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Finally! A Web + TV Combo That Makes Sense: Jimmy Fallon Livestreams Jimmy Fallon.

Yes, yes, yes: Google (GOOG) is the latest company to try merging your TV with the Web. I’m still not convinced you want that to happen, but more on that later.

Meantime, here’s a Web/TV merger that does make sense: NBC late-night host Jimmy Fallon,watching his own show on tape while commenting on it, live, on the Web.

Really, it does make sense: Like all late-night shows, Fallon’s is recorded in the afternoon, the day of broadcast. But next week, each night the show airs, Fallon will go live on the Web at 12:30 Eastern and provide a running commentary on the show, DVD-style. Fans will also be able to chat and interact with him, via video powered by UStream.

Pretty clever convergence, no?

Aside: Fallon’s show has always been a deliberately Web-friendly one. Fallon is a fairly famous Twitterer, which has caused some problems in the past, and the show goes out of its way to book tech-savvy guests like the Digg dudes.

And it’s also good about offering Internet-only goodies like this clip–an off-air encounter between Fallon and guest Jerry Seinfeld from last night’s show.

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik