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â¿¿ NINTENDO-TV ON THE GAME CONSOLE â¿¿ Nintendo is switching on its TVii service in the U.S. and Canada on Thursday, launching a platform that transforms the tablet-like controller of the new Wii U game console into a remote that changes the channel on your TV and puts programs on the Web just a few finger taps away.

â¿¿ SIRIUS XM-CEO â¿¿ Satellite radio company Sirius XM Radio has named one of its executives, James Meyer, as its interim CEO while it looks for a replacement for Mel Karmazin.

â¿¿ BRAZIL-IPHONE â¿¿ A Brazilian company has begun selling smartphones with the iPhone brand after winning the legal right to use the name in Latin America's biggest country. Adding insult to Apple Inc.'s injury, the phone runs on the archrival Android operating system.

â¿¿ GOOGLE MUSIC-SCAN AND MATCH â¿¿ Google is turning on a "scan and match" service for Google Music users to store copies of their songs online, offering for free what Apple charges $25 a year for.

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CHINA'S REACH-WORLD'S DAM BUILDER

TATAY RIVER, Cambodia â¿¿ Up a sweeping, jungle valley in a remote corner of Cambodia, Chinese engineers and workers are raising a 100-meter- (330-foot-) high dam over the protests of villagers and activists. It's a scenario that is hardly unique. China's giant state enterprises and banks have completed, are working on or are proposing some 300 dams from Algeria to Myanmar, making China the world's No. 1 dam builder. By Denis D. Gray and Elaine Kurtenbach.

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HAITI-ARTISAN BOOM

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti â¿¿ The sharp tang of varnish hangs in the air as a dozen women and a few men cut and scrape logs into bowls destined for U.S. department stores. In other Haitian workshops, vases sparkle with sequins of pink, green and blue, and dragonflies leap from picture frames cut from recycled steel drums. Three years after a devastating earthquake, there's still not much economic traction in this long impoverished Caribbean country, but one small niche has taken off: arts and crafts. By Trenton Daniel and Martha Mendoza.

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