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  • Turns out the pedometer does not send your step count back to some centralized database. Which means my bonanza score of 22,000 steps is gone!!!

  • The mood is more serious that last year, but not more somber. A few intense discussions were drawing in participants from around the center in between session, although the requisite numbers were propped up at the Plenary Bar--a notable meeting spot.

  • Joe's pee smells after he eats asparagus. That's what he announced to me, and the rest of the world, on Squawk this morning.

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    If an army travels on its stomach, it's not surprising that the Davos army can be drawn by scents of comestibles.

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    Infosys CEO Kris Gopalakrishnan is guest blogging for CNBC.com at WEF. Here are some of his thoughts he related to us as the event gets underway, including what he hopes to see from the sessions, what his company discloses on banks and what he hopes to see at the buffet table.

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    Alcatel-Lucent CEO Ben Verwaayen is guest blogging for CNBC.com. Here are some of his thoughts related to us on the first day at Davos, including the shift from chit-chat to note- taking, the presence of Russia and China and if executives really travel here touting cost cuts.

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    "If Davos wouldn't be there we'd have to invent it, given the circumstances we're in," Ben Verwaayen, CEO of Alcatel-Lucent, told CNBC.com.

  • Mostly, it's a pretty gloomy outlook here. But sometimes, you hear from those who have a sunnier disposition, at least relatively speaking.

  • I am very worried about my 22,000 step windfall from yesterday. My pedometer mysteriously reset itself last night and went back to zero!

  • That was the opinion of economist Nouriel Roubini, of RGE Monitor, who was one of the first people to predict the housing crisis, speaking to "Squawk Box Europe" this morning.

  • I am so winning this pedometer contest. Not because I walk more than anybody. But because security backfired!

  • We caught up with the head of WPP on his way to dinner. Check out his hat.

  • Among the things I learned from covering Davos last year is that the press badge makes the journalist, not the clothing. What's more, be prepared to run, stay warm and stay on your feet.

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    "It is a wonderful opportunity for policy makers, for public and private to get together in one location and really talk and discuss what we can do, not just on a national basis but on an international global basis," Robert Greifeld, CEO of Nasdaq-OMX Group, said ahead of WEF.

  • The financial services giant is taking a hint from George Soros, who flew "commercial" to Davos, as we previously reported.

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    Kris Gopalakrishnan, CEO of Infosys, considers what the main issues addressed at the conference will be and how everyone stands to benefit from the conference.

  • The movers and shakers at Davos don't travel cheap. But just one day after the news Citi has a fancy new elite private jet on the way, a billionaire investor travels commercial.

  • Everyone at Davos may be focused on the collapse of the global economy. But the conference itself is helping create a mini-boom, at least for the moment.

  • The theme for the World Economic Forum this year is "Restoring Trust, Rebuilding Confidence." It ain't gonna be an easy sell.

  • That is the question this year about Davos. In such troubled economic times, expected participants—from Wall Street To Washington—are dropping like flies.