It was a tumultuous week, with the startling news of Facebook’s $19 billion acquisition of WhatsApp, a company few people appear to have known existed. Meanwhile, news of violent social revolt in Ukraine and Venezuela spread across social media, competing for media watchers’ attention with the Sochi Winter Olympics. To help you make sense of everything that happened in the interim, here are 9 of this week’s most compelling tech stories you might have missed but definitely shouldn’t have.

Michael Thomsen is Complex's tech columnist. He has written for Slate, The Atlantic, The New Inquiry, NewYorker.com, Billboard, and is author of Levitate the Primate: Handjobs, Internet Dating, and Other Issues for Men. He tweets often at @mike_thomsen.