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As the International Consumer Electronics Show kicks off this week in Vegas, new automotive tech advancements are making headlines from coast to coast. But when it comes to in-car technology, such as navigation, Bluetooth and in-car apps, there's some healthy debate about whether or not these upgrades are making our lives better. 

Around 5,000 attendees from roughly 1,200 independent retail establishments convened at Las Vegas’ Venetian Hotel for Nationwide Marketing Group’s PrimeTime! exhibition and buying show, which runs March 3 through 6.  Here are a few snapshots from the welcoming reception on the 3rd. Stay tuned to our websites for a full report of news about the group. (Photos: Nancy Klosek)

So far in the six-month reign of Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, there has been a pile of attention paid to the flashy cultural changes (free food!), much-needed rehauls of key mainstays (Flickr, Yahoo! Mail, homepage), a focus on attracting entrepreneurial talent (Hey, we got Max Levchin to join the board!) and, of course, the frequent mention of mobilemobilemobile by the former Google product exec.

But on the topic of where the Silicon Valley Internet giant's search and display advertising business is headed - which is, of course, its key revenue and profit generator

Next month starts the most attended trade show in Vegas- the International CES (Consumer Electronics Show).  So what are the automakers doing there?  Well, they will be showing off their latest wares.  As cutting edge car technology is starting to move away from the NAIAS (North American International Auto Show), Vegas is becoming the most popular destination for both automakers and bachelor parties.

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