US makes Korea eliminate fair use

Can this really happen via the US-Korea Free Trade Act?

US makes Korea eliminate fair use

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Google Korea UI

UPDATE: Scott of corrects me that these are not Flash.

Changwon Kim of Web 2.0 Asia points us to the fact that Google Korea’s homepage now has 7 Flash-driven CSS image rollover “buttons” linking to popular Google services. I can see this being popular in Japan as well.

I don’t like the fact that they are Flash animated, but it is interesting to see Google change their UI in Korea, where they are trailing Naver.

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Google Korea Restricts Search

This news is interesting.

Google Korea plans to introduce an age-verification system to its search engine later this year that will restrict adult-themed searches to those 19 years of age and older, it said Thursday.

Users will be asked to verify their age when searching for any of about 700 words in Korean judged to be adult and supplied to the portal by the Korean government, said Lois Kim [cq], a spokeswoman for the company in Seoul.

Users will have to enter their name and national resident registration number, which will be checked against a database to verify the user— or at least the person whose data has been entered– is old enough.

The article does go on to say that all the other Korean portals already do this kind of age verification. I wonder if this age verification is based on language or location (i.e. if you search in Korea, you’ll be prompted to verify your age, or if you are outside of Korea, you can search on adult terms without a prompt.)

Can you imagine Google trying this in the US?

Google Korea Restricts Search – Yahoo! News

UPDATE: Searchengineland had 5 questions about this new age-verification system answered by Google. Most interestingly, it only affects If a person in Korea accesses, they won’t be prompted for the age verification? Seems like quite a nonsensical filter.

Searching For An Adult Topic? You’ll Have To Prove Your Age To Google Korea

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Google secretly strikes back in Korea

Looks like male Korean users, aged 25-29 have moved over from Naver to Google. Also Google’s recent opening of Gmail to all users in Korea has also helped them.

KoreanClick, the domestic online consultancy, Thursday said the number of unique visitors to Google’s Korean-language search site ( was 3.8 million in January, up 14.9 percent from a year before.

26.6 million people used Naver’s search engine in January while Daum drew a total of 21.2 million clients to its flagship e-mail offerings in the cited period.

However, Naver’s year-on-year growth rate was just 3 percent and Daum even saw the number of visitors shrink 5.8 percent from 22.5 million in January 2006.

“We learned male Internet users aged between 25 and 29 moved from Naver to Google last year for some reason,” a KoreanClick researcher said.

“Although Google has struggled to make its presence felt in the local market, we have always kept a tab on the firm because
it has a financial and technical edge,” Mirae Asset analyst Kim Kyung-mo said.

Google has “a financial and technical edge”? Those asset analysts, so insightful!
AsiaMedia :: KOREA: Google secretly strikes back in Korea

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Yahoo Korea CEO to Resign

Fascinating look at the CEO of Yahoo! Korea who’s stepping down after 2 plus years.

A chemical engineering major in Yonsei University, Sung worked for three years at the trading department of Samsung Corp. and earned an MBA degree from the University of California, Berkeley. After returning to Korea in 1996, he was a consultant at McKinsey & Company and Accenture, and was hired by Yahoo Korea in December 2004. He served as chief operation officer for the company before getting promoted to CEO in October 2005.
Sung has allegedly had views that conflicted with Yahoo headquarters, as he wanted to acquire several tech firms in South Korea while the U.S. headquarters stuck to a tight budget.

What is more interesting is to consider who Yahoo! Inc. will hire to take that role. It’s got to be a really tough role- trying to get out from underneath Naver, Daum and Nate.
The Korea Times : Yahoo Korea CEO to Resign