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Fastest texters in America battle it out for $50,000

The fastest texters in America put their speed, accuracy, and dexterity on display at the sixth annual national texting competition today.

By Associated Press / August 8, 2012

Eleven of the fastest texters in America compete today (Aug. 8, 2012) for the $50,000. Here an Occupy Wall Street activist at a May 1, 2012 protest in New York texts with other activists.

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The fastest texters in the United Sates are facing off today in the sixth annual LG U.S. National Texting Competition.

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Eleven contestants are coming to Times Square for the annual competition this afternoon. The winner gets $50,000. Competitors range from 16 to 24 years old. Last year's champion Austin Weirschke is coming back to defend his title.

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The competition tests three skills: speed, accuracy and dexterity. There are three rounds to the competition: texting while blind-folded, texting with hands behind their backs and Text Blitz, where phrases are shown to the contestants for a length of time and they have to copy them as fast as they can.

The competition is sponsored by LG Electronics.

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