Silicon Valley-Backed App Lenders Use Phone Data to Hassle Borrowers

That’s the headline on my most recent story, with my colleague Justin Scheck. It was on the front page of Friday’s WSJ. It begins: NEW DELHI–Silicon Valley venture capital is funding a wave of fintech startups in India that use data from borrowers’ cellphones to collect on debts in ways that are illegal in both […]

India’s Paytm Secures $1 Billion Investment From SoftBank, Ant Financial

That’s the headline on my newest story, out yesterday. It begins: NEW DELHI—The parent company of popular Indian mobile-payments startup Paytm said it has secured $1 billion in fresh funds from Japan’s SoftBank Group Corp. and China’s Ant Financial Services Group, giving it more firepower in a fast-growing but crowded market. The investment values the […]

NN200: Elon’s Cybertruck Fail — Dems Get Facebook Guru — Delhi’s Jungle Prince — Puppies on the Prowl

Photo by Ray Hennessy on Unsplash Sent as an email newsletter November 24, 2019 👋 Hi, friends. Welcome to the latest edition of Newley’s Notes, a weekly newsletter containing my recent Wall Street Journal stories, must-read links on tech and life, and funny dog videos. 📬 Not a subscriber yet? Get it here. Two. Hundred. […]

NN199: Google in the Spotlight; Hong Kong Twitter Tips; Busting ‘Ballers’ on Insta; Playful Puppies

Photo by Paweł Czerwiński on Unsplash 👋 Hi, friends. Welcome to the latest edition of Newley’s Notes, a weekly newsletter containing my recent Wall Street Journal stories, must-read links on tech and life, and funny dog videos. 📬 Not a subscriber yet? Get it here. 💕 We just celebrated our second anniversary with Ginger! I […]

Two Years with Our Adopted New Delhi Street Dog, Ginger

Last week – November 4 – marked two years since we adopted Ginger. She continues to be a delight. She is clever, loyal, playful, energetic, silly, and sometimes slightly devious. And she definitely loves her long walks. The photo at the top is from a Lodhi Garden trip. She loves that place. Here’s another pic […]

NN 198: Amazing Oregon — Instagram’s War on Likes — ‘Hide the Pain Harold’ Dishes — Dubious Doggos

👋 Hi, friends. Welcome to the latest edition of Newley’s Notes, a weekly newsletter containing my recent Wall Street Journal stories, must-read links on tech and life, and funny dog videos. 📬 Not a subscriber yet? Get it here. 🇺🇸 Anasuya and I are back in Delhi after a brief trip over the Diwali break […]

NN197: Google Buys Fitbit – WhatsApp Attack – Accent Explainer – Conan’s Presser

Photo by Jared Verdi on Unsplash 👋 Hi, friends. Welcome to the latest edition of Newley’s Notes, a weekly newsletter containing my recent Wall Street Journal stories, must-read links on tech and life, and funny dog videos. 📬 Not a subscriber yet? Get it here. Here are ten items worth your time this week: ⌚ […]

NN196: Zuckerberg in DC; TikTok Clubs; Kindle Hacking; Doggo Lifeguards

Photo by Scott Rodgerson on Unsplash 👋 Hi, friends. Welcome to the latest edition of Newley’s Notes, a weekly newsletter containing my recent Wall Street Journal stories, must-read links on tech and life, and funny dog videos. 📬 Not a subscriber yet? Get it here. Here are ten items worth your time this week: ⚖️ […]

NN195: Apple/Google/NBA Hong Kong Blowback; Instagram Sleuthing; Mac Protips; Adorable Golden Retrievers

Photo by Benjamin Combs on Unsplash 👋 Hi, friends. Welcome to the latest edition of Newley’s Notes, a weekly newsletter containing my recent Wall Street Journal stories, must-read links on tech and life, and funny dog videos. 📬 Not a subscriber yet? Get it here. 🇭🇰 In last week’s missive I mentioned the escalating unrest […]

NN 194: Hong Kong Unrest; Leaked Zuckerberg Audio; Boris: SEO Guru?; Dog Joins Sax Solo

Photo by Joseph Chan on Unsplash 👋 Hi, friends. Welcome to the latest edition of Newley’s Notes, a weekly newsletter containing my recent Wall Street Journal stories, must-read links on tech and life, and funny dog videos. 📬 Not a subscriber yet? Get it here. 🇭🇰 A big story this week: After several months of […]