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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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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 Technology Writer Anick Jesdanun.

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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 Technology Writer Peter Svensson.

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Gowns, limos and corsages don't come cheap. Parents are also willing to pay for a growing list of services, from spray tans to makeup artists, in order to give their teenagers a memorable night. By Joseph Pisani.

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