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We Have Free Tickets to NamesCon for Five People Who've Never Been to the Big Show in Las Vegas

The free tickets offered in this article have all been distributed now and the giveaway is over. Congratulations to the five winners!

The 5th annual  NamesCon conference gets underway a week from Sunday (January 28, 2018) at the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas. The show attracts industry veterans from around the world but organizers of the event also go out of their way to welcome newcomers - knowing their energy and fresh ideas are critical to  continued growth and innovation in this business.  Toward that end NamesCon has given us five free tickets to the upcoming show (currently priced at $799 each) with the provision that they can go only to people who have never been to NamesCon before. 

The tickets cover show admission only - winners will have to take care of their own transportation and lodging needs. NamesCon left it up

to us to decide how to hand them out. I wanted to keep it simple and also reward regular readers (who will be the ones most likely to see this offer before all of the tickets are claimed). The method I settled on will also give me a chance to show you the kind of daily show coverage we post from NamesCon in this column every year (the kind we will be providing again during its 2018 run from January 28-31

Here is how it will work. I am going to give you a link to our closing day coverage of the 2017 edition of NamesCon last January. After you click the link, scroll through the photos and highlights from that day until you reach the final photo on the page. Read the text above the photo and that will give you the name of the person in the photo who is having their head shaved to raise money for the Water School (nearly $90,000 was raised that night)! Then just send that person's name and your name to me via email to Editor at DNJournal.com. The senders of the first five emails I receive with the correct name will get the tickets. 

A scene from the 2017 NamesCon conference in Las Vegas last January.

Again, remember you will only be able to use this ticket if this would be your first NamesCon and show organizers will verify that is the case when I send them the list of winners. As soon as I have the first five in I will add a message to the beginning of this post (in bold red) to let you know all of the tickets have been claimed. If anyone does not redeem their free ticket or NamesCon determines it is not their first show, I will go down the line of emails received and offer the ticket to the next person in line). 

So here we go - this is the link that will take you to the page where you will find the name you need to know: http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2017/dailyposts/20170127.htm  - Good luck and I hope to see you at NamesCon!

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Finland - A New Frontier for Global Domain Investors?

I've always been  a fan of country code domains (ccTLDs). I wound up in this business only because I was reading a computer magazine one day in 2002 that had an ad placed by Neustar announcing that America's .US country code domain was being opened to all U.S. citizens for the first time (originally it was reserved for government agencies, schools, etc). In doing further research on that development I stumbled upon the domain business at large and the rest, as they say is history. 

I soon learned that in many countries the local ccTLD was just as popular (if not more so) than the globally dominant .com extension with Germany's .de and Great Britain's .co.uk among the most prominent examples. However, it doesn't stop 

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there as every nation on earth has their own unique country code domain and an aftermarket has developed for many of them - especially among citizens and those doing business within a specific country. 

Still, investing in ccTLDS can be a tricky business because most countries have Nexus rules that limit ownership of their domains to that nation's citizens and businesses. That, of course, limits overall sales and aftermarket interest in those TLDs. While I try to keep up with developments on the ccTLD front that could affect the value of the various extensions,  

Finland flag image from Bigstock

I have to admit that I wasn't aware that a little over a year ago Finland's .fi domain administrator - FICORA - had removed their Nexus restrictions and opened that extension to anyone, anywhere on earth. That has created increased interest in .fi, especially since less than 450,000 domains were  taken with the old rules in place, leaving a lot of desirable words and terms there for the taking. After the rules change in late 2016 FICORA reported the number of .fi domains registered in the first half of 2017 was 34% higher than the number claimed in the same period a year earlier.

I got a first hand report on what is happening on the ground in Finland from domain industry veteran Esa-Pekka Pälvimäki, who is a co-founder of Intelium.com and Estibot.com.

Esa said, " Previously, there was no aftermarket, as registering domains for resale purposes was prohibited by law, and domain registration was restricted to Finnish citizens and corporations. As of September 2016, these restrictions no longer apply. Aftermarket sales have started building up, and a new domain marketplace has recently been established at DomainKauppa.fi." 

Esa is not involved in the new marketplace but he did put me in touch with the owners and we expect to be able to start reporting verified sales on their platform in the near future. Esa noted, "The .fi ccTLD is the default TLD for Finnish businesses and consumers, and aftermarket prices are starting to reflect that. I expect the value will rise significantly once the mainstream catches on to what’s happening," He added, "There is no comprehensive database of .fi aftermarket sales, but to my knowledge, recent sales of Moi.fi (translating to "Hello") at €15,000, Kasinot.fi ("Casinos") at €11,500 and Etu.fi ("advantage") at €5,000 have recently occurred, indicating a substantial potential for this aftermarket."

Esa acknowledged, "It’s a small but interesting aftermarket, as it is a new one, and Finnish consumers always default to the .fi ccTLD for type-in traffic. For companies hoping to do business in Finland, a .fi domain name is essential. It also demonstrates how important ccTLD domains are locally in many countries outside the U.S."

Since individual registrars set their own prices for new .fi registrations they can vary wildly in cost. After checking just a handful of registrars I saw prices ranging from under $20 (at Gandi.net) to well over $60 at others, so it definitely pays to shop around.

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Radix Registry Names New CEO: Sandeep Ramchandani Takes Over After 15-Year Rise Through the Ranks

Radix, the domain registry founded by serial entrepreneurs Bhavin Turakhia and Divyank Turakhia, has appointed Sandeep Ramchandani as its new global CEO. Launched in 2012, Radix  owns and operates 10 Top Level Domains including nine new TLDs (.ONLINE, .STORE, .TECH, .WEBSITE, .SPACE, .PRESS, .SITE, .HOST and .FUN) and one re-purposed ccTLD in .PW.  Radix currently has over 3 million domains under its management. 

Commenting on the appointment of Mr. Ramchandani as CEO, Bhavin Turakhia, who has been serving in that role and will continue as Radix's Executive Chairman, said, “Sandeep, with close to 15 years of experience, and having played key roles across our registrar, service provider and registry businesses, has consistently built talented teams, delivered results and demonstrated exceptional leadership. Despite intense competition among new TLDs, he has evolved Radix into a profitable and fast growing business, with over $12 million in top-line revenue. We remain extremely bullish about the registry space and are looking for avenues to re-invest our profits.”

Elaborating on his immediate plans as the 

Sandeep Ramchandani
Radix CEO

new CEO, Sandeep Ramchandani said, “Just as the first few years of Radix were about demonstrating proof of concept, the next few will be about growing awareness and delivering accelerated growth. We are also actively looking to acquire more TLD assets to reach newer segments of the market while leveraging economies of scale. My mandate is to grow Radix into one of the largest global players, and given the team and resources at my disposal, I feel confident of being able to achieve that goal.”

The 35-year-old Ramchandani has been with Radix since its inception as the VP and Business Head. Prior to Radix, he was with LogicBoxes, an enterprise consulting business, which was one of the businesses acquired along with Radix parent Directi by Endurance International Group in 2014. 

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NameSummit Announces Dates, New Location & Pitchfest for 2018 Show in New York City

The 2nd annual edition  of New York's NameSummit conference will be held in a new  location next summer. The big event that debuted last August at the Hilton Midtown Manhattan Hotel will move a few blocks south to the Westin Times Square for the 2018 show that will be staged August 6th & 7th

Jason Schaeffer, who co-founded the conference with Steven Kaziyev, gave me the Lowdown on the 2018 event this afternoon. Schaeffer said, "Our first event provided unsurpassed networking opportunities for the lucky attendees and a positive showcase for domains and new TLDs. I’m happy to say that we are back to help anyone in the digital

branding space, and remain committed to a providing a platform to showcase domain names as an integral part for a branding initiatives."

NameSummit Co-Founders Steven Kaziyev (left) and Jason Schaeffer 
at their debut event in New York City in August 2017.

Schaeffer added, "Thrilled by the feedback and overall success of the inaugural NameSummit, Steve and I turned our attention to find a way to add more value for attendees, speakers and sponsors. Building on the startup and coaching component of the conference was important, so we have created Pitchfest Global for 2018."

"Among other things, Pitchfest Global is a contest where the finalists will be able showcase their innovative ideas to an expert panel of influencers, business leaders, and a live audience.  Additionally, the NameSummit and NamesCon teams are working together on Pitchfest to support digital entrepreneurship and innovation, and give Pitchfest a truly “global” reach.  If you have a new business idea or marketing concept to propel your business to new heights then Pitchfest Global is for you!"

Schaeffer also noted, "The prizes and promotional opportunities for Pitchfest Global will be announced at NamesCon in January (NamesCon runs January 28-31, 2018 in Las Vegas).  

However, we can already say that the winner of Pitchfest Global may reap the greatest reward of this collaboration by receiving assistance to position their new concept and reach 100s of thousands of people, if not more."

"Jodi Chamberlain is returning with us to make sure the event is a success," Schaeffer added. "Be sure to join us at NamesCon where the NameSummit team will be at Booth 1 to share more information about Pitchfest Global and accept applications to become a Pitchfest Global participant."

Schaeffer closed with this - "Whether you have one follower or 1 million, whether you are the brand, work for one, or are one in the making, NameSummit’s experts will show you how to build your brand and connect with your audience. You can register for NameSummit 2018 to be a part of Pitchfest Global at The Westin Times Square with a special NamesCon discount for $199, limited to the first 50 registrants, or use the CODE: NamesCon."

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Radix Rings Up $1.38 Million in Premium Domain Sales Revenue Over Past 6 Months

New gTLD registry operator Radix issued a report (.pdf file) on their premium domain sales over the last two quarters of 2017 today. The data, presented in infographic style, showed Radix banking just over $1.38 million in premium sales in the second half of the year. Over $614,000 came from new premium domain sales with the rest generated by premium renewals. The company said 64% of premium names that had been sold through the registrar channel and were up for renewal for the first time were renewed.

Radix's most popular premium extensions, both in terms of the number sold and the dollar amount generated, were .online and .tech. .Online generated $157,000 of the new revenue in 2H-2017  with .tech close to the same amount at $153,000. One other Radix TLD, .fun, generated six figures with $127,000 in premium sales. 

The report also listed the company's top individual premium domain sales for 2H-2017. A trio of sales made through GoDaddy topped the list with Mint.tech, Wit.tech and Mirror.fun selling for $12,999 apiece. One other domain reached five figures - Track.tech - at $10,320. Those are just a few highlights from the full report that you can download here (.pdf format).

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Neustar Moves Nicolai Bezsonoff Into New Position as VP & General Manager of Registry Solutions

Nicolai Bezsonoff is taking on a new role with industry giant Neustar, Inc. The company announced today that Bezsonoff will now lead the Registry Solutions business as VP and General Manager, transitioning from his current role of VP and GM of Security Solutions. Neustar said that will put Bezsonoff in charge of  supporting the world’s largest core registry and digital naming service.

Bezsonoff is well-known in the domain world, having previously co-founded and served as Chief Operating Officer of the .CO domain administrator, which was acquired by Neustar in 2014. The press release Neustar issued today noted, "Under Nicolai's tenure .CO had incredible growth and became one of the most successful domain extensions in history, with more than 2.2 million domain names registered by people in 200 countries. He has more than 20 years of experience running businesses and consulting on functions ranging from strategy, finance, product, technology and sales."

Nicolai Bezsonoff
VP & General Manager, 
Registry Solutions
Neustar

Venkat Achanta, Neustar Chief Data Officer and SVP, Internet Addressing Solutions, added, “Nicolai has shown incredible leadership and insight shaping our growing cybersecurity business to meet the needs of our customers. Combining his expertise of the business, and

knowledge from his previous role at .CO, is a natural fit to broadening our capabilities and shows our dedication to innovation and strengthening the evolution of the domain name space.”

Bezsonoff said, "I’m excited to continue this journey with Neustar and take on a more active role leading passionate teams dedicated to delivering digital naming services that are second to none. Working for an industry pioneer that continues to be at the forefront of the domain name industry provides an undeniable platform to raise the bar even higher on creativity, increased engagement and deeper insight for innovative brands.” 

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This Is a Special New Year's Day for DNJournal.com - The Publication Launched 15 Years Ago Today!

As an eternal optimist I have always loved New Year's Day. The start of a new year symbolizes a fresh start and an opportunity to have not only a better year than the one  before (no matter how great - or not so great - it may have been) but possibly one's best year ever. It is a blank canvas ready to be filled in with whatever you want to make of it. That is enough to give the day special meaning for anyone but for me it has significance even beyond that.

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In addition to a fresh start it marks the start for DNJournal.com. On New Year's Day 2003 - 15 years ago today - I launched this online publication with no great expectations. It was not something I planned to do when I discovered and got involved in the domain investing business in the spring of 2002, even though I had spent most of my previous professional life as a journalist (most of that time as a TV reporter).

As a newcomer to this field I was hungry for information about the industry. In my previous career that kind of information usually came from trade magazines. To my chagrin I could find none about the domain industry nor little information of any kind on the ins and outs of buying, selling and monetizing domains. So, the only solution I could see was starting a trade magazine myself. It turned out that many others were looking for the same kind of information I was and the publication - never meant to be my primary business - essentially took on a life of its own and swept me along 

for the ride (for a more detailed description of my start in this business check out these two autobiographical Cover Stories: My First Year in the Domain Business: A Rookie's Diary from 2003 and Filling Niches: The Alternate Road to Riches: My Sophomore Year in the Domain Business from 2004).

It has been an extraordinarily rewarding journey that has taken my wife Diana and I around the world and allowed us to make hundreds of fascinating, creative new friends across the globe - people who continue to inspire me and our readers on a daily basis. Had they not been willing to share their stories and expertise there would have been no DNJournal. We could not be more thankful for them and for the dozens of sponsors who have supported us over the years including several who have been with us continuously for over a decade. In fact our very first advertiser, Sedo, is still with us 15 years later! Having worked in media  throughout my life I know how rare the kind of steadfast support we have gotten from this industry has been. Again, I also know that we would not be here now without it.

On that New Year's Day back in 2003, when DNJournal.com first went live, I had no idea how much it would change my life for the better. On this New Year's 

Ron Jackson
DNJournal.com

Day, the same possibility exists for each and every one of you. You have a blank canvas in front of you - so start painting! I wish you all the best in whatever you choose to do and hope 2018 will indeed be your best year ever!

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Wishing Our Friends and Readers Around the World a Merry Christmas and the Happiest of Holidays

On this Christmas Day  we want to send out our warmest wishes for this special season and for the new year ahead. Whatever your faith or beliefs may be, we hope that your holidays, and all of your days ahead, will be richly blessed. 

With over 2.5 million visitors to our site each year, our readers are located all over the globe, come from every race, color and creed, and have a rich variety of inspiring holiday celebrations in their respective cultures. Regarding Christmas, American actress Marlo Thomas once said "Our many cultures not withstanding, there's something about the holidays that make the planet communal. Even nations that do not celebrate Christmas can't help but be caught up in the collective spirit of their neighbors, as twinkling lights dot the landscape and carols fill the air. It's an inspiring time of year."

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We have always found that to be so and the core of our belief is that, regardless of the troubles we will always see around us in this world, the best is yet come. With that in mind we hope that you head into the new year filled with inspiration, happiness and eager anticipation of the good things that lie ahead!

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Latest Verisign Industry Brief Reveals a Rare Retreat in Total Domain Names Registered Worldwide Due to Expiring New gTLDs 

Verisign has released their latest quarterly Domain Name Industry Brief covering the 3rd quarter of 2017. We have typically seen steady growth in the number of domain names registered worldwide but this time out there was a slight decline from the previous quarter. On the plus side, the number was up from a year ago.

The VeriSign report said 3Q-2017 closed with approximately 330.7 million domain name registrations across all top-level domains (TLDs), a decrease of approximately 1.2 million domain name registrations at the conclusion of the 2nd quarter. The entire fall off can be attributed to millions of new gTLD domains (primarily .xyz and .top) that were dropped 

after essentially being given away last year with prices as low as a penny. Year over year, the number of registrations across all extensions still managed to grow 1.1%

Verisign administers the .com and .net TLDs and said those two extensions closed the year with a combined total of 145.8 million registrations - up 1.2% from the same time a year ago. As of Sept. 30, 2017, the .com domain name base totaled 130.8 million domain name registrations (by far the world's most popular TLD), while the .net domain name base totaled 15.0 million

ccTLDs managed to grow at a faster clip, finishing 3Q-2017 with 144.7 million country code domains registered - a jump of 3.2% year over year. That number represents a smaller 0.3% increase from the previous quarter though. 

As of Sept. 30, 2017, the new gTLDs had a total of 21.1 million domain name registrations, which represents 6.4% of total domain name registrations worldwide. There is much more data in the latest Verisign DNIB that you can download here.

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.GLOBAL Christmas Contest Offers $1,000 Amazon Gift Card in Effort to Cut Through New gTLD Clutter

With hundreds  of different new gTLDs competing for market share, registry operators have to create new ways to break through the clutter so their domain extension doesn't get lost in the crowd. The .GLOBAL Registry has come up with a timely promotion aimed at boosting their recognition - a Christmas themed contest with a $1,000 Amazon Gift Card awaiting the winner of a random drawing that will conclude the contest.

They are using a two-and-a-half minute YouTube video as the vehicle for the contest. In addition to providing clues that will lead viewers to the secret contest website, the video showcases some of the companies that have set their enterprises up on a .global domain name.

For example, the screen capture below was taken from a snippet in the video featuring a multi-national company whose website is at Imagen.global. You will notice a large letter (N in this case) overlaying the scene. In the course of the brief video eight letters will be shown. You collect and enter those letters (in the order they appear in the video) in your browser, along with the .global extension to create the domain name/web address that will take you to the contest entry site (the format would be www.[letters].global). 

 

Once you arrive at the secret contest site you can complete your contest entry thorugh a form that is  presented in a text message conversation format. Then keep you fingers crossed until the winner is announced on December 26th. You can review all of the contest terms and conditions here and view the full video by clicking the play button below:

 

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New gTLD Registry Operator Radix Shares Their Revenue Numbers for the First Time

There  has been a lot of speculation about how new gTLD registry operators have been faring since ICANN delegated the first new domain extensions four years ago. Few registries release specific financial information but it has clearly been a mixed bag with some operators exiting the business after selling off extensions they couldn't make profitable and others, with deeper pockets, staying the course or expanding (in some cases by acquiring TLDs acquired from those leaving).

A member of the latter group, Radix, the world’s 4th largest new gTLD portfolio registry operator (and a part of the Directi Group, which is currently valued at $1.4 billion), has, for the first time, released some of their actual numbers. The self-funded company that

operates nine new gTLDS (.ONLINE, .STORE, .TECH, .WEBSITE, .SPACE, .PRESS, .SITE, .HOST, and .FUN) revealed today that their 2017 revenue numbers had reached $11.7 million and would pass $12 million by the end of the year. The $11.7 million does not include revenue generated in the month of December. The figure also excludes the complete renewal-revenue from domains expiring in November and December as registrants have up to 45 days to renew their domains.   

Even with November & December renewal revenue not yet included, Radix reported that more than 50% of their total revenue has come from non-premium domain renewals.  The recurring revenue of non-premium domains was almost double the amount received from new registrations. Of the total revenue, $1.76 million was attributed to premium domains sold & renewed on registrar storefronts as well as one-time premium sales made directly by Radix. One-time premium sales contribute 14% of that amount with recurring premiums making up the remaining 86%.  

Despite being inactive in China through most of the third quarter of 2017 (due to the MIIT restrictions), Radix said total revenue in the quarter showed an upward trend. The company added that Radix will be ending 2017 on a high as November was its best month of the year in terms of new registration revenue.  

Radix also broke down the source of its registrar revenue by country, noting that the United States  was the top contributor with 49.6% of the total share followed by Germany at 14.4% and China at 7.7%

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Details Released for January's NameJet/RightOfTheDot Live Domain Auction at NamesCon 2018 in Las Vegas

Over the past three years, NamesCon auctions have produced over $4 million in domain sales. On January 30th, 2018 from 4pm-7pm Pacific Standard Time (7pm-10pm EST) NameJet and RightOfTheDot (ROTD) will partner again to produce their annual NamesCon live auction as part of the 2018 conference that will run January 28-31 at the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas

A NameJet/ROTD press release said, "The 2018 auction will feature some of the best .com and new gTLD names available, including premium domain bundles sold as single lots (you can view all names currently entered in the auction here). Great.com, Super.com, Lucky.com, Pen.com, Tee.com and Coins.club are just a few examples of domains in the auction catalog.

You do not have to be in Las Vegas to participate in the Live Auction. Just go to the Live Auction Page on the NameJet website and click the link to enter the Live Auction portal ( which will appear on the Live Auction Page shortly before the Live Auction begins). You will need to be logged into your NameJet account in order to participate in the Live Auction. If you do not already have a NameJet account you can create one here.

Most NameJet auctions typically have a 30-day Pre-Release period followed by a 3-day "active" auction, but in this case the auctions are already in active public auction status and will remain so until they close completely. So, any bids placed will automatically be the next highest bid.

A scene from the January 2017 NameJet/ROTD Live Domain Auction in Las Vegas.

Following the live auction, an online auction will continue on NameJet for an additional 9 days. This extended auction will include the domains names not selected for live auction and any domains in the live auction that do not hit reserve, and will close completely on February 8, 2018.

New names are being added daily and  NameJet/ROTD is still accepting domains for the auction. However, at this time they are considering only names they consider to be " super-premium" .com domains. If you have a name or names that you think may meet that high standard you can submit them here for consideration.

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Domaining Europe Returning Home to Valencia, Spain for 10th Anniversary Show Next Spring

The Domaining Europe conference  began in Valencia, Spain almost a decade ago and the first seven shows in the annual series were staged at the Hotel Sorolla Palace there. In 2016 conference founder Dietmar Stefitz decided to take the show on the road, staging that year's event in The Hague, Netherlands, followed by the 2017 show in Berlin, Germany this past May. With the 2018 conference marking the 10th anniversary of the popular event, Stefitz decided it was only fitting that the event go back to where it all began in Valencia. So, he has booked the Sorolla Palace and set the dates for June 7-9, 2018.

Dietmar Stefitz
Domaining Europe Founder

Stefitz is determined to make the 10th anniversary show a special one so he has already started putting the agenda and speaker's line up together. He told me, "Braden Pollock is again coming over to Valencia from the United States to moderate the event. Also, we are planning an opening day Keynote address at 10am June 7 featuring pioneering domain investor and DomainMarket.com Founder Michael Mann with a talk titled Get a .com! Mann is also scheduled to participate on a panel discussion devoted to domain valuation."

Stefitz has also identified several other topics that will be explored in depth through presentations and panel discussions at the 2018 event including Inventory Carrying Costs, Brokerage, Domain Portfolio Monetization, Buy Now Pricing vs. Negotiation and Drop Catching. Of course, the latest trends in new gTLDs will also be covered with Stefitz expecting to have .CLUB CMO Jeff Sass, .GLOBAL CEO Rolf Larsen and a representative from Neustar on 

hand to give attendees an update on that sector. He also has an International Investor Roundtable in the works with participants from Asia, Latin America,  Russia, the USA and Europe.

Registration hasn't opened yet but it is not to soon to block June 7-9 out on your 2018 calendar to join domain investors, executives and service providers from around the world for this landmark edition of Domaining Europe.

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