Wednesday, June 20, 2007

[Tha Chosun Ilbo, June 14 2007] Korean Portals Miffed at Gov’t Championing of Google

Domestic Internet portal sites accuse the government of using taxpayers’ money to help their biggest foreign rival. The government last October announced that it has attracted a research and development center for Google, the world’s largest Internet business. At the time, Google said it would develop innovative Internet technologies for global Internet users by employing Korean personnel. The Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy encouraged Google by saying the ministry would provide up to 80 percent of labor costs for programmers and up to 50 percent of accommodation expenses for employees from Google headquarters who come here to train Korean staff.

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