"$25,000 Dessert" Restaurant Closed Due To Cockroaches, Sewage, Mouse Droppings, Fly Infestations

"$25,000 Dessert" Restaurant Closed Due To Cockroaches, Sewage, Mouse Droppings, Fly Infestations

New York’s famous Serendipity 3 restaurant, home of the world’s most expensive dessert (the $25,000 “Frrozen Haute Chocolate”), has been shut down by the New York City Health Department after the restaurant failed two health inspections in a month.

Best Buy Employees Selling "The Last Wii" Over And Over Again?

Best Buy Employees Selling "The Last Wii" Over And Over Again?

Reader John tells us that he witnessed some Best Buy employees announcing “the very last Wii” over and over again. Oh those crafty kids at Best Buy!

http://consumerist.com/2007/10/17/good-old-stevesy-has-penned/

Good old Stevesy has penned one of his famous open letters to the world, announcing that third party apps are really, really coming to the iPhone. [Apple]

http://consumerist.com/2007/10/17/sources-familiar-with-the-companys/

Sources familiar with the company’s plans tell BusinessWeek.com that Apple will release a software-development kit for the iPhone in early 2008, enabling programmers to create games, business-productivity tools, and countless other applications for the device. [BusinessWeek]

The Edsel Turns 50!

The Edsel Turns 50!

This week marks the 50th anniversary of the Ford Edsel, long considered the premier example of over-hyped commercial failure. New Coke has nothing on the Edsel!

iPhone Price Chopped Already, 8GB $200 Cheaper

iPhone Price Chopped Already, 8GB $200 Cheaper

Consumerist always advises that eager beavers take a moment to relax and think before running out to buy the next new thing.

Yes, You Can Insure Your iPhone Against Accidental Damage And Theft

AppleCare’s iPhone coverage is limited to hardware issues and technical support; if you drop your iPhone on the sidewalk, you may be out $600, unless you have insurance against accidental damage and theft.

Harry Potter And The Missing Pages

Harry Potter And The Missing Pages

Several hundred copies of Harry Potter are missing pages; a handful are without entire chapters. We have yet to observe it on the subway, but reports suggest that is a consensus reaction to the absent pages: screaming.

Apple Shares Plummet On News Of Disappointing iPhone Sales

Apple Shares Plummet On News Of Disappointing iPhone Sales

Analysts had estimated that AT&T and Apple would sell and activate 500,000 iPhones before AT&T’s earnings report was released yesterday.

Would UPS Lie About Delivering Harry Potter To Stay In Amazon's Good Graces?

Would UPS Lie About Delivering Harry Potter To Stay In Amazon's Good Graces?

Jason Kottke was home Saturday at 3:36 pm when UPS claims they attempted to deliver his copy of Harry Potter. No notice was left on Kottke’s door; the neighboring doorman saw no UPS truck; UPS’ own website shows that the package never transitioned from the penultimate status of “In Transit To Final Destination” to “Out For Delivery.” Why would UPS lie about delivering a copy of Harry Potter?

D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty Cut The iPhone Line

D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty Cut The iPhone Line

Did D.C. Mayor Adiran Fenty dispatch henchmen to retrieve an iPhone? An eagle-eyed tipster spotted a member of the Mayor’s coterie dashing into a double-parked SUV with three bags outside the AT&T store on 17th and Pennsylvania Avenue.

By this point, more than a few people are asking questions, and after a guy behind me yells out “fix the schools first,” the [Mayor’s staffer] gives him the finger and sneers, “there’s only 15 left.”

The full email, after the jump…

Philadelphia Mayor Gives Up iPhone Wait After Being Confronted With 200th Murder Statistic

Philadelphia Mayor Gives Up iPhone Wait After Being Confronted With 200th Murder Statistic

John Street, the iPhone loving mayor of Philadelphia, has giving up the wait after a guy with a mohawk asked him, “How can you sit here with 200 murders in the city already?” The Philadelphia Inquirer reported on its Web site.

How Not To Submit To iPhone Envy

How Not To Submit To iPhone Envy

We could be standing on line outside an Apple Store waiting to get our grubby little hands on an iPhone. We are not, and we’re ok with that. You too can resist the little charmer’s curves and siren song ringtone by remembering the iPhone’s imperfections:

Mayor of Philadelphia Camps Out For An iPhone

Mayor of Philadelphia Camps Out For An iPhone

NBC 10 in Philadelphia had some people camped out for an iPhone when what did they see? Wait, is that… the Mayor? It was:

Donning a white baseball hat and warmup suit — complete with an iPod strapped to his arm — a casual Philadelphia Mayor John Street patiently sat on a lawn chair on a South Philadelphia sidewalk, hoping to get his hands on the new Apple iPhone Friday morning.

iPhone Rate Plans Revealed

iPhone Rate Plans Revealed

Apple has posted the rate plans for the iPhone and a few reader questions have been answered.

The Onion Reveals iPhone's Hidden Features

The Onion Reveals iPhone's Hidden Features

The Onion skewers the iPhone’s “most highly anticipated features:”

Want An iPhone? Don't Go To An Apple Store

Want An iPhone? Don't Go To An Apple Store

“Don’t go to an Apple store,” Jobs told me. “It will be a madhouse there. People will be lined up around the block, sleeping on the sidewalk to get one. Go to an AT&T/Cingular store. Most people don’t know that they will be selling them too.” Uh, they do now, Steve.

If you sleep on the sidewalk in order to buy a cellphone, you may want to consider getting professional help. —MEGHANN MARCO

Is iPhone The New Zune? Let The Backlash Begin.

Is iPhone The New Zune? Let The Backlash Begin.

Let the backlash begin: Now that the iPhone has been announced and praised, it’s time to have second thoughts. All before anyone has even properly reviewed one. Hooray for the media.