What Happens When a Publisher Becomes a Megapublisher?

The merger of Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster has the potential to touch every part of the industry, including how much authors get paid and how bookstores are run.

#amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #bertelsmann-ag, #book-trade-and-publishing, #books-and-literature, #e-commerce, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #penguin-random-house, #simonschuster-inc, #writing-and-writers

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Facebook and Google Diverge in Response to Proposed Australian Law

With Australia moving to make the tech companies pay for news, Facebook said it would block news links in the country while Google has struck deals to pay publishers.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #australian-the-newspaper, #computers-and-the-internet, #corporate-social-responsibility, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #law-and-legislation, #news-and-news-media, #news-corporation, #social-media, #youtube-com

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Big Tech’s Next Big Problem Could Come From People Like ‘Mr. Sweepy’

Government antitrust lawsuits have created openings for numerous private cases against Big Tech, with more expected to come. If successful, the cases could cost them dearly.

#advertising-and-marketing, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #online-advertising, #suits-and-litigation-civil

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Parler, a Social Network That Attracted Trump Fans, Returns Online

After being cut off by Amazon and other tech giants, Parler worked for weeks to find a way to get back on the internet.

#amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #google-inc, #matze-john, #mercer-rebekah-a-1973, #mobile-applications, #parler-llc, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #social-media, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Big Tech’s Unlikely Next Battleground: North Dakota

A vote on a bill this week is part of a movement that could cost Apple and Google billions of dollars. State legislatures are becoming the fight’s new front.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #epic-games, #google-inc, #hansson-david-heinemeier, #law-and-legislation, #mobile-applications, #north-dakota

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The Economic Case for Regulating Social Media

The core business model of platforms like Facebook and Twitter poses a threat to society and requires retooling, an economist says.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #conspiracy-theories, #facebook-inc, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #hate-speech, #online-advertising, #political-advertising, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #twitter, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #youtube-com

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Amazon’s Jeff Bezos Prepares to Step Back, and Andy Jassy to Step In

The Amazon founder prepares to step back just as Washington turns up the heat on the mega-retailer and cloud company.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #bezos-jeffrey-p, #computers-and-the-internet, #jassy-andrew-r, #labor-and-jobs, #united-states-politics-and-government

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On ‘Sway,’ Kara Swisher Talks to Microsoft’s Brad Smith

The president of Microsoft says “absolutely not” — at least when it comes to his company.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #computers-and-the-internet, #politics-and-government, #smith-bradford-l, #solarwinds, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021

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As Jeff Bezos Takes Off, Meet His Earthbound Successor

His loyal lieutenant will take Amazon’s helm as the company faces ever-growing scrutiny.

#amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #bezos-jeffrey-p, #cook-timothy-d, #e-commerce, #facial-recognition-software, #jassy-andrew-r

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Facebook and the Surveillance Society: The Other Coup

We can have democracy, or we can have a surveillance society, but we cannot have both.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #politics-and-government, #social-media, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #united-states

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Facebook Said to Consider Suing Apple Over App Store Practices

The social network has discussed an antitrust lawsuit against Apple, as tensions grow between the companies over how each treats consumer data.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #cook-timothy-d, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #facebook-inc, #mobile-applications, #online-advertising, #privacy, #social-media, #software, #suits-and-litigation-civil

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Who Will Pay to Get America Back on Its Feet?

A one-time tax on those who have made lots of money during the pandemic may be an answer.

#amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #facebook-inc, #high-net-worth-individuals, #income-inequality, #social-media, #taxation

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Democratic Congress Prepares to Take On Big Tech

Lawmakers say the attack on the Capitol has generated more support for tougher regulation of the industry.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #computers-and-the-internet, #democratic-party, #klobuchar-amy, #law-and-legislation, #privacy, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #united-states-politics-and-government

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With Online Terms of Service, What Happens When You Click ‘Agree’?

The same legalese that can ban Donald Trump from Twitter can bar users from joining class-action lawsuits. It’s time to fix the fine print.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #computers-and-the-internet, #customer-relations, #law-and-legislation, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry

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When Tech Antitrust Failed

How did a case meant to lower prices instead possibly lead to higher prices?

#amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #books-and-literature, #e-books-and-readers

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The Business Rules the Trump Administration Is Racing to Finish

From tariffs and trade to the status of Uber drivers, regulators are trying to install new rules or reduce regulations before President-elect Joe Biden takes over.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #banking-and-financial-institutions, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #community-reinvestment-act, #computers-and-the-internet, #electric-light-bulbs, #energy-department, #energy-efficiency, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #labor-and-jobs, #law-and-legislation, #office-of-the-comptroller-of-the-currency, #presidential-transition-us, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #social-media, #transportation-department-us, #treasury-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #virtual-currency

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How Parler, a Chosen App of Trump Fans, Became a Test of Free Speech

The app has renewed a debate about who holds power over online speech after the tech giants yanked their support for it and left it fighting for survival. Parler was set to go dark on Monday.

#amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #capitol-building-washington-dc, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #google-inc, #matze-john, #mobile-applications, #parler-llc, #presidential-election-of-2020, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #twitter

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He Created the Web. Now He’s Out to Remake the Digital World.

Tim Berners-Lee wants to put people in control of their personal data. He has technology and a start-up pursuing that goal. Can he succeed?

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #berners-lee-tim, #computer-security, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #open-source-software, #privacy, #software, #start-ups

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N.C.A.A. President Seeks Delay on Vote to Let Students Profit From Fame

Facing pressure from the Justice Department, the N.C.A.A. president “strongly recommended” postponing a crucial decision, almost certainly extending a protracted debate.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #basketball-college, #california, #college-athletics, #colleges-and-universities, #emmert-mark, #florida, #football-college, #law-and-legislation, #national-collegiate-athletic-assn, #state-legislatures

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China Opens Antitrust Investigation Into Alibaba, the E-Commerce Giant

The move is part of Beijing’s regulatory pushback against the business empire of Jack Ma, the company’s co-founder and the country’s richest man.

#alibaba-group-holding-ltd, #ant-financial-services-group, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #china, #computers-and-the-internet, #e-commerce, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry

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Google Denies Antitrust Claims in Early Response to U.S. Lawsuit

The company said people use its services because they choose to, not because they lack alternatives.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #computers-and-the-internet, #google-inc, #justice-department, #mehta-amit-p, #search-engines, #suits-and-litigation-civil

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The Antitrust Case Against Big Tech, Shaped by Tech Industry Exiles

Regulators are relying on insiders like Dina Srinivasan, who left her digital ad job after concluding that “Facebook and Google were going to win and everybody else is going to lose.”

#advertising-and-marketing, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #attorneys-general, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #james-letitia, #justice-department, #online-advertising, #paxton-ken, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry

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Google’s Legal Peril Grows in Face of Third Antitrust Suit

More than 30 states said that the company downplayed websites that let users search for information in specialized areas.

#amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #federal-trade-commission, #google-inc, #justice-department, #suits-and-litigation-civil

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Tech Giants Fight Each Other as Antitrust Regulators Bear Down

Facebook’s slap at Apple shows Silicon Valley is feeling the regulatory heat.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #national-collegiate-athletic-assn, #supreme-court-us

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Supreme Court to Rule on N.C.A.A. Limits on Paying College Athletes

An appeals court said restrictions on compensation tied to education violated federal antitrust laws.

#alston-shawne, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #athletics-and-sports, #college-athletics, #colleges-and-universities, #national-collegiate-athletic-assn, #supreme-court-us

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States Plan to Accuse Google of Illegal Monopoly in Online Ads

The Texas attorney general said a coming lawsuit would focus on the advertisements that generate the vast majority of the company’s profits.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #google-inc, #online-advertising, #paxton-ken, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry

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Who Is Jeffrey Rosen, Who Will Lead the Justice Dept. for Trump’s Endgame?

Attorney General William P. Barr’s resignation makes his low-profile deputy the nation’s top law enforcement official for President Trump’s last month.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #appointments-and-executive-changes, #attorneys-general, #barr-william-p, #content-type-personal-profile, #justice-department, #presidential-election-of-2020, #rosen-jeffrey-adam-1958, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Google Dominates Thanks to an Unrivaled View of the Web

As regulators seek ways to curb the company’s power, there is more focus on the vast index — hundreds of billion of web pages — behind its search engine.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #duckduckgo, #google-inc, #indexers-and-indexing, #justice-department, #microsoft-corp, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #search-engines

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Big Tech Turns Its Lobbyists Loose on Europe, Alarming Regulators

Silicon Valley is building a powerful influence industry in Brussels, which has “never seen this kind of money” spent this way.

#amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #european-commission, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #law-and-legislation, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #microsoft-corp, #online-advertising, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #social-media

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Facebook Cannot Buy Its Way Out of Competition

It wasn’t legal when John D. Rockefeller did it, and it’s still not legal.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #facebook-inc, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #rockefeller-john-d, #standard-oil-co

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Fighters Win Key Ruling in Case That Could Upend U.F.C.’s Business

A judge said he would grant class-action status to a group of fighters arguing that the Ultimate Fighting Championship suppresses pay. If the fighters win, it could force the U.F.C. to pay much, much more.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #mixed-martial-arts, #ultimate-fighting-championship

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The Trustbusters Come for Facebook. Finally.

The government decides to try to enforce antitrust laws.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #computers-and-the-internet, #consumer-protection, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #facebook-inc, #federal-trade-commission, #justice-department, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #social-media, #whatsapp-inc

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The Facebook Lawsuits Explained

Regulators accuse Facebook of buying up rivals. Here’s what this means for us and Big Tech.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #social-media

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Yes, Facebook Has Become a Menace

It’s not too late for the government to take back power from Big Tech.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #facebook-inc, #gates-bill, #google-inc, #instagram-inc, #microsoft-corp, #whatsapp-inc, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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Why the F.T.C. and States Want to Break Up Facebook

The F.T.C. and more than 40 states seek to break up the tech giant.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #boies-schillerflexner, #boies-david, #conway-ron, #facebook-inc, #initial-public-offerings, #instagram-inc, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #sequoia-capital, #social-media, #softbank-corporation, #whatsapp-inc

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‘It’s Hard to Prove’: Why Antitrust Suits Against Facebook Face Hurdles

The U.S. and states cases against the social network are far from a slam dunk because the standards of proof are formidable.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #attorneys-general, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #federal-trade-commission, #instant-messaging, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #mobile-applications, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #social-media, #states-us, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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Facebook Accused of Breaking Antitrust Laws

Regulators are accusing the company of buying up rising rivals to cement its dominance over social media.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #federal-trade-commission, #instant-messaging, #james-letitia, #online-advertising, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #simons-joseph-j, #social-media, #states-us, #suits-and-litigation-civil

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Chick-fil-A Accuses Poultry Suppliers of Price Fixing

The fast-food chain has named Tyson Foods, Perdue Farms and other producers in a lawsuit, which carries the latest allegations of price fixing in the industry.

#agriculture-and-farming, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #chick-fil-a, #fast-food-industry, #perdue-farms-inc, #pilgrims-pride-corp, #poultry, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #sanderson-farms-inc, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #tyson-foods-inc

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Facebook to Acquire Start-Up Kustomer as It Faces Antitrust Glare

The social network was said to be paying close to $1 billion for the maker of customer relationship management software.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #e-commerce, #facebook-inc, #kustomer-inc, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #start-ups

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Penguin Random House to Buy Simon & Schuster

ViacomCBS agreed to sell the 96-year-old company in a deal that potentially creates a megapublisher.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #bertelsmann-ag, #book-trade-and-publishing, #books-and-literature, #media, #penguin-random-house, #simonschuster-inc, #united-states, #viacomcbs-inc

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Apple Halves Its App Store Fee for the Smaller Companies

App makers bridled at the 30 percent commission, which has drawn scrutiny from regulators looking into antitrust claims.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #cook-timothy-d, #epic-games, #mobile-applications, #suits-and-litigation-civil

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Bill Gates, Elizabeth Warren, Killer Mike and More Will Speak at the DealBook Online Summit

Bill Gates, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Jamie Dimon, Masayoshi Son, Killer Mike and more will join us.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #bourla-albert, #burns-ursula-m, #dimon-james, #fauci-anthony-s, #killer-mike, #smith-robert-f-1962, #son-masayoshi, #united-states-economy, #warren-elizabeth

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Amazon Faces E.U. Antitrust Charges

Margrethe Vestager, a European Commission vice president, said Amazon was unfairly using data to box out smaller competitors.

#amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #computers-and-the-internet, #e-commerce, #european-commission, #european-union, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #shopping-and-retail, #vestager-margrethe

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Biden Is Expected to Keep Scrutiny of Tech Front and Center

Issues like antitrust and privacy would remain on the agenda as his administration pursued policies to limit the power of the industry’s giants.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #computers-and-the-internet, #democratic-party, #federal-communications-commission, #federal-trade-commission, #law-and-legislation, #presidential-election-of-2020, #privacy, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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How to Take On the Tech Barons

Something has to be done about the technology sector. Here’s what to keep in mind.

#amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #computers-and-the-internet, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #federal-communications-commission, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #google-inc, #hawley-josh-d-1979, #huawei-technologies-co-ltd, #microsoft-corp, #politics-and-government, #social-media, #trump-donald-j

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Kara Swisher Talks Big Tech Monopolies and the Google Antitrust Case with Lina Khan

How antitrust lawyer Lina Khan is taking on the most powerful men in Silicon Valley.

#amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #khan-lina, #tech-companies

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Apple, Google and a Deal That Controls the Internet

In a landmark antitrust complaint, the Justice Department is targeting a secretive partnership that is worth billions of dollars to both companies.

#alphabet-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #cook-timothy-d, #google-inc, #iphone, #jobs-steven-p, #justice-department, #microsoft-corp, #mobile-applications, #online-advertising, #pichai-sundar, #schmidt-eric-e, #search-engines, #smartphones, #suits-and-litigation-civil

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F.T.C. Decision on Pursuing Facebook Antitrust Case Is Said to Be Near

Any action would follow the Justice Department’s landmark suit this week against Google, as a bipartisan tech backlash ramps up.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #federal-trade-commission, #social-media, #suits-and-litigation-civil

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With the Google Lawsuit, the Long Antitrust Winter Is Over

The Justice Department is demanding that the company prove its greatness by competing in the market, not by buying its way out of it.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #google-inc, #justice-department

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Forget Antitrust Laws. To Limit Tech, Some Say a New Regulator Is Needed.

Even as the Justice Department sued Google, some antitrust experts wondered whether a different government response would be more effective.

#amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #e-commerce, #facebook-inc, #furman-jason, #google-inc, #justice-department, #melamed-a-douglas, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #microsoft-corp, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #social-media, #united-states-economy

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