SoftBank Doubles Down on Indian Grocery Venture

That’s the headline on my newest story, an exclusive out yesterday. It begins: NEW DELHI–SoftBank Group Corp. is doubling down on its bet on an Indian grocery-delivery startup, in the global investor’s latest foray in the world’s largest untapped tech market. Grofers India Pvt. said Wednesday that it received just over $200 million in a […]

India Investigates Google for Suspected Android Abuse

That’s the headline on my most recent story, out Friday, which I wrote with my colleague Rajesh Roy. It begins: India’s antitrust watchdog is investigating whether Alphabet Inc.’s Google used its Android platform to block rivals, New Delhi’s latest move to try to tamp down American tech behemoths. The investigation launched by the Competition Commission […]

WhatsApp Users Spread Antivaccine Rumors in India

That’s the headline on my latest story, out Saturday. It begins: Antivaccine misinformation, some of it from social media posts in the West, is spreading in India on WhatsApp, undermining efforts to root out measles and rubella in a country where tens of thousands of people are struck by the diseases each year. Click through […]

Fake News Is Rampant on WhatsApp as Indian Elections Loom

That’s the headline on my newest story, out yesterday. It begins: NEW DELHI — In India, viral fake news is lighting up Facebook Inc.’s WhatsApp messaging app as the world’s biggest democracy prepares for national elections in the coming weeks. Efforts by WhatsApp and the government to stop the spread of misinformation are having little […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]