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👋 Hi friends,
Welcome to the latest edition of Newley’s Notes, a weekly newsletter containing my recent Wall Street Journal stories, must-read links on tech and life, and funny dog videos.
Image of the week, above: In skyscraper-laden like Hong Kong, it’s always tempting to look up. But looking down can be equally interesting.
My WSJ latest:
📲 My colleague Yang Jie and I had a story out Thursday, following the iPhone 14 announcement (more on that below), providing some perspectives from Asia.
The headline: Apple’s New iPhones Create Buzz in China, but Local Rivals Loom. It begins:
Apple Inc.’s latest iPhones drew favorable interest in China after it decided not to raise some prices, but the company faces challenges in one of its most important markets from local rivals.
Here are 10 items worth your time this week:
1) 🇬🇧 Queen Elizabeth II died at age 96. She “defined the monarchy for generations of Britons,” our WSJ obit read, with her death “plunging the U.K. into mourning and giving the country its first new head of state in 70 years, her son, King Charles III."
🎧 For more perspective on her life – and the state of the monarchy – I recommend this episode of The Journal podcast, with our UK correspondent, Max Colchester.
2) 🇺🇦 Shot: Ukraine is making rapid advances by retaking territory in the east of the country, inflicting on Russia its worst setback since it gave up its attack on Kyiv.
3) 👉 Chaser: “We must expect that a Ukrainian victory,” in the war, “and certainly a victory in Ukraine’s understanding of the term, also brings about the end of Putin’s regime,” Anne Applebaum writes in The Atlantic.
4) 💻 Andrew Rice and Olivia Nuzzi, in New York magazine: “The Sordid Saga of Hunter Biden’s Laptop.”
5) 🍎 Apple introduced its new iPhone 14 lineup, which includes new Pro models and a larger Plus model. It also announced a new high-end version of the Apple Watch, the Apple Watch Ultra, and updated its AirPods Pro headphones.
6) 🎾 Big tennis news: Spain’s Carlos Alcaraz won the U.S. Open at age 19, becoming the youngest man to win a grand slam since Rafael Nadal in 2005. Alcaraz will become the world’s youngest ATP number one.
7) 🌡 Thousands of people in Colorado who signed up for an energy saving program were unable to adjust their smart thermostats when temperatures soared, due to what a utlitiy company called a “system emergency.”
8) ♟️ Accusations of cheating are roiling the chess world.
9) ⌨️ In The New Yorker, David Owen examines mechanical keyboard enthusiasts.
10) 🌽 Seven-year-old Tariq, of the viral “Corn Kid” video and song, has been named South Dakota’s official Corn-bassador.
🦴 Dog-related video of the week:
“It’s 400 degrees in LA. Please enjoy this video of my dog trying to drink out of a garden hose”
💡 Quote of the week:
“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.” – Douglas Adams in “The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul.”
👊 Fist bump from Hong Kong,