App Traps: How Cheap Smartphones Siphon User Data in Developing Countries

That’s the headline of a story out Thurs. and in Friday’s paper that I wrote with my colleagues Josh Chin, Myo Myo, and Kersten Zhang. It begins: For millions of people buying inexpensive smartphones in developing countries where privacy protections are usually low, the convenience of on-the-go internet access could come with a hidden cost: […]

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 […]

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 […]

Why the iPhone Is Losing Out to Chinese Devices in Asia

That’s the headline of my newest story, which ran last week. It begins: NEW DELHI—The iPhone X has set a new benchmark for smartphone prices and bolstered Apple Inc.’s bottom line, but its steep price may be hobbling its future in Asia’s biggest markets and allowing Chinese challengers to grab market share. Buyers from India […]

New Story: As Allegations Swirl Around SoftBank, It Calls Them ‘Sabotage’

A new story out Thurs., which I wrote with my WSJ colleagues Bradley Hope and Alex Frangos, begins: A contentious back-and-forth between SoftBank Group Corp. 9984 0.90% and attorneys who say they represent anonymous, disgruntled shareholders is riling the Japanese telecommunications titan. The difficulties for SoftBank come as it is poised to begin investing $100 […]

H-1B Visas and Trump: Round-up of My Recent WSJ Stories

I’ve been writing a lot in the last few months about the H-1B skilled worker visa program, which thousands of people, mainly Indians, use to work in the U.S. The program was designed to allow companies to hire workers for jobs they can’t fill locally, like those demanding sophisticated tech skills. But some say firms, […]

Exclusive By Me Yesterday: Facebook Messenger Hires Anand Chandrasekaran

The story begins: NEW DELHI— Facebook Inc. is hiring a high-profile technology executive with expertise in Silicon Valley and India to help develop strategies for its Messenger app, an increasingly important platform for the social-media company. Anand Chandrasekaran, a former senior executive at Yahoo Inc., will assume a global leadership role working on strategies and […]

By Me Monday: How Singapore’s Grab is Battling Uber Here in Southeast Asia

The story begins: SINGAPORE—Uber Technologies Inc. is locked in major tussles with local rivals in China and India, but a homegrown upstart is also grabbing an advantage in the race for another Asia prize. A startup called Grab is winning ride-hailing turf in Southeast Asia—home to 600 million people, almost double the population of the […]