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Family Mart Co Ltd to exit South Korean market through IPO

Family Mart Co Ltd has planned to leave the South Korean market through an initial public offering, said a report from Reuters.

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Solvay

Belgian chemical firm Solvay completes acquisition of US-based Plextronics

Two weeks after receiving approval from the US bankruptcy court in Delaware, Brussels, Belgium-based chemical firm Solvay completed the acquisition of Pennsylvania-based electronics company Plextronics Inc to enhance its OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diodes) electronic display capabilities.

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Shanghai Media Group

Shanghai Media acquires South Korean variety show

Chinese multimedia and Internet firm Shanghai Media Group acquired the rights to remake the popular 2013 South Korean variety show 'Grandpas Over Flowers' for an undisclosed amount.

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Memebox

South Korean beauty box Memebox bags $1.5M in funding for US expansion

Palo Alto, US-based beauty box retailer Memebox, which was imported from South Korea, bagged $1.5 million in venture funding to establish its presence in the US.

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Samsung Electronics

Samsung files patent to let users unlock screen with a doodle

South Korean electronics giant Samsung filed a patent on September 2012 for a new method that lets users unlock the screen and activate apps and certain commands using a doodle.

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Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)

South Korean researchers develop HMD 30 times faster than Google Glass

A team of researchers from Daejeon, South Korea-based public research university Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) led by Professor Yoo Hoi-Jun have developed a head-mounted display (HMD) which is 30 times faster than Google Glass.

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SM Entertainment

SM Entertainment invests in BALJUNSO for globalization of South Korea's indie music

Seoul, South Korea-based pop music publisher SM Entertainment invested an undisclosed amount to acquire shares in indie label BALJUNSO to contribute to the globalization of K-Pop's indie sector.

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Line

Japanese messaging app Line to launch open sticker marketplace and Skype rival

Japan-based mobile messaging app Line will launch an open sticker marketplace called Line Creators Market in April and will also release a Skype-like service in five countries.

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Samsung Galaxy Gear

Easy reading app of Boston firm Spritz to debut on Samsung Galaxy S5 and Gear 2

Boston, US-based app maker Spritz said it will launch its app that will make reading easier on small devices on the soon-to-come smartphone Galaxy S5 and smartwatch Gear 2 of South Korean electronics giant Samsung.

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Between

DeNA invests in South Korean couple chat app Between

Japanese gaming platform and web services provider DeNA invested an undisclosed amount in Between, a chat app for couples created by South Korean firm VCNC, to help the app become an open platform.

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Foreign Investment

Foreign direct investment in Seoul reaches five-year record high

Based on data gathered by the Seoul Metropolitan Government, foreign direct investment (FDI) poured into Seoul, South Korea, reached $6 billion in 2013, an all-time high since the global financial crisis hit in 2008.

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LG G Flex

LG's new phablet G Flex has curved display and self-healing feature

South Korea-based Android manufacturer LG has launched G Flex, a new phablet which has a curved display and self-heals or minimizes scratches on the surface.

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Samsung Electronics

Samsung invests in American nanotech firm XG Sciences to co-develop next-gen batteries

Seoul, South Korea-based startup investor Samsung Ventures invested an undisclosed amount in Michigan, US-based nanotech firm XG Sciences to co-develop more advanced batteries for consumer electronics.

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Uber

American car booking firm Uber to invade Asia Pacific market -source

San Francisco, California-based online car booking service Uber planned to venture into the Asia Pacific market and start hiring staff members across 14 cities, according to an Uber representative.

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Bitcoins

South Korean Bitcoin startup raises $400K from Silicon Valley investors

South Korea-based Bitcoin startup Korbit raised $400,000 in funding from several Silicon Valley investors including Tim Draper, Naval Ravikant, David Lee, and Barry Silbert, for the company's growth.

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