Silicon Valley Watcher - Former FT journalist Tom Foremski reporting from the intersection of technology and media

3-Dot Friday...

Posted by Tom Foremski - June 29, 2007

Be Square or be at the Palo Alto Apple Store...

I was just going to do a drive by the Apple store in Palo Alto, around 6pm, on Thursday, a day before the Apple iPhone launch and shoot some video but ended staying until way past midnight. It was a fun street scene.

The cops turned up at one point but nothing rowdy was happening so they went away. Lots of blogerati were there, of course. Zoomr had some labels and everyone got a number. My number was 66. Fortunately it wasn't 666 because the rumor was there were 500 iPhones per store. (Ben Wing would have been out of luck...)

The Apple security guy said that the Apple Store would honor first come first served, that the numbers were nothing to do with them. Two guys told me they were going to start a rival line and hand out their own numbers.

At the top of the line was my Podtech colleague Robert Scoble. What's your number Robert  I asked? Number 2 he said, and pointed at his son Patrick, who carried the number 1 tag. Very classy...

The Real Fake Steve Jobs...

Those hoping that Steve Jobs would appear, because he lives a few blocks away, were disappointed but Fake Steve Jobs did stop by.

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He's looking for a caption.

Fake Steve tagged his post titled "I don't want the iPhone, just the attention." 

with: Filthy hacks, iPhone, Media whores

Seems to me like it could be the real Steve Jobs...

 

If you really love your employees you'd get them an iPhone...

In the line at the Apple Store in Palo Alto I ran into Don MacAskill CEO of Smugmug, an online photo site with a fiercely loyal customer base of about 120,000. Don, and six other employees were willing to stay up all night to bring back iPhones for themselves and their 15 colleagues.

"Will it make  your business more productive?" I asked him. Silly question.

Did your boss stay up all night to bring you back an iPhone? You should ask...

 

 

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