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from Davos Notebook:

Tablets take over the world, one Davos at a time

This time last year, the online team here in Davos broke off from its coverage of the WEF for an hour or so to follow another Reuters live event - the unveiling of Apple's iPad.

Back then, there were many gaps in our knowledge of what the iPad could do. We didn't even know what it would be called.

What a difference a year makes. Now the device, and other tablet computers, is on show everywhere, especially among the gathering of the global elite in Davos. Reuters technology correspondent Kenneth Li wrote yesterday in this article that: "Those discussing the "Shared Norms for the New Reality" in Davos this week need only look around them to see one such 'reality': low-cost smart devices are sweeping away clunky old computers throughout the political and business world."

Kenneth also tweeted this yesterday: "Davos is ugly with iPads. One CEO tried to hide his from me. Shameful!"

from Davos Notebook:

Me, Myself, I

How do I trust myself? Let me count the ways...

Global PR group Edelman told the World Economic Forum about its Trust Barometer and said that "Trust" in general had stabilised.

But that's where the good news for me ended.

My industry, media, had a Trust tumble in the US and UK to small levels of trust never seen before - "How much do you trust media to do what is right?" The US is down to 27% and the UK 22%. Maybe I should try my hand at fiction instead!

from Davos Notebook:

Davos: Can social media make a difference?

The Davos meeting organisers have made a huge push into social media this year. From interviews on Facebook to geo-location services using Foursquare, it’s an impressive use of social media tools to bring the closed-shop that is the WEF to the masses.

In the video clip below, Reuters correspondent and Davos veteran Ben Hirschler shares his thoughts on the impact this will have on this year’s WEF.

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