also self-elevating. It is worth noting Microsoft says .msp files will still remain available for automatic updates. The company is specifically recommending the .exe option for manual installs. Microsoft explains the process in its announcement post:

“The EXE package is a wrapper for the .msp file that ensures the installation runs with the required permissions. To install the update, simply double-click the .exe file and follow the instructions. The installation process checks permission prerequisites and if the check fails, it will try to elevate the permissions to the required admin level:

  • If elevation is not successful, installation stops without making any changes to the Exchange server.

If elevation is successful (or if the proper admin permissions are already in use), the package will extract the .msp file into the current user’s temp folder and start the installation process.”

Tip of the day: Windows now has a package manager similar to Linux called “Winget”. In our tutorial, we show you how to install and use this new tool that allows the quick installation of apps via PowerShell or a GUI.

Source  Winbuzzer

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Microsoft Security Experts Arrives as a Human/Automated Cybersecurity Suite

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Microsoft Security Experts has launched this week as a new cybersecurity service for enterprise customers. According to Microsoft, the new service category uses human input alongside security software to provide organizations with all-encompassing security protection.

The product was announced by Vasu Jakkal, Corporate Vice President, Security, Compliance, Identity, and Management at Microsoft. In a blog post, Jakkal revealed Microsoft Security Experts is a combination of three new service components:

Microsoft Defender Experts for Hunting, Microsoft Defender Experts for XDR, and Microsoft Security Services for Enterprise.

The first component, Defender Experts for Hunting is designed for businesses with an existing security operations center. It will add assistance from Microsoft on top of the existing infrastructure to improve hunting for security threats. It covers Office 365 and cloud apps with Microsoft experts ready to provide consulting on handling threats.

More Tools

Defender Experts for XDR is also for existing security operations, helping to extend them (XDR means extended detection and response). With this service, organizations have a tool that detects threats and responds to them on Microsoft 365 Defender. This is both automated detection and human detection.

Lastly, Microsoft Security Services for Enterprise integrated threat hunting and XDR services with access from Microsoft security experts.

“Wherever you are in your security journey, Microsoft Security Experts will meet you there, whether you need additional security expertise, help with specific technologies, or guidance in navigating new security challenges,” says Jakkal. “Leveraging industry-leading technology, the best defenders from Microsoft and our partner community, and the most comprehensive threat intelligence in the world, we can build a safer world for everyone, together.”

Microsoft is also reminding customers that Jakkal and company CEO Satya Nadella will be speaking at the Microsoft Security Summit on May 12.

Tip of the day: Did you know that your data and privacy might be at risk if you run Windows without encryption? A bootable USB with a live-linux distribution is often just enough to gain access to all of your files.

If you want to change that, check out our detailed BitLocker guide where we show you how to turn on encryption for your system disk or any other drive you might be using in your computer.

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Microsoft Power Apps Portals to Become “Power Pages”

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Microsoft’s Build 2022 developer conference will kick off later this month. As is normal, some of the announcements Microsoft has planned for the event are leaking out. Specifically, Microsoft is going to discuss a service known as Power Pages at Build 2022. However, instead of being a new product, it will be a rebranding of Power Apps portals.

WalkingCat discovered URLs that showed presentations for Power Pages that Microsoft will show at Build 2022. One of the URLs – https://make.powerpages.microsoft.com/ – shows that Power Pages is the new name for Power Apps portals.

Power Apps is Microsoft’s no-code platform for building enterprise applications. As for Power Apps portals, it is a hosting and development service for building business websites with low-code features. It allows organizations to create and publish mobile and desktop sites with templates.

Launched in 2019, Power Apps portals is itself a rebrand of Dynamics 365 portals. According to Microsoft, portals is one of the fastest-growing services in Power Platform, which is the combination division of Power Apps, Flow, and Power Bi.

Coming Soon

PowerApps has hundreds of integrations to help business develop apps/sites in a low-code environment. While Power Apps portals is just one part, it is becoming increasingly popular. It is clear Microsoft wants to build on the growing popularity with a refresh of the brand. It is likely the company will launch new features alongside the name change.

Microsoft itself already uses portals to power some of its webpages, such as the self-service customer returns sites. We are sure Microsoft will explain loads more about Power Pages at Build 2022 later this month.

Tip of the day: Did you know that your data and privacy might be at risk if you run Windows without encryption? A bootable USB with a live-linux distribution is often just enough to gain access to all of your files.

If you want to change that, check out our detailed BitLocker guide where we show you how to turn on encryption for your system disk or any other drive you might be using in your computer.

Source  Winbuzzer

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What to Do When Your Ethernet Won’t Connect

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FEATURED What to Do When Your Ethernet Won't Connect

Wi-Fi and Ethernet both give us indispensable internet connections to do a multitude of tasks. Internet users were comfortable with the internet connections via the Ethernet cable until Wi-Fi came into existence a couple of decades ago.

Wi-Fi was pretty slow originally, but the technology has been developing rapidly. It still does, and the introduction of the next-gen Wi-Fi 6 increased the Wi-Fi speed almost to the point of Ethernet connection. However, Wi-Fi still produces some unexpected glitches and signal interruptions due to the inherent radio signal it runs on. That’s why sometimes you come across Wi-Fi not working, but Ethernet is.

With most users connecting via Wi-Fi these days, the slightest signal interruption would have major repercussions for them. It’s not a surprise since most modern devices are mobile and Wi-Fi-enabled. The longer your Wi-Fi has this connection issue, the worse your problem will get.

Nowadays, almost everything you own is connected to the internet; it seems you can’t do anything without an internet connection. Here in this post, we guide you on how to fix the Wi-Fi not working issue with several proven methods. Let’s dive in.

Router Issues

The router is the source of internet connection to your devices via both Ethernet and Wi-Fi. When Wi-Fi is not working, but Ethernet is, the router works, but your device cannot read the internet signal. Therefore, there could be an issue with your router.

The quickest way to check if there’s something wrong with your router is to try connecting other devices to Wi-Fi. If your Wi-Fi still doesn’t work, your router is the source of the problem. Follow these steps to fix the router:

Restart Your Router and Modem

  • Switch them off and pull out the plugs.
  • After a short while, reconnect them and switch on the modem first, followed by the router.
  • Restarting your router and modem allows the system to remove possible bugs. When the bugs are removed, your router should be working well; otherwise, try the next method.

    Factory Reset

    You can try the factory reset if the soft reset doesn’t work. To reset it to factory settings, you can just press the reset button on the back of your router and hold it. After a few seconds, the lights will start blinking. You can release the button after that. The router will restart and should be good as new once it boots up.

    Windows Troubleshooting

    You can use the often-overlooked Windows Network Troubleshooter to help you find errors. This built-in function can run on its own once you start the action via the settings. Follow these steps to begin:

    1. Open Windows Settings

      Click the Windows icon to go to Windows Settings, and select Settings. Alternatively, use a shortcut by pressing the Windows and the ‘i’ key simultaneously to view the Settings page.Select Update & Security

      Select Update & Security

      Go to “Troubleshoot” and click on “Additional troubleshooters”.

      Select Network Adapter and choose Run the troubleshooter.Windows 11 will try to troubleshoot the Network Adapter on its own and looks for errors or bugs.

      At the prompt to choose which Network Adapter to diagnose – select “Wi-Fi network”. If there are problems, the troubleshooter will display them and recommend the next thing to do. Stick to the instructions, and see if the proposed solution fixes your Wi-Fi issue.

      Flush the DNS Cache

      DNS or the Domain Name System is like a phonebook of the internet and translates the domain names (like amazon.com) to IP addresses for web browsers to load internet resources. Unfortunately, DNS stores cache, like other online processes, which could be troublesome. If the DNS cache caused your Wi-Fi to malfunction, here are the steps you could follow to flush the DNS cache:

      1. Open Command Prompt via Search and run it as administrator

        Type the following commands one after anotherRun the command to flush the DNS CacheFlushing DNS in Windows 10

        Change to a Different Frequency Band

        Most modern routers have dual-band capability – they can operate on the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Wi-Fi frequencies. At times, your Wi-Fi gets stuck in either band due to several reasons. The 2.4 GHz is used by various devices, including home appliances. For that reason, it can easily stall due to heavily congested traffic, although its reach is excellent.

        On the contrary, the 5 GHz frequency gives you more speed and power, but the signal deteriorates quickly with the distance. In addition, it cannot pass through obstructions and walls well. A good practice is to try switching to the other frequency if one doesn’t work.

        Switching Between 2.4 and 5 GHz Bands in Windows

        Reinstall Drivers

        Network drivers can also be the source of the issues with your faulty Wi-Fi. Under normal circumstances, the pre-installed drivers from Windows Update should do the job. However, sometimes the generic drivers cannot meet the system demands. Consequently, you will get an unstable network connection resulting in an unusable Wi-Fi.

        Follow these steps if you want to uninstall and reinstall the Wi-Fi network adapter drivers:

        1. Right-click on the Windows icon at the bottom-left of the screen to go to Device ManagerDouble-click on “Network adapters”, right-click on your Wi-Fi network adapter and select “Uninstall”

          Then, restart your computer. It will find default drivers automatically. If that does not fix the issue you can try to update the driver as shown in the next step.Right-click on your Wi-Fi network adapter and choose “Update drivers”.Choose “Search automatically for drivers”

          • Windows will look for the latest driver software available for your device.
          • Follow the instructions on-screen until you end the process.

          Check Parental Controls

          Parental control is a norm in a Wi-Fi home network. Some settings in the parental control app allow you to configure the internet access schedule. Simply remove the restrictions to fix the Wi-Fi access issue.

          Contact Your ISP

          If none of the methods listed above work, you should contact your Internet Service Provider’s customer service team or technical support as a last resort. It will help if you explain the steps you have already taken so that they can pinpoint where the problem lies. There’s also a possibility that the problem lies at their end.

          Conclusion

          Having internet via Wi-Fi proves to be a convenient way to get connected. However, considering the internet is transmitted using radio waves, Wi-Fi is understandably more volatile and prone to various interruptions. Therefore, you will occasionally experience issues like Wi-Fi not working, but Ethernet is. Hopefully, one of the fixes explained above solved the problem for you.

          About the author

          Jeremy Clifford is the person behind RouterCtrl.com. He has experience in networking equipment and administration and my goal is to share everything I know with his readers.

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