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Experts Call on Kakao and Naver to Stop Selling Apps on Their Own Platforms

Experts Call on Kakao and Naver to Stop Selling Apps on Their Own Platforms

SEOUL, May 23 (Korea Bizwire) — Experts are arguing that the practices of Kakao Corp., Naver Corp., and other platform businesses selling apps using their own platforms are negatively impacting the national economy. Local research institute Pi-Touch announced on Wednesday that if platform providers refrain from selling apps on their own platforms, 1.8 million jobs [...]

Small Businesses Spend Average of 840,000 won per Month on Delivery Applications

Small Businesses Spend Average of 840,000 won per Month on Delivery Applications

SEOUL, Dec. 28 (Korea Bizwire) — Small business owners spend an average of 840,000 won (US$716) a month on online delivery service applications. Of the money spent, half of it is spent on advertising via the application. Business owners want half of what they are spending on the application, 200,000 won, for advertisements. This data [...]

Startups, Large Corporations Compete for a Piece of “Side Dish” Pie

Startups, Large Corporations Compete for a Piece of “Side Dish” Pie

SEOUL, Sept. 27 (Korea Bizwire) — With an increasing number of South Korean women opting to work instead of staying at home, and as simple eating habits grow in popularity, e-commerce websites offering side dishes are making great strides. Last year, the market for online sales of side dishes surpassed 100 billion won, and with [...]

Most Websites, O2O Apps Vulnerable to Security Breaches: Data

Most Websites, O2O Apps Vulnerable to Security Breaches: Data

SEOUL, Sept. 20 (Korea Bizwire) — Most websites that collect personal data, online-to-offline (O2O) apps, and Internet of Things (IoT) gadgets are vulnerable to security breaches, data showed Thursday. According to the data by the Korea Internet & Security Agency (KISA) and submitted to the National Assembly, 97 percent of the 13 websites, 19 O2Os [...]

“Delivery Fee” Option Added to Food Delivery Service App

“Delivery Fee” Option Added to Food Delivery Service App

SEOUL, Jun. 27 (Korea Bizwire) — All eyes are on the nation’s most popular food delivery service app after its developers decided to add a new category to the interface that allows restaurants and customers to decide who will be paying for delivery. The app is known as WoowaBrothers in English and “Baedal Minjok” locally. [...]

‘Time Commerce’ Apps Spreading in Hotel Industry

‘Time Commerce’ Apps Spreading in Hotel Industry

SEOUL, Sept. 9 (Korea Bizwire) – Mobile commerce is rapidly changing the way people are reserving hotel rooms amid the growing popularity of “time commerce” apps, industry officials said Friday.  It’s apparently a win-win business model for consumers and hotels, timed with the spread of the view that hotels are not just a place to [...]

Apps for Real Estate Services the ‘Next Big Thing’

Apps for Real Estate Services the ‘Next Big Thing’

SEOUL, Jan.4 (Korea Bizwire) – With Korean internet giants Naver and Kakao bolstering their mobile real estate service offerings, competition is becoming fierce. The mobile real estate brokerage market, which has been lead by startups like ZigBang, is expected to grow significantly this year. According to industry reports, Naver has launched the official version of [...]