📲 Newley's Notes 101: India's Cheap New Cellphone; Hyperloop Hype; New Bladerunner Trailer

Hi, friends. Welcome to the latest issue of Newley’s Notes, a newsletter in which I share my Wall Str
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📲 Newley's Notes 101: India's Cheap New Cellphone; Hyperloop Hype; New Bladerunner Trailer
By Newley's Notes • Issue #101
Hi, friends. Welcome to the latest issue of Newley’s Notes, a newsletter in which I share my Wall Street Journal stories, posts from my blog, and links about tech and life.
🌧️  I’m writing this from a rain-soaked New Delhi. Which is a good thing: The monsoon downpours, which have just begun in earnest, 1) bring down the sky-high summer temps and 2) keep the dust in check. Number 2 isn’t a virtue tourism officials are likely to tout, but it’s true; Delhi is home to about 20 million people, and all that humanity, among other factors, can kick up a dirt storm.
How’s the weather in your neck of the woods?

📝 What I Wrote in The WSJ
Cellphone Bills in India Inch Closer to Zero – The telecommunications firm run by India’s richest man, Mukesh Ambani, just unveiled a new mobile phone that could shake up the industry. The device – basically a souped up feature phone – costs $23 up front, then $2.40 per month gets you free voice, text messages, and unlimited data. The target demographic: the roughly 400 million people here in India who use basic cellphones for calls and SMS, but don’t do much online.
🚄 5 Must-Reads in Tech
1. NYC to DC, underground, in 29 minutes? That’s what Elon Musk seemed to promise when he Tweeted that he’d gotten “verbal’ approval in the corridor for his Hyperloop project, which would send passengers hurtling through a near-vacuum state.
2. A deep examination of all of Enron’s emails may, as the New Yorker’s Nathan Heller writes, tell us more about humanity than they do about the doomed Texas firm.
3. For the first time, Doctor Who is a woman. Jodie Whittaker, of "Broadchurch” fame, makes her debut during the Christmas special.
4. Business executives need to read more sci-fi. The genre reveals “how fragile the status quo is, and how malleable the future can be,” writes Eliot Peper at Harvard Business Review. Side note: One of my favorite Twitter feeds is “70s Sci-Fi Art,” which provides a steady stream of retro-trippy-futuristic visual goodness.
5. Rise of mobile = rise of video. A survey shows we are now watching 30 minutes of video per day on mobile devices, compared to just four minutes in 2012. 
💫 1 Fun Thing
1. Oh man, there’ a new “Blade Runner 2049” trailer. And it does not disappoint. Watch it on YouTube here. Gizmodo has a Zapruder film-level breakdown of the details. It’s out on Oct. 6.
What’d I miss? Send me links, rants, raves, juicy news scoops and anything else. Thanks for reading, amigos, and please do forward this email to friends or mention it on Facebook or Twitter.
Fist bump  👊   from New Delhi,
Newley
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