Samsung Fined By Taiwan’s Fair Trade Commission For Misleading Advertisingview story

http://techcrunch.com – Samsung has disclosed that Taiwan’s Fair Trade Commission (FTC) fined it NT$300,000 (or about US$10,389) for an advertisement that featured “misleading” information about the Samsung Galaxy Y Duos GT-S6102, reported Taiwanese news agency CNA (link via Google Translate). (IT news)

Paymill, The Samwer Stripe Clone, Raises $13M From Serial Rocket Internet Backer Holtzbrinck Ventures And New Investor Sunstoneview story

http://techcrunch.com – Paymill, the Rocket-Internet incubated online payments company that works like developer-friendly Stripe by offering users an API to quickly integrate card transactions, is today announcing that it has picked up €10 million ($13.2 million) in funding. Rocket regular Holtzbrinck Ventures participated, along with new investor Sunstone Capital, a backer of companies like Prezi and Trunk. (IT news)

Samsung Sells Millionth Galaxy Note II In Its Domestic Marketview story

http://techcrunch.com – Samsung has shipped its millionth Galaxy Note II “phablet” in South Korea just over 90 days after its launch, according to MK News (via Sammy Hub, h/t to TNW). The South Korean multinational conglomerate  announced last month that it has sold over 5 million Galaxy Note II units globally and, if its current momentum continues, the device might hit 10 million sales by next month. This la (IT news)

Yahoo Bids Farewell to South Korea, Completes Exitview story

http://techcrunch.com – Yahoo completed its exit from South Korea service today after operating for 15 years in that country, reports Yonhap News Agency. This move also marks the first Asian market Yahoo is leaving. The company announced earlier this month that it planned to close down its South Korea Web portal at the end of December. (IT news)

QP Optoelectronics to bring portable workstation to Android phones via CloudView, the worlds’s first DLP ultra short throw pico projectorview story

http://www.talkandroid.com – I am expecting pico projectors to grow in popularity over the next year. Samsung tried it with the Galaxy Beam with minimal success, but it might make a lot of sense as a standalone unit. QP Optoelectronics will be showcasing such a device at CES called the CloudView, but what’s cool about it is that it’s a short throw pico projector. (IT news)

Ray Kurzweil Joins Google As Engineering Director Focused On Machine Learning And Language Processing Techview story

http://techcrunch.com – Famed inventor, entrepreneur, author, and futurist Ray Kurzweil announced this afternoon that he has been hired by search engine giant Google as a director of engineering focused on machine learning and language processing. He starts this upcoming Monday, according to a report issued on his website. It’s certainly very interesting news, but it does not come as a huge shock. (IT news)

Adobe Closes Taiwan Sales Office, Alarming Local Tech Observersview story

http://techcrunch.com – Adobe announced today that it has closed its Taiwan sales office. (IT news)

Linux Mint 14 “Nadia” KDE RC released!view story

http://blog.linuxmint.com – The team is proud to announce the release of Linux Mint 14 KDE RC. Linux Mint 14 KDE KDE is a vibrant, innovative, advanced, modern looking and full-featured desktop environment. (Distributions)

Trapdoor Social on Music and Activismview story

http://blog.songbirdnest.com – Coming up from beneath our holiday food hangovers, we took some time to talk with self-described Alternative Energy Rock group Trapdoor Social, one of our SB7 Artists. (Software)

Korean Startup Accelerator SparkLabs Unveils Its First Class, Bolsters Its Advisory Boardview story

http://techcrunch.com – It seems like it’s been ages since SparkLabs revealed its intentions to nurture a handful of promising startups in South Korea (it was actually the end of July), but now the accelerator has officially pulled back the curtains on its inaugural class. (IT news)