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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

WhatsApp Users Spread Antivaccine Rumors in India

That’s the headline on my latest story, out Saturday. It begins: Antivaccine misinformation, some of it from social media posts in the West, is spreading in India on WhatsApp, undermining efforts to root out measles and rubella in a country where tens of thousands of people are struck by the diseases each year. Click through […]

Fake News Is Rampant on WhatsApp as Indian Elections Loom

That’s the headline on my newest story, out yesterday. It begins: NEW DELHI — In India, viral fake news is lighting up Facebook Inc.’s WhatsApp messaging app as the world’s biggest democracy prepares for national elections in the coming weeks. Efforts by WhatsApp and the government to stop the spread of misinformation are having little […]

India’s Newest Internet Users Are Addicted to These Apps From China

That’s the headline on my latest story, out yesterday. It begins: NEW DELHI—Some of China’s quirkiest social-media firms are signing up hundreds of millions of consumers in India, tech’s biggest untapped market, looking to capture users who aren’t already locked into Facebook , Twitter or other American apps. Chinese content-sharing apps such as Bigo Inc.’s […]