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NEW JERSEY

AC uses Boardwalk promos to drive new casino biz

ATLANTIC CITY — Everyone knows Boardwalk and Park Place are the two most expensive spots on the Monopoly board.

But what might not be known is that such a spot really does exist.

A life-sized Monopoly board on the real-life Atlantic City Boardwalk is one way the gambling resort is trying to drive new business into its casinos. It’s located on the Boardwalk at Park Place.

Also on the Boardwalk is a life-sized replica of the storefronts that appear in the hit HBO series “Boardwalk Empire.”

Caesars Entertainment spokesman Jerry Eisenband says the attractions capitalize on Atlantic City’s worldwide fame and long history.

NEW YORK

Facebook to organize friends in ‘smart lists’

NEW YORK — It’s a modern-day dilemma: You really want your Facebook friends to see that wild party photo of you wearing bunny ears. But you’re not so keen on explaining it to your mother-in-law.

Well, Facebook aims to make life easier.

Beginning Wednesday, the social network will make it easier to share photos, posts and links with smaller, isolated groups of people. While the site has allowed users to separate their friends into lists since 2007, this option took quite a bit of work and only a small fraction of Facebook users took advantage of it.

Now, Facebook will automatically group your friends based on whether they live near you, went to your school or work with you. You can read posts or share updates with specific groups instead of dozens, or hundreds, of “friends” at a time. Facebook will use the colleges, workplaces and geographic locations that users share on the site to organize people into groups. Called “smart lists,” the feature is optional to use, and the lists are customizable.

“Users don’t really want to spend a lot of time creating and maintaining friend lists,” said Naomi Gleit, the director of product at Facebook who worked on the feature.

In addition, you can create your own friend groups with as few or as many as you would like, based around hobbies, work projects or relatives, for example.

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