Newley’s Notes 170: Chinese Apps: Huge in India – Facebook Exec Reshuffle – Theranos Doc – Kratu’s Jaunt

Hi, friends. Welcome to the latest edition of Newley’s Notes. 🆕 My latest story came out Thursday. The headline: India’s Newest Internet Users Are Addicted to These Apps From China. 🔥 “Facebook is boring,” one user told us. Among the apps seeing huge growth especially among local language users in rural areas: Like, Bigo Live, […]

India’s Newest Internet Users Are Addicted to These Apps From China

That’s the headline on my latest story, out yesterday. It begins: NEW DELHI—Some of China’s quirkiest social-media firms are signing up hundreds of millions of consumers in India, tech’s biggest untapped market, looking to capture users who aren’t already locked into Facebook , Twitter or other American apps. Chinese content-sharing apps such as Bigo Inc.’s […]

Newley’s Notes 169: India Election Dates — Zuckerberg’s ‘Pivot’ — Elizabeth Warren, Trust Buster? — Ebullient Weiner Dogs

Hi, friends. Welcome to the latest edition of Newley’s Notes. 🚨 Breaking news just out from my WSJ colleague Krishna Pokharel: Indian Election Dates Set for April and May. The big picture: India announced the rolling dates Sunday for national elections, setting the stage for the world’s biggest democracy to decide this spring whether to […]

India Wants Facebook to Curb Fake News Ahead of Elections

That’s the headline of my most recent story, which I wrote with my colleague Rajesh Roy. It begins: NEW DELHI—India is pushing Facebook Inc. to do more to combat fake news ahead of coming national elections, underscoring global scrutiny on the social-media titan. A closed Indian parliamentary panel on Wednesday asked Joel Kaplan, the company’s […]

Uber Partner Picks Up $1.5 Billion From SoftBank

That’s the headline on a story out Wednesday that I wrote with my colleague Saurabh Chaturvedi. It begins: SINGAPORE—Southeast Asian ride-hailing company Grab Holdings Inc. has raised $1.46 billion in fresh funding from Japan’s SoftBank Group Corp., which it will use to fuel its expansion beyond transportation services. That brings the total from Grab’s latest […]

NN 168: Amazon Grocery Stores; Facebook Moderator Woes; Best Personality Quiz; K9 Kenobi

Hi, friends. Welcome to the latest edition of Newley’s Notes. "There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen.” – Vladimir Lenin 🔮 That quotation came to mind over the last few days, when we simultaneously saw: Pakistan return a captured Indian pilot after clashes between the two nuclear-armed countries, the […]

NN 167: My Newest Page One Story; Non-Secret Google Nest Mic; Oscars Re-Cap; Elizabeth Holmes’s ‘Wolf’

Hi, friends. Welcome to the latest edition of Newley’s Notes. 📰 A story I wrote with my colleagues Rajesh Roy and Dustin Volz ran on the front page of Friday’s WSJ. The hed: U.S. Campaign Against Huawei Runs Aground. And the lede: Washington has hit an unlikely roadblock in its extraordinary global push to sideline […]

My Latest Page One Story: U.S. Campaign Against Huawei Runs Aground

That’s the headline on a Page One story I wrote with my colleagues Rajesh Roy and Dustin Volz. It ran online Thursday and in Friday’s paper. It begins: Washington has hit an unlikely roadblock in its extraordinary global push to sideline China’s Huawei Technologies Co.: the world’s biggest democracy, India. Policy makers and telecommunications firms […]

Book Notes: ‘The Upstarts,’ by Brad Stone

From time to time I share notes about the books I’ve been reading, or have revisited recently after many years. These posts are meant to help me remember what I’ve learned, and to point out titles I think are worth consulting. They’re neither formal book reviews nor comprehensive book summaries, but I hope you find […]

NN 164: #IndiaTechLash; Super Bowl Roundup; Slack IPO; Golden Retrievers Sledding

Hi, friends. Welcome to the latest edition of Newley’s Notes. ⚠️ Last week I wrote a story about a trend I’ve mentioned before: India’s government pushing back against U.S. tech titans. Maybe I’ll call it #IndiaTechLash. (Got a better phrase? Hit me up.) The hedline of a story Tues. I wrote with a colleague: Amazon, […]