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Any Good Live Video on the Web Right Now? Ask Clicker.

For a bunch of reasons, Web video tends to work better when it has already been recorded. But here’s one way to make live Web video more palatable: Make it easier to find.

Clicker, the would-be TV Guide for Web video, is now indexing live video streams, too. Legal streams, that is–if you’re trying to find pirated streams of the Mets or a World Cup game, Clicker won’t help you.

But if you want to know if C-Span is up and running or when the next installment of Leo Laporte’s show is going up or when ESPN 3’s next soccer game goes live, the service should help. Exactly how much, though, will be up to the people who make the live streams and supply the metadata Clicker uses to help sort and categorize the shows.

For instance, it’s nice to know when Kevin Pollak’s chat show (surprisingly watchable) is airing. It’s even nicer to know who Pollak’s guest is going to be. But Clicker can’t provide that information until Pollak’s show does.

Editor’s Note: All Things Digital’s Katherine Boehret reviewed Clicker back in November. Check out her review here.

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Another gadget you don’t really need. Will not work once you get it home. New model out in 4 weeks. Battery life is too short to be of any use.

— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus