Five apps to stay connected

For personal or professional these five apps are the must haves for your cell phone!

It can be difficult to stay connected with friends and family even if you’re in the same city. We are all busy with our lives, rushing to work, looking for a job, trying to date and just keep our heads above water. But you don’t want to lose touch with people we care for. You have to nurture friendships and thanks to my five favorite apps you can do it at the tip of your fingers! 

I love to stay connected with my tech peeps with Discord it’s the one I started using when I dipped my toes back into gaming. I can chat with my online friends using voice or text and I’ve found it’s simpler to use than platform chat feature (less distracting for me). I plan to use it more when I start my twitch channel for my fans and digital hangout to create a community or to figure out the bestprank appsince I plan to incorporate comedy video on my channel. 

Everyone I know is on Facebook! Billions of people can’t be wrong and Facebook Messenger app is one of the most widely used chat platforms in the US.  A lot of people are concerned about security or privacy but my mom told me it’s not a secret when you tell someone else so I don’t post anything online I care about anyone knowing. So it’s the perfect way to stay in contact with my parents and older relatives! It’s been heaven sent after slowly getting them to stop calling me at all hours of the night (my time) since I’m in California and their in the Midwest. Instead keeping up on messenger means we can take advantage of it being user friendly to exchange photos, family news, plan out trips, and talk 2020 politics. It avoids awkward silence when asked pointed questions ‘when are you getting married’ <sigh> or my nephews crazy conspiracy theories!

Now communicating isn’t always fun and games! I have a side hustle managing social media accounts and event management. So have used Slackwhen managing my projects. It is cloud-based tools makes it great to pick and choose what I need. I can archive chats and search them pretty simply. One of my favorite things about Slack is that if I want to reach out to an individual from a group project I can take it ‘side line’ by chatting or sending a direct message. It’s simple and surprisingly user friendly.

I have a few clients who are very concerned about security so I sue Signal for them. The app has the ability for chat functions, sharing files and hyperlinks, voice notes and works like regular texting. 

If you really like how FB Messenger works but want something more secure I find MeWe is the perfect alternative. It’s privacy by design philosophy means that it you can use to be social with friends, join groups, chat, make GIFs, make calls using the app, shoot video, and offers 8GB of free storage for content. It also allows you to customize and you can set it up to decide who gets to see what you share. If you want to have even more privacy they have secret chats for $4.99 a month with 50GB. It also offers the MeWe Pro for businesses that I find is very similar to Slack.

Digital Entertainment World Conference for creators

If your in the tech, startup, entertainment, music, and creator/influencers field the upcoming 2019 Digital Entertainment World (DEW) is the place to be if you are creating or monetizing digital entertainment content. This year DEW is focusing on ‘The Power of Creativity and Influence’ with a list of speakers, breakout sessions and opportunity to network with the movers and shakers of numerous fields. The two-day conference includes five tracks: Video/TV/Movies; Brands/Advertising; Games/Interactive; Music/Rights; and Creators/Influencers. Sponsors and and media partners include Akamai, McLaren Beverly Hills, Jam City, Sheppard Mullin, CloudFlare, O’Melveny & Myers LLP, StackPath, Dataclef, Exactuals, Rumblefish, Eurofins – Digital Media Services, Variety, Fusicology, ITA (Interactive Television Alliance), CMO Asia, Westside Digital Mix, Digital LA, Hypebot, The Game Audio Network Guild (G.A.N.G.), Parks Associates, Canadian Music Week, Dialoguefeed, WITI (Women in Technology International), Virtual Reality Reporter, VR/AR Association, IGDA (International Game Developers Association), AListDaily, IAEL (International Association of Entertainment Lawyers), Innovation & Tech Today, and WIGI (Women In Games International). 
This year attendees will listen to what creators, brands and platforms look towards the future from audience, to fan engagement, and how platforms are changing entertainment. DEW is being held at the Marina del Rey Marriott just steps from the beach and located in the heart of LA’s thriving Silicon Beach with easy access to Santa Monica, Venice and Playa Vista. The event includes keynotes, fireside chats, presentations, panel discussions, tech demos, startup competition, innovative exhibitions, daily DJ music and performers and the best networking in the hotel’s Sinder Lounge.
DEW includes more than 75 unique sessions and 200 speakers on topics essential to the future of video, music, brands, marketing, gaming, AR/VR, and AI.
Speakers include:
Confirmed Keynotes & Fireside Chats:
Celiena Adcock, Head of Streaming-Entertainment, Facebook
Benjamin Grubbs, Founder & CEO, Next 10 Ventures
Jason Lake, CEO and Founder, Complexity Gaming
Gerrit Meier, CEO, Red Bull Media Network
Halsey Minor, Founder & CEO, Live Planet
Katie Nelson, Executive Producer, News Content, ABC News
Andrew Wallenstein, Co-Editor-in-Chief, Variety
Confirmed Speakers:
Wesley A’ Harrah, Founder, Hyper Orange
Karen Allen, President, Karen Allen Consulting
Fabian Alsultany, Director of Business Affairs, RChain Cooperative
Rene Amador, CEO, ARwall
Ray Annes, Marketing Director, Sony Music Entertainment Lauren Apolito, SVP of Strategy & Business Development, HFA/Rumblefish
Kimberlee Archer, Head of Development Marketing AR/VR, Facebook
Russell Arons, SVP, General Manager, Machinima
Jonathan Azu, Senior Manager, Red Light Management
Tom Bash, VP, Product, ChefsFeed
Noah Becker, President, AdRev
Dwayne Benefield, Vice President, Head of PlayStation Vue, Sony Interactive Entertainment
Nancy Bennett, Chief Creative Officer, Two Bit Circus, Inc.
Eric Berman, Head of Business Development and Content Partnerships for VRV,  Ellation Lisa Bilgrei, Branded Content Expert, Google
Lauren Bissell, Producer and the Founder, Immutable Music
David Bloom, Consultant and Columnist, Tubefilter, Forbes
Dae Bogan, Co-Founder and CEO, TuneRegistry
Hale Boggs, Partner, O’Melveny & Myers LLP
Chris Borelli, VP, Brand Partnerships, IMGN Media
Tripp Boyle, SVP, Connekt
Josh Brooks, SVP, Brand Strategy & Marketing, Jam City
Antony Bruno, Director of Communications, Royalty Exchange
Beau Bryant, GM of Talent, Fullscreen
Shelita Burke, Popstar
Jacob Carlson, Venture Capital & Senior Manager, Manatt Digital
Teri Nelson Carpenter, President & CEO, Reel Muzik Werks LLC
Jayne Charneski, Founder, Front Row Insights and Strategy
Jesús Chavez, CEO, Vertical Networks
Kevin Chernett, EVP – Global Partnerships & Content Distribution, Live Nation
Dawn Chmielewski, Technology Editor, Deadline Hollywood
Ted Cohen, Managing Partner, TAG Strategic
Jenni Cook, Head of Development, Dreamscape Immersive
Greg Cross, Chief Business Officer, Soul Machines
Eric Dahan, CEO and Cofounder, Open Influence Kevin Day, VP Business Development & Strategic Relationships, Sound Royalties
Franco De Cesare, Director of Global Console & Online Gaming, Facebook
Robert DeFranco, VP, Sales and Development, The Future Group
Hayley Delaine, Founder, Trending All Day
Casey Dickinson, CEO, FTX Games
Colin Dixon, Founder and Chief Analyst, nScreenMedia
Allison Dollar, CEO, ITV Alliance
Tony Emerson, Managing Director, Worldwide Media & Entertainment, Microsoft
Zaid Farooqui, Product Manager for Stream, Cloudflare
Samantha Fernandez, Senior Director, AEG Global Partnerships
Rafi Fine, CEO, Fine Brothers Entertainment
Aubrey Flynn, former Chief Digital Officer and SVP, REVOLT Media & TV
Sid Fohrman, Partner, Sheppard Mullin
Javon Frazier, EVP, Strategy and Business Development, Studio71
Andi Frieder, Global Head of Industry, Entertainment, Spotify
Rob Gelick, Executive Vice President and General Manager, CBS Entertainment Digital
Jon Giegengack, Founder, Hub Entertainment Research
Gayle Gilman, CEO & Co-Founder, Ripple Entertainment
David Grant, President, POPSUGAR Studios
Keatly Haldeman, CEO, Riptide Music Group
Minard Hamilton, Managing Partner, Driver Ventures
Ann Hand, CEO & Chairman, Super League Gaming
Phil Hickey, EVP Brand and Marketing, Seriously
Hilary Hoffman, Global Executive Vice President Marketing, NBC Universal
Adam Hua, VP of Partnerships, CitizenNet, a Condé Nast company
Dick Huey, Head of Partnerships, Jaxsta
Mike Hurst, CEO & Co-Founder, Exactuals
Katie Ioffe, Director of Marketing, Digital Strategy, Mattel
Chauncy Jackson, CEO/Founder, Siri Music Group
TQ Jefferson, Vice President of External Development, FoxNext
Mike Johns, Executive Producer, Tech This Out
Ewan Johnson, Chief Creative Officer, Arcturus Studios
Gigi Johnson, Executive Director, UCLA Center for Music Innovation
Jocelyn Johnson, Startup Advisor
Kat Jones, Founder, Motiv PR
Brittani Kagan, Head of Talent, Portal A
Greg Kampanis, SR VP Business Development and Operations, Blue Ant Media
Gabrielle Kessler, VP of Experiential, Future Plc
Chang Kim, CEO & Founder, Tapas Media
Sam Kling, SVP, Creative Operations, SESAC Holdings, Inc.
Albert Kugel, Strategy Director, Giant Spoon
Harry Lang, VP of Product, Hallmark Labs
Folayo Lasaki, VP, Marketing, SoulPancake
Damon Lau, Head of Esports, United Talent Agency (UTA)
James Leaverton, VP of Ecosystems and CoFounder, StackPath
Kamiu Lee, CEO, Activate
Max Levine, Cofounder, MC Projects
Jim Louderback, General Manager, VidCon
Dave Madden, SVP, Global Brand Partnerships, Electronic Arts
Ashley McCollum, General Manager, Tasty
Yvette McDowell, Board Member, CCIA (California Cannabis Industry Association); Former LA City Prosecutor
Kate McGuire, Talent Manager, Fullscreen
David McTiernan, Director, Label Relations, Vevo
Marco Mereu, CEO, Framerate
Mickey Meyer, President of Network, Group Nine Media
Grant Michaelson, VP, Business Affairs and New Media, ABC Entertainment
Halsey Minor, Founder & CEO, Live Planet
Chris Misner, President of International, Roblox
David Mok, Director of Developer Partnerships, Skillz
Julia Moonves, VP, Sales & Business Development, pocket.watch
Karen Morgan, Co-Founder & Creative Director, Soma Innovation Lab
Helene Muddiman, CEO & Founder, Hollywood Elite Music & Media
Candice Mudrick, Senior Client Director, Newzoo
Dan Murray, President, Skybound Interactive
Vickie Nauman, Founder/Owner, CrossBorderWorks
Doug Neil, Executive Vice President Digital Marketing, Universal Pictures
Kym Nelson, SVP, Client Strategy, West, Twitch
Teri Nelson Carpenter, President & CEO, Reel Muzik Werks, LLC
Lisa Ong, Chief Culture Officer, CIVIC
Adam Ostrow, Chief Digital Officer, TEGNA
Panos Panay, VP, Innovation and Strategy, Berklee College of Music
Verena Papik, CMO, TuneMoji
Tony Parisi, Head of AR/VR Ad Innovation, Unity Technologies, Inc.
Sahil Patel, Media Editor, Digiday
Jennifer Perri, Vice President, Univision Creator Network
Tim Peterson, Senior Reporter, Digiday
John Petrocelli, CEO, Bulldog Digital Media
Chris Petrovic, SVP & Head of Corporate Strategy, M&A and Business Development, Zynga
Tina Pukonen, Head of Entertainment Strategy, Pinterest
William Quigley, CEO, Clearstone Ventures, OPSkins, and WAX
Neeta Ragoowansi, SVP. Biz Dev & Legal Affairs/Co-Founder, NPREX
Thai Randolph, EVP & General Manager, Laugh Out Loud
Phil Ranta, Head of Creators, Mobcrush
Leif Cervantes de Reinstein, Partner, Sheppard Mullin
Nelson Rodriguez, Global Director, Media Industry Strategy, Akamai Technologies
Carter Rogers, Principal Analyst, SuperData, A Nielsen Company
Jeff Rosenfeld, VP of Product, Music Audience Exchange (MAX)
Jessica Rovello, CEO, Arkadium
Ira Rubenstein, Chief Digital & Marketing Officer, PBS
Tom Ryan, Co-Founder and CEO, Pluto TV
Tracy Ryan, Founder & CEO, CannaKids
Johanna Salazar, EP & Head of Content, Strategy and Production, Two Goats
Robert Schefferine, VP Production, ABC Entertainment Marketing, Disney ABC Television Group
Ted Schilowitz, Futurist, Paramount Pictures
Russell Schneider, Head of Brand Partnerships, 9GAG
Lori Schwartz, Governor, Interactive Media, Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
Janice Scott, Chief Operating Officer & Head of Sales. Dataclef
Ari Segal, President & COO, Immortals LLC & Los Angeles Valiant
Michal Shapira, SVP of News Content Partnerships, Turner Ignite
Sephi Shapira, Founder & CEO, Escapex
Bennett Sherman, Co-Head, Digital Ventures, Gaming, ICM Partners
Ned Sherman, Partner, Manatt Digital; Founder, Digital Media Wire
Ketaki Shriram, Co-Founder, Chief Technology Officer, Krikey
Clark Stacey, CEO, WildWorks
Curtis Stafford, Former Head of Business Development, NCIA (National Cannabis Industry Association)
Steve Stewart, CEO & Co-Founder, Vezt
Jackie Subeck, CEO, Hey Jackpot!, Door Number Six
Chris Sumner, Senior Vice President, Business Development & Strategy, Refinery29
Josh Swartz, COO, Popdog
Daniel Tibbets, President & GM, El Rey Networks
Peter Trinh, Managing Director, International and Independent Film | Esport Groups, ICM Partners
Jay Tucker, Executive Director, Center for Media, Entertainment & Sports, UCLA Anderson School of Management
Rasty Turek, CEO, Pex
Benoit Vatere, Founder & CEO, Mammoth Media
Chrystine Villarreal, President, MIXhalo
Mia von Sadovszky, SVP / Group Strategic Planning Director, RPA
Mike Vorhaus, President, Vorhaus Advisors
Tina Walsh, VP Content Strategy, Tongal
Dan Weinstein, President, Studio71
Chris M. Williams, CEO & Founder, pocket.watch
Shelley Zimmerman, Co-Head, Awesomeness
To register, please go to http://www.dewexpo.com/registration/.
For information on limited sponsorship opportunities, please contact Tinzar Sherman at tinzar@digitalmediawire.com.

Join me at the 3rd Annual Out Web Fest

Revry Presents 3rd Annual Out Web Fest (OWF) May 18-20 celebrating independent LGBTQ digital storytelling. Buffer Festival LA, YouTube Space LA and the London Hotel are partnering to celebrate the queer web festival. 

The three day festivities will include industry speaker panel, parties, screenings, digital pitchfests and the Revry Visibility Awards! OWF is the must attend event for creators and fans who want to support diversity in entertainment with established and new storytellers. YouTube Space LA on May 18th will host the opening night event and all other festivities will be at the London Hotel. The closing night awards will include prizes like free sound stage rentals courtesy of Shamrock Studios, Revry Development and Distribution deals, as well as an Audience Award with automatic entry into Rio Web Fest including travel and accommodations to beautiful Rio de Janeiro.

This year OWF is partnering with the New Zealand Web Fest, International Online Web Fest and Buffer Festival for their first Buffer Festival LA on May 17th (including Dodie Clark, Louis Cole, Matthew Santoro, Mikey Murphy & Sabrina Cruz).  “We’re incredibly excited to join forces with Revry’s OWF in the very first Buffer Festival LA.  Revry’s OWF has been a leader in promoting diversity through elevated content and stories about real people and real circumstances, something Buffer Festival is passionate about as we make our expansion across North America,” shares Scott Benzie, CEO of Buffer Festival.

A discounted ticket for both festivals can be purchased at: https://www.showpass.com/buffer-festival-la-combo-pack/  (Note: The OWF ticket will be a discounted optional add-on once the Buffer Festival LA customer gets to check-out.)

 

“OWF has made a mark in the world of content creation in highlighting unique, groundbreaking, and sometimes subversive content that is too often overlooked by the mainstream festivals,” says Revry CEO, Damian Pelliccione“In the 21st Century, short-form content leads as the hottest and fastest growing category in digital entertainment and OWF creates the perfect forum to share multiple perspectives of queer culture that makes our stories some of the most innovative, ground-breaking and unique in the world.”  

2018 LINE UP (Full Program & Tickets at: http://www.OutWebFest.com)

DRAMATIC Competition

WOKE – Dir. Maxime Potherat and Jules Thénier
The Y Theory
 – Dir. Caroline Taillet and Martin Landmeters

Jade of Death – Dir. Erin Good
Two Weeks
 – Dir. Isabel Stanfield
Stage Fright
 – Dir. Anna F. Kohlschütter
Sui Generis
 – Dir. Roberto Nascimento 
She
 – Dir. Anthonia Onyejekwe
Pinky Gurung
 – Dir. Gopal Shivakoti
Expiration Date
 – Dir. Shwenn Shunya Chang

COMEDY Competition

The Feels – Dir. Tim Manley
Femme – Dir. Aiden Peters 
Inconceivable
 – Dir. Joel Ashton McCarthy
Potluck S2 
– Dir. Ness Simons
John Loos 
– Dir. CJ Arellano
Build A Boo
 – Dir. Jean-Pierre Chapoteau
Happy Playland
 – Dir. Elsie Bollinger and Sally Bollinger
Sexy Herpes
 – Dir. Madeleine Dyer
Little Sista
 – Dir. Charmaine Bingwa and Reece Jones
Pussy Willow S2
 – Dir. Kate Jessop

MUSIC Competition

 

Abbott Kiney – Musician – Junius Frey
Nova – Musician – Alsace Carcione
IRL (If You Really See Me)– Musician – Ysa Yaneza
Harlem Cleopatra – Musician – Cazwell (featuring Peppermint)
Lookin – Musician – Big Dipper

Overthinking – Musician – INA
Crush – Musician – Dark Pink Stars
Dance With Me – Musician – Davis Mallory

Comfortable – Musician – Matt Palmer
Nobody Freakin’ – Musician – Megan Vice

Over the past two years awardees, participants, and sponsors have included Tyler Oakley, Gigi Gorgeous, Hannah Hart, Ari Fitz, Amber’s Closet, Viacom, EOne, Grindr, and Maker Studios.

About OWF  (Out Web Fest)

OWF is the world’s only digital festival dedicated to celebrating web series, short films and music videos by and for the global queer community. OWF’s mission is to provide the opportunity for all queer content creators to connect with the global community and celebrate the progressive evolution of LGBTQ+ entertainment. OWF breaks the mold of other festivals by giving prominence and a voice to the honest and unfiltered digital short-form storytelling that does not rely on access to resources, lofty budgets, or elite “movers and shakers” in the industry.

In the 21st Century short-form content leads as the hottest and fastest growing category in digital entertainment and we believe it is the perfect forum to share multiple perspectives of queer culture that make our stories some of the most innovative, ground-breaking, and unique in the world. OWF introduces international and local digital content creators, producers, and fans to inclusive programming that acknowledges the cultural significance of this revolutionary intersection of medium and storytelling.

This festival will feature screenings, panels with industry experts, and a pitchfest which will allow creators a chance to speak one on one with working industry professionals. The festival will conclude with an awards ceremony and closing night party.  For more information, please visit http://www.outwebfest.com/

About Buffer Festival LA

Buffer Festival is an annual showcase of YouTube world premieres, bringing the most acclaimed digital creators and their audiences together. The festival includes a variety of programming, including a red carpet gala and premiere screenings, with YouTube’s highest quality content on full display. Now entering its sixth edition, the festival will host its annual four day event in September. For Ticket and Show information please visit https://bufferfestival.com

 

About Revry

Revry is the premiere queer digital media network for the inclusive 21st century LGBTQ+ community.  As the first-ever global queer streaming service, Revry offers a uniquely curated selection of domestic and international entertainment that includes iconic, award-winning narrative and documentary films, cutting-edge series and originals along with the world’s largest queer libraries of groundbreaking podcasts, music albums and videos.  Revry is available worldwide on seven OTT, mobile, and online platforms, and hosts an exclusive linear channel on Pluto TV with a reach of over 10 million people in over 100 countries.  Headquartered in Los Angeles, Revry is led by an inclusive team of queer, multi-ethnic and allied partners who bring decades of experience in the fields of tech, digital media, and queer advocacy.  Follow on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @REVRYTV. Go Online to: www.Revry.com.

The London West Hollywood

Welcome to The London West Hollywood, a tranquil oasis that combines cosmopolitan elegance and laid-back California cool to create an unparalleled destination for a discerning new breed of luxury traveler.

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International Online Web Fest

IOWF – The International Online Web Fest is a seasonal online event which specifically helps independent filmmakers to raise their visibility through the web. We do so by creating and taking care of your communication on line and especially on social media channels.

Rio Webfest

Rio WebFest had its inaugural edition held in 2015 in Ação da Cidadania and Casa Porto, two cultural centers located in the Harbour Zone of Rio de Janeiro, where

185 submissions, 65 national and 120 international, competed for more than 30 awards. Headquartered in Cidade das Artes, the 2016 edition grew exponentially, lending to the event real notoriety. The 2017 edition made Rio WebFest one of the most important events of the category in the world, with more than 500 series submitted, of which 206 competed for 54 trophies, cash prizes, co-production contracts and three international trips.

NZ Web Fest

The NZ Web Fest is New Zealand’s festival that curates and celebrates online content, web series and shows — fiction, factual, and anything in between. New for 2018 are submission categories accepting 3D, AR, MR, and VR projects.  #NZWF18 runs each November in Auckland, presenting a conference day of panel discussions and presentations, an awards ceremony, and two days of screenings.

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Peter Shinkoda Daredevil & Falling Skies at Stan Lee’s LA Comic Con

screenshot-2016-10-28-14-08-46Daredevil Actor Peter Shinkoda Set For Special Appearance with SHAKA Platform 

Stan Lee’s LA Comic Con

This Saturday at the SHAKA Booth

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I know how I plan to spend Saturday!!! It’s saying hello to Peter Shinkoda one of the stars from my beloved TNT Falling Skies series (Dai) and of course Nobu from Marvel’s Daredevil on Netflix! I hope you have your tickets to attend Stan Lee’s L.A. Comic Con! All ou have to do for a meet & greet and autograph with Peter is download SHAKA in the  Apple App Store and Google Play (shakapp.com). Than sign in and enter: PeterShinkoda, Daredevil, Netflix or Nobu as your ‘vibes‘.  Peter will be at the SHAKA booth #1403 at 1:30pm

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How to start a fashion brand seminar District 2

Attend the 4th Annual Mobile Retail and Food Truck Business Expo with Cassie Betts, CEO of District 2 speaking about how she started her online fashion brand.

This event is a must attend for those interested in hearing from successful business owners on how they made their dreams a reality.

 

VSEDC  4th Annual Mobile Retail and Food Truck Business Expo Returns

We appreciate Vermont Slauson for Economic Development (VSEDC) for bringing us this unique opportunity. Our CEO Cassie Betts will be speaking on how to start your fashion brand online. This could be a golden opportunity for people looking into start own fashion brand. 

Event Highlights:

  • Partnerships with the City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Office of Economic Development, Marco Antonio Regil, Television Host, LA Economic and Workforce Development Department, Fashion Business Institute, East West Bank, Premier Bank, Opportunity Fund, LA Food Council, Freshworks Program and both the American Mobile Retail Association (AMRA) and the Southern California Mobile Food Vendors Association (socalmfva).
  • More exhibitors including Kareen Carts
  • And new this year workshops and seminars on Social Media for Your Business, Crowdfunding to Finance Your Business, Email Marketing, How to Start Your Business in a Day with the City of Los Angeles,  Taking Your Business Mobile and more…
  • New this year is a special spotlight on two Crowdfunding Hometown Hero Businesses.  Real talk from two entrepreneurs who did it successfully.

Let’s be part of this unique opportunity. For event details click HERE

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