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ONLINE-SOAPS RESURRECTED

STAMFORD, Conn. â¿¿ Taped to a wall at the entrance to the Connecticut Film Center in Stamford is this greeting: "Welcome (back) to Pine Valley." Pine Valley, of course, is the mythical setting of "All My Children," a daytime drama that ran on ABC for nearly 41 years until it was snuffed in 2011. But now, in one of those plot twists so common to soap operas but so rare in the real world, "All My Children" has been raised from the dead â¿¿ but this time, online. By Frazier Moore.

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YOUTUBE-COMEDY WEEK

NEW YORK â¿¿ In a first, YouTube is going to try to connect its billions of videos for a week of themed programming. The Google Inc.-owned video site will announce Thursday the launch of a "comedy week" on YouTube featuring live streams, videos and stand-up routines from comedy stars like Sarah Silverman and Jimmy Kimmel, as well as the less famous comedians of YouTube. By Jake Coyle.

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ITUNES-ANNIVERSARY

NEW YORK â¿¿ When Apple launched its iTunes music store a decade ago amid the ashes of Napster, the music industry â¿¿ reeling from the effects of online piracy â¿¿ was anxious to see how the new music service would shake out. As iTunes, now music's biggest retailer, celebrates its 10-year mark Sunday, it faces renewed scrutiny on how it will continue to dominate in the next decade â¿¿ or whether it can. By Entertainment Writer Nekesa Mumbi Moody.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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PRODUCT REVIEW

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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.

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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

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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

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