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 […]

India’s Biometric Feat: Big Boon or Big Brother?

That’s the headline of my most recent story, online here and in Saturday’s print Wall Street Journal. It begins: Last July, after virtually every adult in India was connected to the world’s biggest biometric identity database, one of the government officials behind it issued a challenge. R.S. Sharma, who oversees the country’s telecom regulatory agency, […]

iPhone Falls Flat in World’s Largest Untapped Market

That’s the headline of my most recent story, which I wrote with my WSJ colleague Tripp Mickle. It’s on the front page of Wednesday’s print paper and online here. It begins: NEW DELHI–Amit Rajput, who runs a counter selling iPhones in a busy electronics shop here, cuts a lonely figure. He is lucky to sell […]

Walmart’s Flipkart CEO Steps Down in Wake of Misconduct Allegation

That’s the headline of my most recent story, which I wrote with my colleague Sarah Nassauer, out Tuesday. It begins: Walmart Inc. said the chief executive of Flipkart Group, its Indian e-commerce business, resigned following an independent investigation into a personal misconduct allegation. Binny Bansal, one of the co-founders of Bangalore-based Flipkart, decided to step […]

India’s Top Payments App Faces Challenge From Google and WhatsApp

That’s the headline of a story I did with my colleague Corinne Abrams, out Monday. It begins: India’s biggest mobile-payments startup, Paytm, has wooed hundreds of millions of users and attracted investment from Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. The biggest challenge for its charismatic founder, 40-year-old Vijay Shekhar Sharma, lies ahead: Keeping Alphabet Inc.’s Google […]

India’s Top Court Rules Massive Biometric Identity Database Legal—With Restrictions

That’s the headline of my most recent story, written with a colleague, out yesterday. It begins: India’s highest court ruled that the world’s largest biometric identification database doesn’t infringe on citizens’ privacy rights—but needs some new limitations. The country’s controversial Aadhaar program uses photos, finger and eye scans and has already signed up more than […]

SoftBank Leads $1 Billion Investment in Indian Hotel-Booking Startup

That’s the headline on my latest story, out yesterday. It begins: SoftBank Group Corp. is doubling down on one of its biggest bets in India by leading a $1 billion investment in hotel-booking startup OYO Hotels. The company, based in Gurgaon, India, has received $800 million in a round led by SoftBank’s Vision Fund, which […]

Two Years Ago, India Lacked Fast, Cheap Internet—One Billionaire Changed All That

That’s the headline on my latest story, a page one piece out yesterday and online here. It begins: MUMBAI—India’s richest man is catapulting hundreds of millions of poor people straight into the mobile internet age. Mukesh Ambani, head of Reliance Industries, one of India’s largest conglomerates, has shelled out $35 billion of the company’s money […]