It was a big Friday for Alibaba, which opened trading on the New York Stock Exchange at the wildly high $92.70 per share. But that wasn't the only tech news this week, so let's get to our roundup.
Smartphone Stalking: As the issues of domestic abuse continue to dominate a national conversation, Aarti Shahani digs into a kind of abuse that doesn't get reported as much: Cyberstalking and controlling your partner, using a number of off-the-shelf tools now available to consumers.
Net Neutrality's Next Steps: Monday marked the end of the public commenting period on the Federal Communications Commission's proposal for enforcing a level playing field on the Internet. Here's a primer on what's at stake, and what's next.
The Big Conversation
BABA's Big Debut: And when we call it big, it's an understatement. Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba's initial public offering is among the largest ever. At its Friday closing price of just under $94 per share, the company is valued at more than $230 billion. As Quartz put it, "the company isn't just the "Amazon of China"—it's also the Dropbox, PayPal, Uber, Hulu, and more."
Protecting Smartphone Data: Apple and soon, Android, are embracing a kind of default encryption that will make it technologically impossible for them to turn over smartphone data to police and other law enforcement agencies, even when faced with a warrant. It's a marketing win for both companies, but cops will find a workaround, writes Wired.
iWatch ... Wait, Apple Watch: The iPhone 6 went on sale Friday, but we're still curious about the implications of the Apple Watch, coming next year. If you haven't seen this parody of its features, it's a must-watch.
In case you missed it, this Apple Watch parody says a lot of the things we were thinking.