🗽 Newley's Notes 105: India Hotel Booking; Amazon's HQ2; Lego NYC

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🗽 Newley's Notes 105: India Hotel Booking; Amazon's HQ2; Lego NYC
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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.

📝 What I Wrote in The WSJ
– SoftBank Fund Raises Its Bet on Indian Hotel-Booking Startup – The Japanese tech titan is leading a $250 million round of investment in OYO, a hotel platform that has standardized and brought online the many Indian budget hotels that could only be booked via phone earlier. 
For SoftBank, it’s the latest investment from its mammoth – as in $93 billion – Vision Fund, which it’s using to place bets on promising tech firms. 
📲 5 Cool Tech-ish Reads This Week
1. The municipal race for Amazon’s “HQ2.” The Seattle firm said it will open a second North American headquarters, investing $5 billion and hiring up to 50,000 staff. Among cities expressing interest so far: Arlington, VA, Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and Nashville. 
2. TV news is losing out to the web. Not surprising, perhaps, but interesting to note the speed with which the shift is happening: 50% of adults say they often get news from TV, down from 57% just last year, the Pew Research Center found. People reporting they often get news from the internet rose to 43% from 38% during that time. 
3. “It’s not dieting, it’s biohacking.” Silicon Valley tech types are losing weight by fasting, often with a “5:2” method: five days of eating followed by two days of much lower caloric intake. (Interviewed and pictured for the story is Phil Libin, the former head of Evernote, who is nearly unrecognizable compared to the way he looked when I interviewed him in 2014.) 
4. Which books have most changed your view of the world? This Hacker News thread has some thought-provoking contributions.
5. Why are YouTube’s suggested videos so accurate? This deep dive looks at how the site has perfected its algorithms over the years. My consumption of YouTube videos, via the app on my iPad, has certainly risen, in no small part due to the amount of (mostly fun and relevant) stuff it surfaces for me.
💫 1 Silly Thing
1. NYC, made out of Lego bricks. Cool project by J.R. Schmidt. Scroll down for more of his work.
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Newley
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