Tech Today: Apple Store secrets, iPad 2 leakers jailed

Plus: Sony tablets dated, CityVille coming to iOS

It's the tech news that broke after you logged-off.

The secret life of an Apple Store Genius
Apple's clandestine culture stretches all the way to employees at its retail stores, but a report in today's Wall Street Journal unwraps the secrets of life behind the Apple Genius Bar. Employees are instructed never to push sales, but simply to understand customer needs and are banned from saying the word 'unfortunately'.
Link: Wall Street Journal

Starbucks payment app comes to Android
Coffee mega-chain Starbucks has launched an Android payment app to allow users to obtain from their Venti Caffé Americano with Soy Milk cuppa without the aid of cash or a credit card. Following in the footsteps of its iPhone counterpart, users can top up their accounts on the go and pay by scanning barcodes at Starbucks locations.
Link: All Things D

App of the Year | Vote in the T3 Gadget Awards 2011
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Chinese men jailed for stealing iPad 2 details
In a case, which could make others think twice about leaking images of Apple's forthcoming gadgets in future, three men have been jailed in China after being convicted of stealing secret images of the iPad 2. The images allowed a manufacturer to produce protective cases that accurately predicted the design of the iPad 2
Link: Apple Insider

It's time to leave the Farm and head for the Big Smoke
Just like Superman, there comes a time in a man's life when he has to leave the farm behind and make his way in the world in the big city. Social games developer Zynga, responsible for the Farmville phenomenon, has now launched CityVille for iOS with a UK launch coming next week.
Link: TechCrunch

Sony Honeycomb tablets coming September
Sony's long-awaited S1 and S2 Honeycomb tablets will be arriving in September, according to a private marketing note which has come to light. The uniquely-shaped devices will be available to pre-order in the UK in August and available to own in September. We're excited to see how that clamshell S2 works out.
Link: Engadget