MLK holiday shuts down most app stores and digital newsstands (with update)
Today (Monday) is a holiday in the United States: Martin Luther King Jr. Day. As a result. the Apple, Google and Amazon app stores are not releasing updates or new apps until Tuesday, and many trade industry websites are not posting new stories.
Online services, such as Apple’s iTunesConnect, continue to offer access and sales tracking due to their automation, of course.
The holiday, which is the third Monday of January, officially celebrates the birthday of the famous civil rights leader who was born on January 15, 1928. The holiday was observed for the first time in 1986, and slowly it has become a holiday that is observed by more and more businesses.
According to Wikipedia, only around 33 percent of businesses were observing the holiday in 2007, but anecdotal evidence seems to suggest that over time more and more businesses are observing the holiday, even if many states continue to keep schools open.
Update: late this afternoon (Monday) an update has appeared for Phoenix Magazine’s Newsstand app, meaning someone is working at Apple today, I suppose.