Eds: Sent Wednesday for use anytime.AP photo WALL STREET-TWITTER TUMBLE NEW YORK â¿¿ For decades, computers have been helping people sort through data and news to decide whether to buy or sell stocks. Now the machines seem to have dispensed with the slowpoke humans. Just how big a role computers played in Tuesday's brief market swoon is uncertain. But, according to some experts, when human traders read a fake news tweet and hesitated to buy, the computers took over and went into sell mode. The result, they say, was a market completely on autopilot, at least for a few crucial seconds. What are the risks of such a market and should it be regulated? By Bernard Condon and Matthew Craft. Eds: Sent Wednesday for use anytime. AP photo SMALLBIZ-SMALL TALK NEW YORK â¿¿ Crowdfunding has been touted as a windfall for small businesses hoping to raise money. But this online method of soliciting money from investors may be more of a bust for many small business owners. People involved in venture funding say entrepreneurs may find that investors aren't interested if their companies don't have a good track record or the promise of a good return. The Securities and Exchange Commission is still writing rules to govern crowdfunding. In the meantime, experts say, they shouldn't get their hopes too high. By Joyce M. Rosenberg. Eds: Sent Wednesday for use anytime. AP photo KICKSTARTER-ZACH BRAFF NEW YORK â¿¿ Since directing "Garden State," Zach Braff has continually prepared music in an iTunes playlist titled, "For Next Movie." Nine years and hundreds of saved songs later, Braff hopes he's finally making his follow-up to "Garden State" â¿¿ if his fans can help. On Wednesday, in the wake of the enormously successful "Veronica Mars" Kickstarter campaign, the "Scrubs" star launched a crowd-funding campaign to make his next movie. For the next 30 days, he'll try to raise $2 million on Kickstarter for "Wish I Was Here," a film he co-wrote with his brother Adam. By Entertainment Writer Jake Coyle.
Eds: Sent Wednesday for use anytime.AP photo SANDBERG-LEAN IN CIRCLES NEW YORK â¿¿ Women of America, are you leaning in? Sheryl Sandberg's book urging women to "lean in" to their careers, rather than step back, came out last month to a huge burst of publicity and hearty sales. But the Facebook COO is hoping to create not just a best seller but also a movement. We look at one of the self-organized "Lean In" circles organized by a group of professional women in New York. By National Writer Jocelyn Noveck. Eds: Sent Wednesday for use anytime. AP photo PRODUCT REVIEW DIGITAL LIFE-TECH TEST-SAMSUNG GALAXY S4 PHONE NEW YORK â¿¿ I've seen Android phones get better and more powerful over the years, as Google and phone manufacturers pack devices with more and more features. There comes a time, though, when less is more. I'm afraid we've reached that time. By Anick Jesdanun. With: DIGITAL-LIFE-TECH-TEST-BLACKBERRY-Q10-PHONE NEW YORK â¿¿ The BlackBerry has finally caught up to the world of touch-screen smartphones. It took time â¿¿ six years, from the launch of the first iPhone â¿¿ and it may be too late to save the company that makes it. But the BlackBerry deserves to be taken seriously again. By Peter Svensson Eds: Sent Wednesday for use anytime. AP photo GAME REVIEW GAME REVIEW-DEAD ISLAND Zombie stories never have happy endings. So when the heroes of 2011's "Dead Island" made it out alive, you knew there had to be a catch. The catch is that any video game that isn't a complete flop gets a follow-up these days. And as "Dead Island Riptide" (Deep Silver, for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, $49.99; PC, $39.99) begins, the zombie virus has infected the ship that rescued the survivors â¿¿ and they soon wash up on another undead-infested tropical paradise, called Palanai. By Lou Kesten Eds: Sent Thursday for use anytime. AP photo The AP.