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CES-tastic!: No Taxi Lines, Barry Manilow and a Geek ZZ Top (But, as Always, Scoble-Stalked!)

Here is BoomTown’s first video from the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, which kicked off last night with a keynote speech by Microsoft (MSFT) CEO Steve Ballmer.

So far, it’s been a definitely thinner crowd, a reflection of the weaker economy, with more taxis in line than lines for taxis.

But CES is still a reliably noisy, often pointless, gadget cavalcade–with introduction of a new smartphone from Palm (PALM), called Pre, as the highlight so far.

Here’s some chit-chatting with attendees and looking at some products, including a guy who looks like a member of ZZ Top, showing off a new music device from Disney (DIS):


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work