This week will be awash with coverage from the CES 2006 show in Las Vegas (International Consumer Electronics Show). I'll be quaffing down any interesting news about Web-based media and gadgets, along with feasting on my staple Internet bigco diet of Yahoo, Google, Microsoft, Apple. Bill Gates (MS), Terry Semel (Yahoo) and Larry Page (Goog) will all be speaking at CES this year.
The NY Times thinks the theme of this year's CES will be 'Convergence: This Time We Mean It.' But it's obvious Web companies and Internet-connected gadgets will play a bigger part in CES this year, than in previous years. The AP is running a story which illustrates that:
"Yahoo and rival Google Inc. will make their CES debuts with keynote speeches, muscling their way into the high-stakes battle already begun by computing stalwarts, consumer electronics giants and telecommunications companies to push digital media deeper into homes.
With the Web poised to become an increasingly dominant distribution method for movies and television, the Internet giants, along with Microsoft Corp.'s MSN, could very well be the ABC, NBC and CBS networks of the digital age, said Tim Bajarin, an industry analyst with Creative Strategies."
For extensive coverage of CES, I recommend paidcontent.org and CNET's colorful subsite - "CNET editors cover the best of CES". Here at Read/WriteWeb I'll be focusing specifically on the intersection of Web technology and media at CES (my theme in general this year).