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 […]

Scoop Mon. With Colleagues: Indonesia’s Go-Jek in Talks to Raise $1 Billion

The exclusive, with my WSJ colleagues P.R. Venkat and Kane Wu, begins: Go-Jek, the Indonesian motorcycle-hailing startup backed by KKR & Co., Warburg Pincus LLC and others, is in talks with investors to raise $1 billion, people familiar with the process said. The new money would give the Jakarta company added power to battle rivals […]

By Me and a Colleague: Islamic State Using Telegram Messaging App to Communicate with Radicals in Indonesia, Malaysia

The story begins: Communications app Telegram Messenger is in the spotlight after the deadly terrorist attacks in Jakarta last week, with experts in Indonesia and Malaysia saying Islamic State radicals in Syria have used the platform to recruit members from Southeast Asia. The revelations underscore both the apparent popularity of the Berlin-based app among members […]

By Me and a Colleague: Facebook’s Internet.org Iniative Faces Pushback

The story, which ran last week online and on the front page of The WSJ‘s global edition, begins: When Muhammad Maiyagy Gery heard about a new mobile app from Facebook Inc. that provides free Internet access in his native Indonesia, he was excited. But after testing it, the 24-year-old student from a mining town on […]

By Me Yesterday: The World Leader in Mobile Facebook Access? Indonesia

My WSJ Digits post begins: Indonesia leads the world in terms of the percentage of its Facebook users who access the social network on their mobile devices. That’s according to research firm eMarketer, which said Thursday that some 92.4% of Facebook users in the country — 62.6 million people — tap into the social network […]

Yes, This is a Photo of Me with Giorgio Chiellini

File under: Brushes with iconic soccer players in Jakarta. Related post from May: Meeting Fulham and Manchester United great Edwin van der Sar in the Jakarta airport. I’m back after an excellent holiday break. In the week or so I spent offline with friends and family, I had plenty of time to daydream, catch up […]

My Story on Lazada and E-Commerce in Indonesia

My newest story focuses on a rapidly expanding startup, Lazada Indonsesia, that’s aiming to be the country’s Amazon.com. The piece also looks at the promise of e-commerce in the populous country. It begins: JAKARTA—Executives at Lazada Indonesia, a fast-growing e-commerce startup aiming to be the Amazon.com of Southeast Asia, faced a couple of unexpected challenges […]

Our Exclusive Today: Twitter’s Opening an Indonesia Office

Twitter’s global head of revenue, Adam Bain, told me in an interview that the company will be opening an office in Jakarta in the next three to six months. Our story today is online here. As I wrote in the piece, the move underscores the importance of fast-growing, emerging markets for Twitter. About 75% of […]

More on Bin Laden’s death and implications for Southeast Asia

An update on what Bin Laden’s death might mean for Southeast Asia, a topic I mentioned in my previous post. First, an item by by Zachary Abuza from the blog of the Southeast Asia program at the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Strategic and International Studies: What Bin Laden’s Death Means for Counterterrorism Efforts in Southeast […]

Jakarta Globe takes on the Jakarta Post

The newspaper industry in the US is suffering, as we know. But an Indonesian billionaire thinks there’s room for another English-language paper in Jakarta. In November, James Riady launched the Jakarta Globe to compete head-to-head with the well-established Jakarta Post. Today’s IHT has the story: “Indonesian billionaire takes on the Jakarta Post” That it is […]