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Top 3 Cryptos, Not Named Bitcoin, Making Waves in June

As bitcoin price continues to hover around $8,000, some cryptocurrencies, namely Litecoin, LEO, and Binance Coin, have somewhat managed to steal the spotlight in recent days and are probably worth keeping an eye on in the short to medium term. 


Top 3 Cryptocurrencies: Litecoin (LTC)

Litecoin 00 managed to outperform all top 10 cryptocurrencies by means of market capitalization in the past 24 hours. Its price touched $120 which was an increase of around 12 percent.

However, Litecoin has since re-traced and is trading at around $115 at the time of this writing. Still, that’s about 5 percent increase on the day.

Litecoin’s performance throughout 2019 has been nothing but impressive so far. Since January 1st, LTC has gained around 300 percent.

More interestingly, the recent surge comes about 58 days prior to Litecoin’s halving event. It will cut the block reward from 25 to 12.5 coins per block, which could, in theory, catalyze a further increase in the cryptocurrency’s price.

LEO

LEO is relatively new on the market. It was issued through a private sale conducted by one of the popular cryptocurrency exchanges, Bitfinex. The event sold a total of $1 billion worth of LEO at the price of 1 USDT each.

At the time of this writing, LEO is trading at around $1.70, which is an increase of about 70 percent since its private sale. The cryptocurrency currently sits at a market cap of around $1.7 billion.

On the daily chart, LEO marks an increase of around 3 percent. According to LEO’s White Paper, iFinex will be doing regular repurchases and burns of the token on a monthly basis.

The company and its affiliates will buy back LEO tokens from the market equal to at least 27 percent of its gross revenues. The reducing supply, given the demand for the cryptocurrency remains the same, could also, in theory, keep its price moving higher.

Binance Coin (BNB)

This probably doesn’t come much as a surprise, but Binance Coin 00 continues to be on the watchlist of best-performing altcoins over the past year.

BNB has marked a slight increase of around 3 percent on the day. However, looking at the bigger picture, the cryptocurrency has surged more than 400 percent year-to-date.

Don’t be surprised if its increasing utility, particularly in Initial Exchange Offerings (IEOs), as well as the regular coin burns that reduce supply on the market, push its price to new all-time highs by the end of this year.

What do you think of these three altcoins and their performance so far? Don’t hesitate to let us know in the comments below!


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Bitcoin Consolidating Above $5K a ‘Positive Sign,’ Says Crypto Hedge Fund

It’s safe to say that Bitcoin has had a good Q1 2019, gaining upwards of 30 percent of its value since January 1st. Now, a new report has it that if the price consolidates above $5,000, this could lead to further increases throughout the year. 


Bitcoin Price $5K Consolidation a ‘Positive Sign’

According to a new report by BitBullCapital, a cryptocurrency hedge funds manager,”the fact that Bitcoin has managed to retain gains from early April is a very positive sign.

Moreover, CEO Joe DiPasquale outlines that the bitcoin price 00 is seeing consolidation above $5,000. If this continues for another week or two, it could lead up to a shot at the $5,500 level.

Going further, the report reiterates that the latest BTC/USD rally was caused by a large order, which was executed simultaneously on multiple exchanges and was likely an algorithmic one.

Notedly, such a move should have been viewed with a certain skepticism as it’s not organic or steady in its nature. However, it brought back substantial market momentum, which is considered to be a positive sign.

It’s worth noting, though, that Bitcoinist reported that another reason for the latest rally might be hidden in the increased activity across the board, as data shows that the number of active wallets has risen by as much as 40-60 percent.

This, with a significant uptick in institutional interest, are also likely the reasons why Bitcoin managed to sustain the recent gains.

But 2017-Type Run ‘Not in the Near Future’

On the other hand, the cryptocurrency hedge fund also believes that a run similar to that back in 2017 is unlikely to be seen “in the near future.”

It notes that for this to happen, there needs to be a major catalyst such as “global governmental approval and integration with mainstream services and portals.”

…[W]e do not believe a run similar to the 2017 drive can be seen again, at least not in the near future and particularly not in the absence of major catalysts such as global governmental approval and integration with mainstream services and portals… [W]e do expect steady growth in the years the come, building the foundation for a surge when the timing is right.

DiPasquale also says that there is a real risk for the cryptocurrency failing to maintain its current range and to retest the $5,000 level in the coming weekend if the trading volume starts to drop. Reads the report:

If $5,000 breaks, we are likely to see support around $4,700 – $4,800 and reconsider market sentiment and fundamentals.

However, Bitcoinist reported that the Mayer Multiple by Trace Mayer, a key indicator which called 2015’s bottom, is flashing again, suggesting that the price may have already bottomed.

Other Cryptocurrencies Would Benefit

On another note, it also outlines that an increase in Bitcoin’s price could also cause other cryptocurrencies, especially those closely related to it, to surge as well.

This already happened with Litecoin, which gained upwards of 55 percent following Bitcoin’s rally.

The cryptocurrency has since lost some of its gains but is still substantially higher than prices from last month.

BitBull Capital manages cryptocurrency hedge funds, and is the “the first cryptocurrency fund of funds,” BitBull Fund manages a strategically selected bundle of 10 of the more than 600 crypto hedge funds for its investors, including gaining access to exclusive, closed funds and $M-minimum funds.

What do you think of the recent report? Do you think we’ve entered a new bull run or are the bears still in charge? Don’t hesitate to let us know in the comments below!


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Litecoin Price Continues to Rip Pre-Halvening, But May Need a Correction

Litecoin (LTC) continues to lead the altcoin market with a recent push to establish an even higher level of support and sustain trading in a new range against Bitcoin (BTC). 


Litecoin’s Weekly Chart

When trading against Bitcoin (BTC), Litecoin (LTC) has respected each level and zone created by a simple Fibonacci Retracement measure.

litecoin weekly fib levels

Chart courtesy of TradingView.

Litecoin broke out in February following news that the altcoin project plans on implementing confidential transactions as some point in the future. This news pushed the BTC valuation of LTC through the 0.236 level, which it respected until pushing up through above the 0.382 level.

With an increased amount of hype slowly building around Litecoin’s block reward halving in August, the BTC price of LTC pushed through 0.5 on recent days — while making an attempt to break straight through to the range between 0.618 and 0.786. However, LTCBTC has found rejection at this level, and it remains probable that Litecoin will need to cool off a bit by consolidating in the lower range.

That said, bullishness and FOMO (fear of missing out) can throw the guidebook out the window. We cannot rule out an impending push from the Litecoin bulls to take the price towards 0.02 satoshis per litecoin.

Litecoin’s Stochastic Weekly RSI

Like its big brother, Bitcoin, Litecoin has been hanging out in overbought territory for far too long — particularly on the weekly timeframe — according to the Stochastic Relative Strength Index indicator.

litecoin weekly stochastic rsi

When it comes to momentum indicators like the Stochastic RSI, the rule applies that what goes up must come down. At some point, LTCBTC will have to come down — but how hard will depend on a variety of factors.

The fact that Litecoin’s halvening event will come at the end of the summer makes us believe that a correction will not be terribly sharp — at least not until we come closer to the block reward halving. Consolidation above 0.016 satoshis would be particularly healthy.

What do you think of the price of Litecoin (LTC) compared to Bitcoin (BTC)? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below! 


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Disclaimer: The views expressed in this article are not intended as investment advice.

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Litecoin Is Currently Lighting Up The Charts

Litecoin (LTC) underwent something of a rally during the past month, gaining 20 percent in value over the last 48 hours alone. The two biggest cryptocurrencies, Bitcoin (BTC) and Ethereum (ETH), have also seen significant (but smaller) gains in the past two days. 


Pump up the Volume

Litecoin started its latest ascent on Feb 8, with a price pump from $33 to $43 over 36 hours. At the same time, the 24-hour dollar volume almost tripled. Further mid-February gains saw the price briefly troubling the low-50s, before dropping back to $45.

However, since Tuesday, the price has been rocketing once more — gaining $10 to reach $57. Again, this accompanied a boost in 24-hour volume, which almost doubled in the same period.

Litecoin started the year at around $30 per coin.

Why Now?

According to Forbes, it may have something to do with initiatives in crisis-torn Venezuela. The government last month introduced sanctioned cryptocurrency remittances to the country in an attempt to profit from increasing bitcoin usage.

The scheme allows remittances in bitcoins and litecoins, with resources available in sovereign bolivars once the transaction is confirmed. Whilst the commission listed is not the 15 percent first touted, it is still on a par with cash remittances, at 5.7 percent.

Seems like a great way for Maduro’s government to raise some much-needed funds through crypto. After all, it will just print some banknotes to fulfill the transaction — assuming the paper doesn’t become too expensive.

Anything Else?

Forbes also points to recent partnerships to improve Litecoin’s security and privacy, notably through the potential implementation of Mimblewimble. This protocol, named after a Harry Potter spell, increases fungibility and privacy while remaining scalable.

There is also the impact of August’s upcoming reward-halving event to consider. eToro’s Mati Greenspan, explained:

Litecoin’s strong rally should not come as a surprise; it was high time the fast-paced growth of the community and user base was priced in. Investors may also have one eye on litecoin’s upcoming reward halving event, so it’s likely they’re already pricing in the supply reduction.

Whilst Litecoin (LTC) is still 85 percent down from its all-time high, consolidation of (and building on) recent gains could see it well placed for future movement.

What do you think of Litecoin’s recent price gains? Let us know what you think in the comments below.


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Litecoin Core 0.17 Will ‘Beat Bitcoin Cash’ On Cost And Speed

Litecoin’s (LTC) forthcoming client release will make it “faster” and “cheaper” than Bitcoin Cash (BCH), according to one analyst as developers confirm transaction fees will reduce 90 percent.


10X Fee Decrease Puts LTC In Front

Litecoin Core 0.17, which the Litecoin Foundation said was “upcoming” in a blog post on its now-suspended Medium account, will deliver a host of end-user improvements.

Specifically, while LTC 00 currently costs around $0.05 in average fees, after the update this will reduce closer to $0.005.

This, Alternative Assets performance analyst and LearnCrypto.io president Nich Hellmann notes, will end the status quo in which Litecoin is more expensive to use than Bitcoin Cash.

Despite its larger market cap, he continues, BCH 00 is slower and has a more “contentious” community.

“Currently because the blocks aren’t full there is no need to pay higher fees, which is one reason why the move is being taken,” developers wrote explaining the updates.

Togami: BCH Attack ‘Not Hypothetical’

LTC markets have so far not reacted to the update, trading behavior broadly falling in the line other major altcoin assets this week.

Cryptocurrency users suspicious of BCH’s development and marketing practices will no doubt have doubled down on their perspective after data this week showed its network is in a precarious position.

Updating his ongoing tracking of BCH, Blockstream VP solutions head Warren Togami noted the network’s 30-day average hashrate had fallen below 7 percent of Bitcoin’s.

This, he warned “matters (because) of the risk of exchange insolvency from double-spend theft.”

The hashrate proportion had dipped below 8 percent at the start of September, Bitcoinist reporting on Togami’s preexisting concerns about network security.

At the time, he compared the state of the network to an LTC hard fork from 2013, which imploded due to a 51 percent attack months afterwards.

Now, he says, the danger of BCH following suit is “not hypothetical.”

What do you think about Litecoin’s coming update? Let us know in the comments below!


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Lamassu Unveils New Line of Bitcoin, Cryptocurrency ATMs

On September 24th, Lamassu announced the introduction of their new line of cryptocurrency ATMs to the public. Lamassu calls its new line of ATMs, “Sintra.” The ATMs herald a new line of ATMs as another crucial step in crypto’s march towards widespread consumer use and accessibility. 


Growing Industry

According to CoinATMrader.com, there are currently roughly 3,750 crypto ATMs installed worldwide. Lamassu has been producing cryptocurrency ATMs since 2013 when they produced their first, which was called the Bitcoin Machine.

While that number sounds impressive, and the number of the crypto ATMs installed continues to grow steadily, it is important to put that number in context. Information from Data.gov, for example, indicates that there are over 5,500 bank-owned ATMs in New York State alone. Crucially, this ATM count does not include independently managed ATMs at convenience stores and other retail locations.

Cost

Pricing for the new crypto ATM’s ranges from 5,200 EU for the cheapest Duoro II model, to 8,900 EU for the highest price Sintra Forte model. The mid-priced Sintra model costs 7,500 EU. The Duoro II model is the newest model of Lamassu’s original Crypto ATM, and features one-way fiat to crypto conversion, while both the Sintra and Sintra Forte feature two-way conversion.

The new models offer a bevy of features, designed to make buying and selling crypto through the machines as painless as possible. The machines feature a sleek, futuristic look, and are all crafted in Portugal. The body of the machines is crafted out of 2.5mm steel for extra durability.

Owners of these machines can configure their ATM’s to take almost any major currency, and support conversions from fiat to Bitcoin, Zcash, Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash, Litecoin, and Dash.

While Lamassu does not directly facilitate transactions on the ATM, it does offer a backend exchange trading engine that can steer conversions to liquidity providers. Lamassu’s engine is currently connected to BitPay, Bitstamp, Kraken, and Coinbase.

Fees and Regulatory Issues

ATM operators have control over the fee structure charged by their machines and can profit by either charging direct fees or adjusting the spread charged by their liquidity provider.

On Lamassu’s website, the estimates indicate that a machine needs roughly $800-$1,000 worth of daily transactions to break-even. Lamassu estimates that the average monthly turnover on their machines is roughly $20,000 and rising.

The Sintra line of ATMs features numerous compliance features, but investors interested in purchasing and managing a machine need to do their due diligence regarding the legality of operating an ATM in their jurisdiction.

Prospective ATM operators in the United States must ensure they are following both federal and state laws. Bitcoin ATMs would currently fall under the criteria of “Exchangers,” according to the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network. In turn, they must register as “Money Service Businesses.” If you are interested in purchasing a machine in the United States, this primer is a handy starting point.

As interest in Crypto continues to grow among the retail investing community, ATMs will likely be a key “on-ramp” for investors into the crypto industry.

What do you think of Lamassu’s New ATMs? Let us know in the comments below!


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There’s a ‘Concerted Effort to Suppress Litecoin Price,’ Says Charlie Lee

Litecoin creator, Charlie Lee, took to Twitter, complaining about recent efforts to “suppress Litecoin price” with FUD spreading by those “shorting LTC and… that see Litecoin as a threat.”


Big Up Da Litecoin

Lee had a lot to say regarding accusations that Litecoin 00 had lost its edge in an increasingly oversaturated market.

Illustrating the high level of security in the network, he highlighted the miners’ lack of incentive to attack it, as this would devalue $150 million of hardware investment. He also mentioned Litecoin’s domination of Scrypt mining.

Regarding liquidity, Lee pointed out that Litecoin trades on virtually every exchange. Nine major payment processors support it, and the network processes $200 million of transactions every day.

Charlie Lee: LN Doesn’t Make Litecoin Obsolete

Rather than making LTC redundant technology, Lightning Network actually plays nice together with both Bitcoin and Litecoin, according to Lee. Many LN clients/apps support Litecoin, allowing atomic swaps, and even submarine swaps, using LTC to pay lightning BTC invoices. He adds:

Litecoin will always be the cheapest and fastest on ramp to Lightning Network.

Even if Litecoin’s only value were as a bitcoin test-net, Lee argues that its value is greater than the 3 percent of bitcoin’s market cap it currently represents.

Litecoin’s practical proof of SegWit utility enabled its adoption and activation on the Bitcoin network. This kind of testing is not possible on the real Bitcoin testnet, as valueless coins create no incentive for malicious actors to hack it.

Litecoin (LTC)

Charlie DOES Care and Litecoin IS Still Being Developed

Lee caused a scandal last year when, faced with accusations that he was acting for ‘personal benefit,’ he sold and donated all his LTC holdings. He has since stated that he will never buy back in, backing up his claims of “conflict of interest.” However, he also recently appeared to favor Bitcoin over Litecoin as an initial crypto investment.

Despite this, his tweets confirm that he is still working on Litecoin full-time and promoting Litecoin adoption. Countering suggestions that Litecoin has had no development in the past 6 months, he highlights two updates in the past 2 weeks. He also points out that it is good practice not to do development work “on the master branch, where people are looking.”

As would be expected, responses to the tweets vary from the “Litecoin rulez! Charlie is my hero!” school of thought to “Well why did you sell yours then?”

You can please some of the people, some of the time, eh?

Are there concerted actions being taken to suppress Litecoin price? Share your thoughts below!


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Charlie Lee’s Litecoin ‘Ponzi Scheme’ Called Out by Silverbug YouTuber

Popular silverbug and Golden State Mint head TruthNeverTold recently took to his YouTube channel to once again call out the cryptocurrency market as little more than a Ponzi scheme. Specifically, he claims that Litecoin and its founder, Charlie Lee, are prime examples of duping unsuspecting investors. 


As Bitcoinist reported on December 20, 2017, Litecoin founder Charlie Lee “sold or donated” his entire Litecoin wealth to avoid “conflicts of interest” arising from its growth. Interestingly, Lee sold the very top of Litecoin’s unprecedented pump — something which TruthNeverTold views as an obvious profit-taking exit from a nothing-for-something Ponzi scheme.

States TruthNeverTold:

He sold out everything at the top. Good on Charlie Lee! Great job! But you just proved the fact that, as I’ve been saying since 2011, early adopters take something that has no intrinsic value, they set about building the perceived value to an unsuspecting public, only to sell that illusion for something that has real value.

The YouTuber also takes issue with Lee’s reasoning. The Litecoin founder explained, at the time:

Litecoin has been very good for me financially, so I am well off enough that I no longer need to tie my financial success to Litecoin’s success. […] For the first time in 6+ years, I no longer own a single LTC that’s not stored in a physical Litecoin.

For TruthNeverTold, Lee all but admitted that he cashed out at the top of the bubble, selling cryptocurrency for fiat and ensuring his long-term financial success.

Charlie Lee has since defended his actions as benign and well-intentioned. Despite the fact that the Litecoin 00 market crashed substantially and never recovered since the point of Lee’s sale/donation, Lee claims his actions has no effect on the market, stating:

I didn’t actually have that many litecoins. My selling litecoins didn’t actually affect the market itself but the fact that I had litecoins and people were thinking that I might dump it on the market actually was an issue.

Lee also believes Litecoin will eventually bounce back, explaining:

I still think it was the right move but I question whether — I think in the long run it was the right move but in the short term while the price is down, below the all-time high, it just feels like it’s not the right decision. But I think like, moving forward, five years down the road, when the price is back to the all-time high, I feel like it will be the right move.

What do you think about Charlie Lee selling his entire stake in Litecoin at the top? Do you think Litecoin and other cryptocurrencies are Ponzi schemes, or is TruthNeverTold simply overreacting to a market bubble? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!


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Crypto.com adds Litecoin to its MCO Wallet App Currency Lineup

Crypto.com, the payments and cryptocurrency platform formerly known as Monaco, has announced the addition of Litecoin (LTC) to its cryptocurrency application, the MCO Wallet App. Litecoin becomes the fifth virtual currency available on the MCO cryptocurrency platform, which is also tied to its MCO Visa card.


Virtual Currency Variety & Increased Use of LTC

The introduction of Litecoin adds to the platform’s original currencies which are Ethereum (ETH), Bitcoin (BTC), Binance Coin (BNB) and Crypto.com’s own MCO.

Users of the MCO Wallet App have adopted it for trading and tracking these currencies. According to Crypto.com, Litecoin has been added to the basket as an alternative that expands users options, brings variety and extends the platform’s use case.

In the official announcement for the new addition, Kris Marszalek,  Crypto.com’s co-founder and CEO said:

“By listing Litecoin on the MCO Wallet App, we are deepening both the functionality of the app for users and transforming into a go-to, intuitive cryptocurrency exchange platform. We look forward to continually and regularly expanding the variety of cryptocurrencies available to our platform users. Our support of Litecoin marks an essential step in this process as we strive to broaden the audience of cryptocurrency spenders and investors.”

The addition is also being celebrated by Litecoin, which is viewing the partnership as an opportunity to cast a wider net for users of the cryptocurrency.

Crypto.com’s application and metal Visa card represent additional touch points for people adopting Litecoin as a means of everyday transactions.

The announcement from Crypto.com also quoted Charlie Lee, the creator of Litecoin who said:

“Litecoin Foundation and Crypto.com share a common vision of accelerating the development and adoption of cryptocurrency. As Litecoin moves towards widespread acceptance as currency for a growing number of merchants, I’m excited to see Litecoin support added to the MCO Wallet App and the MCO Visa Card. We look forward to advancing the mission to expand cryptocurrency use together with Crypto.com by helping more users buy and spend Litecoins in their day-to-day lives.”

Crypto.com, the payments and cryptocurrency platform formerly known as Monaco, has announced the addition of Litecoin (LTC) to its cryptocurrency application, the MCO Wallet App.

BUILDING ON THE NEW BRAND

Despite being mired in controversies revolving around product revisions and premature partnership announcements in the past, Crypto.com appears to be building on its new brand and identity.

It’s also something that a new currency listing (which it says happens after careful review and consideration) could symbolize.

The adoption of a new name and brand that has a clearer tie to the cryptocurrency space, the addition of new currencies and ultimately the opening up of options for current and potential users might all indicate a new chapter for Crypto.com.

Is the addition of Litecoin enough to add to more value to the MCO Wallet App and the MCO Visa Card? Are there any other currencies that should be added to this platform? Please share your comments below.


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Coinmarketcap Launches iOS Mobile App

· May 2, 2018 · 7:00 pm

Coinmarketcap (CMC) has released its first-ever mobile app. The cryptocurrency price and market capitalization website announced the release of the app on April 30. The launch of the app is part of CMC’s five-year anniversary celebration.


The Coinmarketcap App for iPhones

The new CMC mobile app is compatible with the iOS smartphone platform. It enables users to view crypto price, market cap and 24-hour price changes on the go. App users can select from a variety of filter options to see all tokens, the top 100 tokens or their watchlist tokens.

Watchlist tokens are specific cryptos that the users have selected. To include a cryptocurrency in the watchlist, users have to push the star-shaped icon on the token page. The app also uses tokens so people can record save and sync their watchlist between different devices.

The new app doesn’t appear to bring any novel feature. Many crypto traders already use different platforms to monitor price movements in the market.

Commenting on this observation, a spokesperson for CMC told TechCrunch that:

Are there other places where people can get the data and do we have copycats? Sure. However, we are the only site that you can guarantee is sourcing, gathering, and verifying the data itself, and we pride ourselves on being the first and best regarded within the industry.

Five Years in the Business

May 1, 2018, made it five years of CMC being in the business. The platform has grown tremendously to become the 175th most visited website in the world, according to Alexa rankings. Also, more than 60 million people have visited the site so far in 2018. The CMC Twitter account currently has 425,000 followers.

When CMC began, it was reportedly tracking seven cryptos and a few exchange platforms that amounted to about $1.6 billion in market cap. Presently, the website monitors over 1,600 cryptocurrencies and 200 exchange platforms that amount to more than $400 billion in market capitalization. In January 2018, a decision by the site to delist South Korean cryptocurrency exchange platforms caused a wave of massive panic selloffs.

Rebranding the Coinmarketcap Platform

The website has also made some changes to its brand image with a new logo, color scheme, and font. The new Coinmarketcap logo contains the CMC initials and a wavy design that depicts the volatile nature of the crypto market. CMC has also made changes to the website API. The website still plans to release a new commercial API that includes historical data.

A statement by CMC commenting on these latest developments said that:

We pay close attention to the needs of our users and always encourage people to leave us feedback. We are hard at work to bring you more features that will give you more control over your experience while exploring our data.

Do you think the Coinmarketcap mobile app will be as popular as the website? Please share your views in the comment section below.


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