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Dive Into Mobile in December

D: Dive Into Mobile

Can Google’s Android keep surging without fatally fragmenting? Can Research in Motion get back its mojo? Can Palm be revived inside the Hewlett-Packard monolith? Can Microsoft resuscitate its mobile business? Will local apps and mobile Web sites fight to the death or co-exist? Is the Apple iPad a fluke or will tablets spread like wildfire, threatening laptops?

And what will it matter without better networks, must-have software and a viable advertising model?

These are some of the questions we hope to explore with top mobile industry leaders at the first new edition of our D, conference, to take place December 6th and 7th in San Francisco.

While our main D event, which will continue to occur each year in the late spring, takes a wide view of technology and digital media, this new, shorter confab, called D: Dive Into Mobile, is focused on the most dynamic area of tech–mobile devices and all of the content, apps, social networking and commerce that they support.

Answering all these questions is a strong lineup of leaders in the mobile sector, including Andy Rubin, who runs the surging Android platform at Google; Mike Lazaridis, co-CEO of RIM and the father of the BlackBerry; and Dan Hesse, CEO of Sprint, the wireless carrier that leads in the race to faster 4G networks.

In addition, we’ll be hearing from Jon Rubinstein, who heads Palm; Joe Belfiore, product manager for the new Windows Phone 7; Dennis Crowley, CEO of Foursquare; Mike McCue, CEO of Flipboard; Glenn Lurie, who handles the iPhone and other cutting-edge devices for AT&T; and Susan Wojcicki, the advertising center square at Google.

We’re excited to be doing a deep dive into an exciting topic, using our tried-and-tested technique from eight years of D conferences: No canned speeches, no slides, no large panels–just unrehearsed journalistic interviews on stage, sprinkled with a few demos of interesting new products.

And, this time, we’re adding a fresh twist. In addition to Kara Swisher and me, two of our colleagues, Peter Kafka and Katherine Boehret, will also be conducting onstage interviews.

To learn more, and to register, click here.

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