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Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Joshua Foer, United States Memory Champion, talks about the topsy-turvy world of competitive memorizers. Wall Street Journal journalists Julia Angwin and Jessica Vascellaro discuss new tracking technologies being installed in everything from cell phones to televisions.

The Memory Palaces

In 2006, science journalist Joshua Foer was crowned the United States Memory Champion in the "speed cards" event by memorizing a deck of 52 cards in 1 minute and 40 seconds. In his book, Moonwalking with Einstein, he recounts his journey to the top and in the process reveals the topsy-turvy world of professional memorizers.

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What They Know, Part II

Over the summer, Pulitzer Prize-winning technology journalist Julia Angwin told us about the various tracking technologies that companies secretly install on websites in order to monitor user behavior. Only six months later, these technologies have migrated outside of our hard drives and into our televisions. Today, Julia joins us along with Wall Street Journal Deputy Bureau Chief for Media and Marketing Jessica Vascellaro to discuss the newest monitoring technologies that are currently being installed in televisions. They'll also discuss the latest articles in the series: from technologies that monitor which apps you use on your cell phone to the Web's latest commodity: privacy

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