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First D9 Speakers: Iger, Elop, Apotheker, Schmidt, DARPA Head and More!

Has it already been almost a year already since the last D: All Things Digital conference?

Yes, indeedy–we’re getting older fast.

That’s why Walt Mossberg and I have been busy ferreting away on a speaker line-up for the ninth of our annual confabs of top tech and media players.

It’s not ever easy to top the previous year–D8 included Apple’s Steve Jobs, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Hollywood director James Cameron, among others–but we keep trying to for D9.

As usual, there is no particular theme, although it’s clear that we’ll still be talking digital disruption out the wazoo.

It all takes place just south of Los Angeles from May 31 to June 2, 2011.

As you can see below, we’ve already assembled the initial group of terrific interviewees who will be grilled onstage (some quite literally, as happened last year).

And, also as usual, we’ll still be adding more big names to the sold-out event, along with several demos of new products.

Until then, here’s the initial line-up:

Eric Schmidt, incoming Executive Chairman and outgoing CEO of Google

Bob Iger, CEO of Disney

Dr. Regina Dugan, director of DARPA, the research and development office for the U.S. Department of Defense.

Brian Dunn, CEO of Best Buy

Shantanu Narayen, CEO of Adobe

Léo Apotheker, CEO of Hewlett-Packard

Stephen Elop, CEO of Nokia

Dick Costolo, CEO of Twitter

Jack Ma, CEO of the Alibaba Group

Mark Pincus, CEO of Zynga

Andrew Mason, CEO of Groupon

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Failure isn’t a problem. It’s the fear of failure that’s the limiting factor. You can’t lose your nerve for the big failure, because it’s the exact same nerve you need for the big success.

— DARPA director Regina Dugan