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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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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik