Facebook released a new statistic at a press conference here in New Delhi yesterday

They now have 184 million monthly active users in  India.  That’s about 30% higher than the 142 million they said they had at the end of 2015. India remains their second biggest market after ths U.S. — and there’s plenty more room to grow as million more get online. 

Scoop Mon. With Colleagues: Indonesia’s Go-Jek in Talks to Raise $1 Billion

The exclusive, with my WSJ colleagues P.R. Venkat and Kane Wu, begins: Go-Jek, the Indonesian motorcycle-hailing startup backed by KKR & Co., Warburg Pincus LLC and others, is in talks with investors to raise $1 billion, people familiar with the process said. The new money would give the Jakarta company added power to battle rivals […]

Newley’s Notes 88: Flipkart’s Boost, the “Platform Press,” Why Facebook is Bad for You

Edition 88 of my email newsletter, Newley’s Notes, went out to my 128 subscribers yesterday. You can read it here. To subscribe, simply enter your email address at this link. It’s free, it’s fun, it’s brief, and few people unsubscribe. By the way, a programming note: I’m trying out a new-ish email newsletter platform called […]

By Me Yesterday: Microsoft, eBay, Tencent Pour $1.4 Billion into India’s Flipkart

The story begins: NEW DELHI—Indian e-commerce startup Flipkart Group has raised $1.4 billion from Microsoft Corp., eBay Inc. and Tencent Holdings Ltd., taking a hit to its valuation to raise the cash it needs to defend its home market from Amazon.com Inc. Flipkart, which was started in 2007 by two former Amazon employees, said Monday […]

Excellent Pics of Old Lego Space Crafts, Delivered Via Twitter

My new favorite Twitter bot is @LegoSpaceBot, which every couple of hours tweets “Lego Space stuff from the Classic and System eras.” I had several of these sets a kid. Like the 1986 Lunar Scout shown above. Nostalgia FTW!

Newley’s Notes 87: China vs. U.S. in India; Apple’s iPhone Plans; RIP Ashley :(

Edition 87 of my email newsletter, Newley’s Notes, went out to subscribers Thursday. To get these weekly dispatches delivered to your inbox before I post them, enter your email address here. It’s free, it’s fun, it’s brief, and few people unsubscribe. Hi friends, thanks for reading Newley’s Notes. Sorry to begin with some sad news, […]