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World's biggest IT fair shoots for the clouds: The world's top high-tech fair opens on Tuesday with the IT indus...

HANOVER (Germany) - THE world's top high-tech fair opens on Tuesday with the IT industry in bullish mood, preparing to wow visitors with head-spinning futuristic gadgets and the latest in 'cloud computing' technology. More than 4,200 tech firms from 70 countries are expected to attend this year's CeBIT - the self-styled 'Davos of high-tech' - with many of the big names that stayed away during the global financial crisis returning to Germany. Google, IBM, SAP, Microsoft, HP and Dell are among the top companies setting up their stalls in Hanover, northern Germany, for the five-day event that is likely to attract around 350,000 punters and self-confessed technology geeks. 'CeBIT 2011 is the heart of the digital world and will show how rapidly the pulse of the IT industry is beating,' said Ernst Raue, board member of Deutsche Messe that organises the event. As the event approa...

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