HTC Infringed Apple Patents, Says ITC's Initial Determination
Other things that "analyze" data structures and perform actions based on that date:
1) All web browsers that detect hyperlinks
2) Google Instant detecting your search parameters
3) Microsoft Word detecting typos
Ok, I feel better, the more I think about it, the stupider this patent and hubbub seems.
TiVo Causes Increase in Product Placement
On the upside, product placement can provide support for good, but ratings-deprived series.
The Office is a prime example--I'm convinced NBC sticks by it not because of critical acclaim, but because of the way it awesomely does product placement in huge, obvious ways.
There have been two complete episodes invaded by Chili's, including a hysterical sendup of a Chili's manager ("We do not tolerate excessive drinking. That patron is no longer welcome.")
The iPod placement was more goofy, but definitely fit the storyline (Secret Santa with inappropriate gifts).
I've also recognized Sun Chips as an important plot point ;)