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Top secret Apple gadget burns down Apple HQ... possibly

Just what are the Apple boffins up to at their secretive R&D labs in Cupertino, California?

A new iPod touch, iPhone nano, touchscreen iMacs, ultraportable MacBook laptops?

Whatever it is it must run very hot. Last night one of the labs burst into flames for three hours, and a hundred terrified Apple employees ran for their lives as the blaze tore at the building full of secret gadgets and a couple of old Pippins, a Newton MessagePad, and even a G4 Cube.

Hal Rooney, deputy chief for Santa Clara County Fire Department, says the fire could have started under an "air conditioning unit" on the second floor.

What freakishly innovative Apple gadget needs its own air-conditioning unit?

Or is it more likely an exploding Sony battery shoehorned into a MacBook Air Mini or a crackling ARM chip installed in the iPod touch 2.0?

Don't forget that Apple has a rich history of its computers and digital devices causing massive fire damage. In its own words, "Apple ignited the personal computer revolution in the 1970s with the Apple II..."

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