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May 16, 2018

IN THE NEWS: SCRUBBING FACEBOOK PROVES TRICKY

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Ever have trouble getting a nasty stain out of a piece of clothing or a carpet? Imagine trying to scrub Facebook clean of the taint of racism, sexism and other hateful comments. That’s the challenge the social networking site is facing as it tries to weed out offensive material. And the problem for Facebook is much like dealing with potentially hurtful words in the real world: determining which are offensive and which aren’t. The company says its computer programs often stumble over the nuances of human language.

IN THE NEWS: TV INTERVIEW ARCHIVES

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Emmy people have curated an impressive collection of interviews chronicling the history of TV. The Television Academy Foundation — an arm of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has launched a website featuring more than 4,000 hours of interviews recorded over the past two decades.

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Television Academy Foundation TV interviews site: http://www.TelevisionAcademy.com/Interviews

ON THE WEB: CONEY ISLAND DESIGNATED AS NYC LANDMARK

CYBERSPACE (AP) — It has attracted generations of visitors — among both New Yorkers and tourists to the Big Apple. And now, Brooklyn’s famous Coney Island boardwalk has reached a milestone; it’s now 95. It got quite the present yesterday — it was named a Scenic Landmark by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. The beachfront walkway is close to 3 miles long and was built in phases between 1922 and 1941. It features amusements like The Wonder Wheel, the Cyclone roller coaster and the Parachute Jump — all of which have achieved landmark status in their own right.

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Official Coney Island site: https://coneyislandpark.com

IN STORES: VIDEO GAME BASED ON THOREAU’S BOOK “WALDEN”

UNDATED (AP) — Usually you don’t think of videogames are something that builds a bridge from technology to classic literature. Indeed, people tend to think they are more of a hindrance to the more prosaic pastime of reading. But there is a videogame that is trying to break that mold. The words of Henry David Thoreau’s signature book “Walden” have been incorporated into the objective of a video game. “Walden, a Game” launched yesterday on PlayStation 4, after being available as a computer game for nearly a year. In it, players begin with a half-built cabin on the shores of Walden Pond. From there, they pick and choose what they will do over an entire year, which is six hours of real play time. The objective is to find the right balance between survival and fulfillment. A former president of the Thoreau Society says he’s heard of the game, but hasn’t played it. However, Robert Hudspeth notes “anything that might spark an interest in Thoreau’s writing is welcome.”

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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