Amazon Student Celebrates Fall with Exclusive Deals and Scholarships


Amazon is awarding Amazon Student members with $250,000 in scholarships and offering three days of exclusive deals

SEATTLE, Wash. – The school season is in full swing, and Amazon is supporting college students through its Amazon Student membership program. This fall, Amazon Student will award students with $250,000 in scholarships and $25,000 in textbooks as well as offer three days of exclusive deals only available to members from Wednesday, October 7th through Friday, October 9th.

Amazon Student is a membership program created especially for college students. Benefits of membership include free Two-Day shipping, unlimited photo storage through Prime Photos as well as Student-exclusive deals, discounts and much more.

Amazon Student Days
From October 7 through October 9, Amazon Student Days will feature deals exclusively for Amazon Student members. Students will get deals on products ranging from home and entertainment to technology and study supplies to everyday essentials. Exclusive deals will include: 25% off select Halloween costumes; 50% off select Uniball and Papermate pens, Expo dry erase markers, and Sharpie pens and highlighters; 25% off thousands of select denim, outwear, and fashion products from top brands; and much more. There will also be prize giveaways and sweepstakes on social media. Refer a friend to join Amazon Student and you’ll both get $10. For more info on Amazon Student Days, visit:

Amazon Student Scholarship
Amazon Student is inviting its members to apply for the merit-based scholarship now through November 20, 2015. Fifty students will be chosen based on their GPA, community service and leadership activities. The winners will receive a $5,000 scholarship for tuition and $500 to spend on textbooks through For more information or to apply, visit

About Amazon Student
Amazon Student gives college students Free Two-Day Shipping on millions of items, and special offers and promotions created just for students as part of the six month free trial. After that, it’s just $49 a year—half the price of a regular Amazon Prime membership—and includes unlimited streaming of movies and TV shows with Prime Instant Video, over a million songs with Prime Music, and access to the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library. To learn more, visit

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Karen Germ
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Event: Panel Discussion for Student Media

Digital Learning: The Future of College Education?


Is digital learning the future of higher education? Are textbooks going the way of the dinosaur? What is digital learning? How does it work? Find out during two free media webinars exclusively for student reporters.

These new digital learning platforms have evolved from beyond the simple .pdfs of traditional textbooks that were common just five years ago. What makes them different?

Research has demonstrated that they improve student grades and cost less than a traditional textbook. Is that true?

Learn why faculty assign them and how students feel they are benefiting. Get the story from people actually using the technology.

There will be opportunity for Q & A for student reporters.


Hosted by the Association of American Publishers (AAP).

Faculty from California, including:
• Dr. Philip Janowicz, Chemistry professor at Cal State Fullerton
• Lynda Haas, Composition professor at UC Irvine
• Patty Worsham, Math professor at Norco College
• Solina Lindahl, Economics professor at California Polytechnic

Faculty and students from Texas, including:
• Kelly Dreier, Reading professor at Richland College
• Nathalie Vega-Rhodes, Dev Math professor at Lone Star College-Kingwood
• Kristi Barker, Reading professor at South Plains College
• Baylei Sehon, student at Texas Tech


California webinar: Tuesday, October 6 at 3 p.m. PT
Texas webinar: Wednesday, October 7 at 3 p.m. CT

Sign up:

To register, you must be a student reporter. There is no cost to attend.
Please send your name and college to and we will send a confirmation ahead of the panel discussion.


About AAP

The Association of American Publishers (AAP) is the voice of the US book and journal publishing industry. AAP represents the industry’s priorities on policy, legislative and regulatory issues regionally, nationally and worldwide. These include the protection of intellectual property rights and worldwide copyright enforcement, digital and new technology issues, funding for education and libraries, tax and trade, censorship and literacy. Our four hundred member companies represent major commercial, educational and professional companies as well as independents, non-profits, university presses and scholarly societies.
Find us online at or on twitter at @AmericanPublish.

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Marisa Bluestone
(202) 220-4558

All-New National Student Day Contest Opens Today


OBERLIN, OHIO, September 24, 2015 – Celebrating and rewarding college students for their hard work and supporting children’s literacy are at the heart of the all-new National Student Day photo-sharing contest, which runs Sept. 24-Oct. 22. The fifth annual National Student Day contest, sponsored by the National Association of College Stores (NACS), gives students the opportunity to win a $500 prize to their campus store and support a good cause. For each contest entry received, NACS will donate $1, up to $5,000, to children’s literacy advocate Reading Is Fundamental.

Reading Is Fundamental, one of the world’s oldest and most respected charities dedicated to literacy, delivers free books and other literacy resources to children and families in economically disadvantaged communities in the United States.

High school and college students can enter the contest up to five times per person by simply snapping a “selfie” in their campus store and posting it to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #GIVEME5NSD.

The National Student Day celebration, set for October 8, 2015, is a day set aside by campus stores across the U.S. and Canada to celebrate their students by hosting a variety of celebrations.

For more information and complete contest rules, visit

About The National Association of College Stores
The National Association of College Stores (NACS) is the professional trade association representing the $10 billion collegiate retailing industry. NACS represents nearly 3,000 campus retailers and approximately 1,000 industry-related companies that supply course materials and other merchandise and services to campus stores. NACS provides education and other resources that help its member stores support student success, the campus experience, and the academic missions of higher education institutions. NACS is headquartered in Oberlin, Ohio. Additional information can be found online at

About Reading Is Fundamental
Reading Is Fundamental delivers free books and literacy resources to children and families in economically disadvantaged communities in the United States. By giving children the opportunity to own a book, RIF inspires them to become lifelong readers and achieve their full potential. RIF is leading the way to help minimize the summer learning slide through Read for Success, a proven program model aimed at early elementary students to reduce summer reading loss and improve literacy proficiency all year long. As the nation’s largest children’s literacy nonprofit, RIF has placed 412 million books in the hands of more than 40 million children since it was established in 1966. To learn more and help provide books to kids who need them most, visit

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Jennifer Libertowski
800-622-7498, ext. 2249


Laura Massie
800-622-7498 ext. 2351

Calling All College Football Fans: Samsung Milk Music Now Live Streaming Home and Away Feeds of NCAA Football Games


No matter what the weekend’s plans, fans will have access to their local college sports broadcast.

There’s a new way to listen to the big game: Samsung Milk Music’s newly-launched Sports genre brings the excitement from the field right to the app’s dial. The app’s sports live streams now include the ability to select either “home” or “away” game audio feeds, so devoted fans can access the announcers of their choice, whether their team is playing on home turf or on the road.

During the 2015 NCAA football season, Samsung Milk Music will live stream the home and away team’s local broadcasts, when available, of 900 college football games and conference championships from 122 college teams. When the NCAA basketball season tips off in November, Samsung Milk Music will live stream more than 3,000 men’s college basketball games from 137 teams. Samsung Milk Music is the only service to pair a high volume of schools and content with a full feature set for sports listeners.

Live streams of the local home and away team audio feeds are now available on the Samsung Milk Music dial. Live stream information for each game will appear on the dial once the pre-show has begun, until the post-show has been completed.

• The “Sports Guide”, located via the app’s main menu, is updated daily, listing all of the day’s available games and final game score listings.
• Live stream content can be found on the dial once the pre-show has begun and includes real-time score updates, until the post-show has been completed.

Samsung Milk Music is available to download here.

About Samsung Milk Music
Samsung Milk Music is a streaming radio service that’s an instant and fun way to discover and play the streaming entertainment that you want to hear. In addition to the college football and men’s basketball live streams and sports talk content, Samsung Milk Music currently has a music catalog of more than 200 genre-based and curated stations from a catalog of 13M songs. Samsung Milk Music sports content is available on the following Samsung Galaxy devices: Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S 6 edge+, Galaxy S 6, Galaxy S 6 edge, Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Note Edge, Galaxy S 5, Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy S 4, Galaxy S 4 mini, Galaxy Note II, Galaxy S III, Galaxy Mega, Galaxy S III mini, Galaxy Tab S, Tab S Pro, Note Pro 12.2, Galaxy Note 8.0, Galaxy Note 10.1, Note 10.1 (2014 Edition), Galaxy Tab 4 family, and the Galaxy Tab 3 family.

About Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
Headquartered in Ridgefield Park, NJ, Samsung Electronics America, Inc. (SEA), is a recognized innovation leader in consumer electronics design and technology. A wholly owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., SEA delivers a broad range of digital consumer electronics, mobile products and wearables, wireless infrastructure, IT and home appliance products. Samsung is the market leader for HDTVs in the U.S and one of America’s fastest growing home appliance brands.

To discover more, please visit

Chrissy Madison
(415) 277-4917

Golden Door Scholars Expands Reach of College Scholarship Program for High-Performing Undocumented Students


Nonprofit organization to partner with distinguished universities to award
up to 50 full-ride scholarships for 2016-17 academic year

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (September 23, 2015) – Golden Door Scholars (GDS), a 501c3 organization that creates economic mobility for high performing, highly motivated undocumented students, today announced plans to expand the program exponentially, awarding up to 50 scholarships for the 2016-17 academic year. Previously, GDS focused on students from North and South Carolina, but will now accept applications from all 27 states that still have tuition inequity.

“We’ve been incredibly impressed by our 45 scholars, who are currently excelling at some of the nation’s top universities,” said Ric Elias, Golden Doors Scholars Founder and CEO of Red Ventures. “Their success has emboldened us to double down on our efforts and help even more of the exceptionally talented young people being left behind by existing policies and bureaucracy. This isn’t a political issue; it’s a human rights issue.”

Founded in 2012, GDS provides scholarships, mentorship and professional development to high performing undocumented students known as Dreamers, who came to the United States with their parents as young children and are legally protected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The majority of these students and their families live in states where they aren’t afforded in-state tuition rates for post-secondary education, making college out of reach financially.

“There’s a common misconception that a large number of private scholarships are available to undocumented students, which make up for a lack of federal aid and in-state tuition,” said Debra J. Chermonte, Vice President and Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid at Oberlin College. “The reality is that very few scholarships of any kind are open to undocumented students, and only a handful help Dreamers. We are proud to partner with Golden Door Scholars in the fight for equal access to higher education for all students.”

Nationally recognized institutions such as Davidson College and Wake Forest University currently partner with the Golden Door Scholars team, and Oberlin College has already signed on as partner for the upcoming academic year.

“With more than a half a million unfilled, high-paying technology jobs available in the United States today, educating students to help meet that demand helps position them well for continued success,” said Kacey Grantham, Executive Director of Golden Door Scholars. “With that in mind, we’re placing added emphasis on identifying scholars with an interest in technology-related fields.”

The application deadline is Oct. 27 for students expecting to start college in fall 2016. Interested students can check out eligibility requirements and application guidelines at

About Golden Door Scholars
Founded in 2012, Golden Door Scholars invests in education and career preparedness for high-performing Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students. More than 65,000 undocumented students graduate from high school every year with limited ability to afford college. In addition to scholarship funding, Golden Door Scholars focuses on career preparedness by pairing each student with a mentor and offering professional development opportunities. Scholarship recipients also commit to “pay it forward” by helping fund scholarships after they graduate. Learn more at


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Katie Zach
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For Immediate Release. CHICAGO, Ill. (September 22, 2015) — More than 100 million selfies are taken daily. Finally, selfie takers can earn cash for those selfies with Pay Your Selfie: the first app that pays any selfie-taker real cash for their selfies, provided they are 18 years old or older.

Available for iOS and Android, Pay Your Selfie works like this: users download the app for free and start taking selfies that match “selfie tasks” worth cash, such as showing off your tattoo, dancing at a concert, or sipping your favorite soda. New tasks valued up to $1 each are available weekly. Users also can import selfies from their smartphone’s camera roll.

When a user’s piggy bank reaches $20, they can cash out and receive a check in the mail or choose to donate their selfie cash to charity.

“We make the common selfie pay off for everyone,” said Michelle Smyth, CEO of Pay Your Selfie. “Selfies capture special moments — people you care about, joyful places, things that make life easier and better. We think it’s time everyone earns money doing what they already love to do.”

Pay Your Selfie offers sponsored selfie opportunities to advertisers for brand engagement and consumer insights. “We connect brands with consumers in a unique and engaging way,” said Smyth. “People who use our app say it’s a fun and easy way to earn a buck. For brands, we deliver a direct way to reach active and social consumers who like to express their lifestyles through selfies.”

Pay Your Selfie also runs “Selfless Selfie” campaigns, raising awareness and funds for partner charities and non-profit causes. Each selfie taken on behalf of a non-profit partner goes directly to the organization, rather than into a user’s piggy bank.

About Pay Your Selfie
Pay Your Selfie connects brands with consumers using selfies as the medium. For consumers, Pay Your Selfie pays cash for selfies, turning social currency into real currency. For brands, we offer a performance-based mobile marketing platform that delivers consumer engagement and insights. Pay Your Selfie is available for free at the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. For more information, visit

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Orly Telisman
Orly Telisman Public Relations
(312) 375-1230 Introduces Extensive, Curated List of Free Online Courses for Fall 2015


Evanston, Ill., Sept. 18, 2015 – Along with their university partners, online course platforms Coursera and edX are offering 300+ great courses this fall. provides easy access to thousands of the best online higher-education resources for students, counselors, teachers, parents and lifetime learners, and is pleased to present its third annual list of the most current course offerings for the fall. Quickly scan through course titles from top U.S. and global universities to find the ones best suited to your interests.

Some of the most popular offerings that have recently started and those starting soon include:

•Introduction to Financial Accounting (University of Pennsylvania) – Starting Sept 4
•Cryptography (University of Maryland at College Park) – Starting Sept 14
•Cities are back in town: urban sociology for a globalizing urban world (Sciences Po) – Starting Sept 15
•A Global History of Architecture (MIT) – Starting Sept 22
•Justice (Harvard University) – Starting Oct 1
•Programming for Everybody (Python) (University of Michigan) – Starting Oct 5
•Conversations that Inspire: Coaching Learning, Leadership and Change (Case Western Reserve University) – Starting Oct 5
•Introduction to the Quran: The Scripture of Islam (University of Notre Dame) – Starting Oct 12
•Basic Mandarin Chinese – Level 1 (Mandarin X) – Starting Oct 19
•”Pride and Prejudice” by Austen: BerkeleyX Book Club (University of California at Berkeley) – Starting Nov 2

Check out the full list of courses as well as enrollment dates at

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Ready, set, go! The 2015 Campus Cup is here


It’s September, which means it’s back-to-school season! Whether you’re just about to start classes or in the middle of your school year, we want to make your life a little easier. So, we’re giving you a way to earn free Dropbox space to manage your schoolwork and (and life in general) by competing in the 2015 Dropbox Campus Cup!

The Campus Cup is a worldwide competition for college students to learn about Dropbox features while earning up to 25 GB of free space for two years. Here’s how it works: Starting today, you and your classmates can sign up for Campus Cup, invite other students at your school to join, and use different Dropbox features to share, create, and get work done together. The more your school participates, the more free space you and your classmates will receive!

By participating in Campus Cup, you’ll become a Dropbox guru — working on class projects, organizing club events, and sharing job applications and resumes will be a breeze. Plus, everyone’s in this together: When you and your classmates work as a team, you can watch as your university rises in the rankings, and earn some serious bragging rights against your rival school.

The Campus Cup challenge begins on September 17, 2015 and ends on December 14, 2015. Get started now!


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Darci Nenni
(925) 323-7966

Half of College-Aged Adults Not Opposed to Open Relationships, Avvo Study Finds


Renowned Relationship Expert and Sexologist Dr. Pepper Schwartz Weighs in on Evolving Generational Romantic Attitudes

SEATTLE, Sept. 17, 2015 – A 2015 Avvo, Inc. study of relationship trends across the United States finds that half of college-aged Americans are not opposed to being in an open relationship, which is defined as a relationship in which both parties consent to sleeping with others. Only 49% of Americans aged 18-23 and 43% of those aged 24-32 saying they are morally opposed to the idea of open relationships, as compared to 56% of people over age 33.

Noted sociologist and sexologist Dr. Pepper Schwartz from the University of Washington attributes this acceptance of open relationships to experimentation that is common in this age group. “When we’re young and out in the world on our own for the first time, we’re more apt to experiment with our romantic relationships and be open to new experiences when it comes to love and sex,” Schwartz said. “As this generation ages, it will be interesting to see if their views will evolve to accept open relationships less, or if they will continue to accept the idea of open relationships as they marry.”

A desire for marriage may kick in shortly after graduation but then wane again once individuals become entrenched in their mid-thirties. In fact, when it comes to seeing marriage as a life goal, college-aged Americans may be more like their parents than those only a few years older than them. Specifically, a quarter (25%) of Americans 24-32 say marriage should be a life goal, whereas 20% of 18-23 year-olds 17% of those over age 33 feel the same. College-aged individuals are also more like their parents when it comes to attitudes around the relevance of marriage as an institution: 12% of 18-23 year-olds and 8% of those 33 and over believe that marriage is an outdated institution; compare this with 19% of those 24-32 who believe the same.

“Young adulthood carries a unique set of expectations around the future,” Schwartz said. “Social norms have shifted over the past few decades such that the institution of marriage isn’t as sacrosanct as it used to be. But the idea of pairing up in a long-term relationship and having children is still a part of being a grown-up. ”

College-aged individuals differ from their parents when it comes to associating children with marriage. Only 15% of Americans 18-23 believe that an unwed couple who has a child together should get married. In contrast, 24% of those 24-32 and 22% of those 33 and over believe the same.

All age groups appear to have similar views when it comes to divorce where romance, or a “spark,” fading is an issue: approximately three-quarters of all age groups disagree that married couples who no longer want to be in a romantic relationship – or who’ve lost that “lovin’ feeling” with their spouse – should definitely get a divorce.

“With divorce rates trending upward overall over the past 50 years, and with many of these young adults growing up in homes where divorced parents and remarriage were the norm, it comes as no surprise that there is a significant number of people who believe that divorce is a reasonable and validated choice when romance fades,” Schwartz said. “The percent of young people who are less invested in marriage as an institution shows a generational vision of marital fragility and perceived limits to the idea of life-time marriage.”

For more information about the study, visit

About this study
Avvo conducts periodic studies of topics at the intersection of lifestyle and the law to better understand the issues facing individuals engaging with attorneys and the legal system. Given that divorce and family law are two of the largest and most routine legal actions taken in the United States, understanding the relationship dynamics that lead to marriage and divorce is beneficial to the legal consumers and attorneys Avvo serves.

“Avvo is committed to understanding American social and cultural experiences so that we can really know the people we seek to help,” said Nika Kabiri, director of consumer insights at Avvo. “We conduct several consumer studies a year and use what we learn to help people in ways that are most meaningful to them.”

Avvo lawyers answer questions about divorce, prenuptial agreements, and family law in the company’s Q&A forum everyday and are featured in the Avvo directory, which includes profiles on 97% of licensed attorneys in the United States. Attorneys are also available to answer on-demand questions about divorce through Avvo Advisor, which provides 15-minutes of legal counsel from a qualified attorney in your state for $39.

For additional resources about marriage and divorce from Avvo, or to find a divorce or family lawyer in your area, visit

These are findings from an Ipsos poll conducted May 11-15, 2015. For the survey, a sample of 2,011 U.S. adults age 18 and over was interviewed online. The precision of Ipsos online polls is measured using a credibility interval. In this case, the poll has a credibility interval of plus or minus 2.5 percentage points for all respondents. The data were weighted to the U.S. current population data by gender, age, region, and household income based on Census data.

About Avvo, Inc.
Avvo is the leading online legal marketplace connecting consumers and lawyers. Avvo offers on-demand, affordable legal advice through Avvo Advisor®, which delivers a highly reviewed lawyer for 15 minutes over the phone – anytime, anywhere – available online or via a free app for iOS devices. In Avvo’s Q&A forum, consumers can get their legal questions answered for free by more than 210,000 participating lawyers or search more than 7 million previously asked questions and attorney provided answers. Avvo’s lawyer directory provides Avvo-rated profiles, client reviews, and peer endorsements for 97 % of all lawyers in the U.S., so consumers can find the lawyer who’s right for them. Avvo also helps lawyers grow their businesses with marketing tools and services including the Avvo JD App and Avvo Ignite, a cloud-based marketing platform designed specifically for attorneys. Avvo, Avvo Advisor, Avvo JD App, and Avvo Ignite are trademarks or registered t rademarks of Avvo, Inc. Avvo was founded in 2007 and is based in Seattle, WA.

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Calling All Makers, DIYers, and Innovators: IEEE’s Do-It-Yourself Competition Starts Today


$500 Grand Prize to be awarded to the Best Project

NEW YORK – September 17, 2015 – Students and tech enthusiasts looking to showcase their technological prowess and become one of the next up and coming engineers, have the opportunity to gain worldwide recognition by entering their inventions in the IEEE DIY Project contest starting today.

The IEEE DIY Project was created to help encourage and support future makers by allowing them to showcase new and innovative projects to the IEEE social media community. Last year’s competition generated over 300 unique projects on the IEEE DIY Project website from around the world with the grand prize awarded to Gaurav Gautam for his Wirelessly Operated Hand Glove Robot.

This year’s IEEE DIY Project will be hosted online from September 16, 2015 to December 7, 2015, and is open to individuals 18 years or older. Participants will share their original DIY projects online and visitors to the site can vote for their favorite submissions.

Additionally, John Cohn, IEEE Fellow, IBM Fellow, and longtime DIYer, will host a video series where he will provide commentary on randomly selected projects submitted throughout the competition.

“The DIY and the maker movement has been a life-long passion of mine and hosting this contest’s video series is a real honor,” said John Cohn, IEEE and IBM Fellow. “I’m always amazed by the creativity and resourcefulness that students can apply to a problem. I can’t wait to see what they cook up this year!”

The top five submissions will win monetary prizes in the form of Amazon gift cards in their local currency. The grand prize winner will receive $500, $250 for second place, third place will be awarded $100 and $50 for each fourth and fifth place contestants.

Submission categories will include:
• Green Tech
• Accessibility
• Intelligent Transportation
• Public Safety
• Entertainment
• Education
• Communication
• Other

The IEEE DIY Project will begin accepting submissions today via Submissions must be an engineering project that was built or created using hardware or software. The submission also must include an image or video of what was built, as well as a description and purpose of the technology created. A panel of judges will then vote on the winning project. Entries will be ranked based on three criteria: originality, innovation and benefit to humanity.

All are invited to participate in voting for their favorite DIY project online at Community members may vote once a day until December 7, 2015.

How you can promote the IEEE DIY Project to your school:

Campus newspapers, groups and departments on campus can use the following sample social media posts to share this opportunity to participate in the DIY project, as well as to promote your school’s projects on social media using the hashtag: #IEEEDIY.

Sample Facebook Post:

Are you developing an engineering project? Submit it to the IEEE DIY Project to share it with the engineering community! Browse all of the projects, give your feedback, and even help IEEE choose a winner by voting for your favorite submissions. By sharing your project, you’ll be entered for a chance to win a gift card worth up to $500!

Sample Tweet:

Sample Tweet: Submit an #engineering project to the #IEEE DIY Project for chance to get feedback from peers & win up to $500!

For a list the full terms and conditions of the IEEE DIY Project contest, please click here for more information:

About IEEE
IEEE is a large, global professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity. Through its highly cited publications, conferences, technology standards, and professional and educational activities, IEEE is the trusted voice on a wide variety of areas ranging from aerospace systems, computers and telecommunications to biomedical engineering, electric power and consumer electronics. Learn more at


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