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Who’s Covering CES and How?

How is CES being covered this year? The situation is still “clear as mud,” as our August head line stated. We’ve begun hearing from some of the players you care about most, and they will be there in person — just not at pre-Covid scale, and with more than a little trepidation.

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CES 2022: Clear as Mud

In an SWMS spot check, journalists weigh in on whether CES 2022 is now safe to attend and worth attending, now that show organizers announced that all attendees will need to prove they are vaccinated against Covid-19.

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Virtual Techfluence at CES 2021

CES is virtual this year, just like the accompanying and independent product showcases — Pepcom, ShowStoppers, CES Unveiled and Techfluence. This shift to cyberspace creates fresh opportunity to lead this category. Last week we spoke with the least known of the four brands — Techfluence — which hopes to reinvent the show-within-a-show CES experience.

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Digital Trends Forges Its Own Way for CES 2021

CES 2021 is six weeks away. We’ve been asking whether editors care. Most can’t yet conceive of a virtual CES and are waiting to see what the Consumer Tech Association comes up with. The show organizer has announced keynote speakers and Microsoft’s role as virtual platform provider and little more.

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The Latest on CES 2021

Subscribers have been asking about CES 2021 — speaking opps, demos, networking as well as media interest in attending. Here’s a round-up of what we know at the moment.

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FRIDGE NOTES

Bloomberg Businessweek Goes Monthly

Now a misnomer, the Businessweek name will stick around for a while longer. Bloomberg is investing big in paper stock and photography. It’ll be a coffee table magazine, showcasing all that Bloomberg does. Now we know why Brad Stone took this new assignment. The first refurbed issue arrives in July.

Semafor Goes AI Crazy

Fourteen of 19 tech stories in the Semafor technology section are about AI. Two of the five outliers were about TikTok’s potential sale. Semafor sells itself on being differentiated. Chasing AI-news-of-the-day won’t achieve that.

Refinery29 Buys An Event Company

Another scoop from Sara Fischer at Axios: Refinery29 is “taking over” B2C event brand Beautycon, among the most successful F2F events in the beauty space. The idea is to augment the R29 brand and make the title less vulnerable to a weak advertising market.

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