Don’t get too excited for all that unfiltered, uncensored satellite radio content you think you might be getting if XM Satellite Radio and Sirius Satellite Radio merge….it hasn’t happened yet.

It turns out that key congressional Democrats are urging the Federal Communications Commission to impose limits on the merger designed to “protect” consumers. Most of their points have to do with pricing and equipment, and thankfully not content regulation…yet.

Goth rock vets The Cure announce this week that they will issue a new single each month on the 13th leading up to the release of their 13th studio album on September 13.

The first single from the to-be-titled album drops on May 13 and is titled “The Only One” b/w “NY Trip,” while the second one (“Freakshow” b/w “All Kinds Of Stuff”) will be out on June 13. The b-sides are exclusive to the singles and will not appear on the full-length album.

The tunes were produced by leader Robert Smith and Keith Uddin…who were likely very sad and pale when they recorded them.

Life is meant for rocking out, and Harmonix wants to help you along with a brand new song pack that becomes available next week in the Rock Band store. For 440 Microsoft Points, you can add “This Ain’t A Scene, It’s An Arms Race” from Fall Out Boy, “Date With The Night” by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and “It Hurts” by Angels & Airwaves to your set list. Each song will also be separately avaialble for 160 points each.

And for those of you keeping track, the ticker is at 8 million song downloads and counting for Rock Band afficianados since the game launched last fall.

Tony Krvaric, head of San Diego’s GOP Committee, is a co-founding member of a computer piracy group that began in 1987.

The group, Fairlight, was one of the biggest gaming warez groups on the scene, but was eventually busted in 2004. Krvaric had left the group officially in 1994.

In an e-mail response to other Republican officials, Krvaric said:

“Apparently there’s a hit piece floating around on me, “exposing” my wild high school, teenage years where I was in a computer club where we swapped Commodore 64 games (similar to how kids swap mp3 music files these days). This was in the 80’s, on a computer that’s long since defunct!”

For all of Microsoft’s denial, the Xbox 360 Blu-ray console rumors just will not die. In fact, they are getting more and more specific. The Chinese language Economic Daily News is reporting that Pegatron, an OEM subsidiary of ASUS, has won the order from Microsoft to assemble the Xbox 360 with Blu-ray Disc ROM drive — shipments are expected to being in Q3 of this year. Now come on Microsoft, just come clean on the matter, we won’t tell anyone.

We all know that World of Warcraft thas made a lot of money. Speculation is that since the game’s launch, it’s taken in $1.4 Billion in subscription fees. But according to, not only is that an arduous goal to reach, the overhead costs alone can make a financial analyst go pale. To top it all off, they pretty much say there’s no way to predict if a game will be successful either. Awesome.

Daily Show comic Demetri Martin will star in Ang Lee’s Talking Woodstock, about a closeted gay man working in his parents’ hotel in the Catskills in 1969, who accidentally starts the Woodstock Festival in motion. Martin is not only a Daily Show fixture, but has also appeared on Flight of the Conchords, and is a fixture on the alternative comedy scene.

Now, normally, we’d give Ang Lee a wide berth. After all, the man is an Oscar-winning director. However, this sounds like a really strange idea for a movie, and we don’t know if Martin can carry a project on his own. Still, it’s interesting enough to be worth a look.


Viacom’s quarterly presentation released Friday said the Harmonix-developed Rock Band has sold over 10 million songs via Xbox Live Marketplace and PlayStation Network since the game’s November release.

Viacom also said it has shipped “more than 3 million bundled units” of Rock Band to date.

The Rock Band bundle for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 includes a microphone, drum kit, guitar and software for $169. The PS2 version, which doesn’t feature downloadable content, sells for $159. A Wii version is also slated for release in June.

Point Mobile Safari to and view an iPhone-optimized web page that resembles a Star Trek Tricorder.

So, what does it do, you ask? Why, it scans a given area, interprets and displays gathered data and records all findings to isolinear chips.

Actually, it doesn’t do to much. Once you “turn it on” by clicking the power button, you can switch between three functions and view related animations. Every minute or so, a window pops up with a snide remark like, “The Federation is shocked. The Enterprise actually ferried an alien VIP from one place to another without serious incident.” It’s even got a snazzy webclip icon.

The world of Narnia was magically enriched through the collective talents and efforts of the production’s visual effects artists, once again headed by Oscar® nominee Dean Wright. Wright and longtime Adamson ally Wendy Rogers collaborated with a whole new group of computer wizards for PRINCE CASPIAN.

Wright and Rogers drafted three of the industry’s top VFX designers to bring the world of Narnia to the screen in this new chapter. Two London firms, The Moving Picture Company and the Oscar®-winning Framestore/CFC, joined the Oscar® winners from Weta Digital in New Zealand to digitally enhance the world of Narnia and envision CGI creatures the River God, Jadis the White Witch, Trufflehunter the faithful badger, Aslan the Lion and the valiant, swashbuckling rodent, Reepicheep.

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