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Congress to broadcast opening day live on Facebook, later today

Today the U.S. House of Representatives will be transitioning over to Republican control. To mark the event, the first speech by new House Speaker, congressman John Boehner, will be streamed live on the Pledge to America Facebook page. You will be able to watch the proceedings live even if you don't have a Facebook account – the page is open and accessible to all, as befitting a...

Easily create tiny, embeddable polls with MicroPoll

MicroPoll is a nice, free service for setting up single-question polls that you can easily embed on any website or blog. You give them your email (that's the only scary part, but it's inevitable with a service like this -- and you can always use a disposable account), create your question, quickly set up the possible answers, and you're done. You then get a piece of JavaScript that you can put on...

Create playlists for events democratically using SongVote

No, it's not another RSS mix-up. The reason you're seeing an Ellen-related screenshot is because that happens to be the playlist vote that I stumbled onto in SongVote. It's all quite straightforward, really; SongVote lets you create a topic or an event ("Shloime's Bar Mitzvah") and then have people vote on what music they'd like to hear at the event. You can either vote for one of the songs...

Google stops censoring in China, creates "China dashboard"

That's it; the deed is done -- Google stopped censoring results for China. As of this morning, users trying to access google.cn are redirected to google.com.hk, where Google provides uncensored search results. They use geolocation to figure out when a connection is from the mainland, and provide results in simplified Chinese. Users connecting from Hong Kong will keep getting results in...

Jelli is an online music service that tries a bit too hard

On paper, Jelli looks like a good idea. It's an online radio station which brodcasts an m3u playlist file that you can load in any player of your choice. The actual music which gets played is determined by the users who are online -- who can vote songs up and down the list, making it all "democratic" and "social." The trouble is that the site's design is so over-the-top, it's barely...

Miro 1.0 released: It's not Joost, but it is open source

Everybody's favorite open-source video aggregator/online TV viewing app has finally hit the big 1.0. Miro is positioning itself as an alternative to Joost, but we're not sure the comparison is apt. Joost lets you watch professionally produced content in a custom-built streaming video player that brings a TV-like experience to your computer. Miro lets you download and watch videos that you could...

Democracy Player relaunches as Miro

Okay, we know that Democracy was supposed to be renamed Miro when it hit version 1.0. But Miro 0.9.8 is out now. Whoo hoo. Technically, this is a technical preview of Miro. But as with most of the beta releases of Democracy, it's already a pretty full featured video aggregator/player. While new programs like Joost and Babelgum aim to provide a peer-to-peer streaming video experience, Miro lets you...

Democracy Player becomes 'Miro'

What's in a name? Lots of things, including the difference between confusing and creating potential users of your application, apparently. That's why the Participatory Culture Foundation is renaming Democracy Player, its internet television surfing program, despite sticking with the original for over a year. "In all our debates about whether you could call something 'Democracy' and how people...

Democracy Player 0.9.5 now available

Democracy Player version 0.9.5 has been officially released, introducing a host of new improvements and enhancements since the 0.9.2 release back in November of 2006. Here's a brief highlight of what to look for: Simpler, more minimal interface New 'Share' menu on each item allows user to email a video or post to VideoBomb, del.icio.us, Digg, or Reddit VLC 0.8.6 on Windows version that...

Democracy Player 0.9.5 release candidate available

The hard-working folks over at the Participatory Culture Foundation have made the Democracy Player 0.9.5. release candidate available for both Windows and Mac OS X platforms, and they're a-lookin' for bugs and want your help. Just a quick reminder, in case you didn't know: Democracy Player is the application for open-source 'internet television' surfing, and it's been chugging along over the past...

Democracy Player as poor man's TiVo

Sketchy legal issues aside, I'm a big fan of the "poor-man's TiVo," i.e. downloading TV shows via BitTorrent. There are a lot of ways to automate this--many BitTorrent clients can read and filter RSS feeds, and there are even stand-alone apps dedicated to the task. Lifehacker introduces us to yet another method, using the awesome open source app Democracy. Democracy, of course, has built-in...

Democracy 0.9 released

That's right folks, your favorite Internet TV player are now ready for download. The new features are: Playlists for better organization; Folders, also for better organization and foldering; Flash video support for Linux and Windows, (Mac can play Flash Video too, but it must be launched in another window); drag and drop; an overhauled menu, multi-language support; and lots of UI polish....

Democracy Player now better, stabler

I got a little notification in my Inbox today telling me that a new version of Democracy Player is out. Version 0.8.4.1 (note to software developers: when your version numbers start to look like IP addresses, they've gotten out of hand) is available for WIndows, Mac, or Linux. The biggest improvements to the RSS-and-BitTorrent-enabled internet TV viewer from the Participatory Culture FOundation...

Downloading TV shows automatically with Democracy Player

The other day we covered the Windows release of Participatory Culture's Democracy Player (formerly DTV), a media player that lets you "watch internet videos like you watch TV." Today Lifehacker points us to a great tutorial for using Democracy to automatically download your favorite TV shows via BitTorrent. Of course, there are many other ways to approach the "poor man's TiVo"...