Similar to a memo that was leaked last year, a new internal AT&T memo could point to an upcoming 3G iPhone launch. The memo calls for employees to avoid taking vacations between June 15 and July 12 and refers to “an exciting Summer Promotional Launch.”

Remember, the first iPhone launched on June 29th.

The word “promotional” could also give credit to the rumor of a $200 iPhone discounted through AT&T.

When South Park – The Complete 11th Season is released on August 12 it will include downloadable content for Harmonix and MTV Games’ multi-instrument music title Rock Band as a bonus feature.

Yes, marketing materials sent to retailers claim that, while supplies last, “every DVD will include a 3-song download pack for the MTV Games sensation Rock Band.”

Rock Band and South Park have a bit of a history together, as the game contains a track from South Park band Timmy & The Lords of the Underworld, and the eleventh season of South Park includes an episode that pokes fun at Guitar Hero and Rock Band.

In a recent interview with Portfolio, Bobby Kotick, Activision’s CEO, had some pretty nasty things to say about Electronic Arts; specifically that the videogame publishing giant has “taken the soul out” of many studios that it acquires.

Today EA vice president of corporate communications Jeff Brown responded on Newsweek’s excellent LevelUp blog, denying the soul-stealing accusations with a laugh.

Peekaboo Pole Dancing, the folks behind the Carmen Electra Poledancing Kit, are looking for partners to make a pole dancing game for the Nintendo Wii. However, they say that Carmen Electra won’t be involved in this particular project, which kind of sucks.

However, trying to figure out the mechanics behind getting a Wii pole dancing game to work sounds pretty darn hilarious. We can only imagine what they will be. Peekaboo, to its credit, just wants to show people the aerobic and fitness potential behind doing the stinkpole. This, of course, is something that strippers have known for years. How do you think they keep those bodies so tight?

Without any warning, always web-friendly industrial overlords Nine Inch Nails posted access to a free download of its complete new album, The Slip, on its website ( this morning.

The 10-track album is available in several formats, including MP3 and high-quality lossless formats.

To download of The Slip, which will also be issued to retail on CD and vinyl in July, you gotta join the site and enter an email address, to which a link will be sent that will include access to all format options. All downloads will also include a PDF with lyrics and artwork.

Analyst Michael Pachter believes that Activision’s stock will climb coming off of an 88% retail sales increase and the pending merger with Vivendi.

The merger should finish within the next few weeks and Activision Blizzard will be official. Stockholders will have to approve the move, but it is expected for them to do so as they like money.

Pachter believes, however, that their sales will decrease over 2008, but the company will be able to grow anyway.

Also, Activision still plans to crank out Guitar Hero, Call of Duty, and Tony Hawk games.

Family Guy/American Dad creator Seth MacFarlane just signed a new deal with 20th Century Fox TV that would make him the highest-paid writer-producer working in television.

The deal is said to be worth over $100 million and took 2 1/2 years to negotiate. It keeps MacFarlane at 20th Century Fox TV through 2012, covering both of his current shows, the upcoming Family Guy spinoff The Cleveland Show, as well as series development, which includes a multicamera comedy with Family Guy writer Gary Janetti. It also includes new-media projects, DVD and merchandising revenue related to his shows.

As you may or may not know, Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto, the creator of Super Mario Bros., Starfox and Donkey Kong, is the most influential person alive, according to Time Magazine.

But Miyamoto’s honor is not without peril. Third-place finisher Stephen Colbert had some choice words for the winner on last night’s Colbert Report:

Blizzard has just gotten into the digital distribution game with their updated online store. Currently available for online purchase are:

  • StarCraft Anthology (includes the original game and Brood War)
  • WarCraft III
  • WarCraft III: The Frozen Throne

Available shortly will be Diablo II and Diablo II: Lord of Destruction. None of Blizzard’s games older than StarCraft are currently available this way and any game that never had a CD-Key will not be available. No Diablo, sorry.

MTV Games and Harmonix have teamed up with McDonald’s to drop the price on select Rock Band tracks in North America, so save your money and rock out with bargain rock, baby.

Each week until June 1st, you can grab two new tracks for 80 M’Soft points each. Here are the tracks that will be available for rock bottom rates for the 360:

5/6/08-5/12/08 :
Crushcrushcrush – Paramore
Rock ‘n Roll Band – Boston

5/13/08-5/19/08 :
Shockwave – Black Tide
Sugar Magnolia – Grateful Dead

We Care A Lot – Faith No More
All the Small Things – Blink 182

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