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Hi. I’m Newley Purnell. I cover technology for The Wall Street Journal, based in Hong Kong.

This WSJ.com page contains links to some of my recent stories. And my Journalism page here on Newley.com has links to some of my notable WSJ work and pieces from before I joined the Journal.

How to contact me

  • Personal email: n [AT] newley.com
  • For news tips: newley.purnell [AT] wsj.com
  • For secure messaging, email me or send me a direct message on Twitter (I’m @Newley), and I’ll give you the phone number I use for Signal.

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My background

About this site

  • I registered Newley.com in 1999, began posting material on the site in 2001, and have been blogging consistently since January 2002.
  • Over the years, Newley.com has been mentioned in popular blogs like BoingBoing and Kottke.org, as well as in Lonely Planet, in print and online.

What’s here?

  • In addition to sharing links to my stories, I often write about books, summing up notable titles I’ve read in my Book Notes posts; delve into sports (mostly soccer); and put together HOWTO guides on gadgets, travel and more.
  • Here are some of my most popular posts.
  • Other stuff: I maintain a Starbucks Misspellings page to document baristas’ interpretations of my admittedly unusual name.


  • My links page has pointers to some of my favorite blogs and email newsletters.
  • In blog posts I published through the end of 2013, I occasionally linked to books or other items on Amazon.com using a personal affiliate link. This meant if you clicked through and bought the item, I received a small referral fee. I no longer use such links.

Posting schedule

  • I post whenever time allows, and often share links via my Twitter feed.


  • This blog contains my personal thoughts. My postings do not represent the views of my employers or any other groups. Also, a formatting note: Unless otherwise stated, bold font added to quoted material in my posts indicates my emphasis, not the author’s.

Site Tools

  • Newley.com runs on the WordPress content management system.
  • My Web host is DreamHost.
  • I use the Mac-only MarsEdit desktop blog editor.

Creative Commons


  • I welcome feedback via comments on individual posts and via email. I delete comments that I think don’t add anything constructive to the site.

Thanks for visiting.

This page was last updated March 28, 2020.