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Vegas (Slight Return)

5:00 PM -- Woo hoo! It's Tuesday, so this must be Vegas. Yes, I'm back in Sin City for the third time this year, and once again my arrival in town stopped the traffic.

Well, okay, maybe it wasn't me. But I did get in just as yesterday's immigration protest -- the authorities were estimating between 10,000 and 20,000 people marching -- closed down the Strip. There's really something quintessentially Vegas about people protesting at the foot of a fake Statue of Liberty.

Thankfully, at least from my point of view, Interop doesn't look half so jammed as CES and CTIA did before it. I've already heard the remark "It's just not like the old days" a couple of times.

Maybe, however, this is a good thing. I'm already starting to get a picture of some of the important topics at the show -- wireless VOIP, how to allow enterprises to control fixed/mobile convergence rather than the carriers, and giving wireless LAN enough capacity to cope with these new applications.

Better to be able to step back a bit than be constantly worrying about how I'll get to the next event on time without spending hours in a cab line.

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung

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