By Me Today: Uber Hits Roadblocks in Southeast Asia

The story begins: SINGAPORE—When Uber Technologies Inc. retreated from China last year after conceding a costly battle with a local rival, the ride-hailing giant vowed to devote new resources to winning other lucrative markets in Asia. Since then, Uber has suffered setbacks in Southeast Asia, a region of 600 million people, where it has been […]

🚗 Newley’s Notes 112: The End of Cars; Facebook’s Eerie Prescience; Cyber Monday Deals

Edition 112 of my email newsletter went out yesterday. To subscribe, simply enter your email address at this link. It’s free, it’s fun, it’s brief, and few people unsubscribe. Hi, friends. Welcome to the latest edition of Newley’s Notes. If you like this newsletter, please invite others to sign up. Apologies for NN’s absence last […]

New Delhi Smog Update: At Least the Temps are Dropping

So, what’s up with the air pollution here in New Delhi? Here’s an update: It’s still bad. The PM2.5 reading yesterday morning was in the 300s. Which is not good. But it’s not all terrible news. Winter temps are here, which I love. Lows are dropping down to the 50s Fahrenheit, which is about 10 […]

Proof of the Commodification of Fidget Spinners

Spotted today at a roadside stall here in New Delhi. Yes, this bag of snacks comes with a free fidget spinner. This raises a few questions. First, how inexpensive must these toys be that they’re included with such low cost items? Second, how many consumers do you think will unwittingly munch on the toys?

🎤 Newley’s Notes 111: Great Pyramid Mystery; Musically’s Payday, #AnimojiKaraoke

Edition 111 of my email newsletter went out yesterday. To subscribe, simply enter your email address at this link. It’s free, it’s fun, it’s brief, and few people unsubscribe. Hi, friends. Welcome to the latest edition of Newley’s Notes. If you like this newsletter, please invite others to sign up. I’m back after a couple […]

How Bad is the Smog in Delhi? Here’s a Video

  As I mentioned in the most recent Newley’s Notes, the air pollution here in Delhi worsens significantly this time of year. Here’s a short video I shot on Wednesday afternoon near Connaught Place, in central New Delhi. The air has been, in a word, soupy.