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ProSieben buys stake in U.S. online video company

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 has bought a 20 percent stake in U.S. online video maker Collective Digital Studios (CDS) to win more viewers in the global video market. CDS produces, distributes, and markets videos via websites such as Google's YouTube and generates almost a billion video views per month with 600 channels and more than 100 million subscribers, ProSieben said in a statement on Thursday. Its formats include "The Annoying Orange," "Epic Meal Time" and "FreddieWong/Video Game High School."

N. Korea slams U.S. human rights report as 'unjust intervention'

SEOUL, March 23 (Yonhap) -- North Korea on Sunday slammed an annual U.S. report that said human rights conditions in North Korea continued to be "deplorable" last year. In an annual survey of human rights around the world released on Feb. 27, the United States said North Korea was responsible for extrajudicial killings, disappearances, arbitrary detention, arrests of political prisoners and torture.

Anna Wintour defends Kim Kardashian choice for Vogue cover

Vogue US editor Anna Wintour, who elicited Twitter outrage over the magazine's April cover featuring Kim Kardashian, is defending the choice, having anticipated the ire even before the issue went public. The April edition created shock-waves among the fashion-minded when its cover was revealed Friday, showing the reality starlet appearing in a strapless, white gown in the arms of her fiance, hip hop maestro Kanye West.

Vogue rattles fashionistas with Kim Kardashian cover

Kim Kardashian is on the cover of the next issue of American Vogue, the magazine announced Friday, thrilling the reality TV starlet and unleashing a torrent of Twitter outrage among fashionistas. Kardashian, 33, appears in a strapless gown in the arms of her fiance, hip hop maestro Kanye West, over the headline: "Kim and Kanye: Their Fashionable Life and Surreal Times" and hashtag #worldsmosttalkedaboutcouple.

Watchdog re-approves license of 4 cable TV channels

SEOUL, March 19 (Yonhap) -- The telecommunications watchdog on Wednesday granted another three-year television license to four cable channels, but it also advised all of them to secure impartiality when reporting news items. TV Chosun, JTBC, Channel A and news Y were given permission to run their TV channels for another three years in a five-member plenary meeting of the Korea Communications Commission. Two of the commission members objected in the voting, citing a lack of transparency in reviewing the channels' performance over the past three years.

Washington Post expands digital access to local papers

The Washington Post said Tuesday it would offer free digital access to its news offerings to subscribers of six newspapers in other parts of the United States. The Post announced that it was offering its digital news "free as an added value for their subscribers." The move comes nearly a year after the Post began a "paywall" charging those without a print subscription who view its content online, and six months after Amazon founder Jeff Bezos bought the daily.

TV, print still key for news: US study

Americans might have embraced the latest gadgets but they are still partial to getting at least some of their news the old-fashioned way. Adults in the United States tend to frequently move from one device or platform to another -- television and print newspapers among them -- as they follow current events, a survey released Monday found. "Americans on average reported that, during the past week, they followed the news using four different devices or technologies," it said.

KT maintains 'no compensation' policy for data leakage

By Kang Yoon-seung SEOUL, March 14 (Yonhap) -- KT Corp., South Korea's No. 2 mobile carrier whose client information was stolen en masse by hackers, said Friday it will maintain its "no compensation" policy for the latest data leak unless there is proof of actual damage. "For now, KT does not have plans to provide compensation for damages which have not yet been incurred," an official from KT said, requesting anonymity. The company's position is that it will not compensate for "vague" damages such as mental duress, he said.

Parties demand public officials' neutrality in elections

SEOUL, March 10 (Yonhap) -- Rival political parties called for strict political neutrality from public officials on Monday following allegations that a presidential secretary intervened in nominations for upcoming local elections. The calls come after Lim Jong-hoon, the presidential secretary for civil petitions, resigned Saturday over allegations that he interviewed more than a dozen councilor hopefuls from an electoral district in his hometown of Suwon, just south of Seoul, last month.

N. Korea slams Kerry's remarks on MSNBC

SEOUL, March 8 (Yonhap) -- North Korea on Saturday lashed out at U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry for his remarks on MSNBC last month, according to its state media. "North Korea is one of the most closed and cruel places on earth," Kerry said on Feb. 26 in an interview with the U.S. television broadcaster, adding that "there's evil that is taking place there." The Rodong Sinmun, the mouthpiece of the Workers' Party of Korea, said that "his remarks are too lowbrow to be considered as those of a person fancying himself as the top diplomat of a big country."
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