- Samsung will begin selling its 3-D televisions this week. For $3000 (chump change!), you get a 46-inch set, two pairs of glasses, a 3-D Blu-ray player, and — here's the clincher — a 3-D Blu-ray copy of Monsters versus Aliens. Make sure you get the Blu-ray and not the blurry player. I won't make that mistake again.
- NHN, owner of Naver, is said to be a final bidder for Livedoor, which will help it expand into the Japanese market.
- Lone Star intends to resume its plan to sell its $3.9 billion majority stake in Korea Exchange Bank. The Joongang Daily also has the story.
- LG has launched an Android-based smartphone. Here's the Joongang Daily story.
- The IMF says that South Korea will be the fifth fastest-growing economy among the G20 this year. And the IMF is never wrong.
- South Korea and Australia will hold a fourth round of FTA talks next week. You hear that Obama? Are you listening? Hello!
- South Korea's financial regulator has said that the capital adequacy ratio of South Korean banks rose to an all-time high in December as lenders reduced risk-weighted assets. Phht... Like I even know what that means.
- A North Korean defector who is now a professor in South Korea has been honored by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and First Lady Michelle Obama as a "woman of courage." Not for escaping the North, but for making it in South Korea's room salon-dominated workplace. (Yonhap also has the story.)
- US Ambassador to Seoul has declared that Washington has no intention to topple the North Korean regime by force.
- Wealthy North Koreans are hoarding South Korean goods.
- A Chinese company is offering railway tours to North Korea. Wave to Kim Jong-il when you pass.
- IMAX is expanding its South Korean presence. Reuters has a similar story.
- The president of Dongguk University wants Yale University to just admit its mistake in confirming that scandal-ridden Shin Jeong-ah had earned a PhD there. On behalf of all gradudate students everywhere, I think people who fake master's degrees and PhDs are scum who are stealing from us.
- The Chogye Buddhist order has asked that Christian athletes representing South Korea be banned from making "prayer gestures" after making goals.
- Japan's Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper is defending as accurate a report that in 2008 ROK President Lee Myungbak had asked then-Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda to wait for an "appropriate" time to renew his claim on Korea's easternmost islets of Dokdo, an action some opposition groups claimed was worthy of impeachment.
- It's bad enough that the fans are trying to kill us in the summer, now we've got icicles trying to off us during the winter. Beware!
- A state-run kimchi research center has opened up. Please figure out a way to get the healthy effects without dying from stomach cancer.
- A Korean man has gone to Japan to marry a pillow with an anime face painted on it. Apparently he is trying to close South Korea's perpetual too-freaky-and-weird-for-words gap with Japan.
- El Niño is being blamed for the late snowfall. Helpful pronunciation tip of the day: El Niño is pronounced ellinyo [엘니뇨] in Korean.
- Korean War hero Modesto Cartagena has died at the age of eighty-seven.
- Speak Korean and want a $17/hour temp job at the Census Bureau? They're looking for you.
- This Japanese singer (Ayumi) that's starting to make it big in Japan got her start in Korea.
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