Monday, July 23, 2007

[ News, Economy / Industry, July 23 2007] Samsung's LCDs become new attraction in Shoenbrunn Palace

Korea's electronic giant Samsung's liquid crystal display has become the new attraction in Austria's Shoenbrunn Palace and its related museums.

Samsung Electronics announced Sunday (July 22) that it signed an official partnership with the palace and its Sisi and Imperial Furniture Collection museums and installed three of its 40-inch and seven 20-inch LCDs inside Shoenbrunn Palace in Vienna to display a multimedia guide for palace visitors.
[ News, Economy / Industry, July 20 2007] Samsung SDI swings to loss in Q2 on price falls

Samsung SDI Co., the world's third-largest maker of plasma displays, said Friday (July 20) that it swung to a loss in the second quarter as an industry-wide oversupply continued to cause panel price falls.
[ News, Economy / Industry, July 20 2007] Samsung Electronics outpaces Motorola to become No. 2 global handset maker

Korea's Samsung Electronics Co. exceeded Motorola in handset sales and the number of cell phones sold to become the world's No. 2 mobile phone manufacturer during the second quarter, data showed Friday (July 20).
[ News, Economy / Industry, July 19 2007] Korea attracts eight foreign R&D centers in first half of this year

Korea has successfully attracted eight foreign research and development (R&D) centers in the first half of this year that can help advance the country’s technological knowhow, the government said Thursday (July 19).
[ News, Economy / Industry, July 19 2007] LG Electronics swings to black in Q2

Korean electronics giant LG Electronics Inc. announced Thursday (July 19) that it swung to a profit in the second quarter as strong sales of mobile phones offset losses from its display business.
[ News, Economy / Industry, July 19 2007] IT exports forecast to grow 10.5% this year

Korea’s exports of information technology (IT) goods will grow 10.5 percent in 2007 from a year earlier to US$125.1 billion, a state-run research institute forecast Thursday (July 19).
[ News, Economy / Industry, July 19 2007] IT business in Korea forecast to improve in August: survey
[ News, Economy / Industry, July 11 2007] TU Media launches world's first 'dual' DMB phone

TU Media, a unit of Korea's top mobile service operator SK Telecom said Wednesday (July 11) it has launched the world's first "dual" mobile phone that will allow users to view both ground-based and satellite digital multimedia broadcasting (DMB) services.

DMB is a homegrown technology that enables users to watch TV programs with high-fidelity audio and video even when they are in motion.
[ News, Economy / Industry, July 9 2007] No. 2 mobile operator KTF lures one million customers for 3G communications

KTF, Korea's second-largest mobile service provider, said Monday (July 9) that it has more than a million subscribers to its third-generation (3G) mobile communications service, four months since its nationwide launch.
[ News, Economy / Industry, July 4 2007] Sales at Korea’s cyber shopping malls up nearly 16 % in May

Sales at Korea’s cyber shopping malls rose nearly 16 percent year-on-year in May thanks to apparel, electronics and computer equipment sales, a government report showed Wednesday (July 4).
[ News, Economy / Industry, July 4 2007] LG Electronics sues PC maker Quanta for patent infringement

Korea’s LG Electronics Inc. said Wednesday (July 4) that it has filed a suit in the United States against a leading Taiwanese personal computer (PC) manufacturer for alleged violation of its DVD-related patents.
[ News, Economy / Industry, July 3 2007] World leaders in mobile industry to attend Seoul conference next month

Korea will hold a global conference next month to provide a chance for the world's experts in mobile communications to exchange opinions on how to develop their fast-changing industry, a state-run IT organization said Tuesday (July 3).
[ News, Economy / Industry, July 2 2007] SK Telecom outpaces rivals in gaining customers in June
[ News, Economy / Industry, July 2 2007] LG Electronics in top 20 brands in Middle East

Korea’s LG Electronics Inc. said Monday (July 2) that a survey has found it to be one of the most favored electronics brands in the Middle East.
[ News, Economy / Industry, July 2 2007] SK Telecom to raise $100 mil. in capital for U.S. operation


SK Telecom started its U.S. communications service, Helio, in May last year in a joint venture with U.S. Internet service provider EarthLink. Each company invested $220 million in the business.
[ News, Economy / Industry, June 24 2007] Spanish telecom delegation to visit S. Korea for business ties

A delegation from Spanish telecoms giant Telefonica SA will visit South Korea this week to seek to strengthen cooperative ties with local information technology companies, a trade agency said Sunday (June 24).
[ News, Economy / Industry, June 15 2007] Samsung Electronics completes second memory line in U.S.

The production line located in Austin, Texas, will go into operation during the second half of this year, churning out 16-gigabit flash memory chips that are used in such personal devices as digital music players and mobile phones, the company said in a regulatory filing.
[ News, Economy / Industry, June 14 2007] Samsung unveils TV with world's largest LCD screen

Korea's Samsung Electronics said Thursday (June 14) that it launched sales of a television with the world's largest liquid crystal display (LCD) screen in a move to target the high-end electronics market.
[ News, Economy / Industry, June 10 2007] Samsung Electronics to set up TV plant in Russia

Samsung Electronics Co., Korea’s leading electronics company, said Sunday (June 10) that it plans to spend $57 million on building a television plant in Russia to meet rising demand for digital TVs.
[ News, Economy / Industry, June 10 2007] LG Electronics signs sponsorship agreement with England football club

Korea’s electronics giant LG Electronics Inc. said Sunday (June 10) that it has signed a three-year sponsorship agreement with Fulham FC, a football club in England’s Premier League.
[ News, Economy / Industry, June 7 2007] LG Electronics, Microsoft sign patent-sharing deal

Korea’s electronics maker LG Electronics Inc. said Thursday (June 7) it has signed a deal with Microsoft Corp. to share patented technologies of both companies in mutually beneficial business areas such as personal computers and software.
[ News, Economy / Industry, June 6 2007] Korea’s e-commerce sales increase in April

Korea’s e-commerce sales rose nearly 16 percent year-on-year in April thanks to brisk sales of apparel, electronics and computer products, a government report showed Wednesday (June 6).
[ News, Economy / Industry, June 5 2007] SK Telecom mulls offering Google's mobile-search ads this year

SK Telecom Co., Korea's biggest mobile phone operator, said Tuesday (June 5) it is considering providing search-based advertising for its mobile phone users, powered by Google Inc., the world's most-popular Internet search engine operator.
[ News, Economy / Industry, June 4 2007] Samsung Electronics rises to 2nd in global color printer market


Samsung attributed the brisk quarterly performance to increased sales of its ultra-small printer models, including the CLP-300.
[The Chosun Ilbo, July 23 2007] Samsung Overtakes Motorola in Cell Phone Sales
[The Chosun Ilbo, July 23 2007] Korean Security Sites Found on Online Map Service

Google Earth, a satellite imagery mapping service (, has been accused of indiscriminately disclosing photos of Korean security and military facilities.

Google Korea said on Sunday that it is in talks with a government agency about security measures in regards to the exposure of national security facilities in satellite photos provided by Google Earth.
[The Chosun Ilbo, July 23 2007] Harry Potter and the Spoilers of Cyberspace


But even the state-of-the-art security equipment failed to stop those stubborn "spoilers." Last Tuesday somebody uploaded to the Internet a series of digital photos that purported to show every page of the still unreleased book.
[The Chosun Ilbo, July 23 2007] Korea Spellbound by Harry Potter Fever
[The Chosun Ilbo, July 23 2007] Samsung Returns to World's No. 2 Cellphone Maker's Seat

Samsung Electronics has made a comeback to the throne of the world's number two mobile phone maker thanks to sluggish performance by its competitor, Motorola.
[The Hankyoreh, July 21 2007] Movie night

Residents in Daebang-ri, South Jeolla Province, watch a film while sitting on the floor of what looks like hut, known as Jeongja in Korean, in the early evening on July 18. The local government has implemented a project, titled “Movies for Viewers,” to visit remote places in its constituency with a truck carrying a 120-inch television screen.

Sunday, July 22, 2007

[ News, Foreign Relations, June 21 2007] New Korean cultural center rising in Tokyo

The Korean Culture Center in Shinjuku, Tokyo, held a ground-breaking ceremony Thursday (July 21) in the hopes of better promoting the culture and arts of Korea in Japan.

... Other features include Korean language classes, a multimedia room and a special living room that allows one to experience the traditional lifestyle of Korea.
[ News, Foreign Relations, June 18 2007] Korea's top IT policymaker leaves for China to boost ties

Korea's information minister will leave for China this week to meet with Chinese officials and discuss ways to boost cooperation in the information technology (IT) sector, officials said Monday (June 18).
[ News, Foreign Relations, June 05 2007] Asian foreign ministers call for joint efforts to narrow digital divide

Foreign ministers and government officials from Asian nations called Tuesday (June 5) for efforts to narrow the information gap between the rich and poor nations in the region in a joint declaration adopted at the end of the sixth Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) ministerial talks in Seoul.