PC Magazine: South Korea Will Investigate Google, Apple Over In-App Payments (Again)

PC Magazine: South Korea Will Investigate Google, Apple Over In-App Payments (Again). “South Korea will once again investigate Google and Apple over their in-app payment policies. The Korea Communications Commission (KCC) says it’s launching an investigation into the companies—as well as the One Store marketplace that recently expanded(Opens in a new window) beyond South Korea—to ‘identify violations of prohibited acts by app market operators” within the country.’”

New York Times: Even in Death, Internet Explorer Lives On in South Korea

New York Times: Even in Death, Internet Explorer Lives On in South Korea. “On Google Chrome, you can’t make business payments online as a corporate customer of one of the country’s largest foreign-owned banks. If you’re using Apple’s Safari, you’re unable to apply for artist funding through the National Culture and Arts website. And if you’re a proprietor of a child care facility, registering your organization with the Health and Welfare Ministry’s website is not possible on Mozilla’s Firefox. In all these cases, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, or a similar alternative, is the required browser.”

RIP Internet Explorer: South Korean engineer’s browser ‘grave’ goes viral (RFI)

RFI: RIP Internet Explorer: South Korean engineer’s browser ‘grave’ goes viral. “In honour of the browser’s ‘death’, a gravestone marked with its signature ‘e’ logo was set up on the rooftop of a cafe in South Korea’s southern city of Gyeongju by engineer Kiyoung Jung, 38. ‘He was a good tool to use to download other browsers,’ the gravestone’s inscription reads.”

IANS: S.Korean users file police complaint against Google CEO Sundar Pichai

IANS (I think): S.Korean users file police complaint against Google CEO Sundar Pichai. “A coalition of consumers on Friday filed a police case against Google’s top executives, including CEO Sundar Pichai, for the tech giant’s in-app billing system that forces domestic app developers to pay hefty commissions. According to The Korea Times, Citizens United for Consumer Sovereignty (CUCS) has filed a complaint against Pichai, Google Korea CEO Nancy Mable Walker and Google Asia-Pacific President Scott Beaumont at Gangnam Police Station in Seoul for allegedly violating the country’s Telecommunications Business Act.”

CNN: One in five South Koreans have had Covid, as latest wave sees deaths surge

CNN: One in five South Koreans have had Covid, as latest wave sees deaths surge. “Authorities reported 395,598 new cases on Thursday, pushing the total caseload to 10.8 million, according to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency. That makes up about 20% of the national population — meaning roughly one out of every five South Koreans have now been infected at some stage of the pandemic.”

New York Times: In South Korea, a Spike in Covid Cases Meets a Collective Shrug

New York Times: In South Korea, a Spike in Covid Cases Meets a Collective Shrug. “With the vast majority of its adult population vaccinated and about nine out of 10 of those 60 and older with a booster, South Korea is pushing ahead with plans to ease social distancing measures, relax border restrictions and learn to live with the virus’s risk, even as it is experiencing some of the highest per-person infection rates anywhere in the world.”

Associated Press: South Korea’s omicron deaths surge amid faltering response

Associated Press: South Korea’s omicron deaths surge amid faltering response. “South Korea reached another daily record in COVID-19 deaths on Thursday as health officials reported more than 621,000 new infections, underscoring a massive omicron surge that has been worse than feared and threatens to buckle an over-stretched hospital system. The 429 deaths reported in the latest 24 hours were nearly 140 more than the previous one-day record set on Tuesday. Fatalities may further rise in coming weeks considering the intervals between infections, hospitalizations and deaths.”

Yonhap News Agency: (2nd LD) S. Korea’s new COVID-19 cases surpass somber 400,000 milestone amid omicron wave

Yonhap News Agency: (2nd LD) S. Korea’s new COVID-19 cases surpass somber 400,000 milestone amid omicron wave. ” South Korea’s new COVID-19 cases hit yet another somber milestone of more than 400,000 on Wednesday, driven by the dominant omicron variant spreading at an overwhelming speed. The country added 400,741 new daily COVID-19 infections, mostly locally transmitted, raising the total caseload to 7,629,275, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) said.”

Yonhap News Agency: S. Korea’s new daily COVID-19 cases top 300,000 for 2nd day as omicron spreads fast

Yonhap News Agency: S. Korea’s new daily COVID-19 cases top 300,000 for 2nd day as omicron spreads fast. “- South Korea confirmed more than 300,000 coronavirus cases for the second consecutive day Thursday as the dominant omicron variant of the coronavirus continued to spur new outbreaks nationwide. The country reported 327,549 new COVID-19 infections, including 327,490 local cases, raising the total caseload to 5,539,650, according to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA).”

News@Northeastern: Free Speech On Social Media Doesn’t Mean The Same Thing Around The World

News@Northeastern: Free Speech On Social Media Doesn’t Mean The Same Thing Around The World. “A Northeastern survey of four diverse democracies found that people in other countries differ from Americans when it comes to opinions as to how social media companies should be regulated, with respondents in the United Kingdom, South Korea, and Mexico favoring stricter content moderation than people in the U.S.—especially in cases that cause harm or distress.”