Newley’s Notes 179: DOJ eyes Google; UFO Sightings; Spelling Bee Champs; Terrific Tanukis

Hi, friends. Welcome to the latest edition of Newley’s Notes. Here are ten items worth your time this week: 🔍 1) Big scoop by my colleagues Brent Kendall and John McKinnon: Justice Department Is Preparing Antitrust Investigation of Google [WSJ] “The Justice Department is gearing up for an antitrust investigation of Alphabet Inc.’s Google, a […]

Newley’s Notes 178: Tsu-NaMo; Fake Pelosi Vid; SF Blues; Beagle Puppies

🇮🇳 Well, it’s official: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is back. In a big way. Official results out Thursday showed he’s won a sweeping mandate for another five years. 🌊 “NaMOMENT,” “Yes! Prime Minister,” “Modi Tsunami,” “Modi Magic,” “Tsunamo.” Those were among the newspaper front page headlines on Friday. I posted some photos of them […]

Modi’s Re-Election Means More Scrutiny for U.S. Tech Giants

That’s the headline on my newest story, out Friday. It begins: NEW DELHI – U.S. technology firms recently facing pushback in India, the world’s biggest untapped digital economy, can expect more scrutiny following Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s resounding re-election, according to executives and analysts. They expect Mr. Modi’s government to continue tightening restrictions on […]

Modi’s Big Win: Some Newspaper Front Pages Here in India

“NaMoMENT,” “Yes! Prime Minister,” “Modi Tsunami,” “Modi Magic,” “Tsunamo.” Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (aka NaMo) is back. In a very big way. Above are some newspaper front pages from Friday, after official results came out. The lede and from a story by my colleagues Eric Bellman and Corinne Abrams: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India’s […]

India Antitrust Watchdog Sniffs Around E-Commerce Players

That’s the headline on my newest story, a scoop out yesterday with my colleague Rajesh Roy. The lede and first few grafs: NEW DELHI–India’s antitrust watchdog is assessing the domestic e-commerce sector, a step that could have consequences for Inc. and Walmart Inc.’s Flipkart, which dominate online sales in the country. In a questionnaire […]

Newley’s Notes 177: India Election Results; WhatsApp Hack; Joe Exotic; RIP Grumpy Cat

Hi, friends. Welcome to the latest edition of Newley’s Notes. 🇮🇳 It’s a big week here in India: the country’s massive election, with 900 million eligible voters, comes to an end today (Sunday) after more than a month. Exit polls should be available any hour now, with final results on Thursday. All eyes on are […]

SoftBank Doubles Down on Indian Grocery Venture

That’s the headline on my newest story, an exclusive out yesterday. It begins: NEW DELHI–SoftBank Group Corp. is doubling down on its bet on an Indian grocery-delivery startup, in the global investor’s latest foray in the world’s largest untapped tech market. Grofers India Pvt. said Wednesday that it received just over $200 million in a […]

India Investigates Google for Suspected Android Abuse

That’s the headline on my most recent story, out Friday, which I wrote with my colleague Rajesh Roy. It begins: India’s antitrust watchdog is investigating whether Alphabet Inc.’s Google used its Android platform to block rivals, New Delhi’s latest move to try to tamp down American tech behemoths. The investigation launched by the Competition Commission […]

Newley’s Notes 176: Uber IPO Fizzles; Co-Founder Slams Zuckerberg; Soccer Insanity; Singing Dogs

Hi, friends. Welcome to the latest edition of Newley’s Notes. ⚽ So, let’s get right to it. Here’s a question your grandkids may well ask you: Where were you when you watched Liverpool stage their crazy comeback, scoring four goals against Barcelona and advancing to the Champions League final? (The totally bonkers highlights are on […]