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How, and Why, Apple Overtook Microsoft — Jim Stewart at the NYT The Not-So-Crazy Plan to Build an Ice-Skating Highway Through Edmonton — Wired Bitcoin and the Digital-Currency Revolution — Michael Casey and Paul Vigna at The WSJ How to approach your own career like an entrepreneur — Erika Fry at Fortune The Jet Set […]

By Me Today: Facebook Denies ‘Lizard Squad’ Hacking Claim

The story begins: Facebook Inc. on Tuesday denied being the victim of a hacking attack and said its site and photo-sharing app Instagram had suffered an outage after it introduced a configuration change. The disruption “was not the result of a third party attack but instead occurred after we introduced a change that affected our […]

Highly Recommended: Art Stage Singapore

Yesterday A and I attended the final day of Art Stage Singapore, held at the Marina Bay Sands exhibition center. It’s an art fair where galleries from all over the world display various works, with a focus on Asian contemporary art. Here are a few of my Tweets from yesterday about pieces with technological* themes. […]

By Me Yesterday: The World Leader in Mobile Facebook Access? Indonesia

My WSJ Digits post begins: Indonesia leads the world in terms of the percentage of its Facebook users who access the social network on their mobile devices. That’s according to research firm eMarketer, which said Thursday that some 92.4% of Facebook users in the country — 62.6 million people — tap into the social network […]

‘Bangkok Airport’ Episode One — Available on YouTube

Embedded above and on YouTube here: The first episode of the series I mentioned last week. It does not disappoint.

By Me Today: WhatsApp’s Now Available on a Web Browser

My post at WSJ Digits begins: Users of the popular messaging app WhatsApp can now conduct their chats via a Web browser — with a few restrictions. The Facebook-owned service with some 700 million monthly active users said in a blog post Wednesday that people can now link their mobile phones with a WhatsApp Web […]

By Me Yesterday: Twitter Buys India-Based Startup ZipDial to Tap Emerging Markets

Our main story at WSJ.com begins: Twitter Inc. agreed to buy India-based mobile marketing startup ZipDial for an undisclosed sum in its first acquisition in Asia, as it seeks to tap more offline users in fast-growing emerging markets. Countries like India, Indonesia and Brazil are key to Twitter as it tries to attract new users […]

My Q&A with Dan Neary, Facebook’s Asia-Pacific VP

It begins: Dan Neary oversees Facebook Inc. ’s advertising operations across Asia-Pacific, a fast-growing region that is home to some of the social network’s biggest markets. Nearly all of Facebook’s revenue—some $3.2 billion as of the third quarter—comes from fees companies pay to show users ads. As the Menlo Park, Calif.-based company continues to add […]

By Me and a Colleague: BlackBerry Releases High-End ‘Classic’ Smartphone in India

A story I wrote with colleague Jai Krishna: Samsung this week said it would unveil in India a sub-$100 smartphone based on its own operating system, its latest attempt to turn around its declining sales. That isn’t stopping rival BlackBerry from launching a high-end smartphone in the country, with the Canadian company hoping corporate executives […]

‘Bangkok Airport’ — Trailer for New Show Coming to BBC Three

Given my many previous posts about Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport, I’d be remiss if I didn’t point this out. Embedded above and on YouTube here: A trailer for “Bangkok Airport,” a series of six hour-long shows about the facility and the people who work there and pass through it. It looks…quite entertaining. Thailand Uber-blogger Richard Barrow […]