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Mossberg to discuss cell phones' future

Thursday, Feb. 21, 2008, 4:30 p.m. McCosh 10

Technology columnist Walt Mossberg, a leading observer of high-tech gadgets and their makers, will speak about the role of cell phones in shaping the next generation of the Internet at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, in McCosh 10.

Mossberg, who has written the "Personal Technology" column for The Wall Street Journal since 1991, has become a highly influential voice in the technology field through his reviews, analysis of trends and consumer advice. Wired magazine wrote in 2004 that "few reviewers have held so much power to shape an industry's successes and failures."

In addition to his writing, Mossberg co-hosts a major annual conference, "D: All Things Digital," which features talks by industry leaders such as Bill Gates of Microsoft Corp. and Steve Jobs of Apple Inc.

In his Princeton talk, titled "The Next Stage of the Net and the Future of the Cell Phone," Mossberg will discuss the potential for cell phones to function as important wireless computing devices and the power of large wireless carriers in determining how and whether that potential is realized.

The talk is sponsored by the Center for Information Technology Policy.

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