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 […]

Recent Stories: Grab <--> Lyft; Microsoft Exec on Self-Driving Cars; Venture Capital in Southeast Asia

I’m behind in sharing some of the stories I’ve been working on. Here are a few from last week. The first, on Grab’s integration with Lyft in the U.S., begins: The latest step in a global ride-sharing alliance between rivals of Uber Technologies Inc. went into effect Thursday, allowing users of a popular Southeast Asia-focused […]

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 […]