Newley’s Notes 87: China vs. U.S. in India; Apple’s iPhone Plans; RIP Ashley :(

Edition 87 of my email newsletter, Newley’s Notes, went out to subscribers Thursday. To get these weekly dispatches delivered to your inbox before I post them, enter your email address here. It’s free, it’s fun, it’s brief, and few people unsubscribe. Hi friends, thanks for reading Newley’s Notes. Sorry to begin with some sad news, […]

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: Twitter to Beef up Singapore Office

The story, which ran on Thursday, began: Twitter Inc. plans to double its staff in Singapore over the next two years as it seeks to lure new users and advertisers in Asia, an executive said. Shailesh Rao, Twitter’s vice president for Asia Pacific, the Americas and emerging markets, told The Wall Street Journal in an […]

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: 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 […]

Our Exclusive Friday: Twitter’s Opening a Hong Kong Office

As I wrote here: Twitter Inc. plans to open an office in Hong Kong early next year to serve greater China and tap advertising revenues from Chinese companies that are quickly expanding, an executive said. Shailesh Rao, Twitter’s vice president for Asia Pacific, the Americas and emerging markets, told The Wall Street Journal in an […]

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 […]

My Q&A with Twitter’s VP of Emerging Markets, Shailesh Rao

It’s online here and in the print edition of today’s Wall Street Journal Asia. It begins: Shailesh Rao has one of the most important jobs at Twitter Inc.: overseeing the company’s revenue in emerging markets. Eight months after the messaging service’s initial public offering, the San Francisco-based company is betting that populous countries in Latin […]