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At D, all hail the iPad

The first speakers at All Things Digital all praise the tablet in terms even more glowing its creator, Steve Jobs.

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RANCHO PALOS VERDES, Calif.--There is one clear star emerging at this year's D: All Things Digital conference: Apple's iPad.

In addition to all the stage time that the tablet got during Steve Jobs' talk last night, it is also dominating the discussion with other presenters.

Dreamworks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg sang Jobs praises for several minutes, before declaring: "His greatest accomplishment is going to be this tablet."

"As Steve said last night, there is something indescribable about the connection," Katzenberg said. "Our children are going to get educated on it. They are going to play on it. They are going to consume more media on that than any other (device)."

Katzenberg said he now only carries his BlackBerry and iPad and not a traditional laptop.

"The laptop is yesterday's news," he said.

Comcast COO Steve Burke also sang the device's praises, saying that his company wants to use it as a better means of navigating through television listings.

"I think the iPad is just extraordinary," Burke said. "I bring it everywhere I go."

Update, 1:30 p.m.: The iPad lovefest has continued, with eBay CEO John Donahoe praising the tablet as offering the best eBay experience--even better than the PC Web version.

Meanwhile, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said that he recently went on a trip to India and packed his Kindle, iPad and laptop. "I didn't open my laptop once," he said.