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New on the Net: The National Jukebox

The National Jukebox: more than ten thousand vintage recordings dating back a century available for free online from the Library of Congress.

The Library of Congress presents the National Jukebox, which makes historical sound recordings available to the public free of charge. The Jukebox includes recordings from the extraordinary collections of the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation and other contributing libraries and archives. Recordings in the Jukebox were issued on record labels now owned by Sony Music Entertainment, which has granted the Library of Congress a gratis license to stream acoustical recordings.

At launch, the Jukebox includes more than 10,000 recordings made by the Victor Talking Machine Company between 1901 and 1925. Jukebox content will be increased regularly, with additional Victor recordings and acoustically recorded titles made by other Sony-owned U.S. labels, including Columbia, OKeh, and others.

 

ChatRoulette [Reposted]

ChatRoulette is the latest big thing on the Intertubes — it is to this online fashion season what Twitter was to the last one.  The ingenious little video above has only been up on YouTube for a week but already has almost 4 million views because it very sweetly captures the playful possibilities of encountering random strangers via your web cam.

You can try ChatRoulette for yourself here.

Developments on the Web are moving so quickly these days that we’ll try to update you regularly on sites of interest.  And please let us know if you’ve come across something you’d like to share.

Reposted: It is in the nature of the Internet that some things are transient: the original video has been taken down for “violation of use”.  Whatever.  But it has been reposted on another account — and we’ve linked to it.

Also, the wonderful Ben Folds did a tribute to the video the other night at a concert in North Carolina.  You can watch it after the jump.

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