Columnist writing about Asia technology for Bloomberg Gadfly. I represent myself, not my bossColumnist writing about Asia technology for Bloomberg Gadfly. I represent myself, not my boss

Sony's One-Hit Wonder

bloomberg.com — If there's one person Sony shareholders should thank for the increase in operating profit last year, it's Adele. The six-time Grammy award-winning singer spearheaded growth in sales and operating profit at the company's music division, helping it boost margins to become Sony's most profitable nonfinancial business.

The Virtue of Laziness

bloomberg.com — Share buybacks are about the laziest, least creative thing CEOs can do with shareholders' cash. They inflate the stock, and by extension raise the P/E ratio, without adding much to the current or future value of the underlying company.

Follow Apple's Suppliers

bloomberg.com — Apple shareholders didn't react well to news of the iPhone maker's first sales decline in 13 years. The reaction of its two biggest manufacturers? Meh. While Apple stock dropped more than 8 percent in the after-market session, Hon Hai and Pegatron, which between them assemble more than half of Apple's iPhones and iPads, barely winced.

Alibaba’s 40,000 thieves

bworldonline.com — WHEN JACK MA takes the stage at an anti-piracy summit in Florida next month, he may be tempted to mention a new biography by Duncan Clark that charts how he built Alibaba into the world's largest online retailer.

China Takes Pole in Self-Driving Race

bloomberg.com — Companies in both China and the U.S. want to develop driverless cars. Slick videos and flashy powerpoint slides envision a future where humans sit back and relax while their transport pods glide across highways, seamlessly merge into traffic and pull up smoothly at the kerb.

Alibaba's 40,000 Thieves

bloomberg.com — When Jack Ma takes the stage at an anti-piracy summit in Florida next month, he may be tempted to mention a new biography by Duncan Clark that charts how he built Alibaba into the world's largest online retailer.

China's Licensing Thrill

bloomberg.com — The business adage ``if you can't beat them, buy them" hasn't worked out too well for China recently. The nation's efforts to develop native technology in everything from operating systems to semiconductors have fallen flat. Buying has proved a dead end too, with U.S. regulators scuttling a series of deals.

Sony Disposal Beckons

bloomberg.com — It's probably time for Sony to put out a "For Sale" sign on its devices business. In just six months, the unit -- which includes the division that makes camera components, called modules -- has gone from hero to dunce.

Don't Talk, Chat

bloomberg.com — Think about the last time you made a call from your mobile phone to the mobile of someone you know well. Now consider how many times in the past week you actually communicated with that person. In Singapore, there's a 58 percent chance that you used an app to send a note, emoji, sticker, smiley or pic.

Micromax phone deluge may be more nuts than guts

livemint.com — On the surface, it sounds reasonable for Micromax to leverage its local-hero status and growth momentum with a flood-the-zone strategy Taipei: Apple risks making the "wrong choice" by not offering consumers enough smartphone models. Those were the unintentionally ironic words of an HTC executive four years ago, and came just weeks before the Taiwan company posted its third of 12 consecutive quarters of declining revenue.
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