Alibaba Bets Another $2 Billion on Southeast Asia

That’s the headline of a story I wrote with my colleague Liza Liz, which ran on Monday. It begins: Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. Executive Chairman Jack Ma is doubling down on Southeast Asia, investing another $2 billion in e-commerce subsidiary Lazada Group and naming trusted confidante Lucy Peng as its chief executive. The investment announced […]

Introducing our Desi Dog, Ginger

TLDR: Say hello to the newest member of our family: the beautiful Ginger! The backstory: Last year, about six months after our beloved dog Ashley died, we found ourselves really missing having a pooch in our lives. But we weren’t quite ready to adopt a new one. ICUC Anasuya started asking around about organizations here […]

The Emails and Texts That Show How Badly Instagram Wants me Back

  Around February 15 – about month ago – I decided I would delete the Facebook and Instagram apps from my iPhone. I haven’t quit these services entirely, and at this point don’t immediately intend to (I can still view both via a browser). But I wanted to take a break given all I’ve been […]

NN125: Uber-Grab Deal; Alexa Gets Creepy; ‘Sopranos’ Prequel

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Uber Agrees in Principle to Exit Southeast Asia for Stake in Rival

That’s the headline of my newest story, which I wrote with my colleagues Greg Bensinger and Julie Steinberg. It ran late Thursday, and begins: Uber Technologies Inc. has reached an agreement in principle to sell most of its Southeast Asia operations to local rival Grab Inc., ending a costly fight for market share in the […]

Newley’s Notes 124: Uber and SoftBank; How to Neuter your Smartphone; Mr. Rogers Breakdancing

Edition 124 of my email newsletter went out on Sunday. If you’d like NN delivered to your inbox, simply enter your email address here. It’s free, it’s fun, it’s brief, and few people unsubscribe. Hi, friends. Welcome to the latest edition of Newley’s Notes: The best of what I write. The best of what I […]

Uber Battles Ride-Sharing Startups in SoftBank ‘Family’

That’s the headline of my newest story, which I wrote with my colleage Mayumi Negishi, out today. It begins: SoftBank Group Corp., the world’s biggest technology investor, has poured some $20 billion into ride-sharing companies around the globe, including Uber Technologies Inc. Now, those companies are spending at least some of SoftBank’s money to battle […]