today's Chosun Ilbo English edition.
I have commented extensively on Google's lack of success in the Korean market in earlier posts. Naver does not really search the internet, but rather provides social information of value to Koreans, in the Korean language, and within what is essentially a Korean intra-net within the much, much larger internet. I still stand by my earlier arguments, but would only add that Google's services go well beyond search. Google Earth (which is not available on the iPhone in Korea--why?), Google maps, Google Books and an array of other content and services are attractive to smart-phone users. Over the past two and a half years, while Naver was building up its business within the Korean-language intranet with its Korean-language only service, Google was investing significantly in location-based services, and other services relating to books, scholarly documents, cloud-based applications, to name just a few.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
The news reported in The New York Times today that MIT researchers have created molecular chips should resound through Korea's semiconductor industry. This development suggests that the growing power and decreasing size of semiconductors may continue to fuel the information revolution for some time to come. The graphic accompanying the story (click on the graphic here to see a larger version) is an actual photograph of the molecular chip developed at MIT. The researchers used a new technology called "copolymers" to allow chip manufacturers to take molecules and arrange them in complex patterns on silicon chips.