By Me Today: How Tech Companies Like Google, Facebook, Twitter and Viber are Helping Connect People Following the Nepal Earthquake

UPDATE: Embedded above and online here: a video I recorded with WSJ Live about the story. The story begins: Global technology firms are pitching in on earthquake rescue efforts in Nepal with services such as free calls to and from the country to functions that track survivors and relay the news to worried relatives and […]

By Me Yesterday: Google Access Disrupted in Malaysia

The story begins: Access to Google Inc.’s Malaysia website was disrupted Tuesday, the company said, with some users redirected to a website saying “Google Malaysia Hacked.” “We’re aware that some users are having trouble connecting to google.com.my, or are being directed to a different website,” a Google spokesman said. “We’ve reached out to the organization […]

By Me Yesterday: Google Access Disrupted in Vietnam

The story begins: Access to Google Inc. ’s Vietnam website was disrupted briefly Monday, the company said, with some users redirected to a website appearing to sell a service used for cyberattacks. “For a short period today, some people had trouble connecting to google.com.vn, or were being directed to a different website,” a Google spokesman […]

By Me Today: Google Capital’s Coming to India

The story begins: More evidence of global investors’ growing interest in India’s startups: Google’s new investment arm is setting up shop in the country. In what will mark the first such expansion outside the U.S., Google Capital — a wing of the tech giant that invests in mid-stage technology companies — is interviewing candidates for […]

By Me Yesterday: Google Street View Comes to Bangladesh

It begins: The newest country available on Google Street View: Bangladesh. The tech titan on Thursday unveiled 360-degree panoramic images of streets around the teeming capital, Dhaka, the port city of Chittagong and dozens of other locations in the densely populated country sandwiched between India and Myanmar. Bangladesh, home to some 150 million people, is […]

My Tweets from Eric Schmidt’s Talk with Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher

[View the story “Tweets from Eric Schmidt’s Talk with Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher” on Storify] Tweets from Eric Schmidt’s Talk with Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher Storified by Newley Purnell · Wed, Oct 10 2012 19:37:54 Another evening, another interesting event. Eric Schmidt, Google’s executive chairman, chatted with the Wall Street Journal‘s Walt Mossberg and […]

Self-Promotion: New WSJ Southeast Asia Real Time Story on Google Street View’s Thailand Debut

The story is here, and begins: Google Inc. today officially unveiled its new Street View service for Thailand, releasing online a vast collection of panoramic street-level images of the country. That means that anyone with a Web connection can now view high resolution photos of everything from Bangkok street food stalls to the ornate spires […]

A few non-Thailand links

Here are a few non-Thailand related links that I wanted to pass along, just quickly, before the week comes to a close: “How Google Can Help Newspapers,” by Google CEO Eric Schmidt. And some commentary from Snarkmarket. “Shades of Meaning,” an NYT review of Asterios Polyp, a graphic novel by David Mazzucchelli. Not (all that) […]

Google Maps Thailand expands functionality

As this Youtube video (embedded below) explains, Google Maps Thailand now incorporates data from Bangkok’s public transport organizations and suggests modes of transport other than driving. I can’t verify it yet, but the new functionality should allow users to get walking, driving, and mass transit directions to various destinations in the Thai capital. CNNGo has […]