Haute 100 Update: Apple Stores Close During Steve Jobs Memorial at Apple HQ

Apple stores were closed for three hours yesterday, Oct. 19, with white sheets covering the windows so that employees could live stream a memorial for late company founder Steve Jobs in privacy. The memorial service was held at Apple’s headquarters at 1 Infinite Loop in Cupertino, CA.

Thousands of employees gathered to pay homage to the much-grieved visionary. Also in attendance was board member Al Gore while singer Norah Jones – a close friend of Jobs’ – and Coldplay performed during the service.

Current Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke and Randy Newman performed the song “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” to close the memorial. The song was the theme to Toy Story, the hugely successful animated film franchise by Pixar, Jobs’ third major company.

“That was a very moving Steve Jobs memorial for us,” said Apple employee Thomas Han. “[I am] so proud, humbled, and honored to be part of this legacy.”

See aerial video footage of the memorial here via Cnet.

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