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CES 2012: Consumer Electronics Show is largest yet

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The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) has announced that the 2012 International CES is the largest in the show's 44 year history, with 1.861million net square feet of exhibit space. The previous record was 1.857m in 2008.

Highlights of the show have included a keynote address by Ericsson's Hans Vestberg, a brand keynote from executives from Facebook and GE, an LIT keynote from eBay's John Donohue and a keynote from YouTube's Robert Kyncl. In his 2012 CES keynote, Hans Vestberg, president and ceo of Ericsson, discussed 'The Networked Society' connecting everyone and everything through mobility. "We have a responsibility to build networks that can carry innovation," said Vestberg. Ericsson predicts there will be 50billion connected devices worldwide by 2020. The CES Brand keynote panelists agreed that people are becoming more connected to their devices, and because of this, to each other. "Our core belief is that the entire web is being rebuilt around people," said Facebook's vice president of Global Marketing Solutions, Carolyn Everson. On Wednesday evening, John Donahoe, president and ceo of eBay, delivered the keynote address at the Leaders in Technology (LIT) dinner. Donahoe discussed how the intersection of technology and retail is having a profound impact on consumers' shopping experience and predicted that the next three years of 'shopping and paying' will see more profound change then what we've seen over the past 10 to 15 years. Thursday morning featured a keynote from Robert Kyncl, vice president of Global Content Partnerships, YouTube. Kyncl described how content, distribution and marketing of video have come together to make it a transformative and accessible viewing option around the world. According to Kyncl, by 2020, 75% of all channels will be transmitted or born on the Internet, due to closed systems that have now opened up. In other 2012 International CES news, Lytro won the Last Gadget Standing SuperSession competition, beating nine other finalists, including the Playstation Vita, Autom Robot, Cotton Candy, WIMM, Origami, Svivl, Basis Body Band, Lenovo Yoga and Samsung Note. LG's 55EM9800 55in oled tv was named CNET's Best of CES winner, with Razer's Project Fiona winning the People's Choice online voting award.