Tech Week: Smartphone Privacy, Cyberstalking, Alibaba's Big Debut

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba makes the biggest debut on the NYSE ever. The details, and the other tech stories that piqued our interest, are in this week's roundup.

Weekend Edition Saturday

With Alibaba IPO, Yahoo Reaps A Big Reward From Risky Bet

Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang made a smart move when his company invested in a Chinese e-commerce firm called Alibaba in 2005. With this week's Alibaba IPO, Yahoo will gain nearly $8 billion.

Morning Edition

Retailers' Customers Cautioned As Cyber Attacks Continue

Home Depot says some 56 million card holders were possibly compromised in a cyber attack. It says there's no evidence that debit PIN numbers were comprised or that the breach affected online shoppers.

Look, Mom, I Finally Made It To Broadway!

NPR's Michel Martin will sit down with a panel of award-winning playwrights to ask about diversity in theater. Follow here or join us on Twitter on Friday at 7 p.m. ET, using #NPRMichel.

Apple: iOS 8 Prevents Cooperation With Police Unlocking Requests

In the rollout of its new mobile operating system, Apple says it has made it technically impossible for the company to unlock phone data, even in response to a law enforcement warrant.

3.7 Million Comments Later, Here's Where Net Neutrality Stands

A proposal about how to maintain unfettered access to Internet content drew a bigger public response than any single issue in the Federal Communication Commission's history. What's next?

Morning Edition

When The Power's Out, Solar Panels May Not Keep The Lights On

With the price of solar panels falling, more municipalities and homeowners are installing them. But having solar panels doesn't mean you won't lose power in a blackout — at least not yet.

All Things Considered

The Kaypro II: An Early Computer With A Writer's Heart

Commentator Andrei Codrescu remembers the first word processor he had — the Kaypro II in the 1980s. Its inventor, Andrew Kay, died Aug. 28, at the age of 95.

All Things Considered

Edible Packaging? Retailers Not Quite Ready To Ditch The Wrapper

To reduce waste, some enterprising companies are trying to roll out products that make the package part of the snack — edible packaging. But selling it to the retail market is trickier than it seems.

'A' Is For Apps: Teachers Share Top Digital Tools Of The Trade

From helping students be on their best behavior to taking history lessons to the Twitterverse, teachers are using a range of apps — many of them free — to harness mobile technology in the classroom.

Robots On The Dairy Farm

September 18, 2014
Nate Tullar shows off his Lely robotic milker at Tullando, his family farm in Orford, New Hampshire. (Charlotte Albright/VPR)

The task of milking cows has become fully automated with the help of agribots.

Volkswagen’s 300 MPG Car

September 17, 2014
The Volkswagen XL1 can get about 300 miles per gallon. The key is reducing wind resistance. (Volkswagen)

The XL-1 can get 300 miles per gallon. The key is reducing wind resistance.

Report: Many Mass. Vocational Schools Have Waiting Lists, Study Says

September 15, 2014

At a time when well-paying jobs are going unfilled for lack of skilled labor. a study has found that many vocational and technical high schools in Massachusetts have long waiting lists for students seeking admission.

Nevada Gov. Signs Record $1.25 Billion Tesla Deal

September 12, 2014
Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors, and Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval during a press conference on September 4, 2014 in Carson City announcing a plan to build a Tesla Gigafactory to produce batteries for electric vehicles. Sandoval last night signed off on the deal. (Max Whittaker/Getty Images)

Governor Brian Sandoval of Nevada last night signed a record deal green lighting Tesla Motors’ bid to build an electric car battery factory to the state.

New Bedford To Be Cape Wind Staging Area

September 12, 2014

The developers of a proposed wind farm off the coast of Cape Cod have signed a lease agreement with the state to use New Bedford for staging and construction of the 130 turbine project.

Week In The News: Obama’s ISIS Plan, Ray Rice, Congress Back

September 12, 2014
President Barack Obama meets with Congressional leaders in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, to discuss options for combating the Islamic State. (AP/Evan Vucci)

The President’s ISIS strategy. The Ray Rice video. Congress is back. Apple’s new watch. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Is Apple Pay The Future Of Mobile Payments?

September 11, 2014
Apple CEO Tim Cook introduces Apple Pay on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, in Cupertino, Calif. (AP/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

We discuss Apple’s forthcoming mobile payment system, Apple Pay, with experts from the technology and payments industries.

New App Helps Save and Identify Whales

September 11, 2014
Whale watching in Monterey Bay (John Krzesinski/Flickr)

A new app that can be used to identify and track whales is now available to the public.

Martine Rothblatt: The Tranhumanist, Transgender CEO

September 11, 2014
Martine Rothblatt

Martine Rothblatt is the highest paid female executive in America. Founder of Sirius Radio. She was once a man. Now she’s pushing digital mind clones for us all.

8 Ways To Diversify Transportation In Neighborhoods Like Somerville’s Union Square

September 10, 2014

The future of America’s cities has a lot to do with the future of transportation — and with what some people call a “mobility revolution,” which is changing the way we live, work and play in our cities.

What Are The Implications of ‘Apple Pay’?

September 10, 2014
Apple CEO Tim Cook introduces the new Apple Pay product on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, in Cupertino, Calif. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

Apple says its new mobile payment system would be more secure than credit card transactions, but questions about security persist.

Chinese Tech Giant Alibaba's Big IPO

September 10, 2014
In this June 11, 2014 photo, Jack Ma, right, founder and executive chairman of Alibaba Group arrives for a meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China. (AP/Andy Wong)

It may be the biggest Wall Street IPO in American history, and it’s not even an American company. We’ll look at China’s tech giant Alibaba going public in the U.S.A.

Apple Watch Usurps New iPhone As Star

September 9, 2014
Apple CEO Tim Cook introduces the new Apple Watch on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, in Cupertino, Calif. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

The device’s introduction has upstaged the company’s two new iPhones.

Can We Maintain Student Privacy In The Age Of Big Data?

September 9, 2014
Ella Russell, 7, works on an e-book on an iPad during her second grade class at Jamestown Elementary School in Arlington, Va. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

Your kids are back in school — but do you know where their data is?

High Expectations As Apple Unveils New Products

September 9, 2014
Apple CEO Tim Cook waves during the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference at the Moscone West center on June 2, 2014 in San Francisco, California. Tim Cook kicked off the annual WWDC which is typically a showcase for upcoming updates to Apple hardware and software. The conference runs through June 6. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

As the technology field grows more crowded, can Apple still create dazzling, must-have products?

Drones On The Range

September 9, 2014

Animal rights advocates are using drones to circumvent “ag-gag laws” that disallow them from filming possible abuses.

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