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NN286: Super-Stoked Service Dogs

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πŸ‘‹ 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.

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Image of the week, above: a Hong Kong building that caught my eye the other night. I love how it’s bathed in a pinkish glow from neon lights across the street.

🚨 Programming note: There will be no NN for the next two weeks. I’ll return after the holidays. I hope you have a restful break with friends and family, if you’re taking time off. See you in January!

Here are 10 items worth your time this week:

1) 🐦 A story I wrote Tuesday: India is investigating how Prime Minister Modi’s Twitter account was hacked. Someone posted a message to his more than 73 million followers falsely saying India is adopting bitcoin.

2) πŸ“Ί And one I wrote Thursday: Netflix slashed its prices in India, where it’s trailing rivals Amazon and Disney. Its least expensive plan is now $1.95 per month – but that’s still more than others charge.

3) πŸ‡­πŸ‡° And one more from me on Thursday: The prominent RISE tech conference, an international gathering of tech execs and startups, is postponing until 2023 a gathering that was set for March here in Hong Kong, citing uncertainties over Covid.

4) πŸ˜” The U.S. surpassed 800,000 Covid–19 deaths. More than 5.3 million people have now died worldwide.

5) 🦠 As the Omicron variant spreads, parts of the U.S. and Europe are readying for a surge and canceling events.

6) πŸ’Š But there’s some good news: Pfizer’s antiviral Covid pill appears quite effective.

7) πŸ“š ’Tis the season for best-of–2021 book lists. Enjoy picks from some of my favorite sources: the WSJs ten best in fiction and nonfiction; Five Books’s best of 2021; and the Economist’s selections.

8) πŸ“† Other good 2021 compilations: the best longform writing, and Bloomberg Businessweek’s Jealousy List. And for lighter fare: the best fails of 2021 and the best goals of the year.

9) 🦦 My WSJ colleague Jon Emont has a magnificent A-hed (the quirky stories we run on Page One) out this week about otters running wild in Singapore, centering on a recent attack on a British man. Contains the quote: β€œIt was like somebody stapling my buttocks." Don’t miss it.

10) πŸ‘ Please enjoy this remarkable obituary for Renay Mandel Corren. It begins: “El Paso, TX – A plus-sized Jewish lady redneck died in El Paso on Saturday.”


🦴 Dog-related video of the week:

Ezra the service dog takes a well earned break to meet her favourite character.”


πŸ’‘ Quote of the week:

“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.” – Anne Lamott


πŸ‘Š Fist bump from Hong Kong,


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