South Korea Lifts Its Ban on Apple's iPad

South Korea’s brief blockade of the iPad is coming down.

The country’s communications regulator on Tuesday said it wouldn’t stop people from importing Apple Inc.’s (AAPL) iPad for personal use, ending a ban that early adopters in this tech-savvy country dubbed unfair. Some Korean tech Web sites had even started to publicly expose famous Koreans who had the gadget in apparent violation of the ban.

The issue climaxed Monday when the minister of culture, tourism and sports, apparently unaware of the rules laid down by the Korea Communications Commission earlier this month, used an iPad as a prop at a news conference to announce a $50 million fund to support electronic-book publishing.

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