📨 Newley's Notes 95: Paytm's Killing It; India's Internet Promise; Virtual Fidget Spinners

Hi, I’m Newley Purnell. Welcome to the latest issue of Newley’s Notes, where I share my Wall Street J
Newley's Notes
📨 Newley's Notes 95: Paytm's Killing It; India's Internet Promise; Virtual Fidget Spinners
By Newley's Notes • Issue #95
Hi, I’m Newley Purnell. Welcome to the latest issue of Newley’s Notes, where I share my Wall Street Journal stories, posts from by blog, and various links about technology, business and life.

📝 What I Wrote in The WSJ
+ Mobile Wallet Paytm Hits Pay Dirt Amid India’s Cash Crackdown – A story with my colleague Corinne Abrams about a fast-growing digital money firm here that has a whopping 225 million wallets on its platform. 
💬 What I Wrote at Newley.com
Weekend sketching project. Trying to get the angles right. ✏️ – a snapshot of a sketch I’m working on.
Mmm. It’s cherry season here in India. 🍒 – the title says it all.
📲 5 Must-Reads in Tech
1. Mary Meeker’s latest Internet trends report. In this year’s annual report, the famed Silicon Valley investor pointed out the rise in eSports, the fact that smartphone growth is slowing, and more. Oh, and she devoted an entire section to India’s promise. The full report is here
2. Evan Williams: the web is broken. In a New York Times profile, the founder of Blogger and Twitter says:
“I thought once everybody could speak freely and exchange information and ideas, the world is automatically going to be a better place,” Mr. Williams says. “I was wrong about that.” 
And on Twitter and Trump’s election:
“It’s a very bad thing, Twitter’s role in that,” he said finally. “If it’s true that he wouldn’t be president if it weren’t for Twitter, then yeah, I’m sorry.”
3. More on Amazon’s NYC bookstore. Publishing veteran Mike Shatzkin has a thorough rundown from his recent visits, noting Amazon has “already built something with a lot of interesting features which will probably prove an entirely satisfactory bookstore for many people.”
4. Google’s building an ad blocker into its Chrome browser. The search giant is giving publishers six months to prepare, my colleague Jack Marshall reports.
5. What’ll Apple unveil next week? The tech titan’s annual WWDC tech conference kicks off on Monday. The Verge has a rundown of what to expect; the sexiest potential reveal could be Siri speaker, like Amazon’s Echo. I’ll be watching iPad Pro news closely, as I’m interested in that device. 
💫 1 Fun Thing
1. A virtual fidget spinner. You’ve heard about these gadgets, right? They’re all the rage among kids (and the youthful at heart). Well, if you can’t get your hands on a physical one, you can find a virtual version at ffffidget.com.
What’d I miss? Just hit reply to send me links, rants, raves, juicy news scoops and anything else.
Thanks for reading.
Love,
Newley
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