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IBM's Watson named 'person' of the year

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IBM Challenge at Castle Theater
About 400 people watched a special showing of the IBM Watson Jeopardy Challenge, Wednesday, February 16, 2011 at the Castle Theater. Watson handily beat the past Jeopardy champions and earned $1 million dollars for charity. (The Pantagraph, David Proeber)

NEW YORK -- The "Jeopardy"-playing IBM computer Watson has been named person of the year by the Webby Awards.

The Webbys, which honor Internet achievement, announced their special honorees Thursday.

The recently disbanded rock group LCD Soundsystem has been chosen artist of the year. The band presented their final concert at Madison Square Garden in a live webcast.

"It Gets Better Project" founder Dan Savage will be honored for special achievement. Savage's online video campaign has urged young people to stand up to bullying against lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender teens.

Director Adam McKay and Chris Henchy, co-founders of the comedy Web site FunnyOrDie, will be honored as film and video person of the year.

Awards will be handed out June 13 at the 15th annual Webby Awards, hosted by Lisa Kudrow.



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