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 […]

By Me Yesterday: ‘Flush Indian Startups Face Shortage of Skilled Workers’

The story begins: BANGALORE, India—Software engineer Anshul Goel graduated from college in 2013. In the 2½ years since then, the 24-year-old has switched jobs three times, jumping from one Indian tech company to another, and doubled his salary. Mr. Goel, who specializes in writing code that e-commerce startups and others use to predict customer behavior, […]

Stories this Week: Google’s Android One and Project Loon in India

A scoop by a colleague and me earlier this week: Google’s taking another shot at low-cost smartphone success in India. The story begins: Alphabet Inc.’s Google helped launch a line of low-cost smartphones in India more than a year ago, part of a strategy to win more customers in fast-growing emerging markets. It was a […]

By Me This Week: Zuckerberg Visits India

The story begins: Shut out of China, Mark Zuckerberg is training his sights on India as a source for future growth. The Facebook Inc. founder arrived in India on Tuesday as he continues working to expand the company’s reach in a billion-person economy becoming increasingly important in the social networking giant’s quest to add new […]

By Me Recently: E-Commerce Logistics in India, Outsourcing, Cyber-Security and More

In Friday’s Wall Street Journal and online here is a story I’m especially proud of. My colleagues and I followed — literally — a sari across India, illustrating the logistical challenge e-commerce startups in the country face. The story begins: MADURAI, India—The future of India’s booming e-commerce market is in the hands of small-time customers […]

By Me Yesterday: Singapore Online Grocery Startup RedMart Hires Amazon Exec

The story begins: Singapore-based online grocery-delivery service RedMart has scored some valuable new talent in its quest to conquer Southeast Asia. The startup said Thursday it has hired a longtime senior executive at Amazon.com Inc. who once spent two years as a technical adviser to Chief Executive Jeff Bezos. Colin Bryar, a former Amazon vice […]

By Me: Commercial Drone Startups Are Taking Off Here in Asia

The story begins: Half a dozen men gathered around a workbench in a government building one morning as Tack Wai Wong, an engineering expert clad in a crisp white shirt and gray trousers, took his place at the front of the table. “Once upon a time all of this was military technology,” said Mr. Wong, […]

Exclusive by Me and a Colleague Yesterday: GrabTaxi Raises New Funds

The story begins: More cash is pouring into the increasingly competitive ride-hailing business in Asia, fueling local competitors to global market leader Uber Technologies Inc. Southeast Asia-focused ride-hailing app GrabTaxi is getting an infusion of over $200 million in fresh capital in its latest fundraising round led by U.S. hedge fund Coatue Management LLC, according […]

By Me Yesterday: Q&A with Symantec CEO

The story begins: The new Symantec isn’t the old Symantec. That’s according to Chief Executive Michael Brown, who says the company, which developed computer security with its antivirus software in the late 1980s, is now concentrating on producing newer products and services amid a rise in high profile attacks in the U.S. and abroad. Some […]