Google under siege: Korean authorities raid Seoul office

Google under siege: Korean authorities raid Seoul office

Summary: Korean antitrust officials have raided Google's local office for the second time in just a few months.

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Korean antitrust officials raided Google's Seoul office today over concerns raised that the search company is restricting Korean competitors from equal footing on Android devices. The Korean Fair Trade Commission is investigating claims made by two Internet companies that Google is hampering mobile search competition with its practices.

The Korean agency isn't alone as the U. S. Federal Trade Commission recently served Google with a subpoena regarding the possibility of unfair practices surrounding Android. The company's AdMob mobile advertising agency had also previously come under the scrutiny of Korean officials in May of this year.

Google seems to be learning what happens when your mobile platform becomes really big and you get a target on your back. What makes the Korean situation particularly grating is that Korea-based Samsung is in a big battle with Apple over its Android-based Galaxy line of products. Having Korean officials going after Google can't help Samsung in the long run.

Image credit: Flickr user graymalkn

Topics: Enterprise Software, Google, Security

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  • RE: Google under siege: Korean authorities raid Seoul office

    James: What were you thinking when you wrote the article? There is North Korea and South Korea. THEY ARE SEPARATE COUNTRIES! The only way to know which one you mean is that Seoul is the capital of South Korea. Don't make it unnecessarily difficult for your geographically challenged readers.
    bobp@...
    • RE: Google under siege: Korean authorities raid Seoul office

      @bobp@... you do understand that North Korea is governed by an oppressive regime that doesn't allow access to the outside internet, right? Why would Google ever have offices in North Korea? It's obvious which one he's talking about.
      purgatoroid
    • RE: Google under siege: Korean authorities raid Seoul office

      @bobp@... <br>I agree wth you 100%! I get so sick of actonyms, abbrevations and short-hand n these articles that there are many I don't read at all. If an author can't bother to at least say "Korea (South)" at least one time, like the first time it's used, then the article should be bit-bnned for lack of clarity and suspicion of the author's actual knowledge of the geo/political situations around the world, OR it\s a plagairism or some other form of offending writing! So let's take a bit of the modern PDM and exercise some cc&r in the future, K? Go back and take at least one "authoring 101" course, will you? And make sure it includes the Pac Rim, OK?<br><br>I used to enjoy these articles but lately can't be bothered to read this junk daily like I used to. <br><br>Jeez!
      CORRECTON: I said "you" where I meant the author; sorry!
      tom@...
  • RE: Google under siege: Korean authorities raid Seoul office

    It seems to me the the Koreans are being a bit short sighted. Can't any business be run from anywhere there is Internet access? What's to stop Google from moving their Korean operation out of Korea, and taking with it jobs and any economy growth?
    dkburkhart@...
    • RE: Google under siege: Korean authorities raid Seoul office

      @dkburkhart@... Not to mention that Google has about 5% market share in S. Korea. Naver and Daum (those filing the complaint) hold a duopoly position. In fact, Google is used so little that the number one and two searches on Google Korea (as reported by Google Zeitgeist) are "naver" and "daum." That's right, Koreans only go to Google accidentally, it seems, after which they move right on to the Korean portals and search engines.

      This raid makes no sense. Naver and Daum should just pay Samsung and LG to pre-load the Korean portals for Korean handsets.
      daengbo
  • RE: Google under siege: Korean authorities raid Seoul office

    Google is a weed with lot of greed. This weed should be stopped and killed so that it don't steal others IP, code and also let other companies do business fairly. South Koreans are not idiots and probably would know what exactly they are doing.

    China, one of the biggest economies in the world has kicked google out, did the world end???. NO. Other companies like Microsoft can easily fill the gap.
    owlnet
    • RE: Google under siege: Korean authorities raid Seoul office

      Are you really holding up China as a bragging point for anything?
      Michael Alan Goff
      • RE: Google under siege: Korean authorities raid Seoul office

        @Michael Alan Goff

        Of course! Strength in numbers and whatnot. The only way to win the war of numbers is to have a higher score! I mean, c'mon, how do you compete with rural starvation, that's a rockstar revolution in modern ginormonomics.
        Ternarybit
    • RE: Google under siege: Korean authorities raid Seoul office

      @owlnet Google left China by its own decision, you moron. It was because of China's censorship policies.
      purgatoroid
  • RE: Google under siege: Korean authorities raid Seoul office

    Google Inc Appellee Brief due 09-12-2011 in
    (5:09-cv-05151)(11-2558).
    Stand by....
    Curtis-Neeley
  • South Koreans need to reign in Ban Ki Moon

    Boy, everyone's out to get Google eh? Success breeds many ENEMIES I guess.

    In other news...I'm totally disappointed in the UN boss' (Ban) lack of a BACKBONE for quickly allowing his NATO/US masters (er colleagues) to attack Libya for *laugh out loud folks* HUMANITARIAN INTERVENTION with the assistance of NATO & their Al-Qaeda thugs. You'd think Bahrain & Yemen were more SERIOUS cases require NATO's 'humanitarian' services.
    maxtheitpro
    • RE: Google under siege: Korean authorities raid Seoul office

      @maxtheitpro Huh?- what a twit!
      ItsTheBottomLine
  • What did Samsung do to the Korean government?

    By the same token how did Google tick off the Korean burocrats?
    epcraig
  • RE: Google under siege: Korean authorities raid Seoul office

    It goes to show just how much foreign governments subsidize and support their nation's companies, while if the US Dept of Justice (or some other acronym) were to do the same to the offices of Samsung, Kia, or Hyundai, the $&#@ would hit the proverbial fan in short order, as the government of the ROK (Republic of Korea, for those of you who are "geographically challenged") would throw a fit regarding the "protectionist policies" of the US. Just look at the protests when a South Korean Olympian was stripped of their gold medal...the whole country exploded into protests against the US (its greatest ally and sole protector from the tyrannical North) and the proposed purchase of F-15Ks for their air force... a transaction that had nothing to do with the Olympics. After a fatal road accident involving a US armored vehicle, it got worse. The punch line (wait for it...) was that when it began to look like the US may actually begin to pull out its troops, there was a NEW wave of protests, demanding that the US stay! The whole world wants it both ways...
    michael.tindall@...