Trying to get a straight answer to one of life's simplest questions
One of the great public services Apple (AAPL) offers in its flagship stores -- besides free repairs at the Genius Bars -- is bathrooms for its customers.
So when Apple was getting ready to open an enormous new store in Manhattan's Grand Central Terminal -- its fifth retail outlet in a city notorious for its lack of public facilities -- I made a point of asking whether there were toilets in the store for customers.
Here are the answers I got:
I've known Apple public relations operatives to duck questions, decline to comment and go on background at the drop of a hat. But I've never known one to deliberately mislead me.
The company has not yet returned my requests for an explanation.
And hundreds more crowd the terminal's main lobby to see what the fuss is about
What if Apple (AAPL) opened a new store and nobody came? We may never know. Thousands turned out early Friday for the opening of its fifth retail store in Manhattan, this one perched on the balconies above the main lobby of Grand Central Terminal.
The company promised free T-shirts for the first 4,000 visitors. By 11:00 a.m., MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 9, 2011 9:52 AM ET
The sign says "arriving soon," but don't hold your breath
Apple (AAPL) hasn't set a date for the grand opening of its fifth Manhattan store, but according to a construction worker who spoke to Mashable's Samantha Murphy, it won't be before December.
For more on the store, see Apple's Grand Central store would be its cheapest in NYC.Philip Elmer-DeWitt - Nov 23, 2011 10:29 AM ET
A sampling of Wall Street's post-launch notes
Sales estimates: Most analysts were cautious, fearing perhaps that whatever they wrote would soon be overtaken by an Apple (AAPL) press release. Most, like Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster, stuck with 500,000 units. But Baird's William Power estimated that Apple sold "roughly 1 million" the first weekend, Wedbush's Scott Sutherland "wouldn't be surprised" by that number and Global Equities Trip Chowdhry thought Apple "may have MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 14, 2011 10:52 AM ET
The aging press baron makes one last bid to capture the eyeballs of the Internet generation
[UPDATE: The free (for two weeks) app is available here. There's a video tour here. Click here for our live coverage of the event and first impressions of the product.]
At 11 a.m. EST, a museum-full of reporters and analysts will gather amid the Post-Impressionists at the Guggenheim to watch News Corp.'s (NWS) Rupert Murdoch and MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Feb 2, 2011 7:14 AM ET
Mobile ads are going to be a big business.
Yesterday, ooVoo CEO Philippe Schwartz came into the Fortune offices to demonstrate his company's excellent new mobile video conferencing software (more on that next week) on Android and soon on iOS.
On the desktop, ooVoo has two revenue models. One is a subscription service, mostly sold to businesses who want to do multiple-window video conferencing without advertising. On the consumer side, they run Google MORESeth Weintraub - Dec 9, 2010 2:19 PM ET
....at least to New York residents.
SeatGeek's Ben Kessler tweeted this morning that his Chrome OS Netbook was waiting for him at his doorstep. According to Flickr, the picture was taken in Manhattan.
PCMag editor Lance Ulanoff just tweeted that his ChromeOS Netbook arrived as well. In Manhattan.
NYC's Laptop Magazine also just got theirs. So did Larry Dignan of ZDNet.
Lifehacker Editor Kevin Purdy got his all the way up in Buffalo.
Well, Westchester MORESeth Weintraub - Dec 9, 2010 12:35 PM ET
Watch out, Silicon Valley. Thanks to Google, Foursquare, and others, the Big Apple is fast becoming home to some top Internet talent.
New York's tech cred is on the rise: Manhattan-based Foursquare's geolocation service is the envy of Silicon Valley. Facebook bought out two New York startups, and Google just purchased the huge Chelsea building where it employs nearly a tenth of its global workforce. Now incubators are sprouting downtown, venture MOREJessi Hempel, writer - Dec 6, 2010 3:00 AM ET
Google has purchased the huge Manhattan building where it currently rents space.
As rumored in October, Google (GOOG) has picked up the 111 8th Ave. building according to the Wall St. Journal. The 18-story Chelsea giant is almost 3 million square feet of space and covers an entire city block, between Eighth and Ninth avenues from 15th to 16th streets. It is listed as the third-largest building in Manhattan by square footage.
Although the MORESeth Weintraub - Dec 3, 2010 1:15 AM ET
A report today says that Google is in the final stages of acquiring the huge building which it currently rents in Chelsea.
The New York Post is reporting that Google is close to acquiring the 111 8th Ave. building it currently rents for approximately $2 billion. The 18-story Chelsea giant is almost three million square feet of space and covers an entire city block, between Eighth and Ninth avenues from 15th and MORESeth Weintraub - Oct 27, 2010 11:08 AM ET
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