Apple is launching the iPad in new territories this week. Reports have confirmed ten of them, so far: Taiwan, Denmark, Portugal, South Korea, Czech Republic, Sweden, Norway, Poland, Hungary and Finland. Taiwan is known to have already started selling the tablet, while Finland has just posted the pricing scheme (courtesy of esphoneblog.com)

A technology fair in Germany was raided by government officials Thursday, and nearly 70 boxes were seized of mobile phones, GPS systems and other electronic devices that illegally infringed on patents, the Associated Press reported. The raid took place at the CeBIT fair, an annual event in Berlin. Most of the companies with the illegal products were Chinese, while others were from Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea, Germany and Poland. The patents violated including those related to blank media, as well as mp3 and mp4 sound files. What do you think about this story? Talk about it in the Dealerscope forums.

China's booming electronics manufacturing base is set to change U.S. business and branding models forever. By Janet Pinkerton and Joe Paone Not since the arrival of Japanese CE products on these shores during the 1960s has such a fundamental change in the industry fabric occurred as the recent ascendancy of Chinese manufacturers and products. For many years numerous retailers have sourced inexpensive Chinese products and offered them as house brands or impulse buys. Now, however, Chinese companies are building brands, perfecting production, ramping up R&D, delivering innovative features, and they are in a position to change the industry as we know it, for good

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