# Day of rumour, speculation ahead of announcement
# 61 Australian stores to close, 685 jobs to go
Starbucks to close 61 Australian stores, shed jobs | Business | News.com.au
STARBUCKS’ 980 local employees are in the dark about their jobs today, with the coffee chain staying mum on rumours it will close some of its local stores or even exit Australia altogether.
Starbucks chain ‘baling out’ of Australia | Business | News.com.au
Apple (nasdaq: AAPL – news – people ) Chief Executive Steve Jobs wants to patent a process that will save customers the hassle of waiting to order a cup of coffee at a local Starbucks (nasdaq: SBUX – news – people ) or a fresh burger at the nearest fast food restaurant. Even better: The technology would let you jump the line of those ordering in person
The patent puts Apple’s partnership with Starbucks in a new light. The technology promises to morph Apple from the business of simply selling gadgets and music and movies that can be played on those devices into an intermediary in all kinds of exchanges.
Read more at Forbes
APLINK still wants an iPhone for Christmas – maybe next year !