Apple Closed Retail Stores in Memory of Steve Jobs

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
    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
    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
    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
    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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  • LuckyDucky7
    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
    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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