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Korean FTC investigating Google for anti-competitive OS practice

Korean antitrust officials are investigating Google’s operating system (OS) in a probe to find out whether the tech giant blocked Samsung from developing its own mobile OS. The investigation, led by the national Fair Trade Commission (FTC), raises a case first flagged to the National Assembly six years ago. The FTC has said that it… Read More

Samsung to acquire connected car firm Harman for $8 billion

Samsung has announced its plans to buy car tech company Harman International for $8 billion (approx. £6.4 billion), marking the largest ever overseas deal by a South Korean firm. The electronics giant is to purchase the connected car systems company in a push to strengthen its efforts in emerging areas as its smartphone business slows,… Read More

Seoul considers messaging ban

The city legislature of Seoul, South Korea, is considering implementing a law that would ban after work messaging to employees, in an effort to reduce work-related stress among employees. Members of the Seoul Metropolitan Council proposed a revision to a public ordinance that would ban after-work messaging to employees of the city’s government. The new… Read More

Galaxy Note 7 disaster could cost Samsung $17 billion, plus disposal costs

Today final confirmation came that Samsung is discontinuing production of the cursed Galaxy Note 7, whose explosive overheating problems have dominated tech headlines for the past week – and analysts are estimating lost sales of 19 million phones, and revenue of nearly $7 billion. The South Korean tech manufacturer, which had already recalled 2.5 million… Read More

Science Ministry apps collecting private user data in South Korea

Korea’s Ministry of Science is facing possible legal action for privacy infringement, after collecting private user data through its apps. According to Kim Seong-soo, a politician from Minjoo Party of Korea (MPK) – the main opposition party in the country – the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning gathered private data through as many… Read More