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Disastrous 'Pokémon Go' Fest ends with anger and refundsOpen in a New Window

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The first-ever Pokémon Go Fest wasn't all sunshine, rainbows, and catching Pokémon.

Attendees at the Pokémon Go Fest in Chicago on Saturday were met with a handful of problems upon arriving at the game's first-ever official event, which was meant to be a celebration of the game's first year and an opportunity for fans and players to meet each other and work together to earn unique in-game rewards.

Instead, players waited in lines that stretched for blocks to enter Grant Park. Some attendees on Twitter said they waited for two hours just to get in.  Read more...

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'Supergirl' questions everything about her life in dark Season 3 trailerOpen in a New Window

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"Kara Danvers was a mistake."

Those words were the biggest surprise of the Supergirl panel at Comic-Con Saturday, as the showrunners teased a Season 3 that looks certain to get as dark for the girl of steel as Season 3 of the The Flash did for that hero. 

"The theme of Season 3 is 'what does it mean to be human?'", said new showrunner Jessica Queller. "All of the characters will be exploring that question, especially Kara."

The Supergirl panel also confirmed that Calista Flockhart's Cat Grant will return as a regular character, and that Heroes star Adrian Pasdar will play a highly topical real estate tycoon villain.  Read more...

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Brad Pitt and Frank Ocean's friendship reached new heights at FYF FestivalOpen in a New Window

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When Brad Pitt first mentioned his love of Frank Ocean in an interview with GQ, everything felt right in the world. 

Ocean officially embraced the beautiful bromance when he showed love back by wearing Pitt's face on a shirt—but things escalated to another level on Saturday night when Pitt showed up on stage in the middle of Ocean's set at Los Angeles' FYF Festival. 

Pitt is seen sitting on the stage, clutching his phone dramatically during Ocean's "Close to You," a rendition of a Stevie Wonder cover.  

“I find this young man so special. Talk about getting to the raw truth,” Pitt told GQ, speaking about getting through his divorce and Ocean's importance to him. “He’s painfully honest. He’s very, very special. I can’t find a bad one." Read more...

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Trump has already started writing his speech to pardon the Thanksgiving turkeyOpen in a New Window

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So, we got into work this morning and someone had slipped the working draft of President Donald Trump's speech for later this year when he pardons the Thanksgiving turkey. Apparently, he's writing it himself. I know, right??

Admittedly, this is very early for Trump to be planning out the annual presidential tradition, and he's not really known for writing his own speeches. But, we here at Mashable would be remiss if we didn't publish this revealing document.

What follows is Trump's draft speech in full: 

"Thank you, thank you for joining us for this very, very special day. It's a day for justice, I think.  Read more...

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This Kickstarter beer tool got funded in 2 hours flatOpen in a New Window

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When you call your product “the most advanced beer drinker’s device in the universe,” you’d better be able to deliver the goods. But barring the existence of some kind of beer teleporting device invented in a distant galaxy, you’ll be inclined to believe the slogan when you see The Beer Spike.

This keychain-sized tool is shaped like a railroad spike (“to symbolize the great United States of America”) and it puts a new spin on the take-anywhere bottle opener. Like most bottle openers, The Beer Spike fits on your keychain and, yes, it opens beer bottles. But that’s about where the similarities end — because it’s also able to pull can tabs, pierce holes in the tops of cans to allow a smoother flow, and even pierce the sides of cans so you can shotgun a brew like you’re back in college again. Read more...

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Here's everything you need to land the finance job of your dreamsOpen in a New Window

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It’s hard to land a good job on Wall Street. You have to dress smart, act super confident, and watch the movie Wall Street over and over again. You also have to know so much about finance that it’ll make your head spin.

Fortunately, the Wall Street Training Course Bundle will teach you what you need to know to get an awesome job on Wall Street. Whether you’re a financial whiz kid or a retail employee living in your mother’s basement, this amazing bundle is your ticket to landing the position you want. Check out the included courses:  Read more...

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10 'Game of Thrones' reality shows we need nowOpen in a New Window

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With Game of Thrones ending in 2018, the great lords of HBO have masterminded several spinoffs. That's all fine and well, but what if we just put a Westerosi twist on known commodities? Imagine your favorite reality TV shows, but with a Game of Thrones twist.

Honestly, once you start thinking about it it's hard to resist, so we came up with a few 10 and imagined how they'd play out.


Eunuch Eye for the Straight Girl

Have you noticed how sleek and chic Daenerys’ winter wear is? For someone who’s barely lived in Westeros, let alone in winter, she looks fabulous — thanks to Varys. How do you find the right outfit that says ‘Dragon Queen’ without the baggage of Meereen? What says “I banished my oldest advisor and ravaged the other in bed” but keeps a leader looking relatable? Varys’ inspiration includes the ladies of King’s Landing and his early years in Pentos. Tyrion carries fabric. Read more...

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Forget Yelp: Some of the best writing on the web is at IWasPoisoned.comOpen in a New Window

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Americans are taught to be ashamed of their loose bowels — but there is no greater cathartic pleasure than telling someone your story of digestive woe. 

Truly, nothing feels better than eliciting other people's sympathy for your minor, passing medical ailments: for example, I am thrilled to announce to you all that I have a dentist appointment later today to examine my sore jaw. 

IWasPoisoned.com does something even better than that: it allows people the unique pleasure of identifying restaurants where they believe they've been food poisoned, then telling the explosive diarrhea stories we've been taught are too "shameful" for the general public. Read more...

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A brief history of Shark WeekOpen in a New Window

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It's finally here, one of the most sacred summer traditions in the U.S.A.: Shark Week.

As the nation prepares for this momentous occasion, let us look back: What is Shark Week? How and when did it start, and what are the origins of this grand tradition?

To celebrate the arrival of Shark Week and almost 30 years of these cartilaginous fish, we took a look back at Shark Week through the years.

One could and is arguing that our nation's obsession with what some might call "angry, toothed dolphins" began after Stephen Spielberg's 1975 thriller Jaws. In the film, a new England beach town is terrorized by a massive, murderous shark with a taste for human flesh. Read more...

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How Sarahah became one of the most popular iPhone apps in the worldOpen in a New Window

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The App Store's most popular free app isn't what you think it is.

It's called Sarahah, and in the past week, it's surged to the top of the App Store in regions like Australia, Ireland, the U.S, and the UK.

Created by Saudi Arabian developer Zain al-Abidin Tawfiq, the app is essentially a social network that lets you send and receive anonymous messages. 

Sarahah was built on the premise that people are more willing to be honest when their messages are anonymized, and it's become particularly popular in Arab-speaking regions and also among English-speaking teenagers. Read more...

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Teen Groot will steal every 'Avengers: Infinity War' scene he's in, just watchOpen in a New Window

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You thought Baby Groot was a stone-cold scene thief? Just wait.

There's so much to unpack from a second viewing of the Avengers: Infinity War footage that first played at D23 last and came out for an encore at Comic-Con on Saturday night, but there was one thing I utterly missed the first time that fully stood out the second:

Teen Groot.

We first met the brooding, game-obsessed teenaged Groot in one of the post-credits scenes from Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2, when Peter Quill was giving him a fatherly talking-to, and he wan't having any of it. Well, he's barely aged at all by the time we get to Infinity War — and so settled into the background that I didn't see him the first time around. Read more...

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'Black Panther' just debuted some new footage at Comic-Con and it looks friggin' epicOpen in a New Window

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Unlike his buddy Thor, Black Panther didn't release any new footage online during Marvel's Comic-Con panel. But luckily for you, we were in the room where it happens – and let's just say this thing looks friggin' epic

Like, "worth standing in the Hall H line for" epic.

We were treated to both a longer clip and a trailer-style sizzle reel. The former looks, basically, like Marvel's take on James Bond. T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman), Okoye (Danai Gurira), and Nakia (Lupita Nyong'o) are all dressed to the nines as they enter a South Korean luxury casino that looks like something out of SkyfallRead more...

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Jeff Goldblum is the Jeff Goldblum-iest in the 'Thor: Ragnarok' clip only Comic-Con got to seeOpen in a New Window

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The entire world got a new look at Thor: Ragnarok on Saturday, in the form of a brand-new trailer. But diehard fans in Comic-Con's Hall H got a big bonus: a never-before-seen clip.

And, well, it sure looks like director Taika Waititi is having a lot of fun with this one, both in front of and behind the camera.

The Thor: Ragnarok Comic-Con clip opens with Thor coming to, only to discover he's shackled to some kind of fancy chair. He seems to be gliding through a tunnel with lots of lights as a voiceover explains what's going on. (It's not unlike the Star Tours simulator ride at Disney. Synergy!) Read more...

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What's up with the 'Justice League' post-trailer cliffhanger? Is that ... Superman?Open in a New Window

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The Justice League Comic-Con trailer makes a big deal out of uniting the DC superheroes. But it doesn't take a Batman-level intellect to figure out that one's still missing.

Superman's nowhere to be seen in the latest Justice League footage reel – and since Henry Cavill was also MIA at the Warner Bros. Hall H panel, no one got a chance to ask him about it. But that latest trailer may have given us a little clue as to how the Man of Steel will figure into all of this.

At the very end of the video, Jeremy Irons' Alfred addresses an unseen figure. "He said you'd come. Now let's hope you're not too late." That line is prefaced by Alfred noticing that his whiskey glass is starting to shake, Jurassic Park-style. Whoever or whatever it is, it's creating a lot of commotion. Read more...

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Barb crashed the 'Stranger Things' panel at Comic-Con and it was magicalOpen in a New Window

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Hulk is back in the 'Thor: Ragnarok' trailer, and he's never looked more smashingOpen in a New Window

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It's the end of the world as we know it, and we feel ... pretty hyped, actually.

That's because while the new trailer for Thor: Ragnarok promises doom and destruction, it also promises a really good time. 

Thor and Hulk, the two Avengers who sat out Captain America: Civil War, are reunited here in the furthest reaches of space, where they're forced to face off in a gladiatorial duel. Don't worry, though – they're friends from work.

Tessa Thompson and Jeff Goldblum join the MCU as two new characters who encounter Thor on the planet Sakaar. Meanwhile, Meanwhile, Hela (Cate Blanchett), the goddess of death, has been unleashed and looks ready to wreak havoc on Asgard. And, of course, Loki's still kicking around and causing trouble for everyone. Read more...

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'Captain Marvel' is traveling all the way back to the 1990sOpen in a New Window

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Last year at Comic-Con, Marvel Studios officially announced Brie Larson as the star of Captain Marvel. They're still not even shooting yet, bu this year at Comic-Con, Marvel Studios dropped a few more juicy details.

As has been rumored, Nick Fury will appear in Captain Marvel. What we didn't expect was what Kevin Feige said next. "In this film, Nick Fury has two eyes," he said. "Because this film takes place before the events of Iron Man 1. It's set in the early 1990s."

And that's not even the most surprising bomb that Feige dropped during the Comic-Con panel. He additionally announced that the villains of Captain Marvel will be the Skrulls. Read more...

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Hulk talk better in 'Thor: Ragnarok' (and refuse turn back into Banner)Open in a New Window

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It's been a couple of years since Bruce Banner started turning into the Hulk in the MCU timeline, so it would stand to reason that his alter ego's vocabulary would be improving.

Mark Ruffalo spilled details about the big fella during Marvel's Thor: Ragnarok panel on Saturday at Comic-Con, including that he won't be playing much Bruce Banner.

Hulk refuses to turn back into Banner on [the planet] Sakaar because he's a champion gladiator," Ruffalo said. "And he's enjoying his life for once, and he'll be damned if he's gonna go back to Banner. Read more...

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Michelle Pfeiffer will play Janet van Dyne in 'Ant-Man and the Wasp'Open in a New Window

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Marvel kicked off its San Diego Comic-Con panel with some typically awesome news — Michelle Pfeiffer has been tapped to play Janet van Dyne, the first Wasp and mother of Janet van Dyne.

"She was our dream choice when making the first film," Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige admitted during the panel, expressing his disbelief that they actually managed to cast the former Catwoman.

The news was announced via an adorable video hosted by Ant-Man stars Paul Rudd and Michael Peña, which recapped the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe up to this point — with plenty of snark from Rudd and Peña about their rivals (at one point, recapping The Avengers, they referred to Hawkeye as Alan Alda).  Read more...

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'Westworld' Season 2 trailer drops at Comic-Con and it's full of bloody mayhemOpen in a New Window

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Westworld doesn't return to our screens until 2018, but the show has been filming for about a week, according to showrunner Jonathan Nolan — which is apparently just enough time to throw together a delicious new trailer for the HBO hit.

We open on the show's blood-splattered player piano, and there's plenty of the red stuff on display in the teaser, which sees Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) and Teddy (James Marsden) on horseback, triumphantly hunting down the humans who have spent years toying with them for fun. 

We also see Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) regarding a dead tiger (It's pretty incongruous to have one of those in the Old West setting of Sweetwater, right? Unless it escaped from a different environment?) before later hitching a ride with Head of Security Ashley Stubbs (Luke Hemsworth) and some dudes in heavy-duty body armor.  Read more...

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Watch Gal Gadot's thunderous Hall H return at Comic-ConOpen in a New Window

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With $771 million in worldwide box office and counting, what's not to scream about?

Hall H went utterly wild for the arrival of Gal Gadot at Comic-Con after the most successful DC/Warner Bros. film ever, and perhaps the strongest-holding superhero film of all time.

Turn your volume down before playing this, because Hall H gave Wonder Woman a hero's welcome on Saturday alright:

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What's up with 'Gotham City Sirens,' 'Nightwing' and 'Black Adam' at DC?Open in a New Window

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When Warner Brosannounced its slate of nine upcoming films at Comic-Con on Saturday, we couldn't help but notice a few big omissions.

Embedded within the sizzle reel were nine titles and logos, most of which we knew were coming, some of which (like Wonder Woman II) are now officially official. Make no mistake: Nine is a lot of movies to have lined up.

But what has become of Gotham City Sirens, the Harley Quinn-led female villain team-up which Margot Robbie boarded back in December? Wouldn't the return of another major female star — with the director, David Ayer, who first got her to screen — seem like something you'd include? Read more...

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'Star Trek Discovery' stars Spock's stepsister and the 'most f*cked up Captain ever'Open in a New Window

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That sound you just heard was the heads of every Star Trek fan exploding as details of their new show dropped at Comic-Con. 

Not least of which was the fact that Spock now has a stepsister, and she's the star of the show.

Star Trek Discovery, premiering September, stars Sonequa Martin-Green (The Walking Dead) as First Officer Michael Burnham. But what wasn't known until Martin-Green just announced it is that Burnham was raised by Sarek — a.k.a. Spock's dad — played by James Frain. 

"We're aware that Spock's stepsister is not canon," said producer Alex Kurtzman. "Be patient with us." Read more...

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'Stranger Things' drops thrilling Season 2 trailer at Comic-ConOpen in a New Window

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We won't be venturing back to the Upside Down until October 27, but the cast and creators of Stranger Things were kind enough to give us a brief glimpse of the trip we're about to take at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday afternoon, courtesy of a thrilling new trailer. ('cause the music in the trailer is Thriller, get it?) 

The cast gave series creators the Duffer brothers a standing ovation on stage after watching the footage, which was the first time they'd gotten to see it — and the Hall H crowd was equally pumped.

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'Stranger Things' Comic-Con panel misspells Patton Oswalt's name because one job is too manyOpen in a New Window

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You had one job, person whose job it was to make Patton Oswalt's name card for the Stranger Things panel at Comic-Con.

Well, maybe you had several other jobs and it was all very exciting and you were really distracted and the publicist emailed it to you wrong. 

Still.

One job.

Or maybe this is Oswalt's upside-down doppelgänger?

WATCH: This 'Star Wars' themed dress was made using over 10,000 lego bricks

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Ryan Gosling watches a clip from the old 'Blade Runner' in a clip from the new 'Blade Runner'Open in a New Window

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Here's one way in which the world of Blade Runner 2049 differs from our own: In that universe, Ridley Scott's Blade Runner doesn't exist.

Which sounds obvious, yes, but it means that we get to watch Ryan Gosling discover the events of Blade Runner for the very first time in 2049. Hopefully, he's a fan. 

Blade Runner 2049 picks up decades after the original Blade Runner. Some things have changed. Others haven't. 

A timeline shown at Comic-Con revealed that in 2020 (one year after the events of Blade Runner), the Tyrell Corporation rushed a new line of Nexus 8 models into the marketplace. "In an attempt to keep the company viable, they had extended lifespans," explained a voiceover.  Read more...

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'Krypton' isn't just a Superman prequel - it's got more DC characters than 'Justice League'Open in a New Window

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SAN DIEGO — If you thought Krypton was just going to be a poor man's Gotham, think again. 

The Syfy show, slated for 2018, has thus far been pitched as a prequel set on Superman's homeworld following the Man of Steel's grandfather, Seg-El, played by British newcomer Cameron Coffe, as a young man. 

But as DC Comics president Geoff Johns revealed at Comic-Con Saturday, the show has a whole raft of DC characters in it — because it's also a time-traveling extravaganza.

"You'll see a lot of DC characters in this," Johns told a capacity crowd. "It's about a conspiracy from the present that's trying to stop Superman from ever being born." Read more...

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'Justice League' stars pick out their perfect 'Suicide Squad' nemesesOpen in a New Window

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Hypothetical: You're a Justice League superhero and you're facing off against the Suicide Squad. Who are you and who do you prefer to punch?

That's the question Justice League stars faced at their San Diego Comic-Con panel on Saturday, and four of them stepped up right away. It's like they're ready for a fight or something.

Jason Momoa, Justice League's Aquaman, would take Boomerang (because he'd be easiest?). Although Digger Harkness — played in the Suicide movie by Jai Courtney — was locked up by The Flash, in this hypothetical he'd face off against the aquatic superhero (and former Dothraki warlord). Read more...

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'Aquaman' makes a big splash at Comic-Con's Hall HOpen in a New Window

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Based on the latest Justice League trailer, it sure looks like Aquaman could be the scene-stealing breakout – and the good news is that his newfound fans won't have to wait too much longer to see him fly solo. Swim solo, rather.

At Comic-Con today, Warner Bros. shared a little sneak peek at the first footage from Aquaman, starring Jason Momoa and directed by James Wan. And it looks... pretty cool, actually.

The scene opens on a sleepy, little fishing trip. Two old men are in a tiny little boat, lazily throwing their lines into the water. Then one of them catches something – something so big that it drags the entire boat with it. Eventually, the man lets go of his pole rather than get dragged into the water. He peers down into the ocean and gasps at what we see. Read more...

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10 pop culture references hiding in the 'Ready Player One' trailerOpen in a New Window

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The first trailer for Steve Spielberg's virtual reality epic Ready Player One has just landed and the response has been positive so far. 

But for those who aren't familiar with the book the film is based on, they might wonder why there are so many familiar pieces of pop culture whizzing by the screen. Well that's because in the book and the film, the next generation of VR users are obsessed with old games and films — because they lead to clues that are part of a bigger game. 

After watching the trailer several times we managed to pick out a few video game and TV references hidden in plain sight.  Read more...

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