FORTUNE -- By the time Apple (AAPL) opened the doors to the first company-owned Apple Store in Turkey -- and its first in Eastern Europe -- a crowd estimated at 450 had joined the two-story queue that wrapped around the store twice, indoors and out, for a free T-shirt and a chance to check out the latest Apple products.
According to ifoapplestore's Gary Allen, who attended the opening at Istanbul's fashionable Zorlu Center, the Foster + Partners design includes the most glass of any store in Apple's retail chain.
"The compact, two-level store," he wrote, "is topped by a first-ever rectangular 'lantern' composed of four single panes of glass and a white roof. Portions of the store are visible through the windows from the plaza level... The plaza level lantern (an architectural term) is surrounded by a water fountain constructed of black stone. The water is pumped over the edge of the fountain in an 'infinity' effect."
For the record, that makes 424 Apple Stores in 15 countries.
The Istanbul opening was well documented on YouTube. A sample:
Moscow-based Yandex dominates search in Russian. But can the world's fourth-largest search engine break out of the Cyrillic world?
By Clay Dillow
FORTUNE -- The "Google of Russia" would prefer you not refer to it as the "Google of Russia," but the analogy has stuck and for good reason. Like Google, Russia's Yandex dominates the search market in its home country, dwarfing the market share of its competitors. It makes money MORENov 13, 2013 5:00 AM ET
For Brian Felsen, the "Turkish Spring" represents the ideals of his indie-music company.
FORTUNE -- Brian Felsen, president of the indie-music service CD Baby, is in the middle of the mayhem in Istanbul, where he's been tweeting his observations for several days as clashes between police and protestors turned more violent. "Direct gas hit. Incredibly debilitating & disorienting," he tweeted on Tuesday. "Guy next to me shot w canister, bloody mess. Thousands MOREDan Mitchell, contributor - Jun 12, 2013 2:27 PM ET
|GM's recalled Cobalt was a failure from the start|
|Pope Francis challenges the free market - The Buzz|
|Americans have fallen in love with real estate once again|
|Why you should pay off your car loan ASAP|
|Your Internet security relies on a few volunteers|