Political spending on TV ads may be posted online

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. regulators on Friday proposed a rule that would move television broadcasters’ public files to the Internet, making it easier to access information about political spending on TV advertising.

UPDATE 1-Dodgers to emerge from bankruptcy on April 30

April 6 (Reuters) – Los Angeles Dodgers said on Friday it
expects to emerge from bankruptcy by the end of April, after a
group spearheaded by basketball great Earvin “Magic” Johnson
last week agreed…

Rumors of June Launch for Updated iMacs Begin to Build

Digitimes points to a report in Taiwan’s Economic Daily News claiming that Apple is planning to introduce updated iMac models in June, a bit later than some had initially hoped given Intel’s Ivy Bridge launch schedule that would see quad-core desktop processors launch at the end of this month.

PC ODM Quanta Computer and chassis supplier Foxconn Technology are expected to benefit from the launch of Apple’s latest iMac desktops, which are set to launch in June with Intel’s latest Ivy Bridge processors, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report citing sources from the upstream supply chain.

The report repeats a claim from earlier this week indicating that Apple will be using anti-reflective glass for the new iMac, and also suggests that updated MacBook Pro models are due “at the end of the second quarter”.

Unfortunately, Economic Daily News does not have a terribly good track record when it comes to Apple rumors, with past misses including an iPhone nano in 2009, a 7-inch iPad in 2010, and a Retina-display iPad by the end of 2011. But perhaps coming in support of the newspaper’s claim of a June launch for updated iMac models, How to Arena earlier this week claimed a similar June-July timeframe for updated iMac models.

As for Economic Daily News‘ claim that Apple will be releasing MacBook Pro updates at the end of the quarter, which would mean late June, Apple’s situation appears to be complicated by chip availability from Intel. While quad-core chips appropriate for the 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pro are said to be launching on April 29, dual-core chips viewed as successors to those used in the current 13-inch model do not appear to be launching until early June.

Recent reports have indicated that production on new 15-inch models has begun ramping up but that 13-inch MacBook Pro updates won’t begin ramping until June, and it is unclear whether Apple would introduce the new 15-inch models before the 13-inch models are ready.

Activists fight "cyber-security" bill that would give NSA more data

An online activist site has collected 300,000 signatures in opposition to a pending “cyber-security” bill that critics say would allow increased government spying on the Internet. The petition focuses on a bill by Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI), but his legislation is one of at least four proposals now being considered by Congress.

According to Jerry Brito, a researcher at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, there are four competing bills because the two parties—and the two houses of Congress—disagree about how best to deal with online security issues. One point of controversy is over who will take the lead on the issue, the Department of Homeland Security or the National Security Agency. A bill by Senator Joseph Lieberman (I-CT), which would have given the leading role to DHS, was originally expected to pass easily through the Senate. But several Senate Republicans, led by Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) were dissatisfied with the Lieberman bill and introduced competing legislation that envisioned a larger role for the NSA.

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A Collection of Photographs From Inside Apple HQ

AppleGazette has assembled a large collection of photographs taken inside Apple Headquarters in Cupertino. The collection includes photos of the reception areas at 1 Infinite Loop, shots of the atriums, The Company Store, Apple’s Town Hall auditorium, the Apple gymnasium and more.

For such a private and secretive company, there are a decent number of photos taken inside the walls of headquarters. Of course, we have seen lots of plans for the new Apple headquarters which should be completed in a few years.

UPDATE 1-ISS urges Illumina holders to reject Roche proposals

NEW YORK, April 6 (Reuters) – A major shareholders advisory
service on Friday urged holders of U.S. gene sequenci ng company
Illumina to vote against rejected suitor Roche Holdings AG’s
proxy contest…

TEXT-S&P corrects LaSalle Bank, LaSalle Bank Midwest ratings

April 6 – Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services today corrected its long-term
issuer credit ratings on LaSalle Bank N.A. and LaSalle Bank Midwest N.A. to ‘A’
from ‘A+,’ as both of these entities were…