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Ever since the Apple store on Fifth Avenue opened its glass doors to the public we knew that eventually somebody was going to throw a story around about its similarities to the Kaaba in Mecca. And so we weren't really at all surprised when we saw this story in the Post today. We were, however, impressed with whomever wrote the articles hed: "QAEDA CUBE BOOBS 'MECCA' BIG STINK."

Sadly, the story is pretty much a non-issue: according to translations by the Middle East Media Research Institute some extremists have misunderstood Apple's glass cube as "a blatant insult to Muslims." They were further offended by the idea that the "Apple Mecca" had bars which were "selling alcoholic beverages." Having spent more time then we'd like to admit at the "Genius" Bar, we certainly wish they sold alchoholic beverages there.

The best part of the story, we thought, is the complete non-sequitur last paragraph:

The Dalai Lama said after meeting Pope Benedict XVI yesterday that "a few mischievous Muslims" should not be allowed to give the Islamic faith a bad name.

Apple in the Big Apple by LaTur via Contribute.