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11 TechCrunch Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week

This week the Apple versus FBI battle raged on, we went to Barcelona for Mobile World Congress, Facebook changed up the Like button and more. Here are the top stories of the week.<p><b>1.</b> Apple continued its battle with the FBI amid an order to unlock an iPhone belonging to one of the terrorists involved …

Why Earth's Magnetic Field Flip-Flops

Every so often, Earth's magnetic field flips on its head, turning the magnetic North Pole into the South Pole and vice versa.<p>It last happened 780,000 …

Autonomous Materials Will Let Future Robots Change Color And Shift Shape

Some of the applications sound like pure science fiction<p>New robots could take on exciting new forms and applications, with each component of the machine able to react and act on its own, according to a review published today in <i>Science</i>.<p>The materials making up a robot are themselves are becoming more …

Amazon Can Now Legally Experiment With Drone Delivery

A big hurdle has been overcome by Amazon today for a future where everything’s delivered by drones; the FAA has granted the company an experimental airworthiness certificate for its delivery drones.<p>The company is allowed to use the drones during daylight, below 400 feets in “visual meteorological …

Drones' newest mission? Disaster relief

First it was video, then it was packages. Now a new trend is emerging with drone use: humanitarian relief.<p>AUSTIN, Texas -- When aid workers arrived after Typhoon Haiyan hit Southeast Asia in 2013, they brought something new to help the areas battered by rain and gale force winds: unmanned aerial …

Streaming music sales in the US beat CDs for the first time

Sorry, Taylor Swift, but streaming music isn't going anywhere. In fact, revenues from streaming services like Spotify and Rdio overtook CD sales last year -- a first for the music industry -- according to data from the RIAA. Streaming sales hit $1.87 billion last year, a 29 percent jump from 2013, …

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Amazon drone trial gets US regulator approval

<b>The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved Amazon's plans to begin testing drones for online deliveries.</b><p>The FAA said it had granted Amazon a certificate for people with pilot's licenses to test the unmanned aircraft.<p>The drones must be flown at 400 feet or below during daylight hours, …

The Week in Review: Net Neutrality Rules Pass

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted for new rules Thursday that will regulate broadband Internet as a public utility for the first time. The five-member commission voted along party lines to ensure content is not blocked on the Web and that media companies cannot speed up the Internet …

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Tech Q&A: Car insurance pitfalls, booking flights, teaching Siri and more

<b>Insurance program lets hackers into your car</b><p><b>Q.</b> I'm thinking about joining my car insurance company's program that tracks my driving habits in exchange for lower premiums. Are there any pitfalls I should know about?<p><b>A.</b> Insurance companies track your driving with a gadget that plugs into your car's …

10 Things You Need To Know Today

<b>Apple's Latest Results Beat Expectations Heavily</b>. In the final three months of 2014, Apple earnings per share exploded 48% to $3.06, crushing expectations for $2.60. It sold 74.5 million iPhones, up 46% year-over-year and versus 65 million expected. The stock is up 7% in premarket trading.<p><b>Yahoo Is</b> …

What's new in Windows 10 for PCs? A lot.

Coming into today's Windows 10 event, we already knew a lot about Microsoft's latest and greatest. The company explained the thinking behind its new OS back in September, and the Technical Preview has been available for months. The core change comes in the form of a revitalized desktop experience …

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10 Things In Tech You Need To Know Today

<b>1. Microsoft had its earnings call last night.</b> Revenue was up 8% from last year, but stock dropped 4% in after-hours trading.<p><b>2. It's Apple's earnings today.</b> Analysts are expecting revenue to be up 17% on last year.<p><b>3. A British phone carrier may have accidentally revealed the name of the new Samsung</b> …