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Wow. I mean, I just don’t know what to say. But DirecTV has started running a series of ads (yes, there are several variations) featuring Sigourney Weaver in the final fight from Aliens. This is just wrong. For some reason it makes me want to listen to that song ‘George Lucas Raped Our Childhood’ (next post).

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(Engadget) It’s hard to believe that DirecTV and TiVo finally decided to upgrade their combo box software to add features for hardware that is no longer available for purchase and that DirecTV takes every opportunity to replace with it’s own branded DVR. But we can only hope that this is a prelude to a new DirecTV TiVo. In the meantime current owners can expect to get a few of the great features that stand-alone TiVo owners have enjoyed for some time. A full feature list is not included in the announcement, but the few that are include: a deleted items folder, overlap protection, and DirecTV’s remote booking feature — which we assume will require a home phone line or could mean that USB Ethernet support will be added as well. So while these features are certainly not ground breaking, we’re sure they’ll be welcomed additions for the owners of aging DirecTiVo hardware.

It was announced at ComiCon over the weekend by Joss Whedon that he is planning a ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ spinoff series called ‘Ripper’. The series will follow the adventures of Buffy’s former mentor, Giles, as he returns to England after helping her one final time.

By September, Google owned YouTube plans to institute a new technology that will block the pirating of TV shows and movies onto its site. Google’s legal team told a judge overseeing Viacom’s copyright infringement lawsuit against the video site of the plans for the new system late Friday. Viacom responded that “YouTube should not have gone online without such technology in place” and added that “YouTube has profited from illegally copyrighted material from the beginning of its existence.”

Federal regulators today set broad rules for an upcoming auction of prime airwaves that give cellphone users more say in how they access wireless networks. The Federal Communications Commission voted to require the winner of about a third of the valuable public airwaves to allow people to use any phone they want and download any mobile software application.

The F.C.C. rules will allow customers to use whatever phone and software they want on networks using about one-third of the spectrum to be auctioned.

The F.C.C. did not approve a provision that would have required the winner of the auction to sell access to its network on a wholesale basis to other companies.

Martin Scorsese’s highly-anticipated Rolling Stones concert film, ‘Shine A Light‘, will be released to IMAX theatres the same day it’s hits regular theaters, September 21.

Over a decade ago, the Rolling Stones were featured in an IMAX movie that re-defined the way people experience concert films. This time, Shine A Light will be digitally re-mastered into the unparalleled image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience with IMAX DMR (Digital Re-Mastering) technology.

“I am very pleased that audiences will have the opportunity to experience Shine A Light in IMAX,”  Scorsese said in a statement. “The larger-than-life images and sound of an IMAX theatre will only enhance the experience of giving viewers the best seat in the house to watch the Rolling Stones perform.”

(Gamespot) An article on the gaming blog Joystiq citing the latest issue of GamePro magazine, and a piece on British site Computer & Video Games citing unnamed “reports.”

The official story: “We have previously announced that Rock Band will feature Nirvana’s single ‘In Bloom’ on the game disc. To date, the only official announcement we have made regarding Rock Band full album downloads is The Who, “Who’s Next.” Look out for more Rock Band news soon.”–A Harmonix representative.

Parallel Processing Corp. is asking a federal court to order Sony to destroy its PlayStation 3 videogame consoles, which PPC claims infringes on its patents for microprocessor technology.

PPC filed the lawsuit last week in U.S. District Court in Tyler, Texas. The suit claims that the cell processor, developed by Sony, Toshiba, and IBM, violates PPC’s patent for “synchronized parallel processing with shared memory.” The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted the patent in October 1991.

Sony on Tuesday didn’t respond to a request for comment.

Bungie announced today in Amsterdam that Halo 3 will have 4-player online campaign coop play (2 player coop is still available on a single machine in split-screen mode). Read full release here.

So you were probably wondering why we didn’t want to commit to two player co-op online over Xbox Live. We certainly got plenty of mail asking, no, demanding that we make it happen. Of course we were working on it, but we were also working on something better. Not two player co-op. Not three-player co-op, but up to four player co-op. Online. On Xbox Live, or sure, System Link if you prefer.

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