Want to live near Steve Jobs’ house? It’ll cost you

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Steve Job's house in Palo Alto. Photo: Leander Kahney/Cult of Mac
The Jobs family home in Palo Alto. The vacant lot is located just a few minutes' walk away.
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Compared to many other high tech CEOs, Steve Jobs wasn’t ostentatious with his home. He didn’t live in a giant mansion with drivers, butlers and security. Instead, the Jobs family shared a relatively modest 1930s Tudor-style home in Old Palo Alto.

But looks can be a bit deceiving. A rare quarter-acre lot just came up for sale in Jobs’ neighborhood — and if you fancy building your home within minutes of where Apple’s late CEO lived, it’s going to cost you a whole lot. A whopping $9 million to be exact!

Masked thieves steal $20,000 of MacBooks from Apple Store

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Tim Cook has previously shown up at the Palo Alto store to meet customers.
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Apple’s Palo Alto retail store was targeted by mask-wearing thieves this week, who stole MacBooks worth almost $20,000 in total.

The robbery took place in the early hours of Wednesday morning. Two thieves, wearing masks and hooded sweatshirts, smashed the glass doors outside using rocks. They proceeded to grab nine Macs, although two of these were dropped during their escape.

Palo Alto Apple Store robbed twice in less than 12 hours

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Tim Cook recently showed up at the Palo Alto Apple Store to greet customers.
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The Apple Store in downtown Palo Alto was robbed twice in 12 hours over the weekend, as the Californian Apple Store crime spree continues.

In the first instance, a gang of eight males entered the store after 7pm on Saturday, and began snatching iPhones and other devices, before fleeing in multiple vehicles. In the early hours of Sunday morning, the store’s glass doors were then shattered with rocks, and more products were taken.

Tim Cook ‘couldn’t be happier’ with iPhone 8 launch

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Tim Cook at the iPhone 8 keynote.
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Apple CEO Tim Cook paid a visit to the Apple store in Palo Alto this morning to celebrate the launch of the iPhone 8.

Despite seeing modest lines for the device’s launch around the country, Cook told reporters today he’s “thrilled” with the response to both the iPhone 8 and the Apple Watch Series 3. Many stores across the globe have sold out of the new watch and according to Cook, the iPhone 8 is out of stock in some places too.

Apple’s self-driving car filmed cruising California highway

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The 2015 Lexus RX450h is Apple's vehicle of choice.
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The first video footage of Apple’s self-driving car has already surfaced on the internet, just over a month after the company first received permission to drive on public roads.

Apple’s self-driving car is actually a Lexus RX450h outfitted with sensors powered by Apple’s own autonomous driving software. Video of the car in action reveals Apple’s project is already highway-worthy as the company races to catch up to its competition.

Watch it cruise the road with ease:

Tim Cook spotted dining with Google CEO

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Does this mean the thermonuclear war is over?
Does this mean the thermonuclear war is over?
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Apple CEO Tim Cook appears to be open to a friendlier relationship with Google than Steve Jobs ever was. Cook got spotted dining with Google CEO Sundar Pichai at one of the top Vietnamese restaurants in Silicon Valley this week. What the two powerful tech leaders were discussing is still a mystery, though.

Here’s another angle:

Palo Alto Apple store targeted by ‘ram-raider’ thieves

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Not the correct place to park your car.
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The Apple store in Palo Alto, California, suffered a brazen attack when a group of thieves in a rented SUV “ram-raided” the store early Sunday morning.

The burglars drove their vehicle at high speed into the 40-foot glass window at the front of the store, then climbed through the hole it had made. They stole iPhones, Macs and other devices before fleeing.

Apple Is Building A Massive New Apple Store To Outshine Microsoft In Palo Alto

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Apple is building a massive new store at the Stanford shopping center in Palo Alto to replace its smaller, more modest retail location a few hundred yards away. The new Apple Store is going up just a stones throw away from a big Microsoft Store that opened last spring.

The new flagship store is expected to be one of Apple’s largest ever, as it will enough extra floor space to test new product ideas. Designs for the store were completed  and approved in 2011 by Steve Jobs, just six months before Tim Cook took over as CEO.

According to the Palo Alto Online, construction on the new store is happening seven days a week as contractors hurry to finish the 12,000 square-feet store. The store was supposed to officially open in November 2012, but the sensitive glass design of the building has caused delays.

Here are a couple photos of the store currently under construction:

Ashton Kutcher’s ‘jOBS’ Biopic Is Coming To Theaters On April 19

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Ashton Kutcher played Steve Jobs in 2013 biopic.
Ashton Kutcher played Steve Jobs in 2013 biopic.
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jOBS, the biopic starring Ashton Kutcher and Josh Gad, is scheduled to hit theaters nationwide on April 19, just days after Apple celebrates its 37th anniversary. Kutcher will portray the Apple co-founder’s life between 1971 and 2000, covering his founding of the company in 1976, his ousting from it in 1985, and his return in 1996.