Kobe Bryant Memorial Announced

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A memorial service for Kobe Bryant and the eight victims involved in the helicopter crash is tentatively set for February 24th. The date is symbolic–2/24. Two was Gianna’s number and 24 was Kobe’s number. The venue for the memorial service will be the Staples Center. There has been no formal announcement about the memorial service, time or tickets announced. The Staples Center holds 20,000 people for non-sport events.

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Jay-Z Shares His Last Conversation With Kobe Bryant Before He Passed Away

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Many celebrities have been showing their love and support by honoring basketball legend, Kobe Bryant.

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Among the many artists was RocNation Mogul, Jay-z, who recently shared his last moments with Bryant before his passing.

During his lecture series at Columbia University, the 50-year-old rapper was asked to speak about his sports agency and his relationship with Kobe Bryant.

“He was just in the greatest space that I’ve ever seen him in and, one of the last things he said to me was, ‘you gotta see Gianna play,’ he was so proud,” said Jay-z.

Bryant passed at just 41 years old on January 26, along with eight other passengers when the helicopter they were flying in crashed near Calabasas.

Check out what else Jay-z had to say about the basketball legend in the clip below.

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BREAKING NEWS: Kobe Bryant & 13 Year Old Daughter Dies in Helicopter Crash

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Below is the footage of the helicopter crash 

This NBA Legend Has A Chance To Add An Academy Award To His Trophy Case

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Kobe Bryant was just nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film for his movie, “Dear Basketball.”

“Dear Basketball” was inspired by a retirement poem Bryant wrote that appeared in The Players’ Tribune. Bryant narrates the film.

The Academy Awards will be announced on Sunday, March 4 on ABC.

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Nike Unveils The Kobe 11 ‘Mambacurial’

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Not only did Kobe Bryant just get a day named after him by the city of Los Angeles and start a multmillion dollar company, but his Nike Kobe 11’s are getting the “Mambacurial” treatment.

Since Kobe joined the swoosh just over a decade ago, he’s received his own signature sneaker every year. And lately, aside from the slew of general release colors, there’s also the Mambacurials that pay more homage to Kobe than usual. The Kobe 11 ditches the high top we saw in the previous model for a sleek, low-cut, giving the shoe a more casual look as well as ultimate flexibility while on the court. With the Kobe 11 being the last signature shoe Kobe will ever wear in an NBA game, this one had to be special.

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This year’s special homage colorway praises Kobe’s soccer past and his favorite team, FC Barcelona, as it mixes red and blue throughout the Flyknit upper. There’s even a patch on the heel that’s similar to a soccer club’s logo.

The Nike Kobe 11 Mambacurial is expected to release globally at select Nike retailers on September 8.

Check out more photos below:

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Kobe Bryant Launches $100 Million Venture Capital Fund

NBA star and recent retiree Kobe Bryant unveiled the start of his $100 million venture capital fund Monday, which will focus on media, technology, and data, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Bryant, along with friend and venture capitalist Jeff Stibel, announced their firm’s name, Bryant Stible, based out of Los Angeles. The partners contributed the lump sum, which will be invested over the next few years. Stibel and Bryant have yet to tap outside investors, The Journal reports.

Stibel is the vice chairman of Dun & Bradstreet, chairman of brain implant system BrainGate, and former president of Web.com, according to ESPN.

Stibel and Bryant have worked together before, investing in over 15 companies since 2013, but formalized their business relationship after Kobe’s retirement.

“This is one of my passions,” Bryant told CNBC after he rang the opening bell Monday at the New York Stock Exchange. “We are one gear, 100 percent laser-focused, and here we go.”

Current investments include The Players Tribune, a website focused on sports media, video designer Scopely, a legal services company called LegalZoom, RingDNA, a telemarketing software company, and a home-juicing company named Juicero, according to The Journal.

Stibel and Bryant said their relationship is based on a mutual admiration of hard work and their distinct business acumen.

“We don’t want to be in the business of investing in companies so someone can use Kobe as an endorser,” Stibel said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal. “That’s not interesting. The point is to add real value,” he said.

Bryant joins other NBA legends who have jumped into the venture capital pool, including Shaquille O’Neal, Carmelo Anthony, and Magic Johnson.

SOURCE: The Wall Street JournalESPN | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty, Twitter

SEE ALSO:

Kobe Bryant Makes A Big Announcement On Instagram

Goodbye, Black Mamba: Kobe Bryant’s Top 5 Career Highlights

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Kobe Bryant Gives Advice To 17-Year Old Self In Open Letter

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Now that he is retired, Kobe Bryant has taken the time to enjoy his family, friends and reflect on his career. In a heartfelt letter to his 17-year old self, Kobe Bryant gives himself advice on how to take care of his family and career.

In a heartfelt letter to his 17-year old self, Kobe Bryant gives himself advice on how to take care of his family and career.

The letter focuses on the importance of nurturing personal relationships properly and making sure to budget money accordingly. You can read the entire letter penned by Kobe in the The Player’s Tribune below!

 

Dear 17-year-old self,

When your Laker dream comes true tomorrow, you need to figure out a way to invest in the future of your family and friends. This sounds simple, and you may think it’s a no-brainer, but take some time to think on it further.

I said INVEST.

I did not say GIVE.

Let me explain.

Purely giving material things to your siblings and friends may appear to be the right decision. You love them, and they were always there for you growing up, so it’s only right that they should share in your success and all that comes with it. So you buy them a car, a big house, pay all of their bills. You want them to live a beautiful, comfortable life, right?

But the day will come when you realize that as much as you believed you were doing the right thing, you were actually holding them back.

You will come to understand that you were taking care of them because it made YOU feel good, it made YOU happy to see them smiling and without a care in the world — and that was extremely selfish of you. While you were feeling satisfied with yourself, you were slowly eating away at their own dreams and ambitions. You were adding material things to their lives, but subtracting the most precious gifts of all: independence and growth.

Understand that you are about to be the leader of the family, and this involves making tough choices, even if your siblings and friends do not understand them at the time.

Invest in their future, don’t just give.

Use your success, wealth and influence to put them in the best position to realize their own dreams and find their true purpose. Put them through school, set them up with job interviews and help them become leaders in their own right. Hold them to the same level of hard work and dedication that it took for you to get to where you are now, and where you will eventually go.

I’m writing you now so that you can begin this process immediately, and so that you don’t have to deal with the hurt and struggle of weaning them off of the addiction that you facilitated. That addiction only leads to anger, resentment and jealousy from everybody involved, including yourself.

As time goes on, you will see them grow independently and have their own ambitions and their own lives, and your relationship with all of them will be much better as a result.

There’s plenty more I could write to you, but at 17, I know you don’t have the attention span to sit through 2,000 words.

The next time I write to you, I may touch on the challenges of mixing blood with business. The most important advice I can give to you is to make sure your parents remain PARENTS and not managers.

Before you sign that first contract, figure out the right budget for your parents — one that will allow them to live beautifully while also growing your business and setting people up for long-term success. That way, your children’s kids and their kids will be able to invest in their own futures when the time comes.

Your life is about to change, and things are about to come at you very fast. But just let this sink in a bit when you lay down at night after another nine-hour training day.

Trust me, setting things up right from the beginning will avoid a ton of tears and heartache, some of which remains to this day.

Much love,

Kobe

Snoop Dogg Gives Kobe Bryant The Ultimate Retirement Gift

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What do you get someone who has everything? A Lakers-themed car, I guess.

Since Kobe Bryant retired he’s kept a pretty low profile, but the outpouring of respect and love from fans hasn’t stopped, and Snoop Dogg may have given him the best retirement gift yet.

Snoop is known for his immaculate collection of cars and he decided to deck one out in Lakers colors and pass it on to Kobe.

The rapper and California native has been a supporter of the basketball team for a while now and is always sitting court-side cheering on the “Black Mamba” while donning his jersey.

The hood of the convertible features Snoop in a jersey and Kobe alongside other legendary Lakers players like James Worthy, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and, of course, Magic Johnson.

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Kobe Bryant’s Retired But That Doesn’t Mean He’s Slowing Down

Kobe Bryant’s Retired But That Doesn’t Mean He’s Slowing Down

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Kobe Bryant is retired from the NBA but hasn’t stopped him from reflecting on his final moments against the Utah Jazz. Even though he ended his final NBA game with sixty points, one of which included a game-winning fadeaway from the free throw line, he still feels that he had a few missed opportunities to score more points.

“Speaking at the Milken Institute Global Conference, Bryant said he looked at video from that game last month and saw some missed opportunities. He spoke of one particular fade-away shot where he said, in his mind at the time, he was picturing himself as a kid on a bike throwing rocks at a trash can. “Inspiration can come from anywhere,” he said.”

Just because he’s not in the NBA doesn’t mean he’s stopped working though. He’s been pursuing his projects at Kobe Inc., a media company he started a few years ago. He’s still in love with basketball but he’s looking for ways to use the sport as a medium to tell stories.

“Kobe Inc. was responsible for the documentary Kobe Bryant’s Muse that aired last year on Showtime, and he hinted that books, movies and TV shows are likely in the company’s future. I love storytelling … Storytelling through sports, what would that look like?” he said. What sports books are you going to read to [your kids] that touches fantasy? There are no stories like that,” said Bryant. “The opportunities you have to entertain and to educate are endless.”

He also talks about how he’s had to motivate his ex-teammates like Pau Gasol (who needed kind words and a hug) and Shaq (who he preferred trash talking).

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11 Celebrity Apologies You Will Never Forget

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Amber Heard and Johnny Depp deeply apologized to Australia after smuggling two dogs into the country.

In a video, Amber and Johnny comment on their love for the beautiful island and acknowledge why smuggling animals onto their territory is an issue.

“Australia is a wonderful island with a treasure trove of unique plants, animals and people,” Amber said before adding, “Australia is free of many pests and diseases that are commonplace around the world. That is why Australia has to have such strong biosecurity laws.”

The dramatic apology will surely go down in history as one of the most awkward celebrity ‘sorries’ ever. Check out 10 more of the most memorable celebrity apologies below.

Mel Gibson sits with Diane Sawyer and creepily laughs his way through an apology following anti-Semitic and sexist remarks.

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Kanye West hits Jay Leno with an impromptu apology for Taylor Swift.

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Donald Sterling says he was set up and he’s not a racist after spewing hate at Black people.

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Paula Deen begs for forgiveness following her use of “hurtful language.”

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Ray Rice vows to become the poster boy for domestic violence after punching wife Janay Rice. He also apologizes to Janay.

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David Letterman apologizes to his wife and staff for sexual affairs gone wrong.

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Kobe Bryant talks adultery and false accusations of rape with his wife Vanessa Bryant holding his hand.

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After swearing he didn’t have sexual relations with “that woman,” Bill Clinton apologized… and then apologized again, more genuinely the second time.

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Following his 2009 domestic violence incident with Rihanna, Chris Brown issues a public apology.

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Tiger Woods says sorry after being exposed as a serial cheater.

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Kobe Bryant Refused To Sign Nick Young’s Adidas Shoes…

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…and apparently threw the shoes in the trash.

Yesterday, Kobe “Bean” Bryant played his last game in the NBA. The game was a vintage Kobe that fans haven’t seen all year. He scored 60 points, going 22 of 50 from the field, and shot a very ugly 6 of 21 from three. Still, he put on one hell of a show, a show that included a patented fadeaway game winner, two clutch free throws, and even an assist! After the game, he gave a heartwarming speech to Lakers fans who’d supported him over the last two decades.

Kobe was feeling so good he decided that he’d sign autographs for everyone. Everyone, except Nick Young. Nick told the story during the press conference last night.

“Kobe signing autographs. We was all standing in line like we was parents, you know? We’re in the locker room and the fact he didn’t sign my Adidas, you know he threw my Adidas. I was a little disappointed in that. But, you know, it could not end, without something like that.” 

Swaggy P is right. Kobe supposedly throwing P’s shoes in the trash definitely sounds like something the-player-who-formerly-wore-number-24 would do. It doesn’t seem as if retirement is going to make him soft after all.

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#MambaOut: President Obama & More React To Kobe Bryant’s Retirement & Record-Breaking Finale

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It was an emotional evening for Kobe Bryant as he said his final farewells on and off the court last night. 

The Black Mamba went out with a bang and broke records while doing so, but what else should we have expected from the legendary NBA star on his big night? He scored a whopping 60 points, making Kobe the oldest player to ever score that much in a game. Also, Michael Jordan only scored 50 points in his final game, so there’s that.

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After beating the Utah Jazz, Kobe flexed in Spanish and took some champagne to the face – and the world hasn’t stopped talking about his outstanding exit since. L.A. Laker Roy Hibbert said the team was happy to pass the ball to Kobe 50 times. “We knew that it was his time and we let him get as many shots as he wanted,” the center told TMZ.

Meanwhile, Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors were setting records and making headlines of their own, earning their 73rd win, the most wins ever in a regular season.

Basketball fanatic President Obama was impressed enough to tweet about the Warriors and Kobe.

The Bulls, who previously held the record for most wins in a season, showed the Warriors some love too.

Obviously, it was a big night for Steph, but he set aside his own victorious moment to honor Kobe.

But the star Warrior is only one celebrity in a flood of high-profile names that congratulated Kobe on his retirement and historic 20-year career.

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And here’s how Hov, Shaq, ‘Ye, and Snoop felt about Kobe by the end of the night:

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#MambaOut.

SOURCE: TMZ | PHOTO CREDIT: Instagram, Twitter

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Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Tamar Braxton and More Pay Tribute To Kobe Bryant

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Kobe Bryant will play his last game tonight against the Utah Jazz. In honor of #MambaDay everyone from athletes to artist are showing their gratitude for Kobe Bryant on Instagram and Twitter.

Tamar Braxton, host of The Real, shared a personal story of meeting Kobe back in Philly when he was first drafted and posted a pic of the two on her Instagram. Meanwhile, Drake shared a photo-shopped cover of this studio album Take Care with Kobe’s face and caption that read “Thank you for everything #BlackMamaba”.  California native Kendrick Lamar shared a visual with us, highlighting some of Kobe’s biggest moments and how Kobe Bryant inspired him growing up in LA.

Check out other celebrity post and the Fade To Black video tribute below.

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Goodbye, Black Mamba: Kobe Bryant’s Top 5 Career Highlights

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After a 20-year career, Kobe Bean Bryant will play his last NBA game against the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night. He will leave the game as one of the all-time greats regardless of the era, his position, or any type of rule changes. Kobe is that rare player who was around during the end of the Michael Jordan era, his own dominant era, the LeBron James era, and now the Stephen Curry era. Kobe has truly seen it all and been a polarizing figure in the NBA since coming in straight out of high school. Donning a suit and shades, he first showed the world his arrogant side in his Philly-area high school gymnasium while announcing his intentions to go pro and skip college.

We have all come to know and love (or hate) Kobe for his cockiness and arrogance, but have marveled at how good he really is and the length of time he was able to consistently produce. Many basketball fanatics (mostly Jordan fans) always assumed that Kobe just jacked MJ’s whole style, until they really sat down and watched the Lakers play. In the beginning, you had this teenage kid with the confidence of a veteran and the skills and athleticism of a young…MJ. NBA teams almost had to game plan for the Lakers by assuming Kobe was going to put up 30. Kobe was also a fierce cutthroat competitor and would stop at nothing to get the upper hand on opponents. He was especially notorious for his machine-like work ethic and middle of the night grueling workout sessions.

“The Black Mamba” was truly a gift to the game, and the NBA won’t be the same without Kobe Bean in the league. There are thousands of Kobe highlights (especially his 81 point game vs. Toronto) that have been talked about numerous times, but we’ve picked out five of our favorite Kobe highlights and memories:

1997 – Kobe flushes an impossible dunk over Ben Wallace in a preseason game

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Usually the NBA preseason games are glorified scrimmages to get teams back into the swing of things and to maybe implement new wrinkles into the game plan. Even the most fanatic fans can’t tell you how their teams did in any given preseason. Well, nobody told Kobe that. He had an up and down rookie season coming off the bench and playing behind All-Star Eddie Jones, but Kobe made it known that he wanted to be the starter. While Jones was obviously the more well-known player around the league at the time, we all could see the writing on the wall. During this meaningless preseason game versus the Washington Wizards in Las Vegas, Kobe put Eddie Jones and the league on notice with this nasty crossover and dunk on Ben Wallace.

2000 – Western Conference Finals Game 7 vs. the Portland Trailblazers

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Many people remember the Lakers’ three-peat (2000, 2001, and 2002) as a whole and tend to forget little facts such as the Lakers were swept in the 1999 NBA playoffs by the San Antonio Spurs and were on the verge of losing this series by being down 75-60 in the fourth quarter. Enter Kobe Bryant. Kobe’s determination led the Lakers back little by little against the unraveling veteran Trailblazers that were led by “in his prime” Rasheed Wallace and Hall of Famer, six-time champion Scottie Pippen. The biggest highlight from this game was Shaq finishing off a monster dunk off a lob for the Lakers to seal the game. If you watch the whole play, Kobe absolutely broke Scottie’s (an all-time great defender) ankles to get free to make that lob to Shaq. Extra points for Kobe’s baby fro.

2002 – Kobe plays in front of his ‘hometown’ in the 2002 NBA All-Star game

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Not everything has gone according to plan for Kobe in his career. While he played his high school ball at Lower Merion High School, a school located in the suburbs of Philly, many locals did not feel he was a “Philly cat.” To make things worse, Kobe’s Los Angeles Lakers had just demolished the Philadelphia 76ers in the previous year’s NBA Finals. Kobe felt that his local ties would negate all of that and spoke openly about wanting to win the 2002 NBA All Star MVP in front of his “hometown” so they could see how good of a player he had become. While he did win the All Star MVP, Philly fans ended up booing Kobe mercilessly and let him know that it wasn’t all good “back home.” Regardless, Kobe was his usual self and controlled the game from start to finish, but the damage had been done.

2008 – The Summer Olympics/The ‘Redeem Team’

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In 2004, Team USA went to Greece with a mix of NBA players (standard since the 1992 Dream Team) and thought they could just show up and win the gold. The rest of the world proved that to be false. A Team USA led by Stephon Marbury, Lamar Odom, and Allen Iverson would only win a Bronze medal (the team also had rookies LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony). Once the rosters were announced for the 2008 USA basketball team, everyone knew that only a gold medal would be acceptable for this squad, dubbed “The Redeem Team.” You had stars like the 2004 Team USA returning members LeBron and Melo, along with other superstars such as Dwyane Wade, Chris Paul and Dwight Howard. However, even though he wasn’t the main attraction on the team (that honor went to LeBron), Kobe’s role as the elder statesmen probably anchored them the most. Kobe usually guarded the other countries’ best backcourt player, but let the younger guys grab the spotlight. Most of the younger players marveled at how Kobe prepared before a game and LeBron has even credited Kobe for teaching him how to maximize his practice times and preparation.

2009 – Kobe puts up a Madison Square Garden record 61 points versus the New York Knicks

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Kobe has made no secret that he loves playing at Madison Square Garden. He called it the “Mecca of Basketball.” The Knicks are one of the only squads that Kobe didn’t scoff at when people asked if he’d ever play for NYC. Some of the greatest players of all time have echoed the same thoughts about playing in the Garden. Kobe’s idol, Jordan, previously owned the opponent record against the Knicks, with 55 points in his “comeback season” with the Bulls. Kobe gave the Knicks players the business from the beginning. The Knicks knew that Kobe was going to put in work and try for something special early, and caught on after he had 31 points at halftime. The Lakers would go on to win the game.

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KOBE BRYANT’S FINALE GAME [PHOTOS]

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Kobe Bryant has played 676 road games in his career, and he’ll play the 677th and final one Monday against the Oklahoma City Thunder, marking another milestone in his 20-year career.

This game is considered to be the most expensive games of the NBA season for fans will take place on Wednesday with Kobe Bryant’s last game in Los Angeles and the Warriors going for history with win No. 73 in Oakland.

Fans have paid an average of $971 for a ticket at the Staples Center to see No. 24 take the final shots of his 20-year NBA career for the Lakers, against the Jazz,

The most expensive ticket sold on StubHub was a courtside seat in Los Angeles, where a fan paid $27,500 each for two tickets to see Bryant up close for the last

Regardless of what happens tonight, Bryant will end his career as a winner on the road: including the playoffs, he’s played in 402 road wins, compared with 382 road losses.

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