While South Korea has an incredibly advanced broadband infrastructure and a thriving startup ecosystem, regulatory issues make it difficult for some Internet companies to work there.
Editor’s Pick A source exclusively showed VentureBeat one of the Samsung smartwatch prototypes sent to developers, in advance of the Sept. 5 launch.
Just a day after Korean consumers said that iPhone has better quality than Samsung’s Galaxy lines of phones, Apple’s iPad reached the top spot in customer satisfaction according to Korea’s 2013 National Customer Satisfaction Index.
That’s an interesting prediction, more for who it doesn’t include than who it does include.
According to a consumer survey of 44,168 people, iPhone is the best smartphone. While that’s likely controversial with Android users, it might not be surprising to iPhone fans.
Except that the survey was in Korea, bitter Apple rival Samsung’s hometown.
Editor’s Pick “I am not an unfair person,” Apple CEO Tim Cook told lawmakers yesterday. “Apple is not an unfair company.”
Asia loves apps, apparently. Especially if they’re games.
Korean relationships app Between is proving that love-tech can do really well in the right markets.
Health and wellness app developer Noom raises $2.6M in “pre-Series A” financing to enter the Korean market.
Japanese electronics companies are fighting surging Korean electronics companies such as LG and Samsung — and losing.
Today, Samsung won a reversal of the sales ban on the Galaxy Nexus phone imposed after Apple’s August court win. Also today, Apple won at least a stay of execution on the iPhone and iPad sales ban imposed after Samsung’s August legal victory.
Editor’s Pick Three startups’ apps cover the entire scope of a relationship, from finding one another (I-UM) to dating and sharing sweet nothings (Between) all the way to when you’re ready to get married (MerryMarry).
Samsung owns 99 percent of the world’s OLED market. This is one reason why, the company claims, Korean rival LG has been hiring its engineers and stealing its intellectual property.
Korean startup accelerator SparkLabs launched today, lighting the way for Korea’s aspiring entrepreneurs to enter the international technology community.
Employees of LG Electronics have been accused of corporate spying by fellow Korean electronics giant — and fierce competitor – Samsung. The dispute is related to display technologies for mobile devices such as smartphones, for which Samsung has 98 percent worldwide share.
VentureBeat is making its first trip to Korea on June 11-14, where we’re partnering with a local blog site to host the country’s first technology startup event, beLAUNCH.
Aeria Games has acquired free-to-play online gaming portal Ijji Games, the company announced today. It has also received funding from Ijji parent company NHN Corporation, a Korean-based internet company that specializes in search and gaming portals for the Asian market.
Online game company Nexon saw its shares fall in its first day of trading on the Tokyo Stock Exchange following its $1.2 billion initial public offering.
Guest Post Go East, young entrepreneur! The chance to become rich and famous with a startup is no longer just an American dream. It’s happening in Asia too, as talent, energy and resources flow from the U.S. to the east.
Softbank Ventures subsidiary, Korea Media Lab, is launching an incubator to nuture young companies — offering them a small seed round of capital and helping through various steps of a so-called Litmus program.