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Is WhatsApp Going To Charge For Picture Messages?

Is WhatsApp going to charge us to send and receive picture messages from 1 March onwards?

Find out what’s going on, and what the FACTS really are!

 

Claim : WhatsApp Is Going To Charge For Picture Messages!

This viral claim is spreading like wildfire on WhatsApp, with people asking – is this true?

Please note: Starting from March 1st, all pictures of “good morning, good morning, happy weekend, etc.” will be charged, and it is a two-way charge (sending and receiving), please use text for greetings , Don’t use pictures! Thank you

请各位注意:从3月1日开始,凡是“问好“的早安丶上午好丶周未快乐等等的图片都要收费了,而且是双向收费(发与收),请各位问候要用文字,不要用图片!谢谢

Ambil perhatian: Bermula dari 1 Mac, semua gambar2 “selamat pagi, selamat berhujung minggu, dan sebagainya” akan dikenakan bayaran, dan ianya adalah bayaran dua-hala(hantar dan terima), tolong gunakan teks untuk ucapan. Jangan gunakan gambar2! Terima kasih.

 

No, WhatsApp Is NOT Going To Charge For Picture Messages!

Such viral messages have been circulating for years, often being modified to change the date or details. But the premise is always the same – WhatsApp will start charging us.

This latest version is most likely an attempt to stop people from sending all those irritating Good Morning and Happy Weekend messages.

The truth is – WhatsApp is NOT going to charge for sending or receiving picture messages.

In fact, it does not make sense for WhatsApp to charge us to use their free messaging service. Here are the reasons why…

Reason #1 : WhatsApp Needs To Stay Free

WhatsApp became big by providing a FREE messaging service, and that includes the ability to send and receive picture messages.

Even when they tried to monetise WhatsApp without charging users for messages, they were roundly criticised and many abandoned them for Telegram and Signal.

Charging for their free messaging service will merely trigger a massive exodus to alternative free messaging services like Telegram, Signal, WeChat, Line, KakaoTalk, etc.

Reason #2 : WhatsApp Needs Us As Their Product

WhatsApp will probably charge companies using their (still free) WhatsApp Business app, and introduce payment services to make money.

But they will always keep messaging free for end-users, because we are their “product”. WhatsApp needs a massive number of users to “sell” to businesses, including those on Facebook.

Our metadata is useful to advertisers on Facebook, and eventually, WhatsApp will likely charge businesses for the right to access their massive user base.

Ultimately, it does not make business sense for WhatsApp to charge end users like us.

Reason #3 : WhatsApp Does Not Have The Ability To Charge Us

Think about it for a second – did you ever give WhatsApp your credit card details? Or did they introduce any payment method?

If not, how on Earth are they ever going to charge you?

There is simply NO WAY for WhatsApp to charge us anything. Not until they ask for our credit card details, or introduce some kind of payment method.

Reason #4 : There Would Be Advanced Warning

Even if WhatsApp really wanted to charge for messaging, they cannot just start charging on-the-sly.

Remember the big hoohah over the change in privacy policy? It only happened because they had to tell people that they were changing it, and ask them to accept those changes.

So if it does come to pass that WhatsApp will start charging for messages, they will have to inform you in advanced and you will have the opportunity to switch to an alternative messaging service.

 

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Telegram : How To Move Chat History From Other Apps

Telegram just introduced the ability to import chat history from other messaging apps.

Find out how to move your chat history from other messaging apps to Telegram!

 

Telegram Now Lets You Move Chat History From Other Apps

Telegram has been very active trying to encourage disgruntled WhatsApp users to migrate to their messaging app.

On 28 January 2021, Telegram introduced the ability to import chat history from other messaging apps like WhatsApp, Line and KakaoTalk.

This feature works for both individual chats and chat groups, and leverages the export function already available in those messaging apps for years now.

Before you proceed, we should warn you about the security risks of moving your chats to Telegram :

  • it lacks end-to-end encryption for all chats, except Secret Chat
  • your data – chats and files – are all stored in their cloud servers
  • your data is encrypted in storage, but Telegram has the encryption keys

You can read more about the risks in Why You Should NOT Move WhatsApp Chats To Telegram!

 

Telegram : How To Move Chat History From Other Apps

This video example demonstrates how to migrate your chats and files from WhatsApp to Telegram on iOS (left), and Android (right). It should work the same way for the other apps.

Moving Chats On iOS

  1. Make sure you have the latest versions of WhatsApp and Telegram.
  2. Open WhatsApp.
  3. Open Contact Info or Group Info.
  4. Tap Export Chat.
  5. Choose to Include Media or export Without Media.
  6. Select Telegram in the Share menu.

Moving Chats On Android

  1. Make sure you have the latest versions of WhatsApp and Telegram.
  2. Open WhatsApp.
  3. Tap on the ⋮ icon.
  4. Select More > Export Chat.
  5. Choose to Include Media or export Without Media.
  6. Select Telegram in the Share menu.

As you can see, it’s pretty simple. But you have to do it for every chat or chat group.

You cannot do a mass export and import of all chats from WhatsApp (or other messaging apps) to Telegram.

 

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Why You Should NOT Move WhatsApp Chats To Telegram!

Telegram just highlighted the ability to migrate WhatsApp chats to their app, but you really should NOT do that.

Find out why this is a BIG security and privacy risk than just leaving your chats in WhatsApp!

 

Telegram : Moving Chat History From WhatsApp, Line + KakaoTalk

In a recent version 7.4 update for their iOS app, Telegram announced a new feature – the ability to move your chat messages from other apps like WhatsApp, Line and Kakaotalk to their app.

Curiously, that ability has actually been part of WhatsApp since 2018, when they introduced the ability to export chats to email and other apps.

And while this feature is purportedly available only with the iOS version of Telegram Messenger, you can already do that with existing versions of WhatsApp and Telegram.

 

Why You Should NOT Move WhatsApp Chats To Telegram!

You should note that the privacy risks with WhatsApp have been grossly exaggerated by the media and many Internet “experts”.

For one thing – WhatsApp users have been sharing metadata with Facebook since September 2016, a fact initially lost on many media outlets and “experts”.

But we understand the fear – Facebook is a real snoop. Even so, it would be a mistake to migrate from WhatsApp to Telegram.

Let us share with you why you should NOT migrate from WhatsApp to Telegram, and why it is a BIG mistake to migrate your WhatsApp data to Telegram.

Fact #1 : Telegram Is LESS Secure Than WhatsApp

WhatsApp fully implemented end-to-end encryption across all of their apps and network since 5 April 2016.

End-to-end encryption prevents WhatsApp or Facebook from reading your messages. Only the sender and receiver(s) can read them.

WhatsApp shares a considerable amount of data and metadata that Facebook can use to identify and track your movements and activities. But not the content of your messages.

Telegram, on the other hand, has STILL NOT implemented end-to-end encryption for all messages by default.

Instead, they still insist on offering end-to-end encryption only when you create a Secret Chat.

This leaves the bulk of your messages completely readable by Telegram and anyone who intercepts those messages as they travel from your device through the Internet to the recipient.

The very presence of Secret Chats between certain people is itself metadata that can help oppressive regimes identify their enemies or whistleblowers.

Fact #2 : Your Data Is Stored In Telegram Cloud Servers

All WhatsApp data is stored only in your registered device. WhatsApp also does not retain messages in their servers after they are delivered, and will only store files (like photos and videos) and undelivered messages for 30 days.

It’s the opposite with Telegram – all of your data – messages, photos, videos, documents – is stored in their cloud servers. Even though they are encrypted in storage, Telegram holds the encryption keys, NOT YOU.

This ability has its advantages like convenient access across multiple devices, but it also makes Telegram less secure.

Telegram has access to your encrypted files, including the ability to decrypt them for authorities that legally compels them to do so.

Fact #3 : Moving Your Messages + Media To Telegram Exposes Them

While your chats and media remain within your WhatsApp app, they are encrypted and not available to anyone but yourself (and the recipients).

Migrating your chat messages and media to Telegram would involve sending them unencrypted to Telegram’s servers.

This exposes your hitherto secure chats and media to a man-in-the-middle attack – allowing a third party to snoop or grab a copy of the data as it travels unencrypted to the Telegram servers.

Fact #4 : Facebook Already Has Your Metadata

As we pointed out earlier, WhatsApp has been sharing our metadata with Facebook since September 2016.

So moving your existing chats out of WhatsApp won’t limit or reduce your exposure. That horse has long bolted from the stable.

Moving your chat history and files to Telegram will just offer a new attack surface for cybercriminals and oppressive regimes.

Fact #5 : Facebook Will Still Have Your Data If You Still Use Facebook!

Here is the other thing that people don’t realise – migrating from WhatsApp to another messaging app is pointless if you do not also stop using Facebook.

As long as you still use Facebook, they will still have access to a consideration amount of metadata. Losing your WhatsApp metadata just gives them less metadata.

After all, Facebook can track your movements and activity even if you are NOT on Facebook! This is what they call Off-Facebook Activity.

 

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Are Hackers Using Good Morning Messages To Hack You?

Are hackers using Good Morning videos, pictures and messages to hack your devices, and steal your data?

Find out what is happening, and what the FACTS really are!

 

Claim : Hackers Are Using Good Morning Messages To Hack You!

This post about Chinese hackers using Good Morning videos, pictures and messages to hack your devices, has gone viral on social media and WhatsApp :

Dear friends, please delete all welcome photos and videos in Good Morning format and the like. Read below the article to the end, which will be clear why I ask about it. From now on I will only send personally prepared greetings.

Read it all !!! Send this message urgently to as many friends as you can to stop the invasion.

Olga Nikolaevna Lawyer: Caution:
ATTENTION

For those who like to send Good Morning pictures! Good day! Good evening!

Do not send these “good” messages.

Today, Shanghai China International News sent SOS to all subscribers (this is the third reminder) that experts recommend: please do not send good morning, good night, pictures and videos,.
Reports show that hackers in China designed the images, the video is so beautiful to hide the phishing codes inside them, when everyone sends these messages, the hackers use your devices to steal personal information, such as bank card information and data to crack the phone.

It has been reported that more than 500,000 victims of fraud have already been deceived.

If you want to greet others, write your own message to protect yourself and your family and friends.

Important! Delete all greeting messages and pictures that you have on your phone for your own safety. If someone sent you such a picture, immediately remove it from the device. Malicious code takes time to deploy, so if you act immediately, no harm will be done.

Tell all your friends about this to prevent hacking.

Greet others by writing your own words, and send only images you create. The material you create yourself is completely safe. Please understand me correctly! All have credit cards attached to their phone. Everyone has a lot of contacts in their phones. You will create a threat not only to yourself, but to all the contacts that you have on your phones, your friends and acquaintances.
Take this very carefully! This is a harsh reality

ATTENTION !!!
Urgent information !!!

Some people have already restricted..!

 

Hackers Using Good Morning Messages To Hack You : Just Another Hoax!

Many of get blasted with Good Morning or Good Night messages every day from well-meaning friends and family.

While they are literally spam that clog up Facebook, Telegram and WhatsApp groups, they really do NOT allow hackers to hack your devices.

While it would be nice to see people stop this irritating practice, here are the reasons why Good Morning messages are harmless…

Fact #1 : Shanghai China International News Does Not Exist

The news organisation, Shanghai China International News, that was stated in the hoax does not exist.

Fact #2 : No Reports On Hackers Designing Good Morning Pictures + Videos

There are no reports on hackers from China or anywhere else creating these Good Morning pictures and videos.

In fact, they are mostly created by websites and Facebook pages for people to share, and hopefully attract new followers.

Fact #3 : No Fraud Involving Good Morning Messages

There has been no fraud involving Good Morning or even Good Night messages, videos or pictures.

Certainly, half a million victims of such a scam would have made front page news. Yet there is not a single report on even one case.

Fact #4 : Image-Based Malware Is Possible, But…

Digital steganography is a method by which secret messages and other data can be hidden in digital files, like a photo or a video, or even a music file.

It is also possible to embed malicious code within a Good Morning photo, but it won’t be a full-fledged malware that can execute by itself. At most, it can be used to hide the malware payload from antivirus scanners.

In January 2019, cybercriminals created an online advertisement with a script. The script itself would appear innocuous and pass any check.

However, the image itself has an “almost white” rectangle that is recognised by the script, triggering it to redirect the user to the cybercriminals’ website.

Once there, the victim is tricked into installing a Trojan disguised as an Adobe Flash Player update.

Fact #5 : Malicious Code Executes Immediately

If you accidentally download and trigger malware, it will execute immediately. It won’t wait, as the hoax message claims.

Deleting Good Morning or Good Night photos or videos will free up storage space in your phone, but it won’t prevent any malware from executing.

Also, most malware require some sort of action to trigger their execution. Generally (but not always), just downloading a malware won’t trigger it.

 

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An Immersive Experience With IBM Watson

IBM Watson is a cognitive intelligent system that uses natural language processing and machine learning to reveal insights from large amount of unstructured data. You may remember it for winning the quiz show Jeopardy in 2011.

On 22 June 2017, IBM invited us to participate in an exclusive demonstration of Watson’s capabilities. They also showed us how Watson allows even non-techies mine large amounts of abstract data for pertinent information.

For a similar demonstration of artificial intelligence and big data analytics capability, check out our recent article – The AWS Masterclass on Artificial Intelligence by Olivier Klein.

 

An Immersive Experience With IBM Watson

In development for over 12 years, IBM Watson is understandably far complex than when it debut in Jeopardy. It is powered by 50 underlying cognitive technologies, including natural language processing, machine learning and deep learning.

This particular session was conducted by Zainal Azman Shaari and Cheok Swin Voon from IBM’s Eco-system Development team, and is limited to the functions of IBM Watson Conversation and its natural language understanding (NLU) capabilities.

A Monash University team of final year students then showed what they accomplished with IBM Watson in just a few weeks, despite not having any programming abilities. Specifically, they showed how they can mine Twitter to not just determine how often people were talking about a fast food brand, they also used IBM Watson to determine whether the tweets were positive or negative in nature.

For a similar demonstration of artificial intelligence and big data analytics capability, check out our recent article – The AWS Masterclass on Artificial Intelligence by Olivier Klein.

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The IBM Watson Q&A Part 1/2

  1. What is IBM Watson?
  • IBM Watson is a cognitive intelligent system that uses natural language processing and machine learning to reveal insights from large amount of unstructured data. It has the capability to tackle tough problems in every industry from healthcare to finance.
  • Through understanding the data it learns from human input, it is not only able to improve its response accuracy but also understand trends that can then be utilised to generate business insights.
  • Watson is powered by 50 underlying cognitive technologies – including natural language processing, machine learning and deep learningto provide capabilities that span language, speech, vision and data insights.

 

  1. Can you tell us about Watson’s history? Who are the brains behind its inception?
  • IBM has been researching, developing and investing in AI technology for more than 50 years. The rise of big data (2.5 billion gigabytes of data are created every single day) and the world’s need to make sense of it all – is what ultimately led IBM researchers to develop Watson.
  • When IBM Watson won the historic Jeopardy! exhibition on TV in 2011, it was a watershed moment. And since then we’ve only accelerated our innovation, advancing and scaling the Watson platform and applying it to many industries, including healthcare, finance, commerce, education, security and IoT. We’ve engaged thousands of scientists and engineers from IBM Research and Development, and partnered with our clients, academics, external experts and even our competitors, to explore all topics around AI.

  • IBM Research is today the largest industrial research organization in the world, with twelve labs on six continents, and the company invests $6 billion on R&D.
  • The labs are viewed as one of IBM’s greatest assets and a vital part of defining the future. In August 2016, we celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Almaden research lab. Today, Almaden’s research community focuses on solving problems across areas as diverse as nanomedicine, services science, atomic scale storage, food safety and medical image analytics.

 

  1. What are some of IBM Watson’s accomplishments in the real world today?
  • Since its debut, Watson solutions are now being built, used and deployed around the world and across industries, including healthcare, financial services, travel and retail. Since 2015, IBM has seen a 400 percent increase in Watson app creation on Bluemix, an increase of over tenfold over the last year.
  • Watson has played a role in supporting more than 200 million patients through healthcare systems in the U.S., China, Japan, Thailand and India, collaborating with doctors, helping improve treatment recommendations and helping deliver more efficient care.
  • Watson is also available to more than 200 million consumers to answer their questions, find what they need and make recommendations with greater personalization.
  • At the same time, Watson is tackling dozens of meaningful business and societal challenges, helping reduce building emissions, reducing hiring cycles and finding ways for cities to save more water and other resources. In education, half a million students can choose their courses to master a subject with Watson and we’re also helping teachers address each student’s unique needs.

 

  1. With the interaction between IBM Watson and regular users becoming increasingly more complex and utilize more of the user’s personal information, is there a potential risk for loss of privacy for users in an unfortunate incident?
  • While Watson is indeed able to process more forms of information, we have also ensured that we have developed safety measures within Watson as well as continue to work with our industry partners all to ensure that the data that Watson has access to is not accessible by any unauthorized third-parties.

 

  1. It was mentioned that IBM Watson understands natural languages. What does this mean and what languages does it support?
  • IBM Watson is able to understand sentences spoken by people by analysing the words used as well as the context of the sentence in order to accurately interpret sentences.
  • Currently IBM Watson is able to understand and reply in nine different languages including German, Spanish, Korean, Japanese and English to name a few. We are also constantly updating Watson with additional languages to allow more people in the world to experience him.
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  1. Why is understanding natural human speech such a complex task for artificial intelligence systems to perform?
  • The primary difficulty when it comes to recognizing human speech is that natural speech is inherently filled with unstructured data, and this is the same across all forms of content written by humans for other humans.
  • The main difference is that normal structured data is governed by well-defined rules whereas speech is governed by rules of grammar, context and culture which is implicit, ambiguous and complex.
  • With a host of factors to consider and eliminate, recognizing speech can be both a time-consuming task as well as one that is open to a host of errors if not interpreted correctly.

 

  1. What is the systems implemented into Watson that allows him to easily comprehend human speech?
  • To facilitate IBM Watson to better tackle the challenge of understanding human speech, Watson is fitted with two different set of APIs that give it the ability to both comprehend and respond to human interactions: Natural Language Understanding (NLU) & Watson Conversation.
  • The Natural Language Understanding API allows Watson to analyze text to extract meta-data from content such as keywords, entities, sentiment, emotion, relations and many more.
  • Watson Conversation, on the other hand, functions as a visual dialog builder that helps create natural conversations for Watson that can be deployed on chatbots and other virtual agents.

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The IBM Watson Q&A Part 2/2

  1. It was mentioned that Watson is capable of self-learning and improvements, can you explain more how this system works?
  • What makes Watson truly unique from pre-programmed AI is that Watson is capable of consistently learning from user input as well as correct itself to provide better answers to human queries.
  • Watson does this by undergoing a constant feedback loop with human input that involves correction of errors in order to determine the most appropriate answer that is based on the context of the question.

 

  1. What is the vision that IBM has for Watson and what is IBM currently doing to ensure that they can achieve this vision?
  • Our vision for IBM Watson is to develop it into a full-fledged platform that is capable of making a real impact in any industry it is applied in.
  • We are also focused on developing Watson as an Artificial Specific Intelligence, also known as narrow AI, that is specifically focused on relevant knowledge in its required field of expertise to ensure that they can respond in the same way professionals do.
  • We are currently actively working with professionals in the field as well as expanding the capabilities of Watson in order to ensure Watson is able to reach out to over 1 billion consumers by the end of 2017.

 

  1. Can you explain more about the term ‘machine learning’?
  • Machine learning can be defined as AI system that possesses the ability to learn without requiring constant programming.
  • Programs with machine learning systems are able to make use of most forms of new data it is exposed to develop and improve responses or solutions.
  • In future, AI systems will be able to understand more complex data while also delivering more accurate results compared to humans. This could allow future machines to be more autonomous while also handling challenging tasks that normal humans cannot do.

  1. In order to implement Watson, are developers required to pay a certain fee in order to utilize related assets and data?
  • No, interested developers who want to make use of the Watson platform to create their own cognitive apps or businesses can do so from the public Watson Developer Cloud and other platforms.
  • Our cloud platform represents the easiest way for potential developers to create their next-gen cognitive apps with a total of over 160 unique APIs and services in 179 countries.

 

  1. Does IBM foresee a drop in openings for jobs that Watson is able to perform given his increasing capabilities for complex tasks?
  • With every major advancement in technology, there will always be a change to the existing workforce where there will be new ways of working as well as new skills and jobs that will be in greater demand. This is the same case as well for cognitive computing.
  • Despite this, we believe that Watson and the field of cognitive computing will instead introduce a whole new level of collaboration between man and machine, and serve to expand human intelligence instead of replacing it.
  • We believe that by thoughtfully and purposefully combining the best qualities of both man and machine, we can understand our world better as well make better decisions that can lead to future innovations.

 

  1. What does IBM foresee will change in the landscape of cognitive computing?
  • We foresee that cognitive computing in the coming years will continue to make huge advancements in technology that will make our systems even smarter.
  • Through continuous human interactions, these systems will be able to learn at a much greater rate and continuously learn up to the point where they can fully run without human intervention.
  • As cognitive systems continue to be refined, we can also expect these systems to tackle an even broader range of tasks that even humans may not be able to do.
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  1. How has IBM globally performed financially in the past year of 2016?
  • 2016 was another solid year for IBM as we have achieved several milestones in the year.
  • Aside from working some of the world’s largest most well-known companies across industries, we have also invested into our capabilities such as cloud, analytics and cognitive that has now accounted for 41% of our total revenue.
  • We have also not lost sight of our goal of developing innovations in 2016 with over 8,000 patents registered in 2016 and we are currently leading in terms of U.S. patents earned for the 24th year in a row.

 

  1. What are some of the upcoming plans that IBM have in the year of 2017?
  • In the coming year, we are looking to continue our research into our field of expertise for designing and developing innovative new systems that can enhance our client’s business and help them succeed in their field.
  • We have some projects in Malaysia in the banking, manufacturing and healthcare industries.

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WhatsApp Free Again – Subscription Plan Cancelled!

WhatsApp just announced that they have abandoned their subscription plan, making WhatsApp FREE once again! They are not going to start showing ads either.

This is likely due to the inroads in their market share made by alternative messaging apps like Telegram and WeChat, that are not only free but offer better features to boot. Even so, WhatsApp remains the dominant instant messaging platform with over 900 million users worldwide (as of September 2015).

Check out their blog announcement :

Making WhatsApp free and more useful

Nearly a billion people around the world today rely on WhatsApp to stay in touch with their friends and family. From a new dad in Indonesia sharing photos with his family, to a student in Spain checking in with her friends back home, to a doctor in Brazil keeping in touch with her patients, people rely on WhatsApp to be fast, simple and reliable.

[adrotate banner=”4″]That’s why we’re happy to announce that WhatsApp will no longer charge subscription fees. For many years, we’ve asked some people to pay a fee for using WhatsApp after their first year. As we’ve grown, we’ve found that this approach hasn’t worked well.

Many WhatsApp users don’t have a debit or credit card number and they worried they’d lose access to their friends and family after their first year. So over the next several weeks, we’ll remove fees from the different versions of our app and WhatsApp will no longer charge you for our service.

Naturally, people might wonder how we plan to keep WhatsApp running without subscription fees and if today’s announcement means we’re introducing third-party ads. The answer is no.

Starting this year, we will test tools that allow you to use WhatsApp to communicate with businesses and organizations that you want to hear from. That could mean communicating with your bank about whether a recent transaction was fraudulent, or with an airline about a delayed flight.

We all get these messages elsewhere today – through text messages and phone calls – so we want to test new tools to make this easier to do on WhatsApp, while still giving you an experience without third-party ads and spam.

We hope you enjoy what’s coming to WhatsApp, and we look forward to your feedback.

So there you have it – the white flag officially making WhatsApp free once again.

Of course, nothing in life is truly free. WhatsApp will have to figure out another way to monetise their platform. You can’t blame them – they have to make a living!

Until then, enjoy! 😀

 

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