TechSummit Rewind 150

Companies oppose Trump immigration order, Uber hires Mark Moore to develop flying cars, & Google and Facebook’s program to help French newsrooms combat “fake news”

North Korea denies spy drones, labels South’s president a ‘prostitute’

North Korea accused U.S. and South Korean authorities on Monday of fabricating the results of a probe that concluded Pyongyang sent small surveillance drones, or unmanned aircraft, to spy on nkey South Korean installations in March. A spokesman for the North’s military attacked the United States for what it said was a blindly backed confrontational…

U.S. and South Korea to hold military drills despite protest from Pyongyang

SEOUL — The United States and South Korea will hold their annual joint military drills from February 24 to April 18, the combined forces command that oversees the allies announced on Monday, and Pyongyang has been notified of the plan. The announcement comes after a nuclear-capable U.S. B-52 bomber sortie last week prompted angry reactions…

China media slams Japan PM for paying homage to “devils”

BEIJING — Chinese newspapers blasted Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday., describing his visit to Yasukuni Shrine as “paying homage to devils” and warning that China has the ability to crush “provocative militarism”. Abe visited Yasukuni on Thursday, a shrine where Japanese leaders convicted as war criminals by an Allied tribunal after World War…

North Korea says Kim’s uncle dismissed for ‘criminal acts’

SEOUL — On Monday, North Korea announced that the dismissal of Jang Song Thaek, the once powerful uncle of leader Kim Jong Un, for what it described as a string of criminal acts including corruption, womanising and drug-taking. South Korea’s spy agency last week said it believed Jang, long regarded as the second most powerful…

Twitter brings its Alerts service for emergency communications to the UK and Ireland

In September, Twitter launched Twitter Alerts in the US, Japan and South Korea, a feature that gives users important and accurate information from credible organizations during emergencies, natural disasters, or moments when other communication methods aren’t accessible. Today, it announced that Twitter Alerts has landed in the UK and Ireland. As of now, 57 accounts…

Putin mulls gas pipeline to South Korea through North Korea

MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin said the best option for a pipeline to deliver natural gas from Russia to South Korea is a land route through North Korea. His comments in a Tuesday interview with the Korean Broadcasting System: “It is much cheaper and safer, of course, to construct a land pipeline, political problems…

GM seeks to gain near complete control of South Korea unit

SEOUL- General Motors Co is looking to gain close to complete control of its South Korean unit by buying a 17 percent stake held by the unit’s second biggest shareholder, a move that has renewed concerns it could be paving the way for restructuring steps. GM owns close to 77 percent of GM Korea but…