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4 open source peer-to-peer marketplaces
Learn more about Sharetribe, Cocorico, Mayocat, and Beyourmarket.
December 6, 2016
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7 cool little open source projects that stood out in 2016
We look at a few innovative open source projects that stood out in 2016.
December 6, 2016
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111 top designers side with Apple in landmark patent suit against Samsung
Design gurus argue that design can be the product in amicus brief
August 16, 2016
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Adobe is suing Forever 21 for pirating Photoshop
Someone just got caught shoplifting
January 30, 2015
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Amazon just gave Google a big gift for its European antitrust problem
A bittersweet gift.
June 29, 2016
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An update on all the legal cases we thought would be huge in 2016
Beyond Apple's clash with DOJ, these surveillance cases got our attention in 2016.
December 25, 2016
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Android doesn't infringe on Oracle copyrights, jury finds
Score one for Google and open source development.
May 26, 2016
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Apple sued over singer's right of publicity in iPhone ad singing
No copyright, but can an artist's voice sustain a "right of publicity" case?
January 26, 2017
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Attorney wants Google to unmask reviewer who only wrote, "It was horrible"
Attorney decries review as an opinion "to disparage a person in his profession."
December 14, 2016
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Bots may send your liability risk soaring
Judges and juries may think that a company should be better able to eliminate errors in responses with automation
January 10, 2017
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California Supreme Court: No, you can't hide public records on a private account
"Open access to government records is essential."
March 2, 2017
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Cisco v. Arista awaits a jury verdict under the Oracle v. Google shadow
Just like Oracle–Cisco's small patent claim will ensure Federal Circuit review.
December 14, 2016
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Consumers have no right to buy a PC without an OS, European court rules
A Frenchman who sought a refund of the cost of the Windows OS bundled with his new laptop is out of luck
September 7, 2016
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Court of Appeals ruling means Apple gets another shot at a valid patent for pinch-to-zoom
Back on January 9th 2007, during the introduction of the Apple iPhone, Steve Jobs also unveiled muli-touch. "We have invented a new technology called multi-touch that is phenomenal," Jobs said. "It works like magic. you don't need a stylus. it's far more accurate than any touch display that's ever been shipped. It ignores unintended touches. it's super smart. you can do multi-finger gestures on it, and boy have we patented it."
April 14, 2017
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EU approves LinkedIn deal after Microsoft makes concessions
Regulators okay $26B acquisition with strings that will last five years
December 6, 2016
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EU gets ready to fine Google in Android antitrust suit
The European Commission sent a near-final version of its charge sheet to complainants last week
October 3, 2016
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Federal court decides that Adobe can't stay under a gag order over search warrant forever
According to newly unsealed documents, a federal court in California ruled that it is unlawful for Adobe to remain under an indefinite gag order regarding a search warrant for one of its users.
April 25, 2017
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Florida men sue Microsoft over 'coerced' upgrades to Windows 10
Complaint cites the Terminator, alleges damage to PCs by force-fed upgrade
July 28, 2016
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Google age-discrimination lawsuit may become a monster
People over age 40 who interviewed for software engineering jobs at Google and were rejected may be able to join the lawsuit.
June 30, 2016
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Google and Facebook were scammed out of $100M
The tech giants wired the bucks to an Eastern European man said to be posing as an legit supplier.
April 27, 2017
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Google beats Oracle– Android makes "fair use" of Java APIs
Oracle has spent many millions trying to get a chunk of Android, to no avail.
May 26, 2016
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Google beats Oracle in Java case, but it's not over yet
Oracle's copyright case against Google over its use of Java in Android recently came to a close, with Google emerging victorious.
May 27, 2016
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Google cleared of infringement in Oracle lawsuit over Java
The jury found Google's use of Java was 'fair use'.
May 26, 2016
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Google defeats Oracle in the copyright lawsuit that experts were so worried about
A jury has ruled that Google's use of Java software – owned by Oracle – in the creation of Android constitutes fair use and is thus not a copyright violation.
May 26, 2016
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Google gets another extension to reply to EU antitrust Shopping charge
The European Competition Commission has given Google another three weeks to file a response to formal charges that its Shopping price comparison service unfairly demotes rival services in search results.
October 13, 2016
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Google wants the court to sanction the Oracle lawyer who revealed Google's $1 billion search deal with Apple
It's the case that never ends.
July 5, 2016
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Google wins Java lawsuit. Oracle sees future fight
A jury sides with Google over nitty-gritty in Android code.
May 26, 2016
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Google wins legal fight with Oracle, jury rules for fair use of Java in Android
A jury has ruled for Google in its court fight against Oracle over the use of the company's Java API in Android. the jury agreed with Google's view that Android's use of Java was covered under the fair use clause.
May 26, 2016
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Google wins Oracle copyright fight over Android code
Today, a jury in California's Northern District federal court declared that Google's use of copyright-protected code in Android was fair use, freeing it of any liability. Oracle, which controls the copyright on the code, had been seeking $9 billion for the use of the code.
May 26, 2016
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Google wins trial against Oracle -- Java APIs in Android are 'fair use'
Google has won a case brought against it by Oracle in which it was accused of infringing on copyright by using Java APIs in Android. But at the end of a two-week trial, the jury found in Google's favor saying that 'fair use' was an acceptable defense.
May 26, 2016
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Google's closing argument: Android was built from scratch, the fair way
"Oracle took none of the risk, but wants all the credit, and a lot of the money."
May 23, 2016
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Googler sues his employer after he's scolded for press leaks
Leakers are implored: "For the love of all that's Googley, please reconsider!"
December 22, 2016
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Google, Oracle court battle hinges on rights to brew with Java software
Oracle's plan to cash in on Android now depends on whether Google knowingly used Java code without a license.
May 12, 2016
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It's official: Oracle will appeal its "fair use" loss against Google
Case goes back to court that held APIs are copyrighted in the first place.
October 27, 2016
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Judge blasts Oracle's attempt to overturn pro-Google jury verdict
Oracle's cross-examination of Schwartz "focused on character assassination."
June 10, 2016
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Judge skewers Oracle attorney for revealing Google, Apple trade secrets
Lawyer "screwed up and she never should have done what she did," judge says.
September 23, 2016
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Jury in Google, Oracle case flummoxed by too many folders
The latest phase of the long-running Oracle versus Google Java case is taking place in a district court in San Francisco right now, and it sounds like Judge William Alsup has had just about enough of dealing with the lawyers from both sides. Having heard closing arguments yesterday, the jury is hard at work examining evidence to render its verdict. However, there's a folder problem. Specifically, too many of them in the digital files presented to the jury as evidence. There are, in fact, so many folders that the jury is asking for help.
May 24, 2016
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Jury is picked for $9 billion Oracle v. Google showdown
Only one juror worked with computers, and he was Oracle's first strike.
May 9, 2016
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Kaspersky Lab Drops Lawsuit Against Microsoft
In an interesting turn of events, Kaspersky Lab has withdrawn an antitrust lawsuit it filed against Microsoft for the way in which Windows 10 would block third-part software from installing. the suit was filed about a year ago, after the antivirus company's CEO Eugene Kaspersky posted a long rant aimed at the software giant in a blog post.
April 26, 2017
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Maker of web monitoring software can be sued, says court
The WebWatcher lawsuit may have broader implications for employee monitoring and software as a service
August 17, 2016
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Microsoft faces new lawsuits over aggressive Windows 10 free upgrade push
On Friday, Microsoft will end its year-long Windows 10 free upgrade offer for Windows 7 and 8.1 users. the company has faced widespread criticism over its approach to encouraging users to upgrade to its latest operating system, with many accusing the firm of making the process of declining that offer needlessly difficult and confusing.
July 27, 2016
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Microsoft faces two new lawsuits over aggressive Windows 10 upgrade tactics
Microsoft is facing more legal trouble over its handling of Windows 10 upgrades.
July 28, 2016
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Microsoft Faces Two Lawsuits Over Windows 10 Upgrade Policy
It turns out people don't like it when a new OS pushes itself onto their PCs without their consent!
July 29, 2016
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Microsoft facing more lawsuits over forced Windows 10 upgrades
Microsoft's aggressive campaign to get customers to upgrade to Windows 10 might have seen the new OS grow in popularity, but the company's approach has, understandably, upset a lot of users. the software giant employed some increasingly sneaky tricks to fool Windows 7 and 8.1 users into accepting an OS upgrade they didn't want and, inevitably, some unhappy victims are now looking to sue.
July 28, 2016
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Microsoft hit with lawsuit alleging Windows 10 upgrades 'destroyed people's data and damaged PCs'
Windows 10 has certainly not been short of controversy. Between forced upgrades, telemetry and privacy concerns, and the introduction of increasing numbers of ads, Microsoft has been on the receiving end of a good deal of criticism for the latest version of its operating system. and the trouble is not over.
March 27, 2017
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Microsoft steps up legal pressure against Windows 10 pirates
Files fifth lawsuit since February to stop alleged pirates from illegally activating Windows and Office
July 19, 2016
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Microsoft sued over Windows 10 'destroying user data and damaging PCs'
Ever since the release of Windows 10 back in July 2015, Microsoft has come under a lot of fire for "forcing" users to upgrade to the operating system. for this reason, several lawsuits were filed against the company, of which many were successful. In fact, several authorities were also urged to probe Microsoft over claims that the company was spying on users through telemetry data obtained from Windows 10.
March 27, 2017
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Monitoring software dev ordered to face wiretapping suit
WebWatcher goes from chat logs to court logs
August 17, 2016
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Now available: the Open Organization Leaders Manual
Download our community-produced guide to becoming a more open leader.
December 6, 2016
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Op-ed: Oracle attorney says Google's court victory might kill the GPL
Developers shouldn't celebrate Google's win in this hard-fought copyright case.
May 27, 2016
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Oracle campaigns for third Android Java infringement trial
Android on Chrome in the spotlight
August 18, 2016
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Oracle CEO Safra Catz: "We did not buy Sun to file this lawsuit"
In Catz's view, Android is an "unauthorized fork" of Java.
May 16, 2016
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Oracle denied new trial in copyright dispute with Google over Java
Oracle had claimed that some evidence was withheld by Google
October 19, 2016
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Oracle fights back against Google's attempt to sanction a lawyer after trial
Oracle says it broke no rules reading a transcript "in the heat of an argument."
August 10, 2016
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Oracle Java copyright war latest: Why Google's luck is about to run out
Database giant claims web ads goliath tricked court, Android isn't just phones
August 18, 2016
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Oracle loses appeal against Google in Java API case
Oracle has once again been unsuccessful in its latest effort to obtain a new trial in its Java API copyright claim against Google. Judge William Alsup of the San Francisco District Court has denied Oracle's latest motion to have its case reheard on the grounds of misconduct on the part of Google's lawyers.
October 3, 2016
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Oracle loses massive fair use case against Google, Android
For the past six years, Oracle has pursued copyright and patent infringement claims against Google over the use of Java APIs within Android. the case has bounced around through multiple courts – the patent issues were resolved with zero damages, but the copyright claims were dismissed in favor of Google before a federal court reversed that verdict. Over the last few weeks, Oracle and Google have been tied up in court over whether or not Google's use of the Java API could be considered fair use or not.
May 27, 2016
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Oracle says trial wasn't fair, it should have known about Google play for Chrome
"They're lying to the jury! the court can't countenance this."
August 17, 2016
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Oracle settles with ex-worker over alleged fiddling of cloud accounts
The employee said she was terminated from her job for refusing to comply
February 9, 2017
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Oracle slams Google to jury: "You don't take people's property"
"It takes strength and courage to stand up to Google. That's what Oracle has done."
May 23, 2016
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Oracle takes Java copyright dispute with Google to appeals court
A jury in California had decided that the use of Java APIs in Android was fair use
October 27, 2016
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Oracle v. Google, and the end of programming as we know it
The courts ruled that APIs can be copyrighted. that was bad. Now, if APIs can't be used with fair use, that will be even worse.
May 16, 2016
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Oracle's API stance would be silly if it weren't so dangerous
Google won the most recent battle in the war over fair use of application programming interfaces, but the fighting will go on
June 1, 2016
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Patent-holding company's $533M verdict against Apple is dust on appeal
Massive verdict would have been largest ever for a non-practicing entity.
March 2, 2017
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Pokemon Go developer sued over gamers seeking to enter private property
The class action lawsuit says Pokestops and Pokemon gyms have been placed in private property
August 02, 2016
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Pokemon Go developer sued over Pokemon placed on private property
The class action lawsuit says Pokestops and Pokemon gyms have been placed in private property
August 02, 2016
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'Political crap': Tim Cook slams EU's $14.5B ruling against Apple
The iPhone maker was handed a tax bill of 13 billion euros on Tuesday, with the European Commission ruling against Apple's tax deal in Ireland.
September 1, 2016
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Read the arguments from the Apple v. Samsung Supreme Court case
Apple and Samsung brought their long-running patent case to the Supreme Court this morning for an hour of oral arguments. we have a detailed writeup from the courtroom right here. But if you're interested in the specifics of the case, you can now read a full transcript of the arguments on the court's website.
October 11, 2016
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Misc. - S

Security Firm Launches Antitrust Complaint Against Microsoft and Windows 10
Security firm Kaspersky Lab is crying foul after accusing Microsoft of creating an environment in Windows 10 that puts competing security products at a disadvantage compared to the company's Windows Defender.
November 14, 2016
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Sony wins battle over preinstalled Windows in Europe's top court
CJEU rejects French citizen's complaint, rules consumers want an OS on their PCs.
September 7, 2016
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Supreme Court leaves gap in Samsung-Apple patent ruling
The court did not provide guidance on a test for 'article of manufacture' for determining damages
December 6, 2016
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Supreme Court Overturns $399M Verdict In Long-Running Apple/Samsung Patent Spat
The seemingly never-ending smartphone patent slapfight between Apple and Samsung continues on, with the U.S. Supreme Court ruling today that a $399 million jury award granted to Apple needs to be reassessed because the iPhone maker isn't entitled to all of the profits from the infringing Samsung devices.
December 6, 2016
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The Google/Oracle decision was bad for copyright and bad for software
Op-ed: APIs are creative enough to justify copyright, but not all uses are fair uses.
June 2, 2016
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The verdict is in; Google's usage of Oracle's Java APIs is "fair use"
After years of litigation, a jury has ruled in Google's favor in a case against Oracle over the usage of Java APIs in Android.
May 26, 2016
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This MySpace investor keeps spamming Google with lawsuits -- and the ad giant just wants him to stop
Chocolate Factory asks court to block Greenspan's complaints
August 19, 2016
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Two lawsuits filed against Microsoft over Windows 10 upgrade program
A new report says that Microsoft has been hit by two recent lawsuits, both of which claim the company's free Windows 10 upgrade violate government laws and regulations in the U.S. and Israel. Microsoft says the lawsuits are without merit.
July 27, 2016
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Unified Patents files legal challenges against top three patent trolls of 2016
Patent trolls sent hundreds of demand letters over package tracking and DRM.
July 27, 2016
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US Attorney-Generals actively pursuing cases against Microsoft over 'forced' Windows 10 upgrades
In an effort to get as many people as possible to upgrade to Windows 10 before the free period runs out, Microsoft has resorted to all sorts of sneaky and unbecoming tricks, including reversing the meaning of the corner X, so that closing the nag screen actually agrees the upgrade.
July 11, 2016
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US govt is in, EFF told to take a hike in post-Safe Harbor wrangling over privacy and EULAs
Judge picks friends of court in case studying info safeguards
July 19, 2016
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US Supremes won't halt class-action legal battle against Google Adwords
America's highest court isn't coming to ad giant's rescue
June 7, 2016
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Website for models can be sued for not warning users about rapists
Communications Decency Act doesn't immunize Modelmayhem.com from legal liability.
June 1, 2016
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WhatsApp sued by German watchdog group over privacy
WhatsApp and Facebook have been in hot water in Germany since September for how they share data. the heat is now turned up to 11.
January 31, 2017
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Why Oracle will win its Java copyright case -- and why you'll be glad when it does
Open source needs strong copyright; weak copyright only helps bullies
June 2, 2016
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Why your teams may be failing at the collaboration game
A team's unhealthy communication practices can cause it to disintegrate–as this case study illustrates.
December 6, 2016
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'Windows 10 destroyed our data!' Microsoft hauled into US court
'Dodgy' unwanted operating system update sparks potential class-action lawsuit
March 24, 2017
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​Windows 10 upgrades: Microsoft sued for millions over lost data and damaged PCs
A group of Windows 10 users have brought a new lawsuit alleging Microsoft's upgrade destroyed data and damaged hardware.
March 27, 2017
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Yahoo hit with another lawsuit claiming anti-male discrimination
New plaintiff says management at Yahoo's "Media Org" tilted against men.
October 7, 2016
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