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“So I hit up a garage sale over the weekend and bought a genuine, working-condition Atari 2600, with a huge stack of games nearly mint in their boxes, for a song. I thought I’d scan the box covers and give you all a look back into the fun of yesteryear….”

Presumably as part of an effort to not get overshadowed by EA’s Rock Band, Activision’s upcoming Guitar Hero 4 will introduce additional instruments besides the coveted axe.

In an interview with Conde Nast Portfolio magazine, Activision CEO Bobby Kotick revealed that the fourth installment of the popular franchise will introduce new instruments to the game, including vocals, and even let players jam along with local bands from their area

“It’s not just about guitars,” Kotick said. “We’ll include a lot of other instruments, vocals. It will help us expand internationally. It’s the first game we’ve had in which we can use local content and local bands.”

FOX has decided to renew Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles for another season of 13 episodes, despite a fairly average showing in its first season. Still, FOX points to repeat viewing and DVR and TiVo to explain why they’re deciding to bring the show back.

Also, they maintain that Sarah Connor has developed a core audience of its own, which is what’s kept niche shows like Battlestar Galactica on television for years. In addition, FOX is looking at developing a companion series to the show, and looking at juggling it around to different spots on the schedule.

Warner Bros. and EA are teaming up to release a game to tie in with the new film Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. The game will be released later this year, and will be available on pretty much every current videogame system known to mankind, including the Wii, for whom they are doing extra work to make the game more robust and enjoyable.

The non-spoiler laden plot of the movie, and presumably, the game, will involve Voldemort increasing his pressure on Harry and friends at Hogwarts and trying to plunge the world into eternal darkness yet again. We can only assume the game will be released concurrent with the film’s release, but we’ll know a lot more as we get closer to both.

You know The Groundlings, even if you don’t think you know The Groundlings. The Los Angeles comedy troupe is the birthplace of Pee-Wee Herman, the comedy careers of Will Ferrell and Phil Hartman, and one of the most venerable theater institutions in the country. Now, The Groundlings will create short-form video content for distribution on the internet, in a deal made with Sony Pictures Television.

Sony’s been investing pretty heavily in short form content these days, and this partnership with The Groundlings seems to be a very smart investment for both parties.

Apple’s headed straight to the top with a bullet — they went from 159 to 121 in last year’s Fortune 500 ranking, and this year, they’ve pushed their way up to 103. On the list of the “20 most profitable tech companies,” they are solidly at number eight – Fortune says that the introduction of the iPhone and “record sales of Mac computers” have Apple on a rocket trajectory.

Of course, Google’s sitting upstairs at number 7, and you-know-who (not the Harry Potter villain, but close) is up at number one.

Mac users who have wanted to share audio, video, and pictures with their Xbox 360s have had to depend on Connect360 from Nullriver Software. Now, however, there’s a new option: Rivet from Cynical Peak Software. Frankly, it does about the same thing as Connect360, running in your menu bar and allowing you to share media to your Xbox 360, though it does add a few convenient features.

According to the developer, Rivet allows you to “supply multiple search paths for your media” and display your folder media folder hierarchies properly (instead of in a long, flat list). So if you’ve been frustrated by those limitations, Rivet is worth a look. In my brief testing it worked just about as well as Connect360.

The one feature that most of us iPhone owners want is native instant messaging. With the upcoming SDK release, instant messaging apps will most likely not be able to run in the background (in other words, they may not receive messages when the phone is sleeping or doing other things). However, AppleInsider is reporting on an Apple patent for instant messaging on the iPhone that was filed in August of last year, but just granted in March of this year.

The drawing included with the patent filing looks identical to the SMS application on the iPhone, with some key differences, one of which is word suggestions that appear as bubbles above the keyboard. AppleInsider also reports that this service could be used as a substitute for MMS (multi media messaging) which the current iPhone is lacking.

You can read the full patent filing on the USPTO’s website.

Oscar-winning visual effects guru John Knoll (Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy, Speed Racer) shares the secrets of his career with Luxology president Brad Peebler in a special podcast ( this week.

The Industrial Light & Magic vfx supervisor talks about how he leveraged his interests and hobbies into his his goal to be one of the most sought-after artists in his field. Knoll also talks about how he and his brother developed Photoshop and about using his CG mastery in movies as wide-ranging as Willow, The Abyss and Star Wars: Episode I, II and III.

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