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Minuteman Press Highlights Year of Helping Independent Print Center Owners Sell Their Businesses

Minuteman Press International Inc

Minuteman Press International, the world’s leading design, marketing, and printing franchise, is proud to announce additional successful conversions of independent print shops to Minuteman Press franchises in 2021. Through the Minuteman Press International Conversion Program, independent printers are able to sell their printing business at no cost to them. Minuteman Press Franchise Conversion Program – 2021 Highlights Through this program, Minuteman Press International helps sellers of qualified printing businesses find qualified buyers within a reasonable time frame. All of the businesses highlighted below were listed for sale in mid-2020 and sold through 2021. Minuteman Press, Red Bank, New Jersey (formerly All American Print & Copy Center) Jason Carris is the new owner of Minuteman Press in Red Bank, NJ, which is part of the Middletown Township. He purchased All American Print & Copy Center, which was in business for 40 years, and took over the business in September 2021. Jason says, “ The biggest advantage of buying this business was having an established clientele. We did our research and made sure the owners were respected by their clients. There was also 40 years of history and track record as well.” He continues, “Minuteman Press and our Regional Vice President Jim Galasso guided us through the purchase of the business step by step. Jim made the process easier to manage and I couldn’t have done this on my own without the help from the team at Minuteman Press International.” Prior to franchising, Jason worked in medical publishing and digital marketing. He also ran a number of small consulting businesses in his career. He says, “A combination of things – including the pandemic and economic forces – made me decide to go fully into business ownership. My wife Renee has an entrepreneurial spirt as well.” Why Minuteman Press? Jason answers, “We did a lot of research and Minuteman Press jumped out to us on a number of levels. They were on a lot of top franchise lists, they appealed to people who hadn’t owned a business, and the business seemed easy to learn. In addition to being a highly respected franchise, Minuteman Press had a reasonable cost of entry and I appreciate their cap on royalties.” He adds, “The support has been wonderful. Because there is a 40-year history of the independent print shop we purchased, we have been transitioning the business. It’s great to have the training and support especially since I had not run a business of this scope before.” What is it like for Jason to be a business owner? He says, “Once you make that leap, it’s a very exciting experience to own your own business. We have a vibrant community here and I see the long-term growth potential. I am looking forward to making Minuteman Press a real pillar and trusted business partner in Red Bank / Middletown Township.” Jason further explains, “I think we have a tremendous opportunity to expand our wide format printing business with banners, posters, and signage remaining in high demand for our clients. I am also looking forward to bolstering our in-house mailing and direct mail services to help other local businesses reach their target audiences.” “I think the two biggest keys to owning a business are to really make sure you feel 100% comfortable with the business model, and to believe in your products and services. Also, it is important to be proactive but also have patience after buying the business. Think about growth potential, and understand there is a learning curve. That’s normal for everyone.” -Jason Carris, owner, Minuteman Press franchise, Red Bank, NJ (formerly All American Print & Copy Center) For more information on Minuteman Press in Red Bank, visit https://minuteman.com/us/locations/nj/red-bank. Minuteman Press, Longmont, Colorado (formerly Ron’s Printing Center) Avi Kumar has been part of the Minuteman Press franchise family since May 2016 as the owner of Minuteman Press in Greeley, CO. In February 2021, Avi had the opportunity to buy Ron’s Printing Center located in Longmont, CO, which was in business for 40 years. Avi converted Ron’s Printing Center into his second Minuteman Press franchise location in February 2021. Avi says, “Our Regional Vice President Jack Panzer told us about this established business for sale in Longmont, which is 40 minutes from us. The main advantage was to extend profitability and expand our business in Northern Colorado.” He continues, “Another advantage was that we did not have to spend a lot of extra effort in marketing this as a new business because Ron’s Printing Center had been established for a long time. The employees were all very hands-on and diligent and we were able to retain them all. Within the second month, we added mailings, promotional products, and apparel to their product lines. In fact, we just wrapped up a 30K mailer for a local non-profit organization and secured a large apparel order as well.” Prior to franchising in 2016, Avi worked in retail as a convenience store manager of several locations. “I used to manage some stores in Illinois for a big outfit out of Wisconsin. I finally got tired of answering to my boss and decided I wanted to own my own business. I moved on to better pastures and we decided as a family that Colorado was our calling.” Avi is thankful for being able to work with Minuteman Press and Jack Panzer over the past five years in Greeley and on the conversion in Longmont in 2021. He says, “Working with Jack is amazing as he is very thorough and helpful. Since I started my business in Greeley in 2016, he has been a huge resource for us and very supportive. As we start to build in Longmont, we are also expanding in Greeley to a new 5,000 sq. ft. facility – remodeling is under way as we speak. We started small and grew the business, and now we are building on that success at the right, consistent pace.” For more information on Minuteman Press in Longmont and Greeley, visit https://minuteman.com/us/locations/co/longmont or https://minuteman.com/us/locations/co/greeley. Minuteman Press, Missoula, Montana (formerly Advertiser Montana Printing) Rebecca and Kirk Treece are the new owners of Minuteman Press in Missoula, Montana. They purchased Advertiser Montana Printing, which has a 40-year history in Missoula, in January 2021. Rebecca says, “It is a real honor to become part of Missoula’s thriving business community. The Palmers (former owners) had a 40-year long relationship with this community and their loyal customers have welcomed us and trusted us with their service, which has given us a great start here in Missoula.” Prior to Minuteman Press, Rebecca and Kirk had varying careers. Rebecca shares, “Before owning my own business, I was utilizing my teaching degree as a vision therapist at an optometry office in Missoula, working with children and adults to improve their visual skills. My husband Kirk was previously a financial and operational manager for a large company. He and I also own a franchise of Fish Window Cleaning and Sunbelt Business Brokerage. We are familiar with business and the franchise concept, but were really drawn to the Minuteman Press structure, training, support and record of success.” While Rebecca and Kirk have experience owning a business, they had never been involved in the printing industry before. Rebecca says, “Advertiser Montana Printing was an independent print shop that had been in business for 40 years and they had a very loyal base of long-standing customers. An established customer base was the opportunity we were looking for when buying a new business. Our goal is 100% retention and we have worked diligently to meet and develop relationships with each customer. We hit the ground running and it gave us an opportunity to get experience across the board. Our local Minuteman Press field representatives were able to train us on every aspect of the business, which gave us the confidence to meet the demands of our customers.” Rebecca continues, “The support from Minuteman Press has been exceptional. The training was very comprehensive, and we felt like we were well-prepared for starting up and getting straight to work. We also know exactly who to call when we have a question or issue to manage. The network of Minuteman Press is amazing in the way that everyone is there for you at any time and in any capacity that you need. The expertise of the training and the continual mentoring are the powerful tools we need to succeed.” One of the ways Rebecca is looking to stand out as a new business owner is by expanding on the products and services offered by Minuteman Press and educating clients on what is in high demand right now. She explains, “Our high-demand products are business cards, menus, point of sale products like invoices and forms, and medical facility materials. As businesses open up, the demand for envelopes, letterhead, and other consumables has grown. Being part of Minuteman Press family has given us a huge opportunity to share with customers our expanded line of products like mailing, signage, apparel, promotional items. It has really given us the ability to help people promote their business.” As for Minuteman Press in Missoula, Rebecca and Kirk know exactly where they want to go. She says, “Our goal is to become the premier printing and advertising design company in Missoula and the Greater Northwestern Montana area. We want to develop the reputation for supplying the highest quality products and having superior customer service. We strive to make Minuteman Press in Missoula the place to go for all advice and services. The main lesson Minuteman Press impressed upon me is that if you do not like the current state of your business, change it! Get up, get out there, market, make connections, and grow your business. We have been given the tools and the support to create something great and that is extremely exciting for us.” For more information on Minuteman Press in Missoula, visit https://minuteman.com/us/locations/mt/missoula. Minuteman Press, Hove, England (formerly TJ’s Branding Solutions) Romi and Russell Pinsent are the new owners of Minuteman Press in Hove, England. They purchased TJ’s Branding Solutions, which operated for 30 years, in June 2021. Romi says, We are so excited to carry the legacy of TJ’s Branding Solutions and expand our products and services through Minuteman Press to benefit our local business clients and community.” TJ’s Branding Solutions laid a solid foundation for Romi and Russell as they look forward to continuing to build the business that was started by original owner Tony Jenner. Romi says, “The store that we have bought has predominantly been a sign writing store that already supports existing businesses and has a good customer base. The work done within the store already supports local businesses by assisting them to promote their own business by way of designing logos, shop fronts and vehicle livery.” On selling the printing and sign business through Minuteman Press, Tony Jenner says, “Minuteman Press Regional Vice President Mark Jones approached me at a good time and asked me if I was interested in selling my business. I have been running TJ’s Branding Solutions for over 30 years and was looking at a change of direction. I was looking to retire and enjoy what I have achieved and spend more time with family. This was a great opportunity to sell at a good price with no broker fees. What was there not to like? It was a smooth exchange and transfer that was done – I would recommend it.” Prior to franchising with Minuteman Press, Romi and Russell were no strangers to running their own business. Romi shares, “Before franchising, our background was and still is running care homes. It is an enjoyable business to run, supporting the more vulnerable people within society but it is riddled with legislation and we wanted to explore a new venture that was more creative and had an opportunity for growth. We wanted a change for us and a new business venture seemed the way forward.” Why Minuteman Press? Romi answers, “We have over 40 years of business experience between us however we were cautious about moving into a new industry as our experience is only in our other business. We visited a franchise show with the intention of looking at a hospitality franchise but quickly realized that this wasn’t something we wanted to explore due to having to work evenings and weekends.” Romi adds, “The intention at the start was to purchase a new store and grow it from the ground up however once we had decided on the franchise, [Regional Vice President] Mark Jones undertook some market research and found an existing independent print shop in TJ’s Branding Solutions where the owner wanted to retire. As a result, we began the process of purchasing the store.” “Throughout the whole process, Mark Jones supported us in liaising with the seller, solicitors, and accountants to make the process as easy as possible. There was never a question that couldn’t be answered! We secured the store on the 3 rd June 2021. Russell and I are both excited to work with the Minuteman Press franchise support team and to grow the business in the local area. Russ has lived in the city since he was 5-years-old and I have lived here all my life. We are proud to call Brighton and Hove our home, we love where we live and want to offer the best service to all local businesses here!” -Romi Pinsent, co-owner, Minuteman Press, Hove, England (formerly TJ’s Branding Solutions) Romi concludes, “Overall, As a local business ourselves, Minuteman Press in Hove is excited to work with other local businesses. We look forward to seeing where this incredible journey takes us as we build and grow together.” For more information on Minuteman Press in Hove, England, visit https://hove.minutemanpress.co.uk. International Minute Press, Nampa, Idaho (formerly Custom Printing) Sheryl and James Wisler are the new owners if International Minute Press in Nampa, Idaho. They purchased Custom Printing from Mike Cutler, who operated the independent printing business for 25 years. Seller’s Perspective from Mike Cutler, Retired Owner of Custom Printing Mike Cutler built up Custom Printing from a print shop out of his garage in 1996 to a successful printing business that averaged over $1 million in gross sales over the past 5 years. He tried to sell his printing business for six to eight months before realizing it was going to be harder than he thought. That is when he turned to Minuteman Press. Mike says, “I tried to sell the business that I worked so hard to build for six to eight months on my own. I was also preparing to let it go at a very undervalued price as I couldn’t find the right people to buy the business and I found many of them were time-wasters and tire-kickers. On top of that, when I consulted with a business broker, they were asking me for 10% off the top of the sale, and they also wanted a percentage of my lease agreement.” After experiencing these challenges on his own, Mike turned to Minuteman Press International to help sell his printing business. “One of the franchisees I knew locally in Idaho referred me to Chris Jutt, Minuteman Press International Regional Vice President. After our first phone call, I felt confident that Chris had the ability, drive and connections to make this dream a reality for me. Our meetings were always super easygoing and comfortable. Chris took all the pressure off of me and said to focus on my successful business and he would do the rest. That is just what he did.” “We set a price for my independent printing business that was significantly higher than I anticipated, and Chris Jutt recommended some terms. Within one week, I had several very interested parties. Chris found the perfect people to purchase my business – James and Sheryl Wisler – that will continue what I started some 25 years ago. Minuteman Press International knew that the most important things to me were my long-term employees, my clients, and the reputation I had worked so hard to build. Chris found buyers that valued the same things. He and the entire team at Minuteman Press International delivered on all of my expectations and exceeded in most of them. Looking back, if I knew this was going to be this easy, I would have contacted him years ago.” -Mike Cutler, retired owner, Custom Printing (now International Minute Press, Nampa, Idaho) After the sale of his business, Mike quickly realized how beneficial it was to have the team at Minuteman Press International assist with all aspects of the transition to the new owners. He shares, “At first, I was apprehensive about how the transition would go. I was immediately relieved when I saw how Minuteman Press International took the reins to teach and train James and Sheryl. We are only two and a half weeks into the transition phase, and already I feel like I am not needed as much as I thought I would be. My employees are in great hands, my clients are being taken care of, and James and Sheryl are doing a fantastic job.” He adds, “The entire team both here locally and at their corporate headquarters has been phenomenal. No matter who I’ve talked to or worked with during this entire process, everyone has been professional as well as instrumental in making this happen. It’s a win-win situation all around.” “The smooth transition has reassured me that it was the right move to sell my business with Minuteman Press International. They have the right plan, the right experience, and everyone has been incredible to the very last detail. In my acquisition experience, nothing has ever been as easy as this. I had everything to gain and nothing to lose, and there were absolutely no hiccups along the way. I would easily rate my experience as 10/10.” -Mike Cutler Advice to Other Sellers When asked what advice he would give to other print and sign shop owners looking to sell, Mike answers, “Don’t even waste your time trying to do this yourself. When you try to sell on your own, there are so many bottleneck issues and you will likely undervalue your business. I couldn’t find the right buyers on my own and I had to spend too much time to meet with people repeatedly while still running my own business.” Mike concludes, “Minuteman Press International alleviated the bottlenecks and came forward with qualified buyers who were ready to write the check for the right price. I am 100% satisfied beyond my expectations. This was a total team effort by everyone, and they all came through for me.” For more information on International Minute Press in Nampa, Idaho, visit https://minuteman.com/us/locations/id/nampa. For more information on how to sell your printing business or sign business through Minuteman Press International’s Conversion Program, visit https://bit.ly/minutemanpressconversions Contact Details Minuteman Press International Chris Biscuiti +1 631-249-1370 cbiscuiti@mpihq.com Company Website https://minutemanpressfranchise.com

December 06, 2021 09:10 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Fullintel wins three 2021 AMEC Awards, including gold for best multi-market reporting

Fullintel, LLC

Fullintel, a global media monitoring and intelligence service providing industry-leading human curation and analysis, is pleased to announce it has won three 2021 AMEC Awards in the following categories: Gold in Best Multi-Market Reporting: For helping to replace an international meal-kit delivery company’s automated media measurement with deep, impactful metrics and a human-curated reporting methodology Silver in Best First Steps on a Measurement Journey: For implementing media measurement to accurately gauge public and media opinion for a major forest management company Bronze in Most Impactful Client Recommendations Arising From a Measurement Study: For re-energizing a major not-for-profit’s media measurement with advanced sentiment and deep qualitative metrics “The AMEC Awards are an industry-defining event, and we’re thrilled to have gotten such recognition from our industry peers,” said Fullintel President Andrew Koeck. “Congratulations to our incredible team for such a tremendous achievement, and thank you to our great clients, partners, and to AMEC for hosting such an incredible awards program.” The award comes just weeks before Fullintel’s planned launch of its new real-time monitoring platform, built on our proprietary PredictiveAI™ technology that predicts the trend and sentiment of new content based on the characteristics of millions of past articles. The new platform will supplement Fullintel’s award-winning human curation with predictive, real-time intelligence built to evaluate trending stories faster and more accurately than ever. The 19th annual AMEC Awards is a global awards program for communications measurement held by the International Association for the Measurement and Evaluation of Communication (AMEC). The program highlights exceptional work while highlighting the vital importance of measurement, research, and analytics. Previously, Fullintel won one AMEC Award in 2020, in the Best crisis comms measurement and reporting category. About Fullintel: Fullintel combines best-in-class technology with expert content curation to deliver the most relevant, cost-optimized media monitoring, daily news briefs, and media analysis possible. Our analysts curate print, online, social media, broadcast, and influencer opinions in real-time - compiled by technology, supplemented, and verified by humans. Where technology alone fails, your dedicated analyst has you covered. Fullintel has offices in Cambridge, USA, Ottawa, Canada, and Nagercoil, India. Contact Details Fullintel Jim Donnelly jdonnelly@fullintel.com Company Website https://fullintel.com/

December 06, 2021 09:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

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A world first: SmartFrame and Adobe-led CAI work in collaboration to validate image provenance and protect images from misuse online

SmartFrame Technologies

SmartFrame Technologies, the first-to-market image-streaming technology provider, today announced the world’s first test of end-to-end image authentication and protection in collaboration with the Adobe-led Content Authenticity Initiative (CAI). It’s estimated that over 2.5 billion images are either stolen or have their copyright infringed every day, which robs content creators of their livelihood and empowers those intent on spreading fake news and misinformation on social media platforms and elsewhere online. With trillions of digital photographs readily available online, no meaningful protection, and the proliferation of easy-to-use editing software, image theft, manipulation, and misrepresentation has become a very real threat to our society. That’s why SmartFrame has been working with the Adobe-led CAI to create a solution that combines robust image protection with provenance authentication, fit for a digital world that has become like the Wild West when it comes to image theft and misuse. Putting the technologies to the test The CAI is showcasing what the eventual future of trusted image capture for consumers will look like through use of a prototype device. This device uses Truepic’s groundbreaking native integration of hardware-secured photo capture, powered by the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 865 5G Mobile Platform. The device was given to renowned photographer David Yarrow, who shot to fame with his iconic image of soccer player Diego Maradona holding aloft the World Cup in 1986, to test out the enhanced end-to-end image authentication and protection systems resulting from the collaboration between SmartFrame Technologies and the CAI. “The shoot was in Dinokeng Game Reserve with Kevin Richardson, who’s known as the lion whisperer,” says Cameron Yarrow, who was part of the production team on the shoot. The aim was to create a powerful portrait of a lion’s face. However, wild animals don’t always pose for photographs, so having Kevin on hand was key. By selecting ‘Secure Mode’ on the CAI-enabled device, the team could easily attach essential data to the image at the point of capture, proving the image’s origin. It’s also possible to add further details to this through the CAI function found within image-editing software, recording edits made in post-production. Such seamless integration meant the process of creating the image was exactly the same as what the team was already used to. The difference became apparent when publishing the image as a SmartFrame, as demonstrated in the link below. With a simple tap of the info icon in the top-left-hand corner of the SmartFrame, it’s possible to view the image’s attribution and history data, with the option of viewing further details on a dedicated verification page. The CAI data function combines seamlessly with SmartFrame’s interactive image-streaming interface. This new way to display images online supports high-quality images up to 100MP in resolution, and uses a wide range of immersive functions to present them in all their glory. These include a full-screen viewing mode, together with the ability to zoom in to explore the finest details, all without affecting page-loading times. More importantly, however, SmartFrames provide advanced security against image theft. Dragging and dropping is made impossible, while right-clicks and screenshots are met with image-obscuring copyright warnings. Furthermore, built-in captions ensure permanent attribution. This not only helps to prevent image piracy, but also raises awareness of copyright restrictions. Through the use of deterrent messages, users are reminded that the image they are viewing is subject to copyright and are instead encouraged to share it legally using the Embed and Share functions. By sharing images in this way, they will carry all the enhanced viewing and security features, together with permanent attribution and CAI provenance data outlined above, wherever they are embedded. This means publishers can benefit from increased engagement and dwell times, image owners can monitor and control their valuable assets, and users can enjoy an extra level of protection against disinformation, leading to a higher level of trust. This pioneering collaboration is taking sure steps towards a safer online environment. Rob Sewell, CEO of SmartFrame Technologies, comments: “This marks the beginning of a new era in image publishing, where users have greater transparency and photographers can once again ensure their art is being used in the way it was intended. By working together, we can create a digital world where it’s okay to believe what you see.’’ Read more about the test and see the first ever CAI-enabled SmartFrame here SmartFrame applications outside of image protection: SmartFrame offers numerous additional benefits, such as its in-image contextual and cookie-less advertising system. Content owners can capitalise on the interest in their images and get paid when these are viewed, while publishers can embed images on their sites and gain a share of the revenues from the display of these ads. Advertisers, meanwhile, can reach new and relevant audiences, with ads that are contextually targeted to the image content, webpage and location of the viewer, all within a highly viewable premium ad unit placement. About SmartFrame Founded in 2015, SmartFrame Technologies is a London-based software provider with an aim to redefine the digital image standard. Its SmartFrame platform allows content owners and brands to protect their assets and present them in the best possible way, while also allowing publishers to source and embed high-quality images, and for everyone involved to generate new revenue streams by way of in-image advertising. About Adobe Adobe is the global leader in digital media and digital marketing solutions. Our creative, marketing and document solutions empower everyone – from emerging artists to global brands – to bring digital creations to life and deliver immersive, compelling experiences to the right person at the right moment for the best results. In short, Adobe is everywhere, and we’re changing the world through digital experiences. About the CAI The Content Authenticity Initiative is a group working together to fight misinformation and add a layer of verifiable trust to all types of digital content, starting with photo and video, through provenance and attribution solutions. We’re creating a secure end-to-end system for digital content provenance through open-source development, cross-industry collaboration, and interoperability of tools. Additional image access information. To get images associated with the article follow link below: https://smartframe.io/blog/smartframe-and-cai-working-together-to-validate-provenance-and-improve-image-protection/ Contact Details SmartFrame Technologies Jill Kent +44 7760 470309 info@prsuperstar.co.uk

December 02, 2021 11:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

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COMCAST'S INTERNET ESSENTIALS PROGRAM AND SERJOBS ANNOUNCE TECHNICAL SKILLS TRAINING PARTNERSHIP AND $30,000 DONATION

Comcast Houston

Comcast's Internet Essentials program today announced the award of a $30,000 financial grant and donated 1,000 laptops to SERJobs, whose mission is to help individuals from low-income communities transform their lives through education training, employment, and financial empowerment services. The grant and donation are part of a new partnership to fund technical skills training and readiness certifications for clients of SERJobs. This program will offer digital skills training opportunities, including Microsoft Office, PowerPoint, Excel and professional development. “SERJobs is excited to celebrate 10 years of Comcast's Internet Essentials program,” said Sheroo Mukhtiar, CEO, SERJobs. “The Workforce Development Rally highlights the importance of digital literacy in our increasingly virtual world—especially as technology and the needs of our economy evolve. We are grateful to Comcast for their ongoing partnership and support of SERJobs’ and our members.” The announcement is part of Project UP, Comcast’s comprehensive initiative to advance digital equity and help build a future of unlimited possibilities; and coincides with the 10th anniversary of its Internet Essentials program, which has connected a cumulative total of more than 10 million people to the Internet at home – most for the very first time. Comcast’s expanded eligibility for Internet Essentials, now including all Federal Pell Grant recipients within its service area, will enable even more students to stay connected as they continue to pursue degrees at colleges, universities, and technical schools. “Ten years is a remarkable milestone, signifying an extraordinary amount of work and collaboration with our incredible community partners across Houston,” said Toni Beck, Vice President of External Affairs, Comcast Houston. “Together, we have connected hundreds of thousands of people to the power of the Internet at home, and to the endless opportunity, education, growth, and discovery it provides. Our work is not done, and we are excited to partner with SERJobs to ensure the next generation of leaders in Houston are equipped with the technical training they need to succeed in an increasingly digital world.” Comcast’s top priorities are connecting people to the Internet at home, equipping safe spaces with free WiFi and working with a robust network of nonprofit community organizations, city leaders, and business partners to create opportunities for low-income Americans. As the nation’s largest internet provider, Comcast supports cooperation between communities, businesses and non-profit organizations to enhance digital equity. Comcast’s $1 billion commitment will include investments in several critical areas, including: additional support for the Lift Zone initiative, which establishes free WiFi access in 50 community centers in Houston, and 1,000+ community centers nationwide, for students and adults by the end of 2021; new laptop and computer donations; over $100,000 in digital equity grants for local Houston nonprofit community organizations to create opportunities for low-income Houstonians – particularly in media, technology, and entrepreneurship; and continued investment in the company’s landmark Internet Essentials program. Project UP & Comcast’s $1 Billion Commitment to Advancing Digital Equity: For over a decade, connecting more people to the Internet and the technology they need to participate and excel in an increasingly digital world has been a core focus for the company. Looking toward the next ten years, Comcast is building on that foundation and expanding its impact through Project UP, a comprehensive initiative to advance digital equity and help build a future of unlimited possibilities. Backed by a $1 billion commitment to reach 50 million people, Project UP encompasses the programs and community partnerships across Comcast, NBCUniversal, and Sky that connect people to the Internet, advance economic mobility and open doors for the next generation of innovators, entrepreneurs, storytellers, and creators. For more information on Project UP and the latest news on efforts to address digital inequities visit https://corporate.comcast.com/impact/project-up. About Comcast Corporation Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is a global media and technology company that connects people to moments that matter. We are principally focused on broadband, aggregation, and streaming with over 57 million customer relationships across the United States and Europe. We deliver broadband, wireless, and video through our Xfinity, Comcast Business, and Sky brands; create, distribute, and stream leading entertainment, sports, and news through Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, Universal Studio Group, Sky Studios, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, Peacock, NBC News, NBC Sports, Sky News, and Sky Sports; and provide memorable experiences at Universal Parks and Resorts in the United States and Asia. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information. About SERJobs: SERJobs Houston, a regional affiliate of SER Jobs for Progress National, Inc., is a nonprofit organization empowering individuals to transform their lives through education, training, employment, and financial empowerment services. Founded in 1965 as a volunteer job bank for Hispanic veterans, SERJobs has evolved, and now operates offices in Houston, Galveston and Fort Bend. SERJobs serves individuals in 13 Texas counties and assists more than 4,000 members access better opportunities every year. For more information, visit serjobs.org Contact Details Comcast Foti Kallergis +1 832-986-0196 Foti_Kallergis@comcast.com SERJobs Christi Vasquez +1 832-890-3606 Company Website https://houston.comcast.com/

December 02, 2021 09:01 AM Central Standard Time

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Akeneo Named BigCommerce Preferred Global Technology Partner for Product Experience Management (PXM)

Akeneo

Akeneo, a global leader in product experience management (PXM), today announced its selection as a BigCommerce Preferred Global Technology Partner. The move will provide over 60,000 BigCommerce customers with seamless access to Akeneo’s award-winning product information management (PIM) solution, enabling them to deliver compelling product experiences and unlock multi-channel growth. As the only preferred global PIM partner of BigCommerce, Akeneo was selected for its expansive community of 3,000 PIM enthusiasts around the world, and its complementary product offering. Akeneo PIM brings both the flexibility and extensibility of its open API framework, thanks to Akeneo’s open source roots. The partnership also celebrates the launch of a new prebuilt integration between Akeneo PIM and BigCommerce, Akeneo Connector for BigCommerce, which is now available on the BigCommerce Marketplace. The connector enables joint customers to improve their omnichannel product data governance and keep their BigCommerce-powered storefronts continually updated for consumers and B2B buyers. Using the new Akeneo Connector for BigCommerce, BigCommerce merchants will be able to ensure that they have a single source of truth to collect, organize, enrich and improve the overall quality of their product information, while decreasing time-to-market by enabling marketers to prepare products in a single, user-friendly system. Marketers can easily publish and update vital product information without the need of developer support, allowing them to get the most value out of the BigCommerce platform. Key benefits of the integrated Akeneo PIM offering include the ability for BigCommerce merchants to: Automatically collect product information from any source, including ERP systems, vendor portals, spreadsheets, and.csv files to improve team collaboration and productivity around product information enrichment. Enrich product catalogs with a set of flexible enrichment capabilities, powerful automation, and actionable insights for building and enhancing contextualized product catalogs. Work with a single source of truth with a user-friendly platform to import, manage, enrich and publish product data including images, videos, and media, as well as product variations. Design compelling product experiences to distinguish brands and build loyalty, such as sharing inspiring stories and unique brand values. “Akeneo is one of the only few PIM providers that aligns with BigCommerce’s open SaaS model by offering the flexibility of an API-first open platform, and the ease-of-use and scalability of SaaS,” said Scott Rogers, Akeneo’s Vice President Global Channels & Alliances. “We look forward to working together to solve our joint customers’ challenges in product information management and help them achieve multichannel commerce growth.” “Our partnership with Akeneo further illustrates our commitment to providing merchants access to the highest-caliber technologies and service providers available in the industry,” said Russell Klein, Chief Commercial Officer for BigCommerce. “Akeneo shares our desire to help merchants sell more and grow faster to maximize success, and we look forward to working together to mutually support customers.” Check out the Akeneo Connector for BigCommerce here: https://www.bigcommerce.com/apps/akeneo/ About Akeneo Akeneo is a global leader in Product Experience Management (PXM) helping businesses with products to unlock growth opportunities by delivering a consistent and compelling product experience across all channels, including eCommerce, mobile, print, points of sale and beyond. With its open platform, leading PIM, add-ons, connectors and marketplace, Akeneo PXM Studio dramatically improves product data quality and accuracy, simplifies catalog management, and accelerates the sharing of product information across channels and locales. Leading global brands, manufacturers, distributors and retailers, including Staples Canada, Fossil, Air Liquide and Myer, trust Akeneo to scale and customize their omnichannel commerce initiatives. Using Akeneo, brands and retailers can improve customer experience, increase sales, reduce time to market, go global, and boost team productivity. More information at https://www.akeneo.com About BigCommerce BigCommerce (Nasdaq: BIGC) is a leading software-as-a-service (SaaS) ecommerce platform that empowers merchants of all sizes to build, innovate and grow their businesses online. As a leading open SaaS solution, BigCommerce provides merchants sophisticated enterprise-grade functionality, customization and performance with simplicity and ease-of-use. Tens of thousands of B2B and B2C companies across 150 countries and numerous industries use BigCommerce to create beautiful, engaging online stores, including Ben & Jerry’s, Molton Brown, S.C. Johnson, Skullcandy, Sony and Vodafone. Headquartered in Austin, BigCommerce has offices in London, Kyiv, San Francisco, and Sydney. For more information, please visit www.bigcommerce.com or follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Facebook. BigCommerce® is a registered trademark of BigCommerce Pty. Ltd. Third-party trademarks and service marks are the property of their respective owners. Contact Details Ran Xu +1 213-309-2373 ran@rosebudpr.io Company Website https://www.akeneo.com

December 02, 2021 10:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

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How One Artist Merged Man and Machine

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Nestled in Loveland, Colorado, is artist Paul Kirby’s studio. Inside that studio stands a 10-foot by 10-foot AI-powered robot named Dulcinea, capable of producing masterful paintings with exquisite brushwork in the manner of the Renaissance virtuosos. Kirby created Dulcinea, named after a character in Don Quixote, as his partner, muse and medium — a delicate dance between man and machine. Unlike other efforts to recreate art with artificial intelligence, Kirby didn’t design Dulcinea to think like a human being. He designed her to paint like a human being, relying on both his artistic skills and his coding prowess in a process he calls “ fusioneering, ” the pursuit of a single vision while combining multiple passions or interests. “My mission was to combine my expertise and passion for technology, science and invention, with my love of art and aesthetics,” said Kirby. Now Dulcinea has a different mission. In hopes to inspire others, Kirby produced a film documenting Dulcinea’s creation and his 40-year journey to embody fusioneering. Entitled “ Brushstroke,” the short documentary film chronicles the pain and passion that fueled him, his work, and Dulcinea’s creation. In his story, we realize that art and science can become one, that our disparate strengths can all work together and that a steadfast commitment to our dreams will make them a reality —no matter how unconventional. "While I remain passionate about creating in collaboration with Dulcinea," he says, "my focus for the work has changed. She stands as a role model now, the manifestation that anyone can carve out a unique path for themselves by cultivating and combining their strengths and passions.” The film has been included in both the Vail Film Festival and the Portland Film Festival, with more appearances scheduled for early 2022. Viewers can also watch “Brushstroke” by visiting Kirby’s website: www.thefusioneer.com. The Kirby Foundation Guided by the belief that all of us can fuse our interests, skills and passions into a unique vision of innovation and purpose, The Kirby Foundation inspires others through the example of its founder Paul Kirby. He was the first "fusioneer," combining his interest in science, technology, and art to create Dulcinea, a 10-foot by 10-foot, AI-powered, painting robot. Unlike efforts to recreate art with artificial intelligence, Dulcinea — using paints, brushes and canvas — creates singular masterpieces based on Kirby’s vision, artistry and coding skills. Today the foundation’s vision is to encourage and empower all to become "fusioneers" and pursue their dreams. Learn more about Kirby's vision and the work of the foundation at www.thefusioneer.com. Contact Details Center Reach Communications Tracy Henderson +1 720-989-3530 tracy@centerreachcommunication.com Company Website https://thefusioneer.com/

December 02, 2021 09:13 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Goodway Group Promotes Susan Kirksey to VP of Media Solutions; Amanda Martin to lead Centers of Excellence as SVP, Corporate Development & Strategic Partnerships

Goodway Group

Goodway Group, the digital partner advertisers trust to deliver campaign performance and media efficiency, announced today the appointment of Susan Kirksey to Vice President of Media Solutions following two and half years serving as Media Center of Excellence Director. Amid her promotion, Amanda Martin will expand her role within the senior leadership team as SVP, Corporate Development & Strategic Partnerships, to bring the company’s expertise and partnerships into alignment through the agency’s innovative Centers of Excellence. Established in October 2019, Goodway Group’s Center of Excellence aims to standardize best practices and benchmarks across the agency to deliver clients world-class performance and value. Unlike other organizations, Goodway Group’s Center of Excellence consists of four unique Centers focused on specific disciplines such as Programmatic, Search, Social, and Ad Operations. Cross-channel integration is the key to successful media strategy and execution for sophisticated brands looking to create a personalized experience that customers expect across the buyer’s journey. Knowing media strategy cannot live in silos by channel, it was imperative that the Centers of Excellence be connected. Each Center is helmed by an expert in the field to outline best practices, steer innovation, maintain the highest quality standards and drive media efficiencies throughout the company. Since launching, the Center of Excellence has provided significant value to Goodway Group and its clients, establishing formal standards and commitments, and ensuring 100% of standards are met. “There is a common belief that if you only focus on one practice area you are a better expert in that field. Through the Center of Excellence, we have found an innovative way to bring that niche level of excellence into an agency with varying areas of expertise to deliver superior performance that is multi-faceted,” said Jay Friedman, President, Goodway Group. “I am thrilled to see Susan and Amanda step into these new roles that will take Goodway Group’s expertise to the next level and drive media buying and strategy excellence for our valued clients.” Traditionally developing and launching a single Center of Excellence takes three or more years, however, Goodway Group’s first Center was developed in six months. Having demonstrated a clear return-on-investment early on, Kirksey replicated the model to enhance the agency’s expertise in key focus areas including Programmatic, Search, Social, and Ad Operations. As a result, Goodway Group is able to deliver enhanced services and results to brands and partners that far outperform industry benchmarks. In her new role as VP of Media Solutions, Kirksey will leverage her experience founding Goodway Group’s Centers of Excellence to guide Goodway Group’s approach to media investment, activation, execution, optimization, and performance, as well as ensure the media solutions team delivers results that provide a tangible return on investment for clients. “It has truly been a pleasure bringing our vision for the Center of Excellence to life over the last two years to exemplify Goodway Group’s commitment to quality, exceptional standards, and thought leadership,” said Susan Kirksey, VP Media Solutions at Goodway Group. “In a short period of time, we’ve been able to significantly elevate our digital media performance for our valued clients. I’m excited to step into this new role, expanding my focus to driving excellence across all of the agency’s media solutions efforts.” In an expanded role, Amanda Martin as SVP, Corporate Development & Strategic Partnerships will bring the Centers of Excellence and Partnership teams together, and the agency’s learning and development, innovation, and partnerships under one umbrella to directly inform the agency’s client work. Previously, Amanda led the partnership team often working in collaboration with the Centers of Excellence to pursue new partnership opportunities. In her role, she drove industry innovation, thought leadership, and enterprise relationships including establishing industry-leading supply path optimization (SPO) and a partnership with PubMatic. Now, she gains the means to not only craft new and compelling ideas around the agency’s partnerships, but also a team dedicated to supporting her in guiding those ideas from concept to reality. “Working with the Centers of Excellence has enabled Goodway Group to explore creative, new agency partnerships,” said Amanda Martin, SVP, Corporate Development & Strategic Partnerships at Goodway Group. “These partnerships bring our clients unique and dedicated attention and recommendations for their campaigns and in much less time than they would receive elsewhere. I look forward to seeing what we can accomplish as we bring the teams together to create advancement and bring partnership into alignment.” About Goodway Group Goodway Group is the digital partner advertisers trust to drive campaign performance and media efficiency. Proud to be completely independently owned and operated, Goodway provides trustworthy expertise that meets its clients’ needs – and no one else’s. Using predictive intelligence, Goodway helps advertisers get the most value out of every impression across all paid digital media. Through the combination of employing the smartest technology and the most experienced people in the industry, Goodway delivers authentic results. Find Goodway Group online at goodwaygroup.com. Contact Details Kite Hill PR Patrice Gamble +1 603-235-6530 goodway@kitehillpr.com Company Website https://www.goodwaygroup.com/

December 02, 2021 09:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

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LOGIQ.AI announces LogFlow Observability Data pipeline as a Service (DPaaS)

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LOGIQ.AI, a leading provider of data management, analytics, and observability solutions for IT, DevOps, and SecOps teams, has today launched LogFlow, an Observability Data Pipeline as a Service (DPaaS). LogFlow is an innovative paradigm in machine data management that enables enterprises to unleash the true potential of machine data by connecting it to SMEs on-demand. Global data creation and replication is growing at a CAGR of 23% ( IDC ), and 70% of organizations will shift focus to provide more context for data analytics ( Gartner ). New tooling is needed to optimize data volume and improve data quality. LogFlow solves these data challenges at both the core and the edge. Greg O'Reilly, Observability Consultant at Visibility Platforms, said, "LogFlow enables our customers to take a whole new approach to observability data; one that helps regain control and unblock vendor or cost limitation. We're opening up discussions between ITOps and Security teams for the first time with a unified solution that keeps data secure, compliant, manageable, and readily available to those who need it on the front lines." The Block and Drop problem Contemporary data pipelines suffer from ingest-egress mismatches. "Enterprises have unfortunately been sold "block" and "drop" as intelligent features to counter back pressure and upstream unavailability in data pipelines", said Ranjan Parthasarathy, Co-founder, CEO of LOGIQ.AI. "Block and drop is data loss in disguise. Imagine losing a vital signature in your log stream that points to impending ransomware starting to spread. Don't introduce new business risks by buying into block and drop." InstaStore LogFlow eliminates block and drop by storing 100% of streaming data in InstaStore, a storage innovation that enables object storage as primary storage. In InstaStore, data is fully indexed and searchable in real-time. LogFlow also stores its indexes in InstaStore, giving a genuinely scalable platform with cleanly decoupled storage and compute. LogFlow ingests data even when upstream targets are down. Due to its indexing capabilities, it provides fine-grained data replays. "InstaStore introduces a new paradigm for data agility that eliminates data loss and the need for storage tiering and data rehydration. Organizations can now unlock productivity, cost reduction, and compliance like never before.", said Jay Swamidass, Head of Sales - APAC and EMEA at LOGIQ.AI. Accelerating machine intelligence LogFlow's native support for open standards makes it easy to collect machine data from any source. Similar to network flows, LogFlow manages data with its flow-level routing table. "LogFlow filters unwanted data and detects security events in-flight. Users can route streams, control EPS and run fine grained data replays.", said Tito George, Co-founder of LOGIQ.AI. "InstaStore's indexing and columnar data layouts enable faster querying, unlike archive formats like gzip." Data routing isn't the real problem Open-source tools like Fluent Bit and Logstash can already route data between various sources and target systems and allow routing raw archives to object stores. The complex problems to solve are: 1) Controlling data volume and sprawl 2) Preventing data loss. 3) Ensuring data reusability with fine-grained control; and 4) Business continuity during upstream failures. Theodore Caroll, Head of Sales – Americas at LOGIQ.AI said, "There's no technical reason to accept anything less than 100% data availability. Your data is your only true fortress in responding to threats and adverse business events. Businesses need a system like LogFlow that ensures full data replay is continuously and infinitely available." LogFlow's log management and SIEM capabilities provide built-in insurance against upstream failures. Businesses can run it in parallel with their existing systems. If upstream systems become unavailable, LogFlow can continue to provide crucial forensics. Built for the enterprise LogFlow's built-in "Rule Packs" have over 2000 rules that filter, tag, extract, and rewrite data for popular customer environments and workloads. LogFlow's SIEM Rule Packs also allow security event detection and tagging. LOGIQ.AI's LogFlow brings complete control over observability data pipelines and delivers high-value, high-quality data to teams that need it in real-time, all the time. For the first time, organizations can fully control data collection, consolidation, retention, manipulation, and upstream data flow management. About LOGIQ.AI LOGIQ is the creator of the LOGIQ platform, a converged data analysis software that brings ingest, indexing, search, SQL, and streaming capabilities backed by any S3 compatible object-store. LOGIQ Log Insights is built on this converged architecture bringing scalability and simplicity to your IT operations analytics projects. The converged architecture enables rapid integration with AI platforms for gaining valuable business insights from your data. Contact Details LOGIQ.AI Bilal Mahmood +44 7714 007257 b.mahmood@stockwoodstrategy.com Company Website https://logiq.ai/

December 02, 2021 08:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Digital Entertainment Asset and Bascule Inc. Launches the World's First NFT From Space

Digital Entertainment Asset Pte. Ltd

SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 2 December 2021 - Digital Entertainment Asset Pte. Ltd (DEA), a global GameFi company and Bascule Inc., led by Representative Director Masayoshi Boku, have teamed up to launch 'The First Space Sunrise', an exclusive limited edition NFT (Non-fungible token) which features real-time photos from the International Space Station (ISS). The collaboration is the first-of-its-kind and marks the dawn of a new era in the rapidly growing NFT space. The partnership brings together Bascule's leading expertise in the space and entertainment business by tapping into "THE SPACE FRONTIER STUDIO KIBO (Hope)' which has been broadcasting an interactive live stream from the ISS since September 2021 as part of the J-SPARC joint project with The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). Commenting on the launch, DEA CSO Kozo Yamada said "The narrative is one of the most important factors for a collectible NFT. I believe that NFTs will grow in global importance in 2022. With this NFT, collectors will get to witness a 'non-fungible' moment together by collecting the first images of the year from space. As someone who loves both space and NFTs this collection is an absolute must have." "THE FIRST SPACE SUNRISE 2022" will be the world's first NFT project to publish a collection of NFTs from space. This launch adds another first for the partnership after the duo hosted a countdown party on the ISS KIBO studio giving viewers a real-time view of the earth as they counted down into 2021. In 2022, the public will have an opportunity to go a step further and claim some of the world's first NFTs to be published from space. In total, 2022 NFT collections will be issued to mark the start of the new year. The photos will be the very first captured after midnight from 00:00 UTC/GMT, 1 January 2022 from the ISS, which orbits the earth every 90 minutes. 20.22% of proceeds will be donated to the International Astronomical Project for the purchase of a next generation ultra-large telescope to support space development projects around the world. OVERVIEW OF THE NFTS Two types of NFTs will be published on the ' The First Space Sunrise 2022' website. Titled 'The First Space Sunrise 2022' and 'Astro-Dogu 2022' each series will have a limited run of only 2,022 unique images that will be sequentially dropped in real-time for purchase on a first-come, first-serve basis. Website: https://thefirstspacesunrise2022.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheSpaceSunrise (@TheSpaceSunrise) Discord: https://discord.gg/r8s5tyZDzH 1. THE FIRST SPACE SUNRISE 2022 Selling Price: 0.2022 ETH Number of NFTs: Limited to 2,022 images Each live image from 'The First Space Sunrise 2022' will be sold for 0.2022 ETH. Floating 400 kilometers over the earth at the dawn of the New Year, the International Space Station (ISS) will capture live images every three seconds as it orbits around the earth at a speed of 8 kilometers per second. Each image will be stamped with the longitude and latitude of the ISS prior to being generated and dropped in real time, capturing the world as it wakes to the dawn of a new year of promise and hope. 2. ASTRO-DOGU 2022 Selling Price: 0.101 ETH Number of NFTs: Limited to 2,022 images Astro-Dogu 2022 blends the creative genius of THE SPACE FRONTIER STUDIO KIBO with live images of the earth by overlaying each unique image with a randomized DOGU – the mascot of the KIBO space station. The generative NFT epitomizes the belief that everyone on earth can freely express themselves regardless of age, gender, nationality, or race. Each image in the series will be sold for 0.101 ETH, also on a first-come, first-serve basis. THE SPACE FRONTIER STUDIO KIBO Sharing his vision for the future of space-earth NFTs, Bascule Inc. Representative Director Masayoshi Boku said "I am confident that this NFT project will bring us closer to the future that Bascule wants to realize through the KIBO project. It is a future in which people from all over the world can participate in live events based in space, and human solidarity will transcend nations and cultures." He added "Holders of ' THE FIRST SPACE SUNRISE 2022' NFT have more than just a token, they are now part of a "crew" of friends who share the same vision. We are excited to be able to foster a community of space-faring friends around the world through NFT ownership!" Bascule Inc. aims to further connect space and earth by joining forces with various companies and artists to co-create a live space program titled '90-minute Trip Around the Earth' which is expected to launch in 2022. About Bascule Inc. Establishment: July 28, 2000 Representative Director: Masayoshi Boku Headquarters: 6F Azabu Kaisei Building, 1-8-10 Azabudai, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0041, Japan Business description: Project Design Studio that creates future experiences through the power of technology and design. The studio has developed the world's first interactive studio connecting space and the Earth, THE SPACE FRONTIER STUDIO KIBO, and has created numerous projects that transcend the area of media, events, products, sports, education, mobility, urban development, and space development. Website: https://bascule.co.jp About Digital Entertainment Asset Pte. Ltd. DEA, which operates the NFT entertainment business, was established in Singapore in August 2018. On April 8, 2020, the company's proprietary crypto asset DEAPcoin was listed on OKEx. We are developing the browser games JobTribes, Puzzle x Job Tribes, Dozer Lucky Farmer beta version, and the NFT marketplace NFT Marketplace by DEP as businesses. In addition, DEA is aiming to create a world in which "enjoyment turns into income" by launching PlayMining, an NFT DeFi platform that utilizes blockchain technology. Currently, there are over 2,200,000 PlayMining ID registrants. Co-CEO: Naohito Yoshida, Shigeru Shiina Address: 7 Straits View,Marina One East Tower,#05-01,Singapore 018936 Established: August 2018 Business activities: NFT/NFT DeFi platform Operations Website: https://dea.sg/ About DEAPcoin( DEP) DEAPcoin is a proprietary utility token issued by DEA. It is available to use as a currency to buy NFT on the PlayMining Platform, an online digital entertainment platform where games and digital asset transactions are linked by blockchain technology. Each time a game is added to the platform, the number of NFT available for use in the game increases, allowing for the purchase of more valuable NFT with DEAPcoin. DEAPcoin is available on six different exchanges - OKEx, Bithumb Global, BITTREX GLOBAL, INDODAX, DigiFinex, and Bitrue. *DEAPcoin is not available for sale to residents of Japan. Website: https://coinmarketcap.com/currencies/deapcoin/ Contact Details Digital Entertainment Asset Pte Ltd Hideaki Kurihara kurihara@dea.sg Digital Entertainment Asset Pte Ltd Honami Soeda soeda@dea.sg

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