✉ Newley's Notes 88: Flipkart's Boost, the "Platform Press," Why Facebook is Bad for You

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✉ Newley's Notes 88: Flipkart's Boost, the "Platform Press," Why Facebook is Bad for You
By Newley's Notes • Issue #88
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What I Wrote in The WSJ
This was the big India tech story of the week. As I wrote in November, Amazon is making a lot of progress here, and this deal gives Flipkart – the Amazon of India – financial backing and technological expertise. It also shows how India is a battleground between U.S. and Chinese tech firms, as I detailed in a story last month.
Earnings season is upon us. This was the first quarterly report to come from three of India’s big outsourcing firms. TCS comes next week, with Wipro the week after. 
5 Things that are Worth Your Time this Week
“The influence of social media platforms and technology companies is having a greater effect on American journalism than even the shift from print to digital,” authors Emily Bell and Taylor Owen write in this report at Columbia Journalism Review. 
Speaking of platforms, this Harvard Business Review piece that includes the sobering line: “Overall, our results showed that, while real-world social networks were positively associated with overall well-being, the use of Facebook was negatively associated with overall well-being.”
I’m often reminded, when browsing FB, of this aphorism: Never compare your insides to someone else’s outsides.
Mossberg, who made his career at The WSJ, is a legend, having essentially invented the concept of personal technology journalism. Tech commentator Ben Thomson provides more context on Stratechery, his blog.
Fun Atlas Obscura piece on institutions that lend out fine art, seeds, dolls, cake pans, synthesizers and more.
Libraries: Propelling the “sharing economy” before that was even a thing!
Quite a creation by musician Anthony Vincent of the popular YouTube channel Ten Second Songs.
What’d I miss? Send me links, rants, raves, juicy news scoops and anything else! My email: n@newley.com
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