By My Colleagues and Me Yesterday: How Air Workers are Using Drones and Crowdsourcing Following the Nepal Earthquake

The story begins: Relief workers in quake-stricken Nepal say they are using drones and crowdsourced maps offered by volunteer groups as they seek to get emergency supplies to stranded survivors. Indian and Nepalese authorities are using drones to search areas inaccessible by land, while the American Red Cross is among the agencies providing aid workers […]

My Interview with Minsi Chung at Covering Business

My former Columbia classmate Minsi Chung interviewed me for Covering Business, the Journalism School’s financial reporting-focused site. You can find the interview here. We talked about getting exclusives in Southeast Asia, discussed some of my recent stories, touched on wider tech trends and more.

By Me Yesterday: China’s Renren Invests in U.S. Startup FiscalNote

The story begins: Renren has led a $10 million investment in a Washington, D.C.-based startup that uses big data to forecast legislation, the latest move by the Chinese social network to fund innovative companies that could further the company’s growth. FiscalNote, founded in 2013, uses data-mining software and artificial intelligence to predict legislators’ votes and […]

By Me Today: Facebook Denies ‘Lizard Squad’ Hacking Claim

The story begins: Facebook Inc. on Tuesday denied being the victim of a hacking attack and said its site and photo-sharing app Instagram had suffered an outage after it introduced a configuration change. The disruption “was not the result of a third party attack but instead occurred after we introduced a change that affected our […]

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 […]

By Me Yesterday: Twitter Buys India-Based Startup ZipDial to Tap Emerging Markets

Our main story at WSJ.com begins: Twitter Inc. agreed to buy India-based mobile marketing startup ZipDial for an undisclosed sum in its first acquisition in Asia, as it seeks to tap more offline users in fast-growing emerging markets. Countries like India, Indonesia and Brazil are key to Twitter as it tries to attract new users […]

My Q&A with Dan Neary, Facebook’s Asia-Pacific VP

It begins: Dan Neary oversees Facebook Inc. ’s advertising operations across Asia-Pacific, a fast-growing region that is home to some of the social network’s biggest markets. Nearly all of Facebook’s revenue—some $3.2 billion as of the third quarter—comes from fees companies pay to show users ads. As the Menlo Park, Calif.-based company continues to add […]

By Me and a Colleague: BlackBerry Releases High-End ‘Classic’ Smartphone in India

A story I wrote with colleague Jai Krishna: Samsung this week said it would unveil in India a sub-$100 smartphone based on its own operating system, its latest attempt to turn around its declining sales. That isn’t stopping rival BlackBerry from launching a high-end smartphone in the country, with the Canadian company hoping corporate executives […]

2 Stories from Last Week: BlackBerry Passport Exclusive and Evernote CEO Interview

Just briefly, two stories I wanted to point out from last week. If you don’t follow me on Twitter, you might have missed ’em. First, in a Wall Street Journal exclusive, I broke the news Monday that BlackBerry’s new square-shaped smartphone, the Passport, will cost $599: BlackBerry Ltd. plans to sell its new square-screen smartphone […]