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Apple Closed Retail Stores in Memory of Steve Jobs

By - Source: BusinessWeek | B 40 comments

Apple stores close as staff tune in to watch a live webcast of Apple's Steve Jobs memorial.

Yesterday, shoppers looking to pick up a new iPod or take a MacBook Air for a test drive will have arrived at their local Apple store only to find the doors locked and, in some cases, white coverings on the windows. However, this time the stores weren't closed so that staff could prepare for the latest Apple innovation. Instead, Apple closed the stores as a mark of respect for former CEO and Apple founder Steve Jobs.

Jobs finally passed away after a long battle with cancer two weeks ago, and this week, Apple held a memorial for Steve at its Cupertino campus. It closed stores across the nation so that staff could watch the memorial via live webcast. BusinessWeek reports that stores were closed for several hours and that some locations in Northern California covered their windows with white sheets.

The memorial at Apple was for employees to celebrate Steve Jobs' life. Tim Cook, Jony Ive and Al Gore are said to have spoken at the service and Norah Jones and Coldplay, both of whom have performed at Apple events in the past, are said to have played. Another service for Steve Jobs, this one attended by the likes of Bill Gates and Bill Clinton, was held at Standford University last Sunday. U2's Bono supposedly performed at that service.

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    LuckyDucky7 , October 20, 2011 7:13 PM
    So are all Unix-based machines (~70% of all Internet servers, mainframes at big businesses, Macs, iDevices and Android, and the occasional hobbyist machine) being shut down in memory of Dennis Ritchie?
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    fball922 , October 20, 2011 7:29 PM
    Don't get me wrong, I am not celebrating the death of Steve Jobs and I certainly understand why employees MIGHT be sorry to see him go. He also improved greatly on existing products...

    But I don't understand why so many people are so distraught that he is gone.

    I mean, wasn't he kind of an a-hole? He was known for ruthlessly going after employees who leaked information about products, and individuals who obtained those products. But what did he do outside of Apple that was so great? He was not a philanthropist. He did not do anything to give back or improve people's lives. I am not saying he SHOULD have, but isn't that how we usually measure the greatness of one's life (not to be confused with the value of one's life)?

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/record-thin-on-steve-jobss-philanthropy/2011/10/06/gIQA3YKKRL_story.html

    Condolences to his friends and families, but I don't understand all the fanfare.
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    amk-aka-Phantom , October 20, 2011 7:12 PM
    Late news. Besides, we don't care! Can the web already shut up about his death? :heink: 

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    Jobs finally passed away after a long battle with cancer two weeks ago


    Now I'm eagerly waiting when the "memories" will also finally pass away.
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    amk-aka-Phantom , October 20, 2011 7:12 PM
    Late news. Besides, we don't care! Can the web already shut up about his death? :heink: 

    Quote:
    Jobs finally passed away after a long battle with cancer two weeks ago


    Now I'm eagerly waiting when the "memories" will also finally pass away.
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    LuckyDucky7 , October 20, 2011 7:13 PM
    So are all Unix-based machines (~70% of all Internet servers, mainframes at big businesses, Macs, iDevices and Android, and the occasional hobbyist machine) being shut down in memory of Dennis Ritchie?
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    amk-aka-Phantom , October 20, 2011 7:14 PM
    LuckyDucky7So are all Unix-based machines (~70% of all Internet servers, mainframes at big businesses, Macs, iDevices and Android, and the occasional hobbyist machine) being shut down in memory of Dennis Ritchie?


    C is not just Unix. And yes, you have a good point here.
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    omnimodis78 , October 20, 2011 7:16 PM
    So is it OK yet to write what we're really thinking or are we still in Apple behind-kissing, phony mode here at Tom's?
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    applefairyboy , October 20, 2011 7:17 PM
    Thanks Steve!
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    bender3000 , October 20, 2011 7:20 PM
    There goes what little respect I had left for Bono.
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    makaveli316 , October 20, 2011 7:21 PM
    "Now I'm eagerly waiting when the "memories" will also finally pass away."

    Well said. Plus, the memories are memories and they have an exact place and it's not the press or the paper....
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    fball922 , October 20, 2011 7:29 PM
    Don't get me wrong, I am not celebrating the death of Steve Jobs and I certainly understand why employees MIGHT be sorry to see him go. He also improved greatly on existing products...

    But I don't understand why so many people are so distraught that he is gone.

    I mean, wasn't he kind of an a-hole? He was known for ruthlessly going after employees who leaked information about products, and individuals who obtained those products. But what did he do outside of Apple that was so great? He was not a philanthropist. He did not do anything to give back or improve people's lives. I am not saying he SHOULD have, but isn't that how we usually measure the greatness of one's life (not to be confused with the value of one's life)?

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/record-thin-on-steve-jobss-philanthropy/2011/10/06/gIQA3YKKRL_story.html

    Condolences to his friends and families, but I don't understand all the fanfare.
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    ngoy , October 20, 2011 7:32 PM
    Can't there be some flag for "don't bother showing this article on the front page".

    What a waste of my eyeball time. I had to read the title. And I was so pissed off I had to waste my time I am wasting my time posting about this stupid article. I just can't win.

    WTF CARES THAT THEY CLOSED THE DAMN STORES!?!?!?!?!?!?!!?!
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    silver565 , October 20, 2011 7:33 PM
    He refused to acknowledge he was the father of his first daughter too I think?
    Claiming he was infertile, then nek minute.... children with other woman.

    Yes he created jobs and turned apple into a big company. BUT he isn't god!
    He was a marketing genius.

    IMO Richie deserved more credit
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    acadia11 , October 20, 2011 7:34 PM
    They closed it, to build more demand, and have a day of manufacturing to meet demand. That simple. How is closing a store honoring his memory?
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    Anonymous , October 20, 2011 7:34 PM
    "Well said. Plus, the memories are memories and they have an exact place and it's not the press or the paper...."

    the correct place is up my ass and around the corner
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    house70 , October 20, 2011 7:36 PM
    ...I know great physicians that saved actual lives and were not getting this hype when they passed away. I mean, nobody knows the name of the inventor of insulin, but EVERYONE is kissing up to Jobs' "great gift to mankind"... I guess a lot of people got their priorities wrong.
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    makaveli316 , October 20, 2011 7:50 PM
    Quote:
    nobody knows the name of the inventor of insulin, but EVERYONE is kissing up to Jobs' "great gift to mankind"... I guess a lot of people got their priorities wrong.


    Well said man....but there is a big BUT.
    You know, when most people read what you're saying, in their head they have something like "blalalbsdflghhsdlg". It's chinese to them, that's why rich bastards (and i'm not talking about anyone specific) are getting credit for....just being rich.
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    soo-nah-mee , October 20, 2011 8:06 PM
    Can I start telling Steve Jobs death jokes now or is it still too soon?
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    amk-aka-Phantom , October 20, 2011 8:19 PM
    soo-nah-meeCan I start telling Steve Jobs death jokes now or is it still too soon?


    Please do, I'd love to hear some! The most obvious one would be that he died from embarrassment because someone named the new iPhone "for-a$$", but the iSheep were not happy, since they desperately wanted the model to have a five on it. This has been beaten to death, though, so please come up with something better :) 
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    back_by_demand , October 20, 2011 8:49 PM
    Every time a battery dies Bono plays at the service to commemorate its life and acheivements.
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    Maxor127 , October 20, 2011 8:57 PM
    fball922Don't get me wrong, I am not celebrating the death of Steve Jobs and I certainly understand why employees MIGHT be sorry to see him go. He also improved greatly on existing products...But I don't understand why so many people are so distraught that he is gone.I mean, wasn't he kind of an a-hole? He was known for ruthlessly going after employees who leaked information about products, and individuals who obtained those products. But what did he do outside of Apple that was so great? He was not a philanthropist. He did not do anything to give back or improve people's lives. I am not saying he SHOULD have, but isn't that how we usually measure the greatness of one's life (not to be confused with the value of one's life)?http://www.washingtonpost.com/busi [...] story.htmlCondolences to his friends and families, but I don't understand all the fanfare.

    Name a CEO who isn't an a-hole or who isn't reported as being an a-hole? Are you asking what he did outside of business or outside of Apple? How do you know he didn't do anything to give back or improve people's lives? Just because he didn't advertise it? Even your link says that just because he didn't publicly give money away, that doesn't mean he wasn't philanthropic. I'm sure you praise Bill Gates for donating a billion or whatever and say he's so generous for donating around 2% of his wealth. I don't even care, I just like calling people out on their BS and hypocrisy.
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    soo-nah-mee , October 20, 2011 9:02 PM
    amk-aka-phantomPlease do, I'd love to hear some! The most obvious one would be that he died from embarrassment because someone named the new iPhone "for-a$$", but the iSheep were not happy, since they desperately wanted the model to have a five on it. This has been beaten to death, though, so please come up with something better
    Holy shit, these are funny. :D 
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    soo-nah-mee , October 20, 2011 9:06 PM
    amk-aka-phantomPlease do, I'd love to hear some!

    Quote:
    molempireSteve Jobs’ funeral will be held next week, after which he will be reburied every six months in a slightly better coffin.

    What’s the difference between cancer and a black man?
    Cancer gets Jobs.

    I was overjoyed to hear that the father of Apple had died.
    But imagine my disappointment when I found out that Chris Martin is still alive.

    RIP to Steve Jobs, who always lived life to the macs.

    You can bet Steve Jobs’ funeral won’t be a flash affair.

    “Finally laid to rest in a sleek white casket, the late Steve Jobs is surrounded by mourners in a massive cathedral. As the afternoon sunlight shines down on him through intricate stained glass revealing a beautiful spectrum of colours, Mr. Jobs will be remembered in death as he was in life.
    Overshadowed by windows.”

    I wonder if just before Steve Jobs died his life Quick Timed before his eyes?

    Who makes jokes about Steve Jobs being dead?! iDon’t.

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