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Tech Check: The Apple Store's secrets, the Web goes .XXX

Doug Gross, CNN
On Tech Check, Doug Gross, Stephanie Goldberg and Mark Milian look at the secretive world of starting an Apple Store.
On Tech Check, Doug Gross, Stephanie Goldberg and Mark Milian look at the secretive world of starting an Apple Store.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Tech Check is CNN.com's weekly technology podcast
  • This week, we discuss the secret world of starting up an Apple store
  • We also look at the rollout of the Web's .XXX suffix and what it means
  • Our Tech Fail of the Week tackles PayPal for a gaffe over a children's fundraiser

(CNN) -- On this week's Tech Check podcast, Doug Gross, Stephanie Goldberg and Mark Milian discuss Mark's two-part look at the secretive world of starting up an Apple store.

What he found was a company that cloaks seemingly routine information under a veil of secrecy and, according to some local officials, pushes hard to circumvent the usual hoops that other companies have to jump through to get a store built.

The internet's new address suffix -- .XXX -- rolled out this week. It's designed to be for adult entertainment sites as a way to help parents and others who want to stay away recognize them and for those who visit them to know they're safe and operating above-board.

So, why do some porn companies agree with church groups that they're a bad thing? (Also ... will Stephanie keep Doug and Mark from being horribly inappropriate throughout the conversation?)

Our Reader Comments of the Week come from a story about actor Alec Baldwin, who apparently freaked out on an American Airlines flight when an attendant asked him to turn off his mobile device.

Why? He was playing Words With Friends.

And we hand our Tech Fail of the Week to PayPal for temporarily shutting down a fundraiser to buy Christmas gifts for more than 200 children. The fund drive was run by snarky blog Regretsy, guaranteeing that the slight wasn't going to be taken quietly, or without some well placed profanity.

(SPOILER: PayPal eventually backed down and offered to donate $100 to each of the 200+ families on the list a settlement that made everyone involved happy).

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