✨ Newley's Notes 102: Paytm Scoop; Innovative Toasters, Hungry Squirrels

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 102: Paytm Scoop; Innovative Toasters, Hungry Squirrels
By Newley's Notes • Issue #102
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.
Two programming notes:
First, on subject matter. I’ve been sharing five “must-read” tech stories, usually on the week’s most significant developments. But I’ve gotten the best feedback from readers on, well, the more entertaining stuff! So I’m shifting a bit, at least for now, and will share the *most fun* tech-ish news, with one unabashedly silly item at the end. 
Second, on scheduling. Newley’s Notes will be on summer holiday for the next couple of weeks, returning the week of Aug. 20.
On to this week’s NN.

📝 What I Wrote in The WSJ

💰 India’s Biggest Mobile Wallet Takes Aim at WhatsApp – a scoop out just a few hours ago. Messaging services often try to add payments. India’s largest digital payment platform is doing the opposite.
🛒  India’s Snapdeal Ends Talks to Join Flipkart in Battle With Amazon – Japan’s SoftBank had been pushing Snapdeal, an Indian e-commerce startup it has backed, into a merger with the larger online shopping platform Flipkart. Not happening. Snapdeal says it’s going it alone as Amazon continues to gain momentum here. 
🚗  Uber Rival Grab’s Fundraising Values It at $6 Billion – We reported on this fundraise before, and now more details are clear. The Uber of Southeast Asia is raking in $2.5 billion, the region’s largest startup financing to date.
📲 5 Cool Tech-ish Reads This Week
1. Tesla delivered its first mass-market car. The Model 3  electric vehicle costs $35,000, has a range of 220 miles, and can go up to 131 miles per hour. As our WSJ story notes, the vehicle’s interior is strikingly spare.
2. The eighth World Bonsai Convention took place in Japan. The photos are stunning.
3. A new video from the awesome Hydraulic Press YouTube channel: crushing 1,500 sheets of paper
4. Speaking of badass videos, here’s one of a satellite launching, captured by a satellite.
5. Even standard kitchen gadgets can be improved. This toaster has a button that lets you toast your bread just a little bit more.
💫 1 Silly Thing
1. This may be the best photo ever taken of a squirrel.  
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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