Apple’s New iPhones Face Shipping Delays

Apple Inc. (AAPL)’s new iPhones will take as many as four weeks to ship, a sign that early demand for the smartphones is outstripping supply.

The iPhone 6 Plus, which has a larger display, will take three to four weeks for shoppers who pre-ordered online yesterday, according to Apple’s website, as people rushed to buy the handset hours after the company began taking pre-orders. Certain iPhone 6 models, which have a slightly smaller screen, will take seven to 10 business days to arrive, though some versions are still available for delivery on Sept. 19 when the devices are set to go on sale in stores. Pre-orders through some individual carriers’ websites indicate shipments could take even longer.

“Response to iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus has been incredible, with a record number of pre-orders overnight,” said Trudy Muller, a spokeswoman with Cupertino, California-based Apple.

Apple this week unveiled the new smartphones with rounded edges, thinner frames and higher-resolution displays, and they became available for pre-order starting at 3 a.m. New York time yesterday. Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook is counting on the new devices to usher in demand for other products he introduced this week, from the iPhone-compatible Apple Watch to the credit card-substituting Apple Pay service.
Demand for the latest iPhone is the greatest AT&T Inc. has seen in two years, Ralph de la Vega, CEO of its mobile division, said yesterday at a Goldman Sachs media conference.

“Every time there is a change in design, and this is clearly a change in design for Apple, there is an uptake,” de la Vega said. “I think there’s going to be a great uptake, which is good for us.”

Familiar Pattern

This isn’t the first time Apple and phone carriers have seen iPhone models delayed well before they were available in stores. In 2012, the iPhone 5 was delayed for shipment by a week after a rush of orders, and in 2011 the iPhone 4S sold out at AT&T, Verizon Wireless, and Sprint Nextel Corp. only five days after pre-orders began.

“The iPhone 6 Plus experiences severe supply constraints,” Brian White, an analyst at Cantor Fitzgerald, wrote in a note to investors.

The iPhone 6 has a 4.7-inch display and the iPhone 6 Plus has a 5.5-inch one, while the previous iPhones have a 4-inch screen. The iPhone 6 costs $199 to $399 with a two-year contract, while the 6 Plus is priced at $299 to $499. The devices will come in silver, gold and space gray.

“It’s the biggest advancement ever in iPhone history,” Cook said yesterday in an interview with Charlie Rose at Bloomberg headquarters in New York. “We think that the upgrade cycle here and the number of people that will switch from other smartphones — it will be enormous.”

Twitter Gripes

Customers took to Twitter to complain of difficulties loading Apple’s website to place pre-orders. The website had problems loading at about 3:22 a.m. New York time yesterday, according to Isitdownrightnow.com, a site that tracks Internet issues.

Shares of Apple rose less than 1 percent to $101.66 at the close in New York yesterday. The stock is up 27 percent this year.

While the company normally doesn’t disclose figures for its production runs of new products, it typically has a supply of its new devices in stores on the first day.

Carriers, which often offer deals when a new iPhone comes out to lure more data-hungry smartphone users and bolster their market share, are again offering incentives that may be bolstering interest.

Carrier Incentives

Verizon is promoting a “Trade In & Trade Up” smartphone sale on its website, offering $100 to $300 for used devices. AT&T said earlier this week it will let customers swap in their old iPhone for a new iPhone 6 and as much as a $300 credit. Sprint is offering the “iPhone for Life” plan, which for $70 a month lets users rent the iPhone 6 and upgrade to a new version every two years, while T-Mobile US Inc. says it will top the best trade-in price with an added $50.

“Right now, we’re in an online, preorder phase, and will share info on in-store when it becomes available,” Debra Lewis, a Verizon spokeswoman, said in an e-mail.

While AT&T is planning on having new iPhones in stores by Sept. 19, the company won’t comment on which specific models will be available, said Mark Siegel, a spokesman for the carrier.

Legere Apologizes

T-Mobile will have the iPhone 6 Plus in stock in stores when the device goes on sale next week, said Tolena Thorburn, a spokeswoman for the Bellevue, Washington-based company. The company’s website was unable to process orders part of yesterday, with its site carrying a message attributing the errors to “strong demand for preorder devices.”

T-Mobile CEO John Legere apologized to customers on Twitter, saying “demand has been huge but we are on it.”

Michelle Mermelstein, a spokeswoman for Sprint, declined to comment on whether the Overland Park, Kansas-based company would have the iPhone 6 Plus in stores on Sept. 19.

The iPhone remains the most important piece of Apple’s business.

The handset accounted for about half of Apple’s $171 billion in revenue in its last fiscal year, and with sales of the iPad slowing, the company needs to keep the iPhone a blockbuster to maintain growth.

The handsets will initially be available in a limited set of markets — including the U.S., Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the U.K. – – for pre-order and shipping on Sept. 19, the company has said. China, one of Apple’s biggest markets, won’t get the new devices at first, though the company said it plans to have the phones in 115 countries by the end of the year.

Google Launches Android One In India

Android’s future lies not in expensive, feature-packed smartphones for the tech elite. Instead, it’s all about getting smartphones to the rest of the world.

Google today officially launched Android One, its initiative for cheap-yet-high quality smartphones for developing countries. The program is debuting in India with three cheap devices starting at around $105 off-contract, and the company is also planning to expand the program to Indonesia, the Philippines, and the rest of South Asia by the end of the year.

While high-end Android devices will be a mainstay among gadget geeks, there’s a much bigger opportunity for Google in focusing on the more than 5 billion people worldwide that currently don’t have smartphones. After getting its hooks into those potential consumers early, Google will likely be able to make them lifelong customers.

Cheap Android devices have already helped the platform dominate smartphone market share (85 percent of smartphones shipped in the second quarter ran Android, according to IDC), but with Android One, Google is aiming to bring some stability to the low-end market. It’s similar to Google’s Nexus line, which highlights what Android can do for higher-end phones (while still focusing on relatively inexpensive off-contract pricing).

Google says it’s working together with phone and component makers by sharing reference hardware designs, which could lead to cheaper devices with high-quality specs. Just like Nexus devices, Android One phones will get updates directly from Google, so users won’t be beholden to the whims of their carriers. The devices also include features that are particularly useful for the developing world, like dual SIM capabilities, expandable storage, FM radio, and removable batteries.

Android Wear is launching in India with phones from Micromax, Karbonn, and Spice. They all share similar specs: A 4.5-inch processor, 1 gigabyte of RAM, a quad-core processor, and a 5-megapixel camera.- the phones look fairly indistinguishable now. But you can expect phone makers to get more creative with their designs down the line. Google also revealed new partners for Android One, including Acer, Asus, HTC, Lenovo, and Qualcomm.

Google has also partnered with Airtel in India to offer free updates over cellular for the first six months. During that time, Airtel customers can also download up to 200 megabytes worth of apps for free every month.

Google also plans to launch an offline version of YouTube in India, which will let consumers rewatch videos without eating up their mobile data.

“Access for access’s sake is not enough,” wrote Google VP Sundar Pichai, who leads Android and Chrome, in a blog post today. “With Android One, we not only want to help people get online, we want to make sure that when they get there, they can tap into the wealth of information and knowledge the web holds for everyone.”

And of course, it also helps that all of those new web users will likely be dependent on Google’s services.

Apple Shakes Doubters as Stock Surge Greets IPhones Blackberry To Benefit

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98.36
09/08/2014

Apple Inc. (AAPL)’s prospects seem a lot brighter than they were the last time Tim Cook introduced an iPhone.

When Chief Executive Officer Cook unveiled two new smartphone models 12 months ago, Apple’s stock was slumping and the company was losing market share to Samsung Electronics Co. and low-cost manufacturers such as Xiaomi Corp. Questions abounded about whether Apple could keep innovating without co-founder Steve Jobs.

Fast forward to a year later and the company’s stock is flirting with a record high. Anticipation is building for the bigger-screen iPhones, a wearable device and a mobile-payments system that people with knowledge of the matter have said Apple is set to announce today. Even the recent stolen pictures of naked celebrities such as Kate Upton from Apple’s iCloud service have done little to derail investor enthusiasm.

Driving the change are shifts in the smartphone industry and how investors have come to accept that Cook is firmly in charge of Apple. Rival Samsung (005930) is losing momentum as its multiple-device strategy to please all people at all prices is stalling, making Apple’s decision to stick just with high-end phones look smart. Cook is also set to give investors what they’ve been seeking: a new category of products, and larger-screen devices that consumers have been craving.

 

They’re on top of the world,” said Tim Bajarin, an analyst at Creative Strategies Inc. “The No. 1 difference between last year and this year is the fact that Wall Street and even the customers have embraced the fact that this is Tim’s company — he’s proven that he not only can pick up the mantle of Steve Jobs but advance it.”

Even Cook’s venue choice for tomorrow’s event is symbolic, Bajarin said. Apple will reveal its latest gadgets near its Cupertino, California-based headquarters at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts. That’s where Jobs introduced the Macintosh computer in 1984 and the iMac in 1998, both of which triggered growth spurts at the company.

Cook still has a lot to do to maintain Apple’s growth streak. The wearable device, which may include features for tracking health and fitness activity, along with a push into mobile payments, will test Apple’s ability to integrate hardware and software to make the products easy to use. Competition against deep-pocketed Samsung remains stiff in smartphones and other mobile devices.

Trudy Muller, a spokeswoman at Apple, declined to comment.

Bigger IPhones

Apart from investors, software developers are also optimistic about Apple’s prospects. Mark Kawano, CEO and co-founder of Storehouse Media Inc., said he’s looking forward to iPhones with larger screens, a better camera and an operating system that will likely let his company’s storytelling application be better utilized.

“More and more, the iPhone is just getting better and better at things that a traditional computer used to be good at,” he said. “Those things are what we are really well positioned for.”

Apple’s perceived renaissance dates back to earlier this year. At the end of 2013, Samsung, with its panoply of multipriced Galaxy devices running on Google Inc.’s Android operating systems, loomed large. The Suwon, South Korea-based company’s share of the global smartphone market had surged to 31 percent, while Apple held about 15 percent, according to researcher IDC.

Facing Critics

Apple, meanwhile, faced criticism from analysts and investors for holding to a single phone style and high prices. Its then-new iPhone 5s started at $199 with a wireless contract and the less-expensive iPhone 5c was offered at $99 with a contract. The unsubsidized iPhone 5c was priced at $549 in the U.S. and 4,488 yuan ($733) in China while Xiaomi’s handset cost 1,999 yuan and Lenovo Group Ltd.’s flagship K900 IdeaPhone sold for 3,299 yuan.

“There was speculation in the tech media that the 5cs were going to be the low-price phones, so when they came out and the pricing didn’t really address the broader emerging markets that wanted cheaper phones, that obviously led to some level of disappointment and sell off,” Walter Piecyk, an analyst at BTIG LLC in New York, said.

Samsung Slowdown

Yet Samsung — instead of ratcheting up its revenue at Apple’s expense — began facing slowing sales growth as it got squeezed by competitors such as Xiaomi on the low end and Apple on the high end. Samsung’s global smartphone market share slid to 25 percent in the second quarter from 32 percent a year earlier, according to IDC. In July, Samsung reported sales and profit that missed analysts’ estimates.

“The loss of momentum at Samsung creates an unforeseen buffer globally — and is timed perfectly into a launch of larger screened phones with the potential to even get customers to switch back to Apple,” Ben Reitzes, an analyst at Barclays, wrote in a July note to investors.

By contrast, Apple steadily reported increasing year-over-year iPhone sales that topped analysts’ estimates. The new handsets “primarily” fueled Apple’s 12 percent sales gain by unit during the first three quarters of the company’s 2014 fiscal year, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Best Ever

At the same time, Apple executives began a drumbeat to raise anticipation for new products. In May, Eddy Cue, head of iTunes, said products to be introduced later this year are the the best pipeline Apple has had in 25 years. In July, Chief Financial Officer Luca Maestri echoed that by saying he was “expecting a very busy fall.” Cook chimed in and said the company has an “incredible pipeline” that “we can’t wait to show you.”

Cook has appealed to investors in other ways as well. In April, Apple said it would expand its shareholder payout program, increasing its share repurchase authorization to $90 billion from $60 billion and announcing a 7-for-1 stock split, as well as a bigger dividend. The company’s stock surged in the aftermath of the announcements.

The CEO has also shown he’s serious this year about boosting growth through acquisitions. In May, Apple agreed to pay $3 billion to buy headphones and streaming-music service Beats Electronics LLC, the company’s biggest-ever purchase.

By the end of trading yesterday, Apple’s stock was up 38 percent from a year ago, ending the day at $98.36. Shares are up 23 percent so far this year, exceeding the 8.3 percent gain of the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index.

There’s a new willingness by investors to see “the glass as half full rather than half empty,” Piecyk said. “They’ve earned more investor trust.”

Seeking Alpha says Blackberry To Benefit

  

Summary

  • Apple’s iPhone 6 is about to make the phablet form factor the dominant one for consumers.
  • While Apple’s first iPhone destroyed BlackBerry, this release will catalyze BlackBerry.
  • The BlackBerry Passport could become the dominant business phablet in the marketplace.
    • The BlackBerry Passport could become the dominant business phablet in the marketplace.Apple will have validated for the masses the value of a bigger screen, and BlackBerry will have the biggest screen around. And this time, BlackBerry won’t be competing with Apple for the consumer market. It will be re-entering familiar territory with familiar customers in mind: working professionals for whom productivity is paramount,

Ranking the Top Smartphones

from Business Insider
RANKED: The Best Smartphones In The World

#14 BlackBerry Q10
Up five spots from last month

 

Link to full rankings http://www.businessinsider.com/                 RE Best-smartphones-2014

BlackBerry’s ‘cloud’ difficult to hack, analyst say – could have saved Jennifer Lawrence from “Bimbo ” status

Businesses using BlackBerry’s cloud-based services should not be spooked by hackers who stole nude photographs of celebrities out of the Apple iCloud, says an independent technology analyst.

London, Ont.-based Carmi Levy said Apple’s iCloud was built for consumers and BlackBerry’s suite of cloud services are for the corporate and enterprise world.

“That has significant implications for the kinds of security features built into the service,” Levy said. “They are two very different animals.”

On Sunday, hackers posted hundreds of nude photos of celebrities stolen from their personal Apple accounts. Apple says the hackers made targeted attacks against select celebrities.

“This incident uncovered a fundamental weakness in Apple’s security infrastructure for the iCloud that it has since resolved,” Levy said.

Apple users have a security code that is four digits by default. Such codes can be cracked by regular computers using programs that run all possible combinations in a short period of time.

This is known as a bruteforce attack.

In addition, the iPhone app called Find My Phone had no limits on how many times a user tries an incorrect password. Users or hackers are locked out of most other systems after three incorrect attempts.

That made the Find My Phone app easy pickings for a brute-force attack.

“It was all too easy for hackers using a certain piece of software known as iBrute to bypass the alarm that would advise a user that someone is repeatedly trying to break into their account,” Levy said. The security standards in the enterprise sector are far more stringent, and information technology professionals there would respond differently, he said.

“An IT decision maker would know full well to implement two-factor authentication on all devices, right out of the gate,” Levy said. “Whereas in Apple’s case, consumers don’t necessarily think or act that way.”

The cloud became a popular term in the digital world around 2010. It is marketing jargon for third-party data centres where information is stored, rather than on individual phones, laptops and tablets. Earlier this year, BlackBerry made it clear it would expand its offerings of cloud-based services for enterprise customers as a key part of its turnaround strategy.

“You cannot shut down investments in technology, including mobility, including the cloud, every time someone suffers a breach,” Levy said. “The Apple iCloud experience gives us an opportunity to learn some very important lessons about mobile security, but it is not a reason to write off the entire space.”

Nobody should be too hard on Apple for being hacked, he said.

“It is somewhat unfair to single out Apple, given the fact that any technology company can be victimized on any given day,” Levy said.

“It is almost impossible to find a major vendor that has not been compromised in some way, or whose name has not been dragged through the mud by hackers.”

DISCLOSURE:  BBRY is the largest long position held by Jack A. Bass Managed Accounts

 

Blackberry / MCAFEE Story

go to Bloomberg TV
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McAfee: Dump Your Smartphone to Protect Privacy: Video
Antivirus Pioneer John McAfee discusses his internet privacy concerns on “Bloomberg West.” (Source: Bloomberg TV)

Aug. 12 (Bloomberg) — Antivirus Pioneer John McAfee discusses his internet privacy concerns on “Bloomberg West.” (Source: Bloomberg)

 

 

John MCAFEE gives Blackberry A Big PR Push

http://www.rtphone-on-privacy-concerns-m_NBADwgTsWDLonopLMLfw.html

http://www.rtphone-on-privacy-concerns-m_NBADwgTsWDLonopLMLfw.html

Video on smartphone lack of security.

 

McAfee: Dump Your Smartphone to Protect Privacy: Video
Antivirus Pioneer John McAfee discusses his internet privacy concerns on “Bloomberg West.” (Source: Bloomberg TV

McAfee: Dump Your Smartphone to Protect Privacy

 

Jim Cramer on Blackberry

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:
NEW YORK (TheStreet) — BlackBerry (BBRY_) was falling 4.8% to $10.76 Wednesday following the announcement of Apple’s (AAPL_) partnership with IBM (IBM_) to develop mobile apps for enterprise.

Apple’s partnership with IBM will see the two companies develop 100 apps for iPhone and iPad for businesses. The apps will help bring IBM’s big data tools and other services to iOS devices, with the hope of making them better suited for business use.

The deal, which hopes to “transform enterprise mobile” will increase competition for BlackBerry, which offers a secure communications platform for enterpris
The Street Ratings team rates BLACKBERRY LTD as a Sell with a ratings score of D. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

“We rate BLACKBERRY LTD (BBRY) a SELL. This is driven by a few notable weaknesses, which we believe should have a greater impact than any strengths, and could make it more difficult for investors to achieve positive results compared to most of the stocks we cover. The company’s weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow.”
BLACKBERRY LTD has experienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from the same quarter a year ago. The company has suffered a declining pattern earnings per share over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, BLACKBERRY LTD reported poor results of -$11.17 versus -$1.20 in the prior year.
Return on equity has greatly decreased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of major weakness within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Computers & Peripherals industry and the overall market, BLACKBERRY LTD’s return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to $302.00 million or 52.06% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm’s growth rate is much lower.
BBRY, with its very weak revenue results, has greatly underperformed against the industry average of 2.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues plummeted by 68.5%. Weakness in the company’s revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
Despite currently having a low debt-to-equity ratio of 0.36, it is higher than that of the industry average, inferring that management of debt levels may need to be evaluated further. Despite the fact that BBRY’s debt-to-equity ratio is mixed in its results, the company’s quick ratio of 2.11 is high and demonstrates strong liquidity.

Apple Update

AAPL : NASDAQ : US$550.50
BUY 
Target: US$570.00

COMPANY DESCRIPTION:
Apple designs, manufactures, and sells PCs, portable digital music players, and mobile communication devices, along with related software, services, peripherals, and networking solutions globally. The company was founded in 1976 and is headquartered in Cupertino, California.

Technology — Communications Technology — Wireless Equipment
SOLID RESULTS WITH HEALTHY GROSS MARGIN, BUT SOFTER IPHONE SALES IMPACT GUIDANCE
Investment recommendation:

Apple reported December quarter sales at the high-end of its previous guidance range with EPS above its implied guidance. However, total sales were below our expectations due to softer than anticipated iPhone sales of 51M versus our 54M estimate. While we anticipated softer Q2/F14 sales with seasonally lower iPhone and iPad product sales post the Holiday quarter, Q2/F14 guidance was below our expectations. Specifically, while our estimates anticipated a sharp Q/Q decline in iPhone sales during Q2/F14 consistent with Apple’s implied guidance, we anticipated this decline from our 54M December quarter estimate versus the 51M reported. Given the anticipated sell-off in the shares tomorrow combined with our belief Apple has a stronger pipeline of new products for C2014 versus C2013, we maintain our BUY rating. We also believe the continued large share buyback program should contribute to a return to EPS growth in F2014/15. We reiterate our BUY rating but lower our price target to $570.
Investment highlights
 Apple reported December quarter sales of $57.6B and EPS of $14.50 versus our $58.4B/$14.27 and StreetAccount consensus estimate of $57.5B/$14.09. While iPad and Mac sales exceeded our expectations, iPhone and iPod sales were below our estimates.
 We believe Apple’s soft Q2/F14 guidance is consistent with our expectations for a roughly 25% sequential decline in iPhone units post the Holiday season. We also note on a year-over-year basis, Apple’s guidance does not include inventory builds for iPhones or iPads, includes greater revenue deferrals and unfavorable F/X to create tougher year-over-year comparisons for growth. We were impressed with stronger gross margin results and guidance than our estimates.
 Primarily due to our lower iPhone unit estimates and somewhat due to a sharper decline in our iPod sales expectations, we lower our F2014 EPS estimate from $44.85 to $42.86 and our F2015 estimate from $50.24 to $47.56.
Valuation: Our $570 price target is based on shares trading at roughly 12x our F2015 EPS estimate

Apple Update

AAPL : NASDAQ : US$520.63
BUY 
Target: US$580.00

COMPANY DESCRIPTION:
Apple designs, manufactures, and sells PCs, portable digital music players, and mobile communication devices, along with related software, services, peripherals, and networking solutions globally. The company was founded in 1976 and is headquartered in Cupertino, California.

Technology — Communications Technology — Wireless Equipment
STRONG IPHONE 5S DEMAND WITH IMPROVED SUPPLY, VERY STRONG INITIAL IPAD AIR SALES BUT IPAD MINI SUPPLY CONSTRAINED; UPDATING DEC Q ESTIMATES
Investment recommendation:

October/November U.S. carrier and global surveys indicated very strong iPhone 5s sales with improving levels of supply, steady iPhone 5c sales, and very strong initial sales of the new iPad Air. However, our global supply chain analysis and surveys post the iPad mini with retina display launch on November 12 indicated the new iPad mini is supply constrained and is expected to remain so throughout the December quarter. Given these trends, we anticipate a more favorable Dec Q iPhone/iPad mix for Apple towards the higher-ASP iPhone 5s and iPad Air versus iPhone 5c and iPad mini. For F2014/15, we believe a TD-LTE iPhone launch with the world’s largest carrier China Mobile could bolster March quarter sales and offset some of the post-holiday seasonal trends in western markets. We also believe the continued large share buyback program should contribute to a return to EPS growth in F2014/15. We reiterate our BUY rating and $580 PT.
Investment highlights
 Our Oct./Nov. surveys indicated strong iPhone 5s sales, as it was by far the top selling smartphone globally and at all four tier-1 U.S. carriers. Further, while the Gold iPhone 5s SKU was still supply constrained with long wait times, the other iPhone 5s SKUs showed marked improved availability versus last month. Please see our industry report published today, titled “Q3/13 handset market summary and Oct./Nov. survey: Apple poised for Q4/13 smartphone and tablet share gains; introducing 2015 global handset estimates” for details. Given these trends, we slightly increase our Q4/F’14 iPhone unit estimates and ASPs from 51.5M/$620 to 52M/$624 due to stronger iPhone 5s sales versus the iPhone 5c.
 Our November surveys also indicated very strong initial iPad Air sales. However, our global supply chain analysis and surveys indicate the iPad mini with retina display, launched Nov. 12, is supply constrained and could remain so throughout Q1/F’14. Given these trends, we change our Q1/F’14 iPad/iPad mini unit estimates and blended iPad ASPs slightly from 12.8M/11.5M/$454 units to 13.5M/11.2M/$465.
 Primarily due to these changes, we raise our F2014 and F2015 EPS estimates from $42.75/$48.23 to $43.48/$48.78.
Valuation: Our $580 price target is based on shares trading at roughly 12x our F2015 EPS estimate

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