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“we commend mattel for putting children’s well-being first and listening to the concerns of child development cutaneous histiocytoma dog experts and thousands of parents who urged them not to cutaneous histiocytoma dog release this device,” said josh golin, executive director for the campaign for a commercial-free childhood. This is a tremendous victory for everyone who believes children cutaneous histiocytoma dog still have a right to privacy and that robots can cutaneous histiocytoma dog never replace loving humans as caregivers.”
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