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Dropbox Acquires Cloud Photo Service Loom And Collaboration Tool Hackbox

unnamedThe ladies and gents at Dropbox have big dreams – look no further than their recent expansion into email and photo gallery apps for evidence of that fact. And like any company with high aspirations, they’re snapping up technology and the associated talent at a fast pace. In the last 18 months the company has bought e-readers, photo tools, and even a Craigslist-style marketplace. Today they’ve announced the acquisition of two more apps and the companies that make them.

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AVG Vault keeps files on your device secret and safe

AVG has just announced the latest member of its family of security software and services. With AVG Vault, users can entrust their private files, personal information, photos, and more to a doubly-encrypted storage that can also be securely synced to other devices through the cloud.

As the number of mobile users grow, the amount of personal information stored in these devices, and by extension on the Internet, also grow exponentially. So too the temptation for less conscientious individuals to try to gain access to other people’s sensitive data. Most users, however, are not that vigilant or are put off by complex steps in order to secure their information. AVG Vault tries to address all those concerns by providing users a single storage location for things they want to keep private but, at the same time, offers the convenience of backing them up via popular online storage services like Dropbox and Google Drive.

The key to AVG Vault’s offering is a double layer of security. The first comes via the AES-256 Advanced Encryption Standard, the same encryption standard used by banks and the US government. The second is AVG’s own MyAccount service. The encryption makes use of a custom 4-6 digit PIN that users set up to secure and access their files. This pin isn’t stored anywhere, making it harder to hack but also harder to retrieve, even by AVG itself, in case the user forgot what it is. The types of data that can be stored inside the Vault range from user-supplied information like credit card numbers, login credentials, and notes to more standard types of files like photos and documents. The AVG Vault app itself offers several security features, like an Idle Time Lock that automatically locks the app after a period of inactivity, and an Attempted Access Notification that will take a photo using the front-facing camera and secretly send it to an e-mail address in case the wrong password was entered three times in a row.

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One final feature that AVG Vault offers is syncing through the cloud, which some might think defeats the purpose of security and privacy. The difference, however, is that the files stored by AVG Vault in Dropbox or Google Drive are also encrypted, making it impossible to access them outside of the Vault app. This gives users the ability to backup those private files and, in the case of loss, restore them on a new device, without having to worry too much about the security of the cloud service itself.

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AVG Vault is available for free on Google Play Store. An AVG MyAccount is required in order to use the service, and of course, separate accounts for Dropbox and Google are needed to use the cloud syncing feature.

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Dropbox for Business released with new features coming soon

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Since Dropbox was released, it has become a very useful tool for many businesses. Despite this fact, Dropbox today released Dropbox for Business, which has been in beta for a while.

Dropbox for business allows users to connect their account to a new business account, and you can access both from a device. It provides more control over corporate data, allowing for remote data wipes and the ability to track data access.

Dropbox also revealed the new “Project Harmony” today, which is a set of collaboration tools for users while using Microsoft Office. Project Harmony is built to work with any application, so more partnerships will come soon.

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Dropbox releases Mailbox onto Google Play

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Not too long ago, Dropbox acquired Mailbox, an app designed for iOS devices. Of course, Dropbox is pretty friendly on all platforms, so it was pretty obvious that they were eventually going to look at bringing the app to Android at some point in the future. Today, that finally happened.

The app currently only works with Gmail (and iCloud, if you happen to have any iOS devices) but it arguably manages Gmail better than Google’s own client. The interface is extremely clean and flat, and uses swiping gestures to manage emails. Swipe to the right and you’ll either mark a message as read or delete it, and swiping it left either saves the email for later or archives it. This intuitive swiping makes the app extremely fast and fluid to use, and helps speed up inbox management .

The app is free, but it’s currently only available for phones. I wasn’t able to install the app on a Galaxy Tab 2 7.0, Galaxy Tab 3 7.0, or Galaxy Note 10.1, but that may change going forward. Hit the link below for the download.

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Dropbox Carousel: a cloud-based mobile image gallery

Along with the introduction of Mailbox for Android, the folks at Dropbox also announced Carousel. This is another Android app that will be available beginning today. But instead of email, the Carousel app is for images and videos.

Carousel will handle a few tasks. To begin with, it will automatically backup any new images and videos taken with your device. All uploaded files will then be sorted by event, so you can scroll back and enjoy those memories. And because the app makes use of the cloud as well as the device storage — you shouldn’t be nearly as limited in terms of the amount of time you can look back.

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Along with backing up and browsing Carousel will also allow you to share images. Dropbox mentioned how “those memories are meant to be shared.” But unlike other apps where everything is shared public on social networks, Carousel offers a private conversation option. Users will be able to share a single image, or an entire event in the “same amount of time it’d take to send just one by text.”

Carousel also takes sharing a step further. There was mention about how you can “capture an event from every angle by saving the photos others share with you.” Dropbox is also releasing Carousel for iOS which means you can share with your iPhone carrying friends. As mentioned, Carousel will be available for Android users beginning today.

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Dropbox’s Carousel organizes your lifelong memories in one app

It’s not every day that a company shows off literal vacation slides as part of a press event, but Dropbox did it today as a way to introduce Carousel. It’s an app for both iOS and Android that takes your photos from your Dropbox account and organizes them by time, date and event, and any new photos that you take on your phone will automatically backup to the cloud. You’ll also be able to not only share all of your precious memories with family and friends, those same people can return the favor and share some of their pics and vids so you can add it to your personal deck of digital slides. The new app will be available on both platforms today for free. When we asked company reps about desktop and other mobile platforms, we were told that Dropbox is a multi-platform service, hinting that we can expect expansion further down the road without actually giving a specific time frame.

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Dropbox’s new app Carousel aims to organize all of your photos

Dropbox today announced a brand new app for handling photos called Carousel. In it, you’ll be able to instantly back up pictures as you take them to the cloud, share photos with friends, view images by date and location, and leave comments on photos shared by friends.



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[New App] Dropbox Releases Carousel, A Dedicated Gallery App For Your Photos And Videos With Somewhat Of A Social Twist

Carousel-ThumbNot content to unveil one new Android app today, Dropbox’s bringing along another. However, this one isn’t a port, and it’s launching for Android and iOS on the same day. The software in question goes by the name of Carousel, a gallery app that organizes all your Dropbox photos and videos in a way that’s more manageable than the endless list of photos provided within the current app.

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Dropbox intends for Carousel to be a social experience, so it’s built the private conversations into the app.

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[New App] Dropbox’s Mailbox App Finally Comes To Android To Tame Your Inbox

mMailbox launched on iOS last year, and users were impressed with its ability to efficiently manage a flood of email. The response was so good, Dropbox bought the company. Now an updated version of Mailbox is on Android for you to try with your Gmail or iCloud account.

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Mailbox’s big feature is swipe control. You can swipe left and right on messages for different actions, but the length of the swipe controls the effect.

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Dropbox announces Carousel: new gallery app for sharing, organizing, and backing up photos to the cloud

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Dropbox is on a roll. After announcing that they’ll be officially bringing Mailbox to Android devices later today, they’re also announcing their all new gallery app for Android and iOS called Carousel. Because simply dragging and dropping folders into your Dropbox account probably isn’t the best way to keep everything organized, Carousel looks to make this process easier by automatically grouping photos according to when and where they were taken.

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Photos are also backed up to the cloud, stored in their full resolution, and are extremely easy to share with loved ones. There’s even a social aspect where friends and family can comment on photos that have been shared with them, or add a few photos of their own.

We have a feeling Carousel is the fruit of Dropbox’s acquisition of Snapjoy back in 2012. Dropbox says Carousel will be available later today, and we’ll be updating this post later with a Google Play link as soon as it is. Check out the launch trailer below.

Update: Link is now live.

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Dropbox announces Mailbox for Android, available later today on Google Play [UPDATE]

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The folks at Dropbox have announced that they’ll be bringing Mailbox, the popular iOS email app, to Android devices starting today. Mailbox — which joined Dropbox in March of last year — features swipeable gestures for archiving and deleting, much like the standard Gmail app, only adds a few tricks as well.

Users can actually snooze emails, removing them from their inbox entirely, only to return at a later date. Eventually, Mailbox will become smarter, knowing exactly the type of emails you’re more likely to snooze/archive, doing everything automagically.

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When viewing emails, Mailbox puts them together in a sort of handy conversation view, making it easier than ever to quickly to scan and get the gist of the convo. Mailbox is only available in limited beta at the moment (Google Play link isn’t quite live just yet), but if you want to sign up, hit up the source link below. Update: we’ve got the download link!

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Dropbox Announces Carousel, a Redone Gallery for All Your Life’s Memories

Dropbox Announces Carousel, a Redone Gallery for All Your Life’s Memories

Hot on the heels of Dropbox’s Mailbox announcement for Android, we’re now learning of the announcement of Carousel. Dropbox is trying to provide users with a gallery “for all the photos and videos from your life,” combining pictures on your phone with pictures in the cloud to provide you with a seamless, organized experience.

Dropbox is touting the fact that Carousel does not have to worry about storage limitations on your device (because it’s connected to Dropbox), so you can keep as many pictures as you’d like without worrying about anything but the size of your Dropbox account.

Also built-in to Carousel is private conversations — that is, a way to “relive entire events with friends and family.” Dropbox also touts the speed of sharing via Carousel as opposed to text messaging, as there really is an astronomical difference given your Internet connection is fast enough.

Carousel will be made available on iOS and Android later today, though I was able to install it on Android already. Give it a shot.

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Dropbox announces Mailbox for Android, arrives later today on Google Play

Mailbox for Android

The folks at Dropbox have announced that they’ll be bringing Mailbox, the popular iOS email app, to Android devices starting today.

The app features swipeable gestures, much like the standard Gmail app, only adds a few tricks as well. Users can actually snooze emails, removing them from their inbox, only to return at a later date. Eventually, Mailbox will become smarter, knowing exactly what kind of emails you like to snooze/archive, doing everything automagically.

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When viewing emails, they’re put together in a sort of handy conversation view, making it easier than ever to quickly to scan and get the gist of the convo. Mailbox is only available in beta at the moment (Google Play link isn’t quite live just yet), but if you want to sign up, hit up the source link below.

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Dropbox launches Mailbox for Android

Popular iOS email client and Dropbox property Mailbox is coming to Android. The app, which was purchased by Dropbox a year ago, will include an “auto swipe” feature that will allow users to archive an email now and automatically archive similar emails that arrive in the future. Mailbox is launching today on Google Play (we’ll update this post once it’s live).



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Dropbox Carousel organizes your lifelong memories in one app

It’s not every day that a company shows off literal vacation slides as part of a press event, but Dropbox did it today as a way to introduce Carousel. It’s an app for both iOS and Android that takes your photos from your Dropbox account and organizes them by time, date and event, and any new photos that you take will automatically backup to the cloud. You’ll also be able to not only share all of your precious memories with family and friends, those same people can return the favor and share some of their pics and vids so you can add it to your personal deck of digital slides. The new app is available on both OSes now for free.

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Dropbox Carousel organizes your lifelong memories in one app

It’s not every day that a company shows off literal vacation slides as part of a press event, but Dropbox did it today as a way to introduce Carousel. It’s an app for both iOS and Android that takes your photos from your Dropbox account and organizes them by time, date and event, and any new photos that you take will automatically backup to the cloud. You’ll also be able to not only share all of your precious memories with family and friends, those same people can return the favor and share some of their pics and vids so you can add it to your personal deck of digital slides. The new app is available on both OSes now for free.

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Dropbox makes it easier to handle personal and business storage by linking accounts

If you’re the sort of person that likes to use Dropbox for Business and pleasure, your road has been a bit rough. Up until now, you had to keep them as two separate accounts and switching between the two involved signing out of one and signing into the other. If your dream is to eliminate this painful process and merge the two aspects together, then today is the happiest day of your life: Dropbox is now making it possible to have one option for business and another for personal use, and be able to link them together. This feature has been available to beta testers for quite some time now, but it’s finally available to everyone else.

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Dropbox App Updated To v2.4 With A New App Icon, Linking Computers Entirely From The Phone, And Minor UI Tweaks

dDropbox is probably the king of cloud storage. Well, if not the king, at least a high-ranking duke or something. So a great many people will be happy to hear the app is getting an update today to version 2.4, bringing with it a few design tweaks, as well as an interesting feature for linking new computers.

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Here’s the changelog per Dropbox, plus what we’ve noticed in italics.

  • Resolves issue preventing 3rd party app authentication
  • Set up Dropbox on your computer using your phone’s camera
  • New icon
  • New file/folder icons in app

The computer linking is an interesting process.

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AllCast Updated With Chromecast Subtitles, Dropbox Streaming, And More

aChromecast apps are popping up almost faster than we can install them, but let’s not forget one of the first apps to show us what the Chromecast was capable of doing. Of course, I’m talking about AllCast. Koush’s streaming app has been updated with a few goodies, some of which are still listed as ‘beta.’

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Here’s the full changelog from the new 1.0.9.0 build.

  • BETA: Subtitle support for Chromecast when streaming from a media server (ie, Serviio with srt files)
  • BETA: Stream from Dropbox (requires Dropbox app to be installed)
  • Chromecast letterbox is now black instead of grey
  • Roku playback fixes: now supports fast forward and rewind.

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About that Dropbox DMCA thing …

Dropbox (or any other service) complying with DMCA takedowns isn’t really a new thing

There’s a bit of a to-do this weekend over Dropbox and the DMCA and whether your files are being scanned, even though they’re your files. Twitter user Darrell Whitelaw’s post is getting shared all over the place, noting that sharing was disabled under some DMCA rules. The folder was private, contained copyrighted material, and a share link to the folder was shared, albeit not publicly.

Here’s the thing, though:

Yes, Dropbox can limit sharing access to your files. And, no, this isn’t exactly new.

    



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Readmill Ebook Reader And Service Shutting Down After Dropbox Acquisition, Data Export Available

nexusae0_Readmill-Thumb_thumbMost people rely on Amazon, Google, Barnes and Noble, or some other all-in-one ebook service for their digital literary fix, but there is a thriving community of users who prefer the flexibility and lack of DRM that comes with independent reading apps. This has led to more than a few excellent choices in the space, including Readmill, an ebook app dedicated to simplicity and readability. Apparently Readmill users aren’t the only ones who were impressed: Dropbox has acquired the app (or at least hired the employees who made it) and the service is shutting down.

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Dropbox buys Readmill, service to shut down July 1

After news that they were in late-stage discussions to join Dropbox, Readmill has announced they will be shutting their service down. The two founders were indeed speaking to Dropbox regarding joining forces, but it looks as though the talk of an acquihire was accurate. The service will shut down, but some of Readmill’s feature set will carry on in Dropbox.


It is currently impossible to create a new Readmill account, and the service will officially shut down on July 1 2014. Readmill is giving users time to export their books, and have even created a handy guide for doing so. The team at Readmill will be going to Dropbox, but their new roles are slightly unclear. From their blog post:

Our team will be joining Dropbox, where our expertise in reading, collaboration and syncing across devices finds a fitting home. Millions of people use Dropbox to store and share their digital lives, and we believe it’s a strong foundation on which to build the future of reading. We’re delighted to work alongside this talented team and imagine new ways to read together.

Via their FAQ’s just below the blog, they note Dropbox isn’t creating a reading app “similar to Readmill”, saying “since reading on screens of all sizes is essential to work and life for so many, we’ll be approaching similar challenges in new ways at Dropbox.” The team is joining Dropbox, but not bringing or creating a reading app.

It’s likely that Dropbox was interested in Readmill’s social take on documents. In Readmill, you could leave notes for someone in a book you shared, telling them of a special passage or funny quip. Dropbox also recently acquired Zulip, which was a chat service focussed on communicating within a group. It seems this acquisition was another step in Dropbox morphing into something a bit more than a cloud storage solution.

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Dropbox may be in talks to acquire Readmill

Popular eReader app Readmill may soon fall under the ever growing Dropbox brand. The cloud storage company is said to be in late-stage dicsussions to acquire Readmill, which launched on Android late last year. The deal is said o be worth roughly $8 million, comprised mostly of stock with little cash upfront.


It sounds like an acquihire, too. Readmill is based in Berlin, and TechCrunch is noting the founders will be moving to Dropbox’s San Francisco offices. Whether Readmill will remain a standaone service or become part of a Dropbox suite of apps is unclear. Dropbox also acquired Zulip recently, which is a chat service aimed at inter-office communiqué.

Readmill offers books up as “social objects” rather than reading material, bringing a communal feel to eBooks. It’s like an online lending library of sorts, with users being able to follow each other as well as authors — like Twitter, except with a focus. The company also had a successful series A funding round, but that may be all grist for the mill soon.

Dropbox may be leveraging their already deep userbase to create a suite of apps like Evernote. Cloud storage, a chat solution, and now a social sharing aspect. The company hasn’t made changes yet, or announced that Readmill was/would be part of their service, but we’ll be curious to see how this shapes up. With former Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside coming on board at COO for Dropbox, as well as the news of their aggressive push for more utility, big things may be coming int he future.

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Cheap Cloud Storage — which one saves you the most?

Google Drive goes way cheap, but how do Dropbox, Copy, Box and Microsoft’s OneDrive stack up in terms of pricing?

With Google Drive lowering its prices today, the online storage wars are heating up. And that’s not to say that there isn’t a reason to use one provider over another just because it’s cheaper — different services have different features, and some may be easier to use than others.

Fortunately, most also have free trials, and any storage provider worth its salt is going to give you a few gigabytes of space for free anyway to try to get you to stick around.

Let’s take a look at a few of the major cloud storage providers and see how pricing stacks up. We’ll leave it up to you to pick your favorite, but this should give a good idea of what you’ll pay, as of today.

    



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Perfect Auto-Updating Photo Frame Using Unbound And Dropbox

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Pixite LLC, makers of popular photo apps for iOS like Tangent, Fragment, and Web Albums, announces a big update to their Dropbox photo management apps, Unbound for iPhone and Unbound HD for iPad. Both apps offer Dropbox users an elegant way to browse their photos and videos both online and offline, as well as other features like automatically syncing the Camera Roll to Dropbox, printing to Walgreens, collaging, and posting photos to Facebook and Twitter.

Version 1.2 also now features auto-updating slideshows that allow users to play a slideshow on the iPhone or iPad and update the slideshow dynamically from any computer linked to Dropbox. This is a fantastic feature for people who want to share photos with loved ones who have their iPads set up as photo frames using Unbound, as well as for businesses that want to update content dynamically from a remote computer to iPads used for displays in stores and kiosks.

“Unbound is a full-featured Dropbox client that lets you browse, manage, and share your photos and videos, and we’re always looking for ways to make it more fun and useful,” says Pixite co-founder Eugene Kaneko.

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BlackBerry 10 finally gets its own Microsoft OneDrive app

If you worship at the BlackBerry altar and are in dire need of a cloud storage service that isn’t Dropbox, Box or Mega, today’s your lucky day. Now you can dump your files in Microsoft’s OneDrive by way of a newly released BlackBerry 10 app. Like the Android and iOS versions before it, this OneDrive app lets you automatically upload your photos and videos as well as share your files with far-flung cohorts. Just be mindful of your limits: OneDrive (which went by “SkyDrive” before Microsoft got hit with a lawsuit) offers up 7GB of free storage to new users. That’s still better than the 2GB that Dropbox gives away gratis, but Box and Mega offer 10GB and 50GB of free space, respectively. Choose wisely… or sign up for all of them and surrender yourself to the cloud.

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Dropbox’s new arbitration clause takes away your right to sue — so take it back!

Dropbox is giving you 30-days to opt-out of arbitration

Popular online storage app Dropbox has updated their terms of service (ToS) and that includes a new clause that would have any disputes setlled by an arbiter of their choosing. That means, if your privacy is ever violated, your data ever damaged, or anything goes wrong in any way at any point in time, you won’t be able to sue either directly or as part of a class action. And that may not be a good thing.

    



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Photo Transfer WiFi 2.0 Introduces Dropbox Support

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Simplex Solutions Inc. announces that Photo Transfer WiFi, their advanced solution for transferring photos and videos from and between iDevices, has been just ungraded to the version 2.0. The new version adds ability to upload and download photos and videos from Dropbox with the drag and drop, improves overall usability and fixes known problems.

Photo Transfer WiFi is one of the most comprehensive photo transfer tools for iPhones and iPads. It enables their owners to effortlessly share Camera Roll content between iPhones and iPads, move pictures and clips to computers and mobile devices connected to the same local network and upload or download them to Dropbox.

The users of iDevices with installed Photo Transfer WiFi can share content straight within their applications, while the owners of other mobile devices and computers can download photos and videos via the browser. The app comes handy, when the users need to eliminate clutter within their Camera Roll, share best memories with friends and family or back up snapshots for anytime reference.

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