By Me and a Colleague: A Look at Some Interesting Hong Kong Startups

Think Hong Kong, and startups might not spring to mind. But, as my colleague Lorraine Luk and I recently wrote, the city is home to an increasing number of tech companies working in fields like robotics, finance, bio-engineering and more. Our intro story begins: Casey Lau, a veteran Hong Kong Internet entrepreneur, in 2009 co-founded […]

On the Importance of Kindness at Work

Longtime Facebook employee Andrew Bosworth tells the story of how he learned he needed to be more respectful of others: So why was I being sidelined? I demanded answers. Dustin did not disappoint. He gave me a single sheet of paper. On it, in a dull monospace font, were anonymous quotes about me from my […]

Arsenal Players + Durian = Funny

English Premier League sides Arsenal, Everton and Stoke are coming here to Singapore in July for some pre-season exhibition matches. Ahead of the trip, Arsenal players were asked to try the notoriously stinky durian fruit, native to Southeast Asia. Love their reactions. The video is embedded above and on YouTube here.

Gay Talese’s Decades-Old, Intricately Maintained Address Book

This is fantastic. Embedded above and on YouTube here: “Gay Talese’s Address Book.” Via Kottke.

Newley’s Notes #13 Just Went out to Subscribers

In this week’s edition: The New Yorker profiles Marc Andreessen, Benedict Evans on the power of the mobile Internet, beautiful notes for commentating on soccer matches, noisy CrossFit gyms and more. You can read it here. Be sure to sign up to receive future dispatches.

How to Spell My Name, According to Starbucks Baristas Across Southeast Asia

I love coffee. I have a weird name. And I live in Singapore and travel regularly in Southeast Asia. That’s a recipe for some serious Starbucks barista mixups! Herewith, a collection of misspellings of my name from Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta and more locations over the last year. This one’s from Kuala Lumpur. Can’t remember […]

By My Colleagues and Me Yesterday: How Air Workers are Using Drones and Crowdsourcing Following the Nepal Earthquake

The story begins: Relief workers in quake-stricken Nepal say they are using drones and crowdsourced maps offered by volunteer groups as they seek to get emergency supplies to stranded survivors. Indian and Nepalese authorities are using drones to search areas inaccessible by land, while the American Red Cross is among the agencies providing aid workers […]