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CES 2011 Preview: Friday’s things to watch

While showgoers get more hands-on time with the new crop of gadgets, Friday’s news cycle at CES will be more focused on the keynotes. Ces-logo

The day kicks off with an Innovation Power Panel keynote, featuring Cisco CEO John Chambers, GE Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Immelt and Xerox Chairman and CEO Ursula Burns. It’s a good chance to pick the brain of some of the leading minds in consumer electronics – and a good way to gear up for another day of walking the floor, which is getting more and more crowded as the week goes on.

Ford president and CEO Alan Mulally takes the stage at 11am to showcase the newest consumer tech advances in the company’s vehicles – which will likely center around technology such as SYNC.

At noon, there’s the Entertainment Matters panel with Akamai’s David Kenny, The Coca-Cola Company’s Joseph V. Tripodi, Interpublic Group’s Michael Roth, Microsoft’s Mich Mathews and WPP’s Sir Martin Sorrell. (Variety is co-sponsoring this conversation.)

Friday’s also when popular tech blog All Things Digital will hold its “D” event – with Wall Street Journal editors Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher discussing the impact digital technology has had and will have on consumer’s lives.