Hot on the Wheels of Grab, Go-Jek Rides Further Into Southeast Asia

That’s the headline of a story out Thurs. that I wrote with my colleage P.R. Venkat. It begins: Motorcycle-taxi service PT Go-Jek Indonesia will invest $500 million to expand its operations in Southeast Asia, revving up competition in a fast-growing consumer market just two months after Uber Technologies Inc. reached a landmark deal to exit […]

Think American Elections Are Bad? Indian Voters Get 1,000 Texts a Day

That’s the headline of my most recent story, out yesterday, which I wrote with a few colleagues. It begins: For Gurupad Kolli, a 40-year-old lawyer who lives in a remote Indian village, the torrent of WhatsApp messages surging to his phone a few weeks ago meant one thing: election day was near. They’re at turns […]

Walmart Bets $15 Billion on an E-Commerce Passage to India

That’s the headline of a story just out today with my colleagues Eric Bellman and Corinne Abrams: It begins: NEW DELHI—The famously frugal and focused Walmart Inc. is betting $15 billion on a much different kind of company: a sprawling Indian e-commerce startup that has burned through mountains of cash to try to conquer the […]

Walmart Looks to Scale Back in U.K. and Brazil, With an Eye on India

That’s the headline of a story just out with my colleagues Sarah Nassauer and Luciana Magalhães: It begins: The world’s biggest retailer has concluded it can’t take on the whole world by itself. Walmart Inc. is in discussions to give up control over hundreds of stores in the U.K. and Brazil, two big markets where […]

Cryptocurrency Mania Comes to the Premier League?

File under: Life in 2018, cryptocurrency edition: My favorite Premier League team, Arsenal, now shows ads at its grounds for Cashbet Coin, which bills itself as the club’s “official cryptocurrency partner.” I did a little digging. Apparently I missed this Reuters story from January: English soccer team Arsenal is entering the cryptocurrency world by signing […]

Alibaba Bets Another $2 Billion on Southeast Asia

That’s the headline of a story I wrote with my colleague Liza Liz, which ran on Monday. It begins: Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. Executive Chairman Jack Ma is doubling down on Southeast Asia, investing another $2 billion in e-commerce subsidiary Lazada Group and naming trusted confidante Lucy Peng as its chief executive. The investment announced […]

The Emails and Texts That Show How Badly Instagram Wants me Back

  Around February 15 – about month ago – I decided I would delete the Facebook and Instagram apps from my iPhone. I haven’t quit these services entirely, and at this point don’t immediately intend to (I can still view both via a browser). But I wanted to take a break given all I’ve been […]

Uber Battles Ride-Sharing Startups in SoftBank ‘Family’

That’s the headline of my newest story, which I wrote with my colleage Mayumi Negishi, out today. It begins: SoftBank Group Corp., the world’s biggest technology investor, has poured some $20 billion into ride-sharing companies around the globe, including Uber Technologies Inc. Now, those companies are spending at least some of SoftBank’s money to battle […]

The Internet Is Filling Up Because Indians Are Sending Millions of ‘Good Morning!’ Texts

That’s the headline of my newest story, an A-hed out yesterday. It begins: Google researchers in Silicon Valley were trying to figure out why so many smartphones were freezing up half a world away. One in three smartphone users in India run out of space on their phones daily. The answer? Two words. “Good Morning!” […]

My Favorite Email Newsletters of 2017

In an age of information overload, email newsletters remain an excellent way to keep abreast of topics you’re interested in without having to try to monitor the daily output of traditional media outlets, tweets from every corner of the world, various cable news shows, streaming content, Facebook posts, blogs and more. After all, email simply […]