Google’s response to Korea ‘laughable’: CAF leader (Korea Joongang Daily)

Korea Joongang Daily: Google’s response to Korea ‘laughable’: CAF leader. “Korea’s ongoing battle with the world’s largest tech companies is shaping up to be epic. Months in, the country’s aggressive gambit, in the form of the ‘Anti-Google law,’ has been met with a seeming flimflam from Google and a stiff-arm from Apple. It might be a disappointing result if it were not for the fact that the world has taken note, and Korea is fast becoming a base camp for a global resistance to what is referred to by some as a duopoly.”

Washington Post: Japan and South Korea never did full lockdowns. It left lessons on how to coexist with the virus

Washington Post: Japan and South Korea never did full lockdowns. It left lessons on how to coexist with the virus . “Like many countries, both are navigating a way to safely coexist with the coronavirus in the face of increasing economic pressures and a potential new wave of infections in the winter. But unlike many other countries, neither Japan nor South Korea imposed a full lockdown and have been trying to coexist with the virus all along. They pursued a middle ground — consider it lockdown lite — that relied on the cooperation of citizens already accustomed to mask-wearing and social distancing in response to previous respiratory epidemics. Businesses, more or less, voluntarily closed early to help keep the virus at bay.”

BioSpectrum Asia: Korea to establish national digital library on health and genome data by 2028

BioSpectrum Asia: Korea to establish national digital library on health and genome data by 2028. “The second pilot project will analyze the genetic makeup of 12,500 donated DNA samples from Korean patients living with a rare disease. Over the next year, the resulting data will be used by the Illumina-backed consortium to prepare for the main project in analyzing and comparing the genes of 1 million Koreans to advance the country’s medical technology and improve future public health.”

Markets Insider: Apple and Google’s ability to take a cut of every app purchase is in peril due to a new South Korean bill

Markets Insider: Apple and Google’s ability to take a cut of every app purchase is in peril due to a new South Korean bill. “Apple and Google are the target of a new South Korean bill that intends to open the smartphone platforms to alternate payment options. South Korea’s parliament on Tuesday approved a bill that bans major app store operators such as Google and Apple from forcing software developers to use their payment systems, effectively stopping them from charging commissions on in-app purchases.”

The Register: Facebook used facial recognition without consent 200,000 times, says South Korea’s data watchdog

The Register: Facebook used facial recognition without consent 200,000 times, says South Korea’s data watchdog . “Facebook, Netflix and Google have all received reprimands or fines, and an order to make corrective action, from South Korea’s government data protection watchdog, the Personal Information Protection Commission (PIPC). The PIPC announced a privacy audit last year and has revealed that three companies – Facebook, Netflix and Google – were in violations of laws and had insufficient privacy protection.”

Aju Business Daily: S. Korea’s agricultural ministry to establish microbiome resource center to create database

Aju Business Daily: S. Korea’s agricultural ministry to establish microbiome resource center to create database . “South Korea’s agriculture ministry will build a microbiome resource center to create a database of microorganisms by collecting resources and genetic information. The database will be shared with various sectors including the medical and food sectors to help enterprises beef up their capabilities.”

Korea Herald: Politically censored S. Korean films to be released online

Korea Herald: Politically censored S. Korean films to be released online . “The Korean Film Archive announced that it will sequentially post a collection of South Korea’s earlier films censored by the state through the Korean Movie Database online history archive center, starting Thursday. The KOFA received donations and preserved some 10,000 materials regarding censorship from the Korea Council for Performing Arts Promotion, the predecessor of the current Korea Media Rating Board, from the mid-1950s to the mid-1990s. “

Yonhap News Agency: Int’l forum of history teachers seeks ways to preserve legacy of Korean War veterans

Yonhap News Agency: Int’l forum of history teachers seeks ways to preserve legacy of Korean War veterans . “The 2021 World Congress of Korean War Veterans and History Teachers began at a Washington hotel with some 60 history teachers from the United States taking part in in-person meetings. The annual event is hosted by the Korean War Legacy Foundation (KWLF) and sponsored by South Korea’s Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs…. the KWLF has set up a free digital library, called the Korean War Memory Bank, that offers some 1,500 interviews with Korean War veterans conducted by the foundation.” It’s on the KWLF web site.

Stars and Stripes: South Korea’s coronavirus count hits all-time high due to warship with more than 80% of crew infected

Stars and Stripes: South Korea’s coronavirus count hits all-time high due to warship with more than 80% of crew infected. “The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency reported 1,842 new patients, the highest daily uptick since the pandemic began in January 2020. That’s up from 1,784 infections Wednesday and 1,600 infections a week earlier.”

Aju Business Daily: Hanjin to demonstrate street view database service using cameras installed on delivery trucks

Aju Business Daily: Hanjin to demonstrate street view database service using cameras installed on delivery trucks . “The transportation and logistics service wing of South Korea’s Hanjin Group will kick-start a demonstration to build up the database of street images using cameras installed on delivery trucks. Filmed images will be processed for digital map and other information services including virtual reality and augmented reality.”

Yonhap News Agency: S. Korea to inject 50 bln won into animation industry

Yonhap News Agency: S. Korea to inject 50 bln won into animation industry . 50 billion won is a little more than $44 million US. “In addition to injecting more funds into the industry, the five-year plan also includes plans to diversify animations, which are currently largely concentrated on films for toddlers and children. The government also plans to beef up commercial support by expanding channels for animation distribution and helping companies make merchandise based on animations. The plan also includes setting up a digital archive for animation sources.”