Uber Wants You to Catch the Bus or Train—if They Can Drive You There

That’s the headline on a story out Wed. that I wrote with my colleague Mike Cherney. It begins: Uber Technologies Inc., fresh from disrupting the taxi industry and leaping into food delivery, is devising a new business strategy ahead of its anticipated public offering: ferrying passengers to and from mass-transit systems. Last year, the ride-sharing […]

Uber CEO Says Market Turmoil Won’t Derail IPO Plans

That’s the headline on my latest story, out Tuesday and in Wednesdsay’s print WSJ. It begins: Uber Technologies Inc. Chief Executive Dara Khosrowshahi said market turbulence in the U.S. would be unlikely to affect the ride-hailing titan’s plans for a public listing. “Any company that’s going public would like to do it in a positive, […]

Uber Agrees in Principle to Exit Southeast Asia for Stake in Rival

That’s the headline of my newest story, which I wrote with my colleagues Greg Bensinger and Julie Steinberg. It ran late Thursday, and begins: Uber Technologies Inc. has reached an agreement in principle to sell most of its Southeast Asia operations to local rival Grab Inc., ending a costly fight for market share in the […]

Uber Battles Ride-Sharing Startups in SoftBank ‘Family’

That’s the headline of my newest story, which I wrote with my colleage Mayumi Negishi, out today. It begins: SoftBank Group Corp., the world’s biggest technology investor, has poured some $20 billion into ride-sharing companies around the globe, including Uber Technologies Inc. Now, those companies are spending at least some of SoftBank’s money to battle […]

By Me Today: Uber Hits Roadblocks in Southeast Asia

The story begins: SINGAPORE—When Uber Technologies Inc. retreated from China last year after conceding a costly battle with a local rival, the ride-hailing giant vowed to devote new resources to winning other lucrative markets in Asia. Since then, Uber has suffered setbacks in Southeast Asia, a region of 600 million people, where it has been […]

By Me Today: India’s Ola in Talks to Raise Up to $2 Billion

The story begins: NEW DELHI—Uber Technologies Inc.’s rival in India, Ola, is in talks to raise as much as $2 billion, a cash injection that would provide added fuel to fight the San Francisco ride-hailing giant in the world’s second-most-populous country. ANI Technologies Pvt.’s Ola, based in Bangalore, is in discussions to receive the funds […]

Uber Rented Defective Cars in Singapore: Our Page 1 Story

I’m late in mentioning this as I’ve been on the road for a few weeks — and if you follow me on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook this may be old news — but I wanted to link to a page 1 story I wrote with colleagues that ran earlier this month. The headline: “Smoke, Then […]

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 […]

The difference between saying something and actually doing it 

About a quarter of the time I take Ubers here in Delhi the driver asks me, when I get out, to give him a five-star rating. (Drivers must maintain a certain rating to ensure they can continue working on the platform.) Usually I just nod my head and say “yeah okay,” and proceed to give […]

Newley’s Notes 77: Uber in India; Apple Scoop; OMGWTF: New ‘Bladerunner’?

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