Friday, August 11, 2006 [english donga]: "[Editorial] WiBro: Korea’s Hope
AUGUST 10, 2006 05:29
Wireless Broadband (WiBro) is a wireless broadband Internet technology that uses frequency bands for wireless communications. It is fourth-generation (4G) mobile technology that will open the era of the ubiquitous Internet. Samsung Electronics has joined hands with Sprint Nextel, Intel and Motorola to successfully introduce WiBro to the U.S. market, thereby gaining a foothold to WiBro becoming an international standard."
YONHAP NEWS: "S. Korean game firms face hurdles in China
By Kim Soo-yeon SEOUL, Aug. 11 (Yonhap) -- South Korean online game companies are keen to tap the potentially lucrative Chinese market, but their China push is hitting a snag due to state regulation, heated competition and rampant piracy, analysts say."
Digital Chosunilbo (English Edition) : Daily News in English About Korea: "Korean MP3 Firms Shed Crocodile Tears at Apple Scandal

Kosdaq-listed MP3 player makers here could be forgiven a certain amount of Schadenfreude after news that the bane of their existence, Apple CEO Steve Jobs, is embroiled in a stock options scandal. Korean MP3 firms have risen recently, with Reigncom, whose iRiver lost market share to Apple’s iPod, up 4.57 percent to close at W4,580 (US $1=W958) on Thursday."
AsiaMedia :: KOREA: WiBro to put Korea on IT leadership map: "With the majority of shares and most of the core technology's patents in Korean hands, hopes rise that Korea might finally benefit from its IT successes"

Thursday, August 10, 2006

INSIDE JoongAng Daily: "[EDITORIALS]A hand-held economic plan
WiBro (Wireless Broadband), a next-generation mobile communications technology developed in Korea, is now making its way into the United States, the home of telecommunications technology. Samsung Electronics agreed to begin WiBro commercial services across the United States on a nationwide basis with the service provider Sprint Nextel, starting in 2008."
INSIDE JoongAng Daily: "Hallyu hopefuls strut, sing and prance for the judges
August 10, 2006 ㅡ It wasn't their first audition, they said, but it was just as tense. Byun Hyo-myeong and her friend Yang Eun-bi, both 16, were getting twitchy and nervous, waiting for their turn to go up on the stage and sing. 'My mother really wants me to become a star, so she's been taking me to casting auditions since I was thirteen,' Hyo-myeong said as she tried to smooth out her shirt. "
The Korea Herald : The Nation's No.1 English Newspaper: "[BOX OFFICE]Dasepo Naughty Girl (Korea) To be released Aug. 10
Comedy. Directed by Lee Jae-yong. At sexually corrupted Maseulmo High School, teachers and students skip school because of a sexual disease."
The Korea Herald : The Nation's No.1 English Newspaper: "WiBro poised to bring huge benefits to Korea.
Industry analysts are keenly watching the export potential of WiBro, the development of derivative technologies and commercialization of new services, as the wireless platform was selected by Sprint Nextel for its broadband mobile network in the United States. "
INSIDE JoongAng Daily: "Huge U.S. wireless project is a coup for Korean firm.
August 10, 2006 ㅡ After years of deliberation and much industry speculation, U.S. telecom firm Sprint Nextel selected mobile WiMAX, whose technology was developed by Samsung Electronics, for its wireless high-speed Internet infrastructure for millions of subscribers across the United States. The service will be available in most of the United States."
Digital Chosunilbo (English Edition) : Daily News in English About Korea: "Korea’s WiBro Makes Inroads Into U.S.
In another milestone for Korean IT technology, Korea's WiBro wireless mobile Internet technology will come to the U.S., the world's largest telecommunication market. "

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Korea tops Global e-Government survey News: "Date: August 08, 2006

The Ministry of Government Administration and Home Affairs said Monday (Aug. 7) Korea took first place in the sixth annual Global e-Government Rankings conducted by Professor Darrel M. West of the Taubman Center for Public Policy at Brown University.

In the evaluation of 1,782 government websites in 198 countries, Korea's total score was 60.3, leaving second-place Taiwan far behind with 49.8 points. Korea ranked 86th on the same evaluation last year. "
Global IT Network starts operation News: "
Date: August 10, 2006
The Ministry of Information and Communication (MOIC) announced the official opening of the Global IT Network ( on August 8 to provide IT-related information to researchers, businesspeople and the public. "
YONHAP NEWS: "S. Koreans spend more time on Internet: report
SEOUL, Aug. 9 (Yonhap) -- South Koreans spent more time on the Internet in the first half than a year earlier, using the computer network mainly to obtain information, send e-mails and engage in other online activities, a report showed Wednesday. "

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

The Seoul Times: "Online Media Revolution Taking Off in S. Korea
South Korea is unique among 10 countries polled for the BBC, Reuters, and the Media Center in the amount that people are turning to the Internet for news."
The Seoul Times: "Korea Becomes Pop Music Source in East Asia
To the surprise of people whose image of Korea is that of a rather serious-minded economic powerhouse, Korea is becoming a favorite source for popular music throughout East Asia."
Sweetbox lures fans with extravagant downloads and concerts News: "Many digital-savvy Koreans have Sweetbox songs for ring tones and background music on their personal blogs. "

Monday, August 07, 2006

All Asia: South Korean Internet Game Giant Targets US Market: "South Korea's top online video game website announced plans to become a player in the US market this year. " - South Korea launches WiBro service: "South Korea launches WiBro service
Sean Shim
EE Times
(06/30/2006 7:36 AM EDT)
SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea launched its long-awaited commercial mobile WiMax service Friday (June 30), the Ministry of Information and Communication said."
WiBro a go in South Korea - Engadget: "Seemingly always at the forefront of the latest and greatest technologies, little South Korea has once again trumped almost the entire rest of the world by rolling out commercial versions of the long-range wireless networking standard known as WiBro." [english donga]: "Using the Internet on TV-
Diboss, a company specializing in LCD TVs, has released “IMTV,” a device that by use of a remote control, enables the use of both the internet and TV. We can use the internet on a TV screen, just like a computer. The computer and the TV are not connected by a home-network system, but by a high-speed network line that is used on the PC."
INSIDE JoongAng Daily: "[GOING TO THE BLOGS]Korea: Hub of boredom?

With the North building underground missile bases, shots being fired across the DMZ and ongoing political and labor strife here in South Korea, a host of K-bloggers have this week been focusing on the vexing question: Is Korea boring?"
INSIDE JoongAng Daily: "Monster opening by ‘The Host' smashes records

August 07, 2006 ㅡ A Korean movie about a family's fight against a monster in the Han River has become box-office gold."
Welcome To Korea Now !!!-Business & Finance: "[INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY] Mobile TV broadcasters agree on free service

The country's six land-based mobile television broadcasters confirmed their stance on providing free service, going against the demands by mobile-phone operators to introduce customer fees. "