By Me and a Colleague Wed.: Alibaba to Invest $1 billion in Southeast Asia-Focused E-Commerce Startup Lazada

The story begins: Chinese Internet giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., in its biggest overseas acquisition to date, said Tuesday it would pay about $1 billion for a controlling stake in Singapore e-commerce startup Lazada Group, betting on growth in populous Southeast Asia. The acquisition of Lazada—which sells everything from rice cookers to smartphones and operates […]

By Me and a Colleague Yesterday: Blackstone Buying HP Enterprise’s Stake in Indian Outsourcing Firm Mphasis for $825 million

The story begins: Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. said on Monday it planned to sell its majority stake in Indian outsourcing firm Mphasis Ltd. for about $825 million to Blackstone Group LP, as the U.S. technology company seeks to shore up capital following a recent decline in revenue. Blackstone will purchase at least 84% of HP […]

By Me Last Week: Tech Talent is Returning to India

I had a story Wednesday on the front page of our Business & Tech section. You can see it in this image, under the headline “India Welcomes Home Tech Talent.” It’s about Indian-born entreprenuers who are increasingly returning to their home country to build startups. The piece, available online here, begins: BANGALORE, India—Last year, Abhinandan […]

My Recent A-hed on James McGowan, the Globe-Trotting McDonald’s Obsessive

Those of you who follow me on Twitter and/or subscribe to my email newsletter know that the week before last, my first A-hed* ran on the front page of The WSJ. (In the image above, showing the paper, below the fold, it’s on the bottom right.) The story — accessible to all online here — […]

By Me and a Colleague Wed.: Uber to Launch Motorbike Service in Bangkok

The story begins: BANGKOK—Uber Technologies Inc. is breaking into motorcycle bookings, taking its battle to win over users in Southeast Asia to the traffic-clogged streets of Bangkok. Beginning Wednesday, users in select parts of the Thai capital will be able to open the firm’s app and summon a motorcycle driver, who will pick them up […]

By Me Last Week: Twitter Outshines Facebook — in Japan

The story begins: Twitter Inc. is now bigger than its rival Facebook — in Japan, at least. A week after quarterly earnings fueled investors’ concerns that Twitter’s user growth has stalled, the company for the first time Thursday broke out its user numbers for a country outside the U.S., saying it had 35 million monthly […]

By Me Last Week: How Apple’s Trying to Win India

I was in India recently working on a story about Apple’s strategy to win over consumers in the world’s second-most-populous country. The piece, which ran last week, begins: NEW DELHI—Amid concerns that China’s slowing economic growth could sap demand for iPhones, Apple Inc. is increasingly turning its attention to one of the last big countries […]

Exclusive: DJI’s Releasing an Agriculture Drone

A colleague and reported today that DJI, the world’s biggest drone maker, is releasing a crop-spraying drone. The story begins: China’s SZ DJI Technology Co., the world’s top consumer-drone maker, is setting its sights on the agriculture industry with the launch of a crop sprayer that will test whether farming is fertile ground for drone […]

Scoop: Facebook Eyeing Asia for Instant Articles Ad Platform

A colleague and I reported earlier this week that Facebook’s looking at Asia to launch its Instant Articles advertising platform. The story begins: Facebook Inc. is laying the groundwork to expand its Instant Articles service in Asia, underscoring the extent to which it considers populous emerging markets as it implements new features. The world’s largest social network has in […]

By Me Yesterday: ‘What the New H-1B Visa Reform Bill Could Mean for Indian Outsourcers’

The story begins: Life could get tougher for Indian outsourcing firms that do business in the U.S. and for Indians who want to get visas to work there. A key part of India’s outsourcing industry has long been to send thousands of its information-technology engineers and programmers to the U.S. on skilled-worker permits known as […]