Friday, August 25, 2006

South Korea gets stripped-down Windows XP: "South Korea gets stripped-down Windows XP

8/24/2006 12:36:10 PM, by Eric Bangeman

Microsoft's antitrust troubles, which started in the US, have definitely gone worldwide. In South Korea, the company was found to have violated antitrust rules by the country's Fair Trade Commission."

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

YONHAP NEWS: "(LEAD) Prime minister calls for intensive probe into arcade game scandal
By Kim Hyun
SEOUL, Aug. 22 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's Prime Minister Han Myeong-sook on Tuesday called for an intensive investigation into the mounting scandal over arcade video games amid allegations that the gambling industry has mushroomed under the influence of some government officials."
The Korea Times : Instant Messenger Changes Ways of Communications:
"Male Internet users are logged on to instant messenger programs more than three hours per day on average, while females spend more time viewing blog and mini-homepages than men, a report said."
Another promising Korean soap opera to debut in Japan News:
"Date: August 22, 2006
A new hit Korean television soap opera starring an internationally recognized Korean singer-cum-actor will be broadcast in Japan, its provider said Monday (Aug. 21). "
Samsung markets 8GB cell phone News:
"Date: August 23, 2006
Samsung Electronics, the world's third-largest cell phone vendor, will start to market a handset this week, which can store more than 1,500 music files. " [english donga]: "[Opinion] Communication Record Access
AUGUST 21, 2006 03:06
Certain students in the Gwangju area used their mobile phones to cheat during the 2005 national scholastic achievement examination for the college entrance." [english donga]: "Political Video Gambling Links Probed
AUGUST 22, 2006 03:01
Some argue that political pressure and lobbying played a major role in selecting companies to produce gift certificates used for gambling houses, including “Sea Story.” "
Digital Chosunilbo (English Edition) : Daily News in English About Korea: "Samsung Unveils World's Largest Full-HD Panel

Samsung Electronics has unveiled the world's-largest, 70-inch LCD panel it plans to use in TV sets. The firm said Monday it developed a 70-inch Full-HD LCD that is twice clearer than existing HD LCDs, and plan to release the display as a finished product in the first half of next year. "
Digital Chosunilbo (English Edition) : Daily News in English About Korea: "Arcade Game Probe to Tap Figures Close to Gov't

Prosecutors on Monday decided to launch an investigation into the suspected involvement of influential figures in an arcade games scandal. They are considering a travel ban for several people and raids on the Korea Media Rating Board and the Korea Game Development & Promotion Institute. The scandal has snowballed since it emerged that President Roh Moo-hyun’s nephew is involved in an adult slot machine game company that markets the highly addictive game “Sea Story.” "

Monday, August 21, 2006

INSIDE JoongAng Daily: "Customs to target Internet fakes
August 19, 2006 ㅡ The Internet is an increasingly attractive shopping place for Koreans; transactions have increased in number each of the past five years. But with the increased volume has come an increase in counterfeit goods.
The Seoul office of the Korea Customs Service wants that ended, announcing yesterday that it has signed an agreement with several Internet sites that host retailers. "
Korea is rightly known as a trailblazer in electronic gadgetry, as one of the most wired nations in the world, and as a testing ground for the very latest in omnipotent cell phones. Which is partly why, one assumes, many K-bloggers and commenters are so bemused that such a large chunk of the local media continue to entertain some rather ― ahem ― unorthodox scientific theories."
The Korea Times : Working for Xbox as Fun as Playing It:
"There are two benefits in working at a game company: First, you can play ``Halo’’ or ``FIFA 06’’ in the office and pretend that it's work. Second, you can easily mix with the younger generation, or at least you feel like you do. "
The Korea Times : Hubo to Appear in Music Video: "
TAEJON _ Hubo, South Korea's two-legged walking robot, will feature in a music video next month together with six-time Grammy award-winning producer and rapper Kanye West of the United States, according to its creator. "
The Korea Times : Nationalism Weakens ‘Hallyu’:
"This is the second in a series of articles on the repercussions of rising nationalism in Korea and East By Nationalism has emerged as a major hindrance to the globalization of the Korean wave."