Amazon, Facebook and Walmart Need to Watch Their Backs in India

That’s the headline on a story I wrote Tuesday with my colleague Rajesh Roy. It begins: Hoping to match China’s success at protecting and promoting homegrown tech titans, India has plans to continue tightening restrictions on Amazon.com Inc., Walmart Inc., Facebook Inc. and other foreign firms that have come to dominate the country’s budding internet […]

Uber Wants You to Catch the Bus or Train—if They Can Drive You There

That’s the headline on a story out Wed. that I wrote with my colleague Mike Cherney. It begins: Uber Technologies Inc., fresh from disrupting the taxi industry and leaping into food delivery, is devising a new business strategy ahead of its anticipated public offering: ferrying passengers to and from mass-transit systems. Last year, the ride-sharing […]

NN 162: Netflix Price Hike; Massive Theorbos; Dancing Dogs

Here are ten items worth your time this week: 🎥 1) Netflix Raises Prices on All of Its Subscription Plans [WSJ] “Netflix, which last raised its prices in late 2017, will increase the cost of its most popular plan by 18% to $13 a month, from $11. That plan allows users to stream on two […]

Foxconn Looks Beyond China to India for iPhone Assembly

That’s the headline on a story I wrote yesterday with my colleagues Yang Jie, Yoko Kubota, and Rajesh Roy. It begins: Apple Inc.’s largest iPhone assembler, Foxconn Technology Group, is considering producing the devices in India, people familiar with the matter said, a move that could reduce Apple’s dependence on China for manufacturing and potentially […]

Facebook’s WhatsApp Limits Users’ Ability to Forward Messages

That’s the headline on my most recent story, out yesterday, with my colleague James Hookway. It begins: Facebook Inc.’s WhatsApp messaging service is limiting users’ ability to forward content, seeking to curtail ways the popular platform allows the spread of misinformation and sometimes has led to violence. The move, which follows months of criticism over […]

NN 161: Our Uber CEO Interview; Interstellar Bodies; Weed Worries; Harry Potter Puppies

Here are ten items worth your time this week: 📹 1) For Owners of Amazon’s Ring Security Cameras, Strangers May Have Been Watching Too [The Intercept] “Beginning in 2016, according to one source, Ring provided its Ukraine-based research and development team virtually unfettered access to a folder on Amazon’s S3 cloud storage service that contained […]

India Wants Access to Encrypted WhatsApp Messages

That’s the headline on my most recent story, out Tuesday and in Wednesday’s print WSJ. It begins: NEW DELHI— Facebook Inc.’s WhatsApp is facing pressure in India to let authorities trace and read the encrypted messages of its more than 200 million Indian users in a new attempt at constraining global tech giants. India’s telecommunications […]

Uber CEO Says Market Turmoil Won’t Derail IPO Plans

That’s the headline on my latest story, out Tuesday and in Wednesdsay’s print WSJ. It begins: Uber Technologies Inc. Chief Executive Dara Khosrowshahi said market turbulence in the U.S. would be unlikely to affect the ride-hailing titan’s plans for a public listing. “Any company that’s going public would like to do it in a positive, […]

Popular Weather App Collects Too Much User Data, Security Experts Say

That’s the headline on my latest story, out Wednesday. It begins: NEW DELHI—A popular weather app built by a Chinese tech conglomerate has been collecting an unusual amount of data from smartphones around the world and attempting to subscribe some users to paid services without permission, according to a London-based security firm’s research. The free […]

Amazon, Walmart Foiled as India Tightens E-Commerce Rules

That’s the headline of a story I wrote Thursday with my colleague Corinne Abrams. It begins: India is tightening restrictions on foreign e-commerce companies operating in the country, in a new challenge to Amazon.com Inc. and Walmart Inc. as they bet billions on the nascent market. Current rules forbid non-Indian online sellers from holding their […]