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South Korea as broadband testbed / social networking update

Two excellent articles on South Korea following on from other pieces around the traps.

O’Reilly’s piece summarises a range of positions and posts on the way South Korea is a ‘working laboratory’ for broadband services, and how usage patterns, trends and services of the future can be seen in a fully fledged working environment.

Fred Stuzman (found in the comments of O’Reilly piece) looks at 5 new social networking services that he feels are strong contenders for the next-gen of social networking. Of particular interest are his examination of new social networking services which he argues are becoming content-centric (rather than just for the sake of it), and opening opportunities for micro-payment models (transferred over from the world of MMORPGs and online gaming).