Skype, the Internet phone division of e-commerce giant eBay, has confirmed plans to introduce a version of its Internet telephony software for Apple’s iPhone and iPod touch users on Tuesday.

The free application, which will be available for download from the App Store, will let users place phones calls to other Skype users on computers or supported mobile phones at no charge. An option to place calls to traditional telephone landlines will also be available for about 2.1 cents per minute, according to the Wall Street Journal.

It’s something many iPhone owners have been waiting for since the iPhone first appeared 2 years ago. It was on again, off again, will they, won’t they?

Well, it seems they did. Sling has announced that SlingPlayer for iPhone has been submitted to the app store for approval. The company had previously said the app would be submitted this quarter, and it’s in just under the wire.

Sling already has versions for Blackberry, Windows Mobile, Symbian and Palm smart phones. No one can predict when, or if, Apple will approve the software, but there will be iPhone owners with pitchforks and torches outside Apple headquarters if the much sought-after app does not appear soon.

Last week came the sneak peek at internal AT&T memosmeant to coach employees on the sale of unsubsidized iPhones. Today, there’s news that Apple has begunselling no-contract iPhones at their retail stores. You can grab an 8GB iPhone 3G for $599 or a 16GB model for $699, take it home and do what you will. Unlike restrictions set up by AT&T, Apple Store customers may purchase as many unsubsidized phones as they please.

With WWDC and the release of iPhone OS 3.0 both scheduled for June, it looks like Apple might be clearing house for something new. Perhaps the current model will drop in price and become the entry-level iPhone to make room for the rumored 2009 model.

I have no idea how much of this is spoilers, but if you want to walk into this summer’s Star Trekmovie with a completely blank slate of expectations, you should probably move on to the next post. Spoilers ahead!

When your simple-yet-addictive tank shooting game blasts its way to the top of the App Store sales charts and earns you a reasonable fraction of a cool million bucks, what do you do for an encore? Developer Ethan Nicholas has released iShoot 2.0,adding much-requested features to the $2.99 artillery battle (the free iShoot Lite remains unchanged).

The new version of iShoot (App Store) adds plenty of customization options, including a weapon designer, new rulesets and rule editor, background music — and a local LAN network play option, allowing you to blast 3 of your friends over WiFi whenever you like. Check it out.

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The 82nd Annual Academy Awards will be presented on Sunday, March 7, 2010, Academy President Sid Ganis announced today.

The ceremony will again take place at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network.

Key dates currently scheduled are:

* Tuesday, December 1, 2009: Official Screen Credits forms due

* Monday, December 28, 2009: Nominations ballots mailed

* Saturday, January 23, 2010: Nominations polls close 5 p.m. PT

* Tuesday, February 2, 2010: Nominations announced 5:30 a.m. PT, Samuel Goldwyn Theater

MGM and the Farrelly brothers are closing in on their cast for “The Three Stooges.”Studio has set Sean Penn to play Larry, and negotiations are underway with Jim Carrey to play Curly, with the actor already making plans to gain 40 pounds to approximate the physical dimensions of Jerome “Curly” Howard.

The studio is zeroing in on Benicio Del Toro to play Moe.

The film is not a biopic, but rather a comedy built around the antics of the three characters that Moe Howard, Larry Fine and Howard played in the Columbia Pictures shorts.

George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese have agreed to help celebrate the establishment of the Anaheim University Akira Kurosawa School of Film.

The university said Lucas, Spielberg and Scorsese are slated to attend a tribute Monday, the 99th anniversary of Kurosawa’s birth. The Japanese filmmaker died in 1998 at age 88. His films included “Rashomon,” “Seven Samurai,” “The Hidden Fortress,” “Dersu Uzala” and “Kagemusha.”

The tribute is part of the Cherry Blossom Gala, a “black-tie extravaganza of culture and the arts” to be presided over by television announcer/actor Shadoe Stevens at the Beverly Hills Hotel Crystal Ballroom in Beverly Hills, Calif., organizers said.

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