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Sweden-based Audio Book Operator Storytel Launches Korean Service

Sweden-based Audio Book Operator Storytel Launches Korean Service

SEOUL, Nov. 28 (Korea Bizwire) — Storytel, a Sweden-based audio book streaming provider, officially launched a Korean service Thursday, tapping the tech-savvy Asian country with an underdeveloped market for audio books. South Korea is now one of the 19 countries Storytel is currently servicing since its founding in 2005 in the Scandinavian country. South Korea [...]

Seoul City Gives Korean Names to Foreigners

Seoul City Gives Korean Names to Foreigners

SEOUL, Nov. 28 (Korea Bizwire) — Having a localized name or nickname can be fun for some. Take Dutch football coach Guus Hiddink or Thor actor Chris Hemsworth. Fans here affectionately call them by Korean-sounding nicknames “Hidonggu” and “Hemsiki.” The Seoul Metropolitan Government said Thursday it recently gave honorary Korean names to 11 people from [...]

15,000 Imitations of BTS Character Goods Seized in Incheon This Year

15,000 Imitations of BTS Character Goods Seized in Incheon This Year

SEOUL, Nov. 27 (Korea Bizwire) — Customs officials in Incheon, west of Seoul, said Wednesday they have cracked down on huge amounts of imitation goods that infringe on the trademark rights of BTS, a globally popular South Korean boy band. According to Incheon Main Customs, about 15,000 fakes of BTS’ BT21 character products originating from [...]

Malicious Online Comments, the Silent Killer

Malicious Online Comments, the Silent Killer

SEOUL, Nov. 26 (Korea Bizwire) – K-pop singer Goo Ha-ra, who was bombarded with malicious comments online and suffered from depression, was found dead at home Sunday in a suspected suicide. As such sad news spread following fellow K-pop star Sulli’s death last month, calls are growing for the government to supplement the system of punishment for [...]