Cash May Be King in India, but Google Is Prince of Mobile Payments

That’s the headline on my latest story, out today. It begins: NEW DELHI–The leading player in the battle for mobile payments in India isn’t either of China’s pioneers, Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. or Tencent Holdings Ltd. It isn’t Apple Inc., Visa Inc. or even PayPal Holdings Inc. It’s Google. The Alphabet Inc. unit has for […]

Newley’s Notes 184: Smart-Enough Phones; Millionaire Gamers; Wearable ACs; Eager Pooches

Hi, friends. Welcome to the latest edition of Newley’s Notes. 🔌 My latest story, out last Tuesday and teased on the WSJ front page Wednesday: The Hottest Phones for the Next Billion Users Aren’t Smartphones. It begins: NEW DELHI–The hottest phones for the world’s next billion users aren’t made by smartphone leaders Samsung Electronics Co. […]

The Hottest Phones for the Next Billion Users Aren’t Smartphones

That’s the headline on my most recent story, which came out Tuesday. It begins: NEW DELHI—The hottest phones for the world’s next billion users aren’t made by smartphone leaders Samsung Electronics Co. or Apple Inc. In fact, they aren’t even smartphones. Millions of first-time internet consumers from the Ivory Coast to India and Indonesia are […]

Netflix and Amazon Trail a Local Video Rival in India That’s Now Disney-Owned

That’s the headline on my most recent story, out Tuesday. It begins: NEW DELHI—To win in India, home to many of the world’s next billion internet users, Netflix Inc. and Amazon.com Inc. are copying the tactics of a video-streaming service built for the local market. Hotstar dominates the Indian market. Launched four years ago by […]

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 Amazon.com Inc. and Walmart Inc.’s Flipkart, which dominate online sales in the country. In a questionnaire […]

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 […]