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  1. Last week, some details of the Anti-crypto bill “On the prohibition of cryptocurrency and the regulation of official digital currencies”, which has been under development in India since last year, has become public. In particular, it is stipulated that Indian citizens convicted for carrying out operations with cryptocurrency face up to 10 years in prison. It is proposed to apply punishment to persons "directly or indirectly associated with the extraction, generation, storage, sale, transfer, sale, issuance and conclusion of transactions with cryptocurrency." The possibility of release on bail under these charges is not provided. The bill also spelled fines, three times the amount of benefits. The violation inflicted on the state will have to compensate for it in full. The owners of the cryptocurrency of India must, within 90 days, get rid of them and report it to the state. Representatives of various departments, including the Department of Economic Affairs, the Central Council on Direct Taxes, the Central Council on Indirect Taxes and Customs and the Department of Education and Investor Protection Funds under the Government of India, took part in the preparation of the bill. The Reserve Bank of India said that they have no relation to the bill development. KYCbench, your reliable KYC partner www.kycbench.com GDPR & ISO/IEC 27001:2013 compliant Please contact KYCbench today, the most reliable ID verification processor at: contact@kycbench.com Join our Telegram Groups: KYCBench Announcement KYCBench Community
  2. The National Bank of Ukraine provides access to the “Electronic Hryvnia” platform (Electronic Hryvnia) and continues to explore the possibilities of obtaining digital currency and even released a certain amount of coins. While the NBU is only exploring the advantages and disadvantages of central bank digital currencies (central bank digital currencies, CBDCs), some experts urge regulators to step up work on the issue of innovative monetary units. For example, Avenir Suisse offers the National Bank of Switzerland to develop a blockchain-based economic model. The next step is the creation of the so-called “frank-token”, which is a stablecoin controlled by the central bank. Experts believe that the new coin is able to provide trade finance and the creation of new business models. The head of the Bank of Lithuania, Vitas Vassilus, who is convinced that the CBDC can act as a medium of exchange, payment and value preservation, is also optimistic. In addition, government cryptocurrencies can improve the efficiency of payments and settlement of securities and reduce the risks in the financial market. However, representatives of regulators in some countries are skeptical. Thus, the president of the German Federal Bank, Jens Weidman, believes that cryptocurrencies issued by central banks can destabilize the financial system and worsen the work of credit experts, especially during a crisis. He is also confident that the demand for CBDC may adversely affect the efficiency of the central regulator and contribute to a fundamental shift in business models of banks. “There is no real breakthrough in the application of technology,” said Weidman. Believes that CBDC can improve the effectiveness of monetary policy. The Bank of Russia declares that state cryptocurrencies can reduce transaction costs, as well as recommend themselves in conditions of low interest rates and low inflation. In addition, interest can be added to an account with CBDC. On the other hand, the document states separately that there is not a single successful, fully functioning CBDC available to the general public. In general, studies on the creation of state digital currencies are about 70% of the central banking operations in the world, but only a few of them start the practical implementation of projects. KYCbench, your reliable KYC partner www.kycbench.com GDPR & ISO/IEC 27001:2013 compliant Please contact KYCbench today, the most reliable ID verification processor at: contact@kycbench.com Join our Telegram Groups: KYCBench Announcement KYCBench Community
  3. In an effort to crackdown on world money laundering, tax evasion and organised cybercrime, the United States’ Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has spearheaded the advent of a multinational company to handle the issue. The Lithuanian Cabinet of Ministers approved the amendments prepared earlier by the Ministry of Finance of the country to the law on the prevention of money laundering and terrorism. They provide for the mandatory registration of crypto exchange operators. In particular, operators of cryptocurrency exchangers and deposit funds must register with the Registrar Center. In addition, they will be subject to the law on the prevention of money laundering. It follows from this that companies will have to carry out an identity verification procedure if the amount of the operation exceeds one thousand euros, and also report financial transactions of over € 15,000 to the Financial Crime Investigation Service. Regulatory amendments relate to the scope of the ICO. So, organizers of tokensails will also have to identify the identity of investors if the amount of the transaction exceeds three thousand euros. Recall that last year the Lithuanian Ministry of Finance published a guide, which listed which tokens during an ICO can be considered securities. KYCbench, your reliable KYC partner www.kycbench.com GDPR & ISO/IEC 27001:2013 compliant Please contact KYCbench today, the most reliable ID verification processor at: contact@kycbench.com Join our Telegram Groups: KYCBench Announcement KYCBench Community
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    In an effort to crackdown on world money laundering, tax evasion and organised cybercrime, the United States’ Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has spearheaded the advent of a multinational company to handle the issue. The J5 group, established last year by the tax authorities of the United States, Australia, the United Kingdom, Canada and the Netherlands, is currently investigating 60 major international schemes for cryptocurrency tax evasion. At least 12 of them led to the Australian Revenue Service (ATO), reports The Sydney Morning Herald. Additionally, the J5 group is considering 50+ tax evasion cases that could potentially fall into its area of interest. ATO Deputy Commissioner Will Day noted that one of the investigations conducted by Australian tax authorities is related to a large international financial institution and related intermediary companies. According to him, thanks to participation in J5, the department has the opportunity to receive more information to prevent and solve tax crimes, including those related to cryptocurrencies. “We see that the use of cryptocurrency has reached a level that was not previously observed. Not in a way that had never been seen before. Australia definitely allows legitimate investments in cryptocurrencies, but we also see their use for tax crimes, ”said Will Day. He also added that quite often Australian market participants are intermediaries between tax evaders and offshore companies. Recall that in May the Netherlands police, with the support of Europol, closed the popular Bitcoin mixer Bestmixer.io, which was allegedly used for money laundering. All relevant information was also provided to J5 members. KYCbench, your reliable KYC partner www.kycbench.com GDPR & ISO/IEC 27001:2013 compliant Please contact KYCbench today, the most reliable ID verification processor at: contact@kycbench.com Join our Telegram Groups: KYCBench Announcement KYCBench Community
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    The creative director of 2K / DENMARK company, Thomas Silkjer, said that as a result of the hacker attack, GateHub users lost 23 million Ripple XRP tokens (approximately $ 9.6 million at the current rate). According to Silkiera, 80-90 user wallets were cracked in the course that began on June 1, and as a result, 23,200,000 XRPs were sent to 12 addresses. It soon became clear that out of this amount, 13.1 million XRP were on various exchanges and transaction mixing services. “The attacker has received significant amounts from several XRP accounts. They were probably managed through Gatehub.net, ”said Silkjer. Below is a diagram of the movement of the stolen funds: Yellow color indicates wallets used for digital currency, blue is the victim, red is the wallets of the intruders. Image source. It is currently unknown how hackers attacked the service. Representatives of GateHub confirmed the problem, but could not provide more detailed information. Recall that as a result of the March hacking of 20 million XRP and 3 million EOS, the large South Korean stock exchange Bithumb lost. A theft that involves multiple victims needs to be handled via law enforcement in various countries. KYCBench strongly advise all victims to file a complaint with relevant authorities in their jurisdictions. KYCbench, your reliable KYC partner www.kycbench.com GDPR & ISO/IEC 27001:2013 compliant Please contact KYCbench today, the most reliable ID verification processor at: contact@kycbench.com Join our Telegram Groups: KYCBench Announcement KYCBench Community
  6. Roobee is a blockchain-based investment platform that uses AI and transparent statistics to help people make smart investments from $ 10 into previously inaccessible investment products with a high and complex entry threshold - such as real estate, promising start-ups, investment funds, IPO, stocks, cryptocurrency projects and others. The project successfully conducted private rounds, receiving the equivalent of $ 5.5M from well-known crypto whales. One of them is “200M_trader”, which in August 2018 invested 10,955 ETH on the pre-seed round (about $ 4.5 million); the other, one of the top 250 Bitcoin whales, closed the private round of Token Sale with 200 bitcoins (about $ 1 million). Roobee has impressive plans. On the basis of its own blockchain, a set of tools for the investor is created, which complement each other and create a closed ecosystem. 8 products have been announced today: Roobee Network, RoobeeID, RoobeeWallet, RoobeeScore, RoobeeFin, RoobeeMarket, RoobeeTerminal, RoobeeLiquid. All interesting and popular, the most important - carrier network Network, a set of keys to all services RoobeeID, wallet. Others are internal portfolio management tools that increase investment efficiency by taking it to a new level using artificial intelligence and machine learning. The target audience of Roobee is the Y and Z generations which, according to the UN, by 2020 will make up 63% of all consumers. They are not inclined to study complex data and same time do not trust traditional banks. Roobee proposes to solve this dual problem with the help of blockchain and artificial intelligence. The blockchain will provide transparency of transactions, the AI will act as a smart consultant. It is known that up to 90% of private investors lose money on exchanges. Roobee is not about active trading, but more about the formation of smart and balanced investment portfolios. Roobee creates a simple and convenient investment service, in which there will be no active trading with constant tracking of quotations, “stock” game, stop-losses, glasses, margin trading and other complex professional tools. Another fundamental idea - the elimination of the threshold of entry. Most investors are people who do not have large capital. The Roobee platform removes restrictions for them and allows them to invest in products that were previously available only to large investors, both in the fiat world and in the crypto environment. In Roobee, any person in a couple of clicks will be able to invest his money in a portfolio of investment products from different markets, which will allow him to get the maximum diversification. KYCbench, your reliable KYC partner www.kycbench.com GDPR & ISO/IEC 27001:2013 compliant Please contact KYCbench today, the most reliable ID verification processor at: contact@kycbench.com Join our Telegram Groups: KYCBench Announcement KYCBench Community
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    BiteBTC cryptocurrency exchange blocks withdrawals and user accounts. This was reported by several users, and a corresponding warning appeared in the CoinMarketCap analytical resource. For example, the BiteBTC team sent e-mails to traders explaining that account freezing required the verification of the origin of funds, as well as documentation confirming the ownership of blocked assets. Some users were asked to provide data on bank accounts and credit cards to confirm their identity in order to ensure full legal compliance. However, after providing the necessary documents, users received standard replies, and when they tried to withdraw funds, in case of successful verification, their accounts were immediately blocked. It is noteworthy that the official Twitter site claims that the exchange operates in Singapore’s jurisdiction, however, the operator’s website indicates First Finance LLC, allegedly located on the Seychelles, which are a well-known offshore zone. However, the domain of this company is registered in the United States. Prior to this, the BiteBTC site claimed that the Singapore operator FinanceFirst Pte is the site operator. Ltd, which soon denied this information on its blog and has already filed a complaint with the Singapore police. Also, representatives of the company added that their statement against the stock exchange is not the only one. KYCbench, your reliable KYC partner www.kycbench.com GDPR & ISO/IEC 27001:2013 compliant Please contact KYCbench today, the most reliable ID verification processor at: contact@kycbench.com Join our Telegram Groups: KYCBench Announcement KYCBench Community
  8. North Korea uses cyber attacks to circumvent international sanctions. This statement was made by Deputy Assistant Director of the FBI for cybersecurity, information technology and intelligence Tonya Ugoretz at a conference from the Aspen Institute, reports Korea Herald – South Korean English-language news outlet. In particular, Ugoretz stressed that North Korean hackers hacked Sony Pictures Entertainment systems in 2014, robbed Bangladesh Bank in 2016, and in 2017 launched an epidemic of the encryption virus WannaCry. “Sanctions are having an economic impact, so cyber operations are a means to make money, whether it’s through cryptocurrency mining or bank robbery,” Ugoretz added. The representative of the Director of National Intelligence of the United States, Erin Joe, said that the FBI and several other US agencies intend to oppose the criminal activities of the DPRK in the field of cryptocurrency to cover this source of funding for Pyongyang. It is noteworthy that on May 28, some users of the UpBit cryptocurrency exchange received phishing e-mails in which they were promised non-existent prize payments. These letters contain documentation that, after downloading, launches malware. Note that earlier in attacks on the Bitcoin exchange to circumvent the sanctions, North Korea was accused of the UN, assessing the minimum damage for the period from January 2017 to September 2018 at $ 571 million. At the end of 2017, Assistant to the President of Donald Trump on internal security issues, Thomas Bossert, publicly accused the DPRK of spreading the WannaCry epidemic, the losses of which reached billions of dollars. Recall, for the first time, mining activity in the DPRK was recorded on May 17, 2017. KYCbench, your reliable KYC partner www.kycbench.com GDPR & ISO/IEC 27001:2013 compliant Please contact KYCbench today, the most reliable ID verification processor at: contact@kycbench.com Join our Telegram Groups: KYCBench Announcement KYCBench Community
  9. Dynasty Global Investments is project of a worldwide platform born in the Crypto Valley. A business-friendly ecosystem centred in and around the Swiss canton of Zug with active connections to international centres of blockchain innovation in London, Singapore, Silicon Valley and New York. Built on top of Ethereum, a decentralized platform without any possibility of downtime, censorship, fraud or third party interference. By implementing blockchain technology, Dynasty Global Investments bring investment transparency, globalization, and decentralization to the next level with their artificial intelligence platform for investments in Real Estate assets. Working closely with the best investment managers, lawyers, and financial authorities, Dynasty Global Investments are creating a solid bridge between the blockchain universe and the classical real estate investment by providing a transparent and legally compliant framework. Dynasty Global Investments and KYCBench are accomplishing mutual goal to create a secure space like never seen before! KYCbench, your reliable KYC partner www.kycbench.com GDPR & ISO/IEC 27001:2013 compliant Please contact KYCbench today, the most reliable ID verification processor at: contact@kycbench.com Join our Telegram Groups: KYCBench Announcement KYCBench Community
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    Bitwise Asset Management presented a 105 pages report to the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), which reviewed 83 cryptocurrency exchanges for fake trading volumes, analyzed the relationship between futures on the CME and the spot market, as well as the volume of arbitrage operations on the platforms. The document, in particular, states that in reality the bitcoin spot market is much smaller, more regulated and more efficient than is commonly believed. Thus, according to the study, the state of the spot market has improved significantly since the beginning of 2018. Earlier in Bitwise, it was argued that 95% of trading volumes on unregulated exchanges are fake and devoid of any economic sense. The analytical material had a thesis that approximately $ 6 billion of the daily trading volume of cryptocurrencies on the spot market are fake. Only 10 of the 83 cryptocurrency exchanges analyzed, passed the original Bitwise test, the purpose of which was to determine whether the sites overstated their trading volumes systematically. These include Binance, Bitfinex, Coinbase, Kraken, Bitstamp, bitFlyer, Gemini, itBit, Bittrex and Poloniex. It is worth noting that the South Korean cryptocurrency exchanges were not included in the study. In Bitwise, this was explained by the fact that the trading volumes of these sites stand out too much from the rest of the cryptocurrency market. KYCbench, your reliable KYC partner www.kycbench.com GDPR & ISO/IEC 27001:2013 compliant Please contact KYCbench today, the most reliable ID verification processor at: contact@kycbench.com Join our Telegram Groups: KYCBench Announcement KYCBench Community
  11. Its not a secret for anyone that governments and other influential organizations seek to take control of the cryptocurrency industry and impose their game rules, by analogy with traditional finance. In the new technologies that have opened up completely new opportunities for many people, states see a direct threat to the current system that allows a handful of wealthy individuals to maintain economic segregation in their society. It can be stated that ten years after the appearance of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, the government’s unified viewpoint has not yet been worked out. These attempts, however, they do not leave. Federal Reserve Bank of New York held a meeting with the participation of 24 financial bodies and 11 major international organizations, including the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank at the beginning of May. The event was held as part of the plenary session of the Financial Stability Board (FSB), and among other things it discussed “vulnerabilities in the global financial system”, as well as international standards for the regulation of cryptocurrencies as part of a set of protective measures. As the Council stated, its work with crypto assets focuses on two areas: monitoring the effects of their use on financial stability and creating a list of regulators. The organization also announced its intention to publish updated information on the work of regulatory standards development bodies and present it at a meeting of finance ministers and central bank governors of the G20 countries, which will be held June 28-29 in Osaka. The importance of consistently introducing international standards was also highlighted by Choi Jon-ku, Chairman of the South Korean Financial Market Regulatory Commission (FSC), who was present at the meeting. In his opinion, each country needs to apply regulations in accordance with international standards prepared by the Financial Action Task Force on Money Laundering (FATF). Such an approach, the head of FSC said, will help negate inconsistencies in the laws of individual countries. The key message of the FATF recommendations is to propose that “virtual asset providers”, which include cryptocurrency exchanges, wallets and other infrastructure platforms, “collect and store necessary and accurate information about the senders and recipients of crypto assets”. According to the organization, the authorities should be able to obtain this data at any time. To understand the emerging picture, it is also necessary to remember that the recommendations of the FSB apply to the countries that are part of the organization. To date, this list includes Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, the Netherlands, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, UK and the United States, that is, almost all the largest jurisdictions in the world. In addition, the FSB includes the IMF, the World Bank, the Bank for International Settlements (BIS), the European Central Bank, the European Commission and a number of other organizations. In addition, in April, the FSB submitted a report that listed the agencies responsible for regulating cryptocurrency in the G20 countries, which includes most of the countries listed above. KYCbench, your reliable KYC partner www.kycbench.com GDPR & ISO/IEC 27001:2013 compliant Please contact KYCbench today, the most reliable ID verification processor at: contact@kycbench.com Join our Telegram Groups: KYCBench Announcement KYCBench Community
  12. The court of the Central District of Israel ruled in favor of the tax authority of the country, recognizing a Bitcoin as a financial asset, and not currency. Accordingly, profits from its sale in Israel should be subject to capital gains tax. This is a case of the DAV blockchain startup, whose founder Noam Copel bought bitcoins in 2011 and sold them in 2013 with a profit of approximately 8.27 million shekels (about $ 2.29 million). Kopel does not agree that his profits should be subject to capital gains tax. “Bitcoin should be classified as a foreign currency, and its profits should be treated as a difference in rates received by an individual who does not operate, and therefore should not be taxed,” he said. However, the Israeli tax authority did not agree with this, since Bitcoin is not a currency by definition of the central bank; accordingly, it cannot be foreign currency, as was suggested. Instead, the agency claims that the cryptocurrency falls under the definition of an asset, so the profits from its sale are subject to capital gains tax. Recall officially the status of Bitcoin in the country is still undefined. The court recalled the position of the tax authority that the definition of “currency” should be the definition of the country’s central bank. Under the current law, it does not apply to cryptocurrencies. The agency confirmed that bitcoin is not a currency in both accounting and economic aspects. “He is very volatile, any investments associated with him are high-risk, its use is strictly limited, mainly by illegal entities, and it is not used as a standard of value,” says the Israeli tax service. According to Koppel, the fact that Bitcoin is used as a payment method and for valuation means that it should be considered a currency. After listening to the arguments of the parties, Judge Shmuel Bornstein rejected Kopel’s appeal because he “could not prove that Bitcoin meets the definition of a currency or that it represents a real alternative to coins and banknotes in any country,” and decided that since Bitcoin is an asset rather than currency, this operation is taxed. As a result, the decision of the court obliges Kopel to pay tax in the amount of about 3 million shekels. According to the managing partner of the Israeli law firm Bracha & Co and the head of the tax department Itay Bracha, the decision can be considered a signal to those who have not yet reported on profits associated with cryptocurrency. KYCbench, your reliable KYC partner www.kycbench.com GDPR & ISO/IEC 27001:2013 compliant Please contact KYCbench today, the most reliable ID verification processor at: contact@kycbench.com Join our Telegram Groups: KYCBench Announcement KYCBench Community
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    Reputaction SAS is a French company founded in 2015 by Dr Jean-Marc Seigneur who has published internationally more than 100 scientific publications on decentralized trust from attack-resistant computational trust algorithms to online reputation management. Reputaction aims at making untrustworthy transactions obsolete. For example, Reputaction patent-pending hardened crypto wallet allows for instant Bitcoin / crypto-tokens transactions, even offline, with enforced KYC-AML carried out by KYCBench. Another Reputaction product solved the decentralized certification of products information, especially the decentralized certification of who has contributed to a product, which gives a relational value to the product. Research has shown that products with certified photos of the people who have contributed to the elaboration of the product can be sold at a 20% higher price than products without such certified photos. Reputaction has launched the first online relational value marketplace in France in 2019 and is now looking for investors to expand its patent and products beyond the French market. KYCbench, your reliable KYC partner www.kycbench.com GDPR & ISO/IEC 27001:2013 compliant Please contact KYCbench today, the most reliable ID verification processor at: contact@kycbench.com Join our Telegram Groups: KYCBench Announcement KYCBench Community
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    On May 2-3, KYCBench attended the EU-Startups Summit in sunny Barcelona! Europe’s hottest startups come together to learn from successful European entrepreneurs of our time. Event gathered around 1,200 founders, startup enthusiasts, corporates, angel investors, VCs, and media from across Europe. KYCBench team enjoyed a great networking opportunity with entrepreneurs, investors and international founders who are aiming to build successful international tech companies. Event in total welcomed over 70 speakers on stage, most remarkable of them are: Till Faida – the founder and CEO of Adblock Plus (eyeo) – the world’s most popular browser extension and most used ad blocking solution; Kaidi Ruusalepp – CEO and founder of Funderbeam, a global startup stock-exchange – with a blockchain-based modern syndication system; Avi Meir, the founder and CEO of TravelPerk, the world’s first all-in-one platform for booking business travel that is 100% free; Daniel Gebler, the Co-founder and CTO of Picnic, the world’s fastest growing online supermarket, based in Amsterdam, which allows its customers to order food through a simple app. Picnic aims to make grocery shopping fun, affordable, and fast for everyone – delivered by Picnic’s fleet of electric vehicles. After raising a historic €100 million round in 2017, the startup’s next step is the expansion into Germany. KYCBench enjoyed a panel discussion with some of Europe’s best startup accelerators: Techstars, APX, Wayra, Rockstart, Startup Wise Guys and Next Big Thing. And also, we can outline a panel with some of Europe’s leading equity crowdfunding platforms: Seedrs, Crowdcube, Funderbeam and Startupxplore. This spring was full of events and successful meetings for KYCBench, and we are looking now to what will bring to us hot summer! Stay tuned! KYCbench, your reliable KYC partner www.kycbench.com GDPR & ISO/IEC 27001:2013 compliant Please contact KYCbench today, the most reliable ID verification processor at: contact@kycbench.com Join our Telegram Groups: KYCBench Announcement KYCBench Community
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    Head of the American company Coinbase, Brian Armstrong, at the conference Consensus 2019, said that the amount of client funds in custody at Coinbase Custody reached $ 1 billion, CoinDesk reports. Discussion moderator Paul Vignet asked Armstrong about the future prospects of institutional investment in the cryptoindustry and Head of Coinbase replied that the amount of $ 1 billion had accumulated 12 months after the launch of the custodial service. He also added that the service benefited 70 large investors. At the same time, the amount of funds managed by Coinbase Custody increased by about $ 150 million monthly. “So it’s largely a success,” Armstrong said. According to him, the institutions are interested not only in the simple storage of funds: “They want to be involved in stacking and voting, implementing on-mine management. I think it will all develop rapidly. ” Brian Armstrong noted that whales are still most interested in bitcoin. However, the popularity of other coins is also gradually growing, so Coinbase currently offers large customers access to 30 altcoins, including the possibility of stacking some of them. In addition, Armstrong stressed that 60% of the trading volume at Coinbase Pro is accounted for by institutions. Recall that Coinbase Custody began accepting funds from a wide range of institutional investors from the US and the EU last summer. The service is available for large market participants who can afford to invest in cryptocurrency an amount in excess of $ 10 million. KYCbench, your reliable KYC partner www.kycbench.com GDPR & ISO/IEC 27001:2013 compliant Please contact KYCbench today, the most reliable ID verification processor at: contact@kycbench.com Join our Telegram Groups: KYCBench Announcement KYCBench Community
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