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Microsoft extends Office 365 benefit to nonprofit volunteers

Microsoft on Thursday announced a new Office 365 benefit, offering enterprise-sized nonprofit customers free additional Office 365 F1 seats for their volunteers.

The new Office 365 benefit enables nonprofit customers who have Enterprise Agreements with Microsoft to receive 10 free Office 365 F1 seats for their volunteers per licensed Microsoft 365 E3 or E5 seat. Office 365 F1 includes applications for email, calendars, team collaboration, messaging, intranet, file storage and sharing. Nonprofits with 250 or more users in their organization are eligible for the Enterprise Agreement. The offer starts Jan. 1, according to the company.

Microsoft Cloud Solution Providers will be able to offer the Volunteer Use Benefit to customers directly via the Cloud Solution Provider Channel in spring 2020, according to the company.

The news comes after the company’s announcement in September offering nonprofits free Microsoft 365 Business for up to 10 users. Thursday’s announcement extended this Office 365 benefit to nonprofit volunteers.

This is not the first time Microsoft has donated or provided services for free. Some of their collaboration software programs, such as Exchange, OneDrive, SharePoint and Teams, are available to qualified nonprofits. “But it does mark a significant expansion of access for nonprofits who already pay for Office 365. Keep in mind that Microsoft has long had steep discounts for students and educators, as well,” said Nicole France, principal analyst and vice president at Constellation Research.

The recent move is motivated by several factors, she said. “One is certainly ‘keeping up with the Joneses’ or Salesforces, as the case may be, in terms of publicizing and extending support for the nonprofit sector,” France said.

Another factor has to do with the way Microsoft wants to be perceived by current and potential employees, especially millennials, France said. “We know that this demographic group in particular — an increasingly important one, in terms of recruiting and retention — is strongly motivated by an employer’s mission in the world, not just its commercial business. I suspect this is a significant part of the rationale for giving the nonprofit sector some additional love and attention.”

Lastly, she said, the offering addresses the pressing need for nonprofits to provide appropriate tools to their large numbers of volunteers.

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Nextlink Internet and Microsoft closing broadband gap in central US – Stories

The agreement could bring broadband access to benefit more than 9 million people, including approximately 1 million in unserved rural areas

REDMOND, Wash. — Sept. 18, 2019 — On Wednesday, Nextlink Internet and Microsoft Corp. announced a partnership that will help close the broadband gap in Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas, bringing high-speed internet to hundreds of rural communities. The agreement will further enable Nextlink to substantially expand their coverage areas and is part of the Microsoft Airband Initiative, which is focused on addressing this national crisis, with the goal of extending broadband access to over 3 million unserved people in rural America by July 2022.

Lack of broadband connectivity is a pervasive national issue, and particularly acute in rural areas of the country. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) reports that more than 21 million Americans lack broadband access, the vast majority of whom live in rural areas that continue to lag the national rate of broadband usage. The problem is almost certainly larger than that, though, as other studies and data sources, including Microsoft data, have found that 162 million people across the United States are not using the internet at broadband speeds, including approximately 29 million people across Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas.

“It’s time to deliver on the connectivity promises that have been made to people across the country, and this partnership will help do that for many who have been left behind and unserved in the heartland of America,” said Shelley McKinley, vice president, Technology and Corporate Responsibility at Microsoft. “In the past two years with our Airband Initiative, we’ve seen that progress is possible — particularly when the public and private sectors come together. Partnerships with regional ISPs like Nextlink that have the desire and wherewithal to provide internet connectivity are a critical part of closing the broadband gap and helping families, children, farmers, businesses and whole communities to not only survive, but thrive in the 21st century.”

Nextlink will deploy a variety of broadband connectivity technologies to bring these areas under coverage, including wireless technologies leveraging TV white spaces (e.g., unused TV frequencies) in select markets. Nextlink will continue its deployments in Texas and Oklahoma and immediately begin deployment efforts in Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa and Illinois, with rollouts planned through 2024.

Nextlink CEO Bill Baker noted, “Nextlink is tremendously excited about the opportunity to join forces with Microsoft. This agreement will accelerate the rollout of high-speed broadband access to underserved areas that are desperate for this critical service. This in turn will make those areas more attractive for employers who require high-speed broadband to operate. By itself, this project is going to generate hundreds of full-time, long-term jobs in rural communities as Nextlink builds out and services the required networks. The overall impact to rural communities in terms of job creation and increased viability for all employers is tremendous.”

“This partnership will enable the coming of precision agriculture, IoT, digital healthcare, access to higher education and overall economic growth,” said Ted Osborn, Nextlink SVP of Strategy & Regulatory Affairs. “Our experience tells us that advanced broadband access and community support can make these promises a reality in relatively short order.”

Improved connectivity will bolster economic, educational and telehealth opportunities for everyone in the region, and could be particularly impactful for farmers. Together, the states covered in part by this deal — Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas — account for more than $120 billion in annual agricultural value, or 29% of the agricultural output of the United States, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). With broadband access, farmers can gain better access to markets and take advantage of advancements in precision agriculture, enabling them to better monitor crops and increase their yields, which can translate into significant economic returns. The USDA estimates widespread use of connected technologies for agricultural production has the potential to unlock over $47 billion in annual gross benefit for the United States.

The partnership builds on Microsoft and Nextlink’s efforts to close the digital divide. Nextlink is familiar with the needs of rural communities and was awarded federal Connect America Fund funding to expand broadband access to unserved rural communities. The companies will also work together to ensure that, once connectivity is available in these regions, people will receive the digital skills training to help them take advantage of the economic and social benefits that come with broadband access.

About Nextlink Internet  

Nextlink Internet, LLC is a residential and commercial internet access and phone services provider based in Hudson Oaks, Texas. The company is a leading provider of broadband services to rural school districts and municipalities. Since 2013, the company has organically attracted over 36,000 broadband subscribers using solely private capital and has managed industry-leading operating metrics. Nextlink optimizes its IP-based optical-fiber and fixed wireless network with an unrelenting commitment to customer service to achieve high customer satisfaction.

About Microsoft

Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) enables digital transformation for the era of an intelligent cloud and an intelligent edge. Its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

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Network Business Systems and Microsoft announce agreement to deliver broadband internet to rural communities in Illinois, Iowa and South Dakota – Stories

The partnership will benefit hundreds of thousands of unserved and underserved people

REDMOND, Wash. — Sept. 13, 2018 — On Thursday, Network Business Systems Inc., an Illinois-based wireless internet provider, and Microsoft Corp. announced a new agreement to deliver broadband internet access to rural communities in Illinois, Iowa and South Dakota, including approximately 126,700 people who are currently unserved.

This partnership addresses a critical need, as approximately 36 percent of people living in rural Illinois, 22 percent in rural Iowa and 25 percent in rural South Dakota lack access to broadband internet. In today’s digital economy, broadband internet access is a necessity, enabling people and small businesses to take advantage of advancements in technology, including education, healthcare and precision agriculture, and access a range of cloud-based services to run their businesses and improve their lives.

The partnership with Network Business Systems is part of the Microsoft Airband Initiative, which aims to extend broadband access to 2 million unserved people in rural America by July 4, 2022. Network Business Systems will construct and deploy wireless internet access networks using a mix of technologies including TV white spaces — vacant spectrum that can travel over long distances and rough terrain, including the heavy foliage that is common in the Midwestern landscape.

“Everyone deserves to have access to broadband no matter where they live because access to broadband is access to digital opportunity,” said Shelley McKinley, Microsoft’s head of Technology and Corporate Responsibility. “Our partnership with Network Business Systems will help ensure that hundreds of thousands of people in Illinois, Iowa and South Dakota can participate in the 21st century economy.”

“Bringing broadband internet to underserved areas is more important than ever, especially as industries including education, healthcare and business are depending more on internet access,” said Kari Hofmann, general manager of Network Business Systems. “We are very glad that Microsoft is investing the money in championing the further use of TV white spaces.”

Across the U.S., 19.4 million people in rural areas lack access to broadband internet. The Microsoft Airband Initiative is focused on bringing broadband coverage to people living in rural America through commercial partnerships and investment in digital skills training for people in the newly connected communities. Proceeds from Airband connectivity projects will be reinvested into the program to expand broadband to more rural areas.

About Network Business Systems Inc.

Network Business Systems Inc. has been providing rural broadband services for over 18 years. Being a technology consulting company, NBS identified a long-term need for rural internet providers that would be able to grow with the demand that rural America has, while handling the financial challenges that go along with providing rural broadband. NBS continues to provide high speed internet networks by partnering with local governments and agricultural companies. By partnering with local companies, we are able to keep costs down and provide robust internet connections and the lowest price possible to the consumer, while paying a living wage to our employees. NBS is a rural broadband provider to the residential, small business, and to enterprise sized businesses that need carrier grade connections with SLA agreements that are just as reliable as a fiber connection in urban cities.

About Microsoft

Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) enables digital transformation for the era of an intelligent cloud and an intelligent edge. Its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

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Network Business System Inquiries, Kari Hofmann, general manager of Network Business Systems, +1 (309) 944-8823, ext. 101, [email protected] For more information on NBS or connectivity information: www.nbson.com or 888.944.8823.

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Nominate your school for Microsoft’s Showcase Schools Program |

School leaders committed to improving student outcomes benefit when they share best practices with one another. Over my time working in education, I’ve continued to be inspired by school leaders who push the boundaries of innovation and strive to set new benchmarks for what’s possible. It’s clear that the most important part of the journey is about people. The role of the school leader in making positive change to the school, community and for students, is critical to ongoing, sustained success.

Above: Hardenhuish School

The Microsoft Showcase Schools program provides an opportunity for diverse yet like-minded leaders to learn from and support one another’s journey through transformation. It’s designed to support innovative school leaders who commit to bringing their vision to life – through the development of a growth mindset in their educators, students, parents, local community, and in themselves. I’ve had the great opportunity to engage with many of these school leaders and to visit their schools over recent years. I am always impressed by the energy, commitment and undeniable passion they have to make their schools incredible places to learn.

While no two Showcase Schools look the same, many share similar challenges. In the Showcase Schools program, success and best practices are shared and amplified through a global network of school leaders. These innovative leaders work together to solve transformation’s toughest conundrums and celebrate momentum and successes as they reflect, grow and develop along the way.

School Leaders love the opportunity to engage directly with Microsoft through the Showcase Schools program, not to mention how easily the program helps develop deep connections with education thought leaders around the world.

If you are a school leader committed to transforming your school and increasing student outcomes, Microsoft encourages you to nominate your school for consideration in the Showcase Schools program. If accepted into the program, you will join a community of passionate and knowledgeable school leaders, innovate alongside Microsoft product teams and partners, and amplify your school’s success through tours and events. Other school leaders will look to you to provide them with an education transformation vision for tomorrow – today.

“The work we are doing at Renton Prep is disruptive. That means there are challenges, roadblocks along the way, and it’s hard work,” says Michelle Zimmerman, Director Renton Prep in Renton, Washington, USA. “But the reward of being a member of the Showcase Schools community, knowing that other educators are going through the same thing, makes it worth it because we can tackle some of those challenges together and find solutions we wouldn’t have alone.”

Microsoft is looking for schools whose leaders are innovative agents of change and who meet the following criteria:

The school demonstrates: 

  • Thought leadership in at least one area of educational transformation, as outlined in the Microsoft K-12 Education Transformation Framework.
  • Innovative use of technology, using Microsoft solutions, to drive positive impact and student success with 21st century skills.

The school leader demonstrates: 

  • Innovation, as evidenced through the actions and attitudes of a growth mindset and commitment to the K-12 Education Transformation Framework Journey.
  • Empowerment of educators and students to innovate and exercise a growth mindset.
  • Willingness to drive efforts to connect with educators locally practices.
  • If the above criteria describe your school and your leadership style, follow these three easy steps to nominate your school for consideration in Microsoft’s Showcase Schools Program for 2018 and 2019.

1.  Join the Microsoft Educator Community and complete your profile. You will need to submit the URL to your public profile as part of the nomination process. You can find your URL under Edit Profile -> Basic Information.

2. On your nomination form, provide the public URLs for any additional social media profiles you may have (LinkedIn, Twitter, etc).

3. Create a two-minute video or Sway in which you share your story of innovative educational transformation. Remember to use these prompts to guide your story:

  • This is what we thought about educational transformation before we engaged with Microsoft . . .
  • This is what we learned about educational transformation since working with Microsoft . . .
  • This is what we are doing next . . .
  • This is what we are keeping in mind . . .
  • These are our current blockers and challenges . . .

Nominations are open on a rolling basis, although some regions and countries’ nomination dates may vary based on local academic schedules. Your local Microsoft team will provide you with details once your completed nomination form is submitted.

We look forward to reviewing your school’s nomination.

For Trade – MSI GTX 970 for R9 390

Looking to swap my GTX 970 for an R9 390 (AMD)

Recently bought a new free sync monitor and would like to get the benefit of it. As far as I know these two cards are the same in terms of performance and price, just can’t use the Freesync with my card!

Let me know what you have! Thanks

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Are you ready for NVMe storage and the future of flash?

Flash storage has radically changed the IT landscape. While the most obvious benefit is improved application performance, Enterprise Strategy Group research shows flash users have experienced improved reliability and resource utilization, as well as reduced TCO. Solid-state storage continues to transform the data center, but what’s next? Nonvolatile memory express, or NVMe storage, is one technology to watch.

Think about the entire data path for a second. Applications demand processing — typically in the form of servers — and access to data via reads and writes across some sort of interconnect or storage network to a storage device. That model is overly simplistic, but it helps illustrate my point. With spinning disk technology, the storage device was often the bottleneck in the data path.

Using a memory cache to accept write requests and serve a subset of read requests helped reduce latencies, but, typically, the entire system was limited to HDD performance. Even with the performance benefits of spreading, or striping, data volumes across a large number of spinning disks, these mechanical devices were the bottleneck. With solid-state, a couple things happened.

First, flash storage dramatically reduced latencies. As a result, IT organizations didn’t need all the hardware and spindles to manufacture performance, helping reduce TCO. In addition, managing data center infrastructure got simpler because the additional performance headroom eliminated the need to regularly isolate and resolve application performance issues.

The second impact was less obvious. With the storage device no longer slowing down the rest of the data path, it wasn’t the performance bottleneck anymore. As a result, the entire data path experienced a surge in performance and utilization. The bottleneck didn’t go away, though; it only moved.

The new bottleneck

Understanding the location of the bottleneck is critical. If you want to increase the performance of a system, adding resources to any component other than the bottleneck is usually futile.

The low-latency NVMe offers must be extended to the entire data path.

But where did the bottleneck go? Often in flash storage environments, it shifts to the storage network or, in other words, the data path. The dramatic reduction in storage latencies increases the amount of traffic on the storage network, and now the storage network starts holding back data center performance.

NVM Express is one technology expected to resolve this problem. The basic premise of NVMe is that SCSI technology, and SAS by extension, which were designed for HDDs, are simply too inefficient. NVMe storage is an alternative to SCSI that can take advantage of the low latency and internal parallelism inherent to flash storage.

Beating the bottleneck

NVMe flash storage is the presumptive favorite to replace the common SAS- or SATA-based flash storage offerings. But it’s only one component. The low-latency NVMe offers must be extended to the entire data path. For external storage systems, such as all-flash arrays, that means using NVMe over Fabrics.

NVMe over Fabrics extends NVMe performance to common storage network technologies, such as Ethernet and Fibre Channel. IT shops that wish to maximize the value of their flash storage investments should look at integrating NVMe storage technology into their storage networks: But where to start?

Storage networking infrastructure is a significant capital investment that should support multiple technology lifecycles. Your decision must therefore incorporate other factors besides performance. In an ideal world, you’d want your NVMe-enabled storage network to deliver the latest technical capabilities, manageability and support, while enabling your infrastructure to easily integrate future technology options.

Before building an NVMe flash storage network, consider three factors beyond its technical capabilities:

  • Who owns — or should own — the data path? This old argument remains relevant. The addition of NVMe will dramatically reduce — and possibly eliminate — the need to diagnose complex performance issues across the network. Having a single IT team that owns and manages the entire data path, including the storage device and the network, is critical for timely diagnosis and resolution of issues. A single team is also important in guaranteeing the fast deployment of new infrastructure capacity and resources.
  • Is your NVMe storage deployment a new infrastructure deployment or an update? A concern with new technologies is how much existing infrastructure you must replace. If NVMe performance is added to a data center that already has significant investment in Fibre Channel- or Ethernet-based storage, ensuring continued access to that storage via NVMe technology is an important consideration.
  • What are the skill sets of your team? There are limits to what you can accomplish with retraining. The addition of NVMe can help eliminate the need for complex diagnosis of performance issues, but familiarity with the network architecture is key to ensuring an agile and resilient architecture.

Others considerations — such as manageability, analytics and bandwidth —  focus on technical or vendor-specific options. Of course, you should consider these elements when making an NVMe storage investment, but the three factors highlighted above will help provide the context to maximize the advantages of that decision. For enterprises seeking to get the most out of flash storage, an investment in NVMe technology is becoming a foregone conclusion.

SAP and WTA serve up real-time statistics via SAP Leonardo

Tennis fans should benefit from real-time statistics served up by SAP Leonardo.

SAP and the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) have partnered in developing SAP Tennis Analytics, an online portal that provides real-time statistics and analysis to tennis media during tournaments, according to SAP. Introduced at the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore, the SAP Tennis Analytics portal will be available to WTA-credentialed media prior to the 2018 tour.

SAP Tennis Analytics uses SAP Leonardo machine learning and SAP Predictive Analytics to analyze and derive insights from real-time statistics during tournaments and historical data. This includes live side-by-side player, tournament and career comparisons during matches, according to the company. The portal also includes an alerts feature that notifies a user about any outliers in a benchmarked player’s data and provides access to statistics with context or data that has meaningful insights.

Developing the SAP Tennis Analytics portal was “a very daunting task,” WTA President Micky Lawler said in a statement.

“It was very important to SAP and the WTA to be able to launch the next phase of technology integration and to provide media this service to help facilitate their job,” Lawler said. “We want to give them live insights and to take the tennis storytelling to new heights and new dimensions.”

Broadcaster and former WTA professional Lindsay Davenport said she looks forward to getting the real-time statistics and analysis from the portal.

“What I love about this technology is the real-time nature, especially as a broadcaster. When calling a match, you might see some stats, and you might say, ‘Oh, they are serving at 40% today. That seems low,'” Davenport said in a statement. “But to have an alert tell us that’s the lowest this player has served all year, they’ve just hit their 14th ace, [and] that’s the most aces they’ve hit — that’s invaluable, because you don’t have a lot of time to think about what you’re going to say on live TV.”

(Left to right) Jenni Lewis, SAP's head of tennis technology; Micky Lawler, WTA president; and Lindsay Davenport, WTA broadcaster, announce SAP Tennis Analytics for media at the WTA Finals in Singapore on Oct. 23, 2017.
(Left to right) Jenni Lewis, SAP’s head of tennis technology; Micky Lawler, WTA president; and Lindsay Davenport, WTA broadcaster, announce SAP Tennis Analytics for media at the WTA Finals in Singapore on Oct. 23, 2017.

SAP and the WTA have partnered on developing tennis analytics applications for five years, and SAP has gathered feedback from tennis media and the tennis community in developing the SAP Tennis Analytics portal, according to the company. SAP first developed an SAP Tennis Analytics application for coaches, and the new portal was designed specifically for tennis media covering WTA tournaments.

The software helps enhance stories before, during and after matches, and it serves as a comprehensive database housing key and informative WTA stats gathered over the course of 20 years.

“We’re trying to give media the context of what we are looking at,” Jenni Lewis, SAP’s head of tennis technology, said in a statement. “Instead of seeing a stat in isolation, then trying to work out, ‘What does that mean? How do I draw out more information from that?’ we are trying to allow the computer to help you do that.”

SAP HANA helps NHL fans delve into hockey history

Hockey fans are now able to dig even deeper into the NHL’s 100-year history, with a big assist from SAP HANA.

The NHL has teamed with SAP to present every statistic in league history on NHL.com, culminating several years of collaboration, according to SAP. The completion of the statistics digitization project follows the release of the history of league playoff statistics in April.

The stats are stored and processed in an SAP HANA database running on SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud, the company said. This provides the processing power to sort through 2.2 quadrillion possible statistical combinations and 15 million player and game data points. Some of the statistics that fans can explore include the following:

  • box scores and game logs for every game in NHL history from 1917 through the present — a total of 55,461 regular-season and 4,292 playoff games;
  • complete and detailed game-by-game statistics for each of the 7,623 players who have competed in the NHL since 1917;
  • complete team rosters, records and results for every NHL team in each season since 1917; and
  • advanced filtering that allows fans to do their own queries and searches to compare player and team performances within a single season or measure players and teams from different eras.
The NHL.com/stats site gives fans insights into league history, such as the leading scorers of the 1970s.
The NHL.com/stats site gives fans insights into league history, such as the leading scorers of the 1970s.

Additionally, in partnership with EliteProspects.com, fans can access on a daily basis the statistics for every player on an NHL team’s reserve list who is playing in minor or international leagues other than the NHL.

“For fans and media alike, this expansive statistical treasure trove of previously untapped information and data is a tremendous resource with which to explore the league’s 100 years of history, and tell compelling and engaging stories about our game,” Steve McArdle, the NHL’s chief administrative officer and executive vice president, said in a statement. “Today’s launch is the culmination of a six-year project, and brings our statistical history to life in an interactive and innovative way.”

How can IT put PowerShell Integrated Scripting Environment to use?

PowerShell Integrated Scripting Environment is a tool that can benefit all levels of users, which is why many developers and administrators use it almost exclusively when working with PowerShell — often skipping the original console altogether.

With PowerShell ISE, which provides a graphical user interface (GUI) for writing and fixing PowerShell scripts, IT administrators and developers can write, edit and run PowerShell scripts and commands. It provides a more user-friendly way to work with the wide range of features available for creating and testing PowerShell codes.

For example, PowerShell ISE includes IntelliSense for autocompleting commands and for matching cmdlets, variables, parameters and other language elements. The GUI also provides quick access to a variety of snippets that make it easier to construct command logic, such as looping structures. In addition, admins get multiple execution environments, selective code execution and the ability to run commands from either the PowerShell script or the console pane.

What else can PowerShell ISE do?

PowerShell script development

PowerShell Integrated Scripting Environment provides many other features to support PowerShell script development, such as drag-and-drop editing, tab completion, block selection, syntax coloring, keyboard shortcuts and Unicode support. Plus, admins can open PowerShell script files by dragging them from Windows Explorer to the PowerShell ISE GUI. They can even extend the PowerShell Integrated Scripting Environment object model to customize the deployment and add functionality.


Admins can also use PowerShell Integrated Scripting Environment to troubleshoot and debug PowerShell scripts. Although this goes hand in hand with script development, sometimes admins must fix an existing script and want to use PowerShell ISE’s debugging capabilities. Not only do they get features such as selective execution and multiple execution environments, but they can also set up breakpoints, step through code, check variable values and display call stacks. In addition, PowerShell Integrated Scripting Environment displays parsing errors as admins type.

PowerShell Integrated Scripting Environment is also useful as a learning tool.

Running complicated commands

Admins might also use PowerShell Integrated Scripting Environment when they want to run complex ad hoc commands and prefer to avoid the inherent clunkiness of the PowerShell console. With PowerShell ISE, they can type all their code in the script pane and then, when they’re ready, run part or all of the code. This also makes it easier to tweak the script if admins need to run it multiple times, incorporating slight modifications with each execution.


PowerShell Integrated Scripting Environment is also useful as a learning tool. Someone new to PowerShell can benefit a great deal from built-in features, such as IntelliSense, snippet access and parse error displays.

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