✉ Newley's Notes 89: Go-Jek Scoop, the 'Bard of Suck,' SC BBQ and Racism

Hi, I'm Newley Purnell -- welcome to issue 89 of Newley's Notes, a newsletter in which I share my Wal
✉ Newley's Notes 89: Go-Jek Scoop, the 'Bard of Suck,' SC BBQ and Racism
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Hi, I’m Newley Purnell – welcome to issue 89 of Newley’s Notes, a newsletter in which I share my Wall Street Journal stories, posts from by blog, and various links about technology and life.

What I Wrote in The WSJ
Uber’s Indonesia Rival in Talks to Raise $1 Billion – an exclusive with my colleagues on Go-Jek, a motorbike hailing startup, looking to raise funds to expand. The service is an Uber and Grab competitor, and the money would give it a pre-funding valuation of about $2 billion. 
Tata Consultancy Services Profit Rises Amid U.S. Scrutiny of Visa Program – India’s biggest outsourcer by revenue said profit in the quarter was up 4.2% a year ago, just shy of analysts’ estimates. TCS, like other Indian IT peers, looks set to face new restrictions on sending workers to the U.S. on H-1B visas. 
5 Things that are Worth Your Time this Week
1. A long profile of Mike Judge in the New York Times Magazine labels him “The Bard of Suck.” I’ve long been a fan of Judge, creator of “Silicon Valley,” one of the funniest shows on TV – which returns for season four on Sunday, as it happens. And before that he created not just “Beavis and Butthead” but the (prescient?) film “Idiocracy,” which you must watch if you haven’t yet seen it.   
2. …Meanwhile Buzzfeed takes an in-depth look at Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, who has been traveling the U.S. to speak with everyday folks amid a softening of his carefully crafted public image. “At a time when Silicon Valley’s influence rivals Washington, DC’s, Zuckerberg is using the framework of a political campaign (and its mix of the personal and the professional) to build a playbook for the modern-day CEO-statesman,” writes Nitasha Tiku.
3. The New Yorker’s Lauren Collins looks at racism, food writing, and South Carolina barbecue. The story centers on Maurice’s Piggie Park in Columbia, and the opening anecdote contains this memorable statement: “Men are the new carpetbaggers of Southern food writing.”
4. The official teaser for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is out. You can watch it here. The Verge has a scene-by-scene breakdown. It’s out on Dec. 15.
5. “Berkeley Campus On Lockdown After Loose Pages From ‘Wall Street Journal’ Found On Park Bench.” Classic stuff from the Onion teasing the famously left-wing school.
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