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South Korea to probe Apple and Google over in-app payment rule break

South Korea’s communication watchdog, the Korea Communications Commission (KCC), said Tuesday it will investigate Apple and Google over...

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Singapore-based cryptocurrency exchange Crypto.com enters South Korea via acquisitions 

Singapore-based cryptocurrency platform Crypto.com has acquired two startups in South Korea — payment service provider PnLink and virtual asset...

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SpaceX launches South Korea’s first moon mission, an orbiter named Danuri

South Korea is headed for the moon. Last night, the country launched its first-ever lunar mission—in fact, its first-ever mission beyond low Earth...

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Kakao says emoji subscription purchases fell by a third due to Google’s new in-app policy

Kakao chief executive Whon Namkoong said that on the company's earnings call that negative impact of Google’s new billing policy is...

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Mobile users now spend 4-5 hours per day in apps, report says

Although the mobile app boom driven by pandemic lockdowns has long since passed, consumers’ mobile usage is still growing. According to new...

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MarqVision grabs $20M to nab counterfeiters with an AI-powered IP protection platform

Clothes, accessories and luxury goods are the most popular product items for counterfeiting. MarqVision has a solution.

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3 indicators to watch for on Ford Q2 earnings day

While much of the automotive industry has suffered a downturn due to a lack of supply to meet pent-up demand, Ford has bucked the trend. At least, in...

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ByteDance-backed warehouse robotics startup Syrius picks up $7M

Syrius Robotics, a Chinese startup that makes autonomous robots for warehouses, just secured 50 million yuan ($7.4 million) in a Series B funding...

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Dear Sophie: Questions about green cards and EB-2 priority dates

I've been on an H-1B since 2011. I have an EB-2 I-140 approved with a priority date in April 2015. Will there any benefit from applying for an...

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Japan’s gaming blockchain builder Oasys raises $20M in private token sale

Veterans from the established gaming world are flocking to web3. Whether they do it out of a fear of missing out or genuine belief in blockchain...

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AI chipmaker Rebellions gets $22.8M Series A extension from Korean telco company KT 

South Korean AI chip developer Rebellions has raised a $22.8 million (30 billion KRW) extension to its Series A financing from a strategic investor...

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UK signs its first data sharing deal post-Brexit, with South Korea

Six years on from the referendum where the United Kingdom voted to leave the EU, and in the midst of an apparent government meltdown, the country is...

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Google halts KakaoTalk updates on Play Store in Korea after messaging app refused to remove its own payment links 

South Korean app developers and content providers have increased their paid subscription and service fees on Google's Play due to the...

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This Week in Apps: Period tracking app privacy, Snapchat’s paid subscription, calls for TikTok ban

This Week in Apps is the weekly TechCrunch series that recaps the latest in mobile OS news, mobile applications and the overall app economy.

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Apple says developers will have to submit a new version to use third-party payment systems in South Korea

Apple announced Thursday that developers can now use a third-party payment system for the South Korea App Store. The company specified that...

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Hyundai reveals the IONIQ 6 EV sedan, the eagerly-anticipated follow-up to its IONIQ 5

Hyundai previewed the IONIQ 6 sedan Wednesday, the heavily-anticipated followup to the brand’s popular first battery-electric model, the IONIQ...

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This Week in Apps: Twitter Notes, Instagram age verification, Spotify’s Live Events

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the weekly TechCrunch series that recaps the latest in mobile OS news, mobile applications and the overall app...

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Lime suspends operations in South Korea due to “chaotic scooter environment”

Shared micromobility operator Lime will temporarily shut down its operations in several South Korean cities at the end of the month. Lime attributes...

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Overair nabs $145M to produce eVTOL prototype by 2023

Overair, a California-based electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) vehicle startup, has secured $145 million in funding that will go towards...

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The Winklevoss twins rock on

Welcome back to Chain Reaction. Last week, we talked about an arrest in the crypto world that had investors sweating. This week, we’re talking...

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Singapore’s taxi operator ComfortDelGro enables tourists from Malaysia and South Korea to use mobile wallets apps for paying fares

ComfortDelGro, a Singaporean taxi operator, announced Thursday its partnership with Alipay+, enabling tourists from Malaysia and South Korea to use...

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Faraday Future says it plans to open a Chinese factory by mid-decade

Faraday Future said Wednesday during an investor presentation that it plans to open a factory in China as early as 2025, even as it faces a shortage...

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Solana launches $100M investment and grant fund for South Korean web3 startups

Solana Ventures and Solana Foundation have set up a $100 million investment and grant fund to deploy capital into South Korean web3 startups.

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Unlikely players team up to lead South Korea’s air taxi industry

South Korea, which lacks the VC, entrepreneurial ecosystem and aerospace legacy of the U.S., might be the first to lay the groundwork for taking air...

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Temasek’s Pavilion Capital backs South Korean AI chip maker Rebellions with $50M investment

Rebellions, which builds chips designed for AI applications, has raised $50 million from investors, including Temasek’s Pavilion Capital.

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South Korean content providers raise service fees in the wake of Google’s in-app payment policy

South Korean app developers and content providers are upping their paid subscription and service fees on Google’s Play marketplace due to the heavy...

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New York-based Digital Asset to help Japan’s financial giant SBI develop ‘smart yen’

SBI Holdings, a Japanese securities and banking giant that launched a crypto-asset fund for retail investors last year, has been actively investing...

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Indonesia’s Astro raises $60M to work on 15-minute grocery delivery

Indonesia’s sprawling archipelago has long been a headache for logistics companies, but there’s no lack of brave challengers....

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