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Greenpeace faults many tech giants for environment impact

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of— The environmental group Greenpeace issued a report on Tuesday giving technology titans including Samsung Electronics, Amazon and Huawei low marks for their environmental impact. Many of the biggest technology companies failed to deliver on commitments to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and are still reluctant to commit fully to renewable energy, …

Head of Samsung’s booming semiconductor business to resign

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of— The chairman of Samsung Electronics Co.’s board of directors, who has been the public face of the company after its de facto chief was jailed on corruption charges, said Friday he will resign next year to make way for a new leader. “As we are confronted with unprecedented crisis inside out, …

Lawyers, prosecutors face off at Samsung heir’s appeal case

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — Prosecutors cited a past ruling on a North Korean spy case as one reason why Samsung’s billionaire heir deserves a lengthy prison term for his conviction on bribery charges. The prosecutors and Samsung lawyers sparred Thursday during a first hearing by the appeals court on the effort by Lee Jae-yong, Samsung’s …

Trump’s latest NKorea tweets get muted response in SKorea

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — President Donald Trump’s latest tweets on North Korea received a muted response in South Korea, where media focused Monday more on U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s acknowledgement that the U.S. is keeping communication channels open with the North. South Korea’s largest daily newspaper, Chosun Ilbo, warned in an editorial …

Director turns to virtual reality to tastefully show tragedy

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — For 25 years filmmaker Gina Kim wanted to make a movie about the true story of a South Korean sex worker killed by an American soldier, but struggled with how to do so without feeling she was exploiting the victim. Then virtual reality arrived. Through a partnership of storytelling and …

Asian stocks flat as investors await Fed meeting results

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — Asian stock markets were little changed on Wednesday as investors took to the sidelines ahead of the Federal Reserve’s announcement of the result of its meeting. KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s Nikkei 225 was flat at 20,298.80 and South Korea’s Kospi edged down 0.1 per cent to 2,413.63. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng …

Hyundai Motor to launch Genesis midsize sedan in US in 2018

HWASEONG, Korea, Republic Of— Hyundai Motor will launch its first midsize sports sedan under the Genesis brand in South Korea next week and in the U.S. early next year, the latest attempt by the emerging Korean luxury brand to challenge BMW’s 3 series and other European premium cars. The emerging Korean luxury brand however has …

Samsung steps up push into autonomous driving technology

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of – Samsung Electronics Co. said Thursday it will invest 75 million euro ($89 million) in TTTech, a Vienna, Austria-based company that makes autonomous driving technologies and safety controls for Audi cars and others, stepping up its push into autonomous driving technology. The new autonomous driving investment comes after the South Korean …

Rogue Korean child monitoring app is back, researchers say

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — A South Korean child-monitoring smartphone app that was removed from the market in 2015 after it was found to be riddled with security flaws has been reissued under a new name and still puts children at risk, researchers said Monday. The app “Cyber Security Zone” is part of government efforts …

Hyundai resumes production in China after supply disruption

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of— Hyundai Motor Co. said it resumed production at factories in China on Wednesday following a shutdown that stemmed from a dispute between Beijing and Seoul over a U.S. missile defence system. The shutdown, started last week when Hyundai did not pay a parts supplier that refused to provide fuel tanks in …

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