Groupon made fun of Tibet. Motorola made fun of Apple.And Ozzy Osbourne and Justin Bieber made fun of 4G (and 5G ... and 6G ...). The Web was well represented during Sunday's flood of Super Bowl advertising excess (aka #brandbowl), with some of the biggest names in consumer technology and social networking taking their turns alongside Coke's killer dragons and Volkswagen's baby Darth Vader.
Commentary by Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association The tensions with China over the downed U.S. surveillance plane, hostages and arms sales to Taiwan, remind us that free trade with a Communist country can never be presumed. Despite our recent celebration of passage of permanent normalized trade relations (PNTR) with China, we face a real possibility of angry legislators imposing barriers to trade with China. The electronics industry relies so heavily on trade with China that a block on imports would severely harm certain product categories and several companies. Any company that assumes China cares more about trade than