U.S. Apple Stores to Close Wednesday for Steve Jobs Tribute

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Apple reportedly will shut its U.S. retail stores for a few hours on Wednesday to allow its employees to participate in a staff celebration of the life of co-founder Steve Jobs.

Reuters, citing "a person familiar with the celebration," reports that Apple Store employees will use the closure period to watch a live broadcast of the Jobs' tribute, which takes place on Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (US Pacific) at Apple's headquarters in Cupertino.

The event will follow a private memorial service at Stanford University attended by Silicon Valley's elite, as well as politicians and celebrities, Reuters reports.

Apple has yet to respond to a PCWorld inquiry seeking confirmation of the store closures.

Apple's retail stores are not accepting online reservations for tech support and training sessions on Wednesday morning, reports say. A quick check of several Apple Stores in Southern California shows that none are taking appointments during the Jobs' tribute.

Apple Store workers in Asia and Australia will be able to view a re-broadcast of the event, Reuters reports.

Jobs was diagnosed with a rare form of pancreatic cancer in 2003. He died on October 5 at age 56.

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