Monday, October 23, 2006

YONHAP NEWS: "(LEAD) S. Korea unveils blueprint to boost local cinema industry to top 5 worldwide"
The Korea Times : ‘Columnist’ Prosecutor Shifted to Office Job:
"A state prosecutor who created controversy by writing a newspaper column on the legal rights of criminal suspects and defendants was recently reassigned to a non-investigative department, prosecution officials said yesterday."
The Korea Times : Cable TV Operators Block HanaTV
The Korea Herald : The Nation's No.1 English Newspaper: "Restriction tightened for gaming rooms

The government today announced new limits, effective this Sunday, on the opening hours of adult gaming rooms. Content regulations will also be strengthened, a panel chaired by Prime Minister Han Myeong-sook decided."
"Daejanggeum" out to make splash in India| News: "Date: October 06, 2006
'Daejanggeum' (Jewel in the Palace), the Korean miniseries based on the life of a 16th century cook in the Joseon Dynasty who became the first and only woman physician to serve a Korean king, debuted in India last Sunday (Sept. 24). From China to Hong Kong and even Japan, this historical drama was a raging hit in Asia, racking up record ratings. "
Manhwa: Comics that are more than just funny books| News: "
Date: October 08, 2006
As Korean movies and TV dramas sweep Asia and the world, well-known Korean cartoonist Lee Hyun-sae, 50, bellows out, 'Why not our comic books, too?' "
Ubiquitous life for everybody| News: "Ubiquitous life for everybody

Date: October 10, 2006
By Song Yoo-jong,
Director General, Financial Planning Officer
Ministry of Information and Communication

The Ministry of Information and Communication largely bears two things in mind in its financial plans: one is to make an all-out effort to cultivate IT projects that will be the growth engine of the nation and the other is to make sure society as a whole benefits from it. "
Information protection knowledge portal put into operation| News:
"Date: October 21, 2006
The Korea Information Security Agency (KISA) on Friday (Oct. 20) launched a knowledge portal on information protection, Secure Net (, the Ministry of Information and Communication said. "
Int'l standardization agency adopts Korea's ubiquitous home network services | News:
"Date: October 21, 2006
Adoption by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) of Korea's ubiquitous home network services has provided momentum for local companies on a head start in the global home network services market, raising hope for the advent of a ubiquitous city. "
E-government, Korea's flagship innovation| News: "E-government, Korea's flagship innovation

Date: October 19, 2006
Amid high global interest in the Korean government's innovative efforts, an international seminar on government innovations was recently held in Seoul.

The Presidential Committee on Government Innovation and Decentralization (PCGID) and the Korean Association for Public Administration (KAPA) co-hosted an international seminar titled “Government Reform: Past, Present, and Future - A Comparative Perspective,” on Oct. 13-14 with some 500 local and foreign scholars and government officials participating. "
INSIDE JoongAng Daily: "[OUTLOOK]Intellectuals must enrich Net culture

Recently a web log by Gary Becker and Richard Posner was introduced to Korea by Ahn Min-ho, a communications professor at Sookmyung Women's University. Professor Ahn said he felt 'men of letters' were being resurrected on this blog. Journalism at its early stage was created when letters written by renowned intellectuals were published. Lately, famous American law experts, scholars and professionals have posted items sharing their knowledge and experience on the Internet. The blog from Mr. Becker, a Nobel Prize laureate in economics, and Judge Posner is a good example of this."
INSIDE JoongAng Daily: "Marketers going straight-to-Internet

October 23, 2006 ㅡ Marketers looking to hawk their goods to young Internet-savvy customers are putting their video clips online. In the past, the companies would put the videos on television or in theaters before putting them up on their Web sites.
Samsung Electronics recently filmed a four-part drama series with the popular actor Lee Jun-ki. The company said yesterday that the video clips ― initially shown only online ― had garnered more than 1.5 million hits as of Friday, only 10 days after they were posted on the Web site for Samsung's Anycall cell phone brand. On major portal sites, popular Web content is considered anything with more than 1 million hits. "
INSIDE JoongAng Daily: "Man accused of posting 14,000 porn clips online

October 18, 2006 ㅡ Busan police said yesterday they had arrested and briefly detained a 29-year-old who they said distributed 14,000 Japanese pornographic video clips on the Internet, which police estimated was 70 percent of all such online clips posted in Korea."
Digital Chosunilbo (English Edition) : Daily News in English About Korea: "Fuji TV Producing Special on Korean Wave Star
Fuji TV is in the process of producing a documentary on Korean Wave star Song Seung-hun. "
Digital Chosunilbo (English Edition) : Daily News in English About Korea: "
LG Follows Chocolate with Stainless Shine "
Digital Chosunilbo (English Edition) : Daily News in English About Korea: "
LG Follows Chocolate with Stainless Shine "
Digital Chosunilbo (English Edition) : Daily News in English About Korea: "Korea's Video Sharing Websites Brace for the Big Time

A key talking point in this year's Miss Korea beauty pageant was video clips recorded by candidates themselves of their time during the contest. They were posted on video sharing site Mgoon and proved extremely popular among Netizens by offering a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the daily lives of the champions of world peace. News that the top global search engine Google took over video sharing site YouTube for US$1.65 billion has also boosted interest in “user-created content” in Korea."
Digital Chosunilbo (English Edition) : Daily News in English About Korea: "SK Communications Takes Over Search Engine Empas"
Digital Chosunilbo (English Edition) : Daily News in English About Korea: "How Much Slimmer Can Mobile Phones Get?
Mobile phones seem headed for two-dimensionality, so relentless is the slimming down the gadgets have undergone. Phones less than 1 cm thick now cause no great stir. It all started, perhaps, with Motorola’s RAZR, which became a big hit when it was released last year, and now the entire cell phone industry has gone anorexic. Like the bulging wallet, the bulging phone pocket will soon seem utterly quaint. "
Digital Chosunilbo (English Edition) : Daily News in English About Korea: " Updated Oct.23,2006 09:37 KST
Webcams Are Evolving Fast

Webcams are evolving, their image quality matching that of camcorders or digital cameras and their use expanding from online chat to playing games, taking high-resolution pictures or recording video clips."
Digital Chosunilbo (English Edition) : Daily News in English About Korea: "A Home Entertainment System in Your Lap

As more consumers use their notebook PCs for entertainment purposes like gaming and video playback, laptops with powerful entertainment features are gaining popularity. "
Digital Chosunilbo (English Edition) : Daily News in English About Korea: "Chosun Ilbo Faces Tax Probe After Irking Cheong Wa Dae

The National Tax Service said Thursday it will launch a tax investigation of the Chosun Ilbo and Sports Chosun, one of its subsidiaries. The probe comes five years after the last, devastating probe. The Seoul Regional Tax Office sent the two newspapers prior notice that it intends to conduct a regular tax investigation that will span 60 business days from Oct 20, 2006 through Jan 23, 2007. Under the Kim Dae-jung administration in 2001, the NTS conducted a four-month tax probe of 23 media companies including major newspapers Chosun and DongA Ilbo and slapped them with W505.6 billion (US$1=W957) in additional taxes, giving rise to cries of a crackdown on the critical press."
Digital Chosunilbo (English Edition) : Daily News in English About Korea: "A Familiar Attack on the Chosun Ilbo

The National Tax Service has notified the Chosun Ilbo that it will conduct a 60 business-day regular tax investigation of this newspaper from Oct. 30 to Jan. 23. The tax probe comes five years after the last one, which happened during the Kim Dae-jung administration. The Maeil Business Newspaper and state-run broadcaster KBS will also be subject to a tax probe, the NTS said."
Korean pop stars to converge in Shanghai : Arts & Entertainment : Home: "South Korean pop singers will showcase their talent in a concert next month in Shanghai with support from their government, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism said Wednesday."