FireChat App Takes Off Amid Hong Kong Protests

That’s the subject of a brief story I wrote yesterday: A new mobile messaging app that enables users to communicate in the absence of cellular or Internet connections is seeing a surge in downloads among Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protesters. The free FireChat app, which launched in March, was downloaded 100,000 times in Hong Kong between […]

2 Stories from Last Week: BlackBerry Passport Exclusive and Evernote CEO Interview

Just briefly, two stories I wanted to point out from last week. If you don’t follow me on Twitter, you might have missed ’em. First, in a Wall Street Journal exclusive, I broke the news Monday that BlackBerry’s new square-shaped smartphone, the Passport, will cost $599: BlackBerry Ltd. plans to sell its new square-screen smartphone […]

A Novel I Really Loved: Adam Johnson’s ‘Parasites Like Us’

At the airport on my way to a recent beach getaway I picked up a copy of Adam Johnson‘s “Parasites Like Us.” It is a remarkably good novel. Though the book was published ten years ago, I hadn’t heard of it. (Johnson’s 2012 novel, “The Orphan Master’s Son,” won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. “Parasites […]

‘1984: Pop’s Greatest Year’

Rolling Stone: From Prince to Madonna to Michael Jackson to Bruce Springsteen to Cyndi Lauper, 1984 was the year that pop stood tallest. New Wave, R&B, hip-hop, mascara’d hard rock and “Weird Al” Yankovic all crossed paths on the charts while a post-“Billie Jean” MTV brought them into your living room. In the spirit of […]

The Alibaba IPO Roadshow Came to Singapore Yesterday

And some colleagues and I wrote it about it here: Alibaba on Tuesday wrapped up its roadshow in Asia as it nears what could be the world’s largest initial public offering, with investors seeming to shrug off concerns about a higher valuation and focusing on the Chinese e-commerce firm’s growth prospects. Founder and Executive Chairman […]

Travelfish Founder Stuart McDonald Talks Southeast Asia Travel

If you’re interested in Southeast Asia travel, you might enjoy listening to this podcast interview with Stuart McDonald, founder of the travel site Travelfish.org. McDonald has been traveling in the region for more than 20 years, and has some interesting thoughts on how travel — and travelers — have changed over time. He talks mainly […]