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Spy on LA: New Webcams Provide Glimpses of Life

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The TommyCam keeps an eye on the Tommy Trojan statue at USC
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Today EarthCam launches its new live streaming video webcams using up-to-date video compression technology to provide videos with with H.264 flash quality. This site has webcam sites from all over the world conveniently mapped for you, along with informational pages and viewer-voted “Hall of Fame” videos. This is only phase one, so more locations will be added over time and upgrades are ongoing.

Many of the sites include sound, so you almost feel as if you have suddenly jumped over to Times Square, Bourbon Street, Niagara Falls, and even Ho Chi Minh City. There is a search function, so you can find streaming cams from all over the world.

Los Angeles live cams include Watch the Water, which showcases beaches around LA, USC's Tommy Cam, Johnny Knoxville's Jackass Office cam and Ellen Degeneris' studiocam. At the time of this post, UCLA's cam and Disneyland's cams were down. But who cares when you can watch Steve Edwards get all cranky on Good Day LA's cam or wait for Batman to attack people on the Mann's Chinese Theater cam?

Or for a little break during a hectic workday, you can zen out to the fish at the New England Aquarium or watch the pandas romp on Pandacam

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Previously: Live Bald Eagle Web Cam on Catalina Island