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 […]

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 […]

An Excellent, Dog Friendly New Delhi Outing: Sunder Nursery

New Delhi can be very dog-unfriendly. It’s hard to walk canines here, and most restaurants and cafes don’t allow furry companions. So we were excited today to discover that Sunder Nursery, a recently opened park that friends have raved about, lets you bring in pooches – provided you clean up after them, and keep them […]

Cash May Be King in India, but Google Is Prince of Mobile Payments

That’s the headline on my latest story, out today. It begins: NEW DELHI–The leading player in the battle for mobile payments in India isn’t either of China’s pioneers, Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. or Tencent Holdings Ltd. It isn’t Apple Inc., Visa Inc. or even PayPal Holdings Inc. It’s Google. The Alphabet Inc. unit has for […]

Newley’s Notes 184: Smart-Enough Phones; Millionaire Gamers; Wearable ACs; Eager Pooches

Hi, friends. Welcome to the latest edition of Newley’s Notes. 🔌 My latest story, out last Tuesday and teased on the WSJ front page Wednesday: The Hottest Phones for the Next Billion Users Aren’t Smartphones. It begins: NEW DELHI–The hottest phones for the world’s next billion users aren’t made by smartphone leaders Samsung Electronics Co. […]

The Hottest Phones for the Next Billion Users Aren’t Smartphones

That’s the headline on my most recent story, which came out Tuesday. It begins: NEW DELHI—The hottest phones for the world’s next billion users aren’t made by smartphone leaders Samsung Electronics Co. or Apple Inc. In fact, they aren’t even smartphones. Millions of first-time internet consumers from the Ivory Coast to India and Indonesia are […]

Netflix and Amazon Trail a Local Video Rival in India That’s Now Disney-Owned

That’s the headline on my most recent story, out Tuesday. It begins: NEW DELHI—To win in India, home to many of the world’s next billion internet users, Netflix Inc. and Amazon.com Inc. are copying the tactics of a video-streaming service built for the local market. Hotstar dominates the Indian market. Launched four years ago by […]