“When Apple recently booked the cellar dining room at Pranna for a talk with 50 top executives from The New York Times, even restaurant higher-ups didn’t know who their VIP guest would be,” Daniel Maurer reports for New York Magazine.
“But last night [Wednesday, Feb. 3],” Mauer reports, “Jobs came strolling in wearing what our source calls ‘a very funny hat — a big top hat kind of thing.'”

MacDailyNews Take: Yes, Willie Wonka hat!

Steve Jobs Willie Wonka ©2010 MacDailyNews

BTW, one of the issues that The New York Times might be having is that they have 50 FARGIN’ “TOP” EXECUTIVES! Sheesh.

Maurer continues, “Our source says Jobs, who sat at the head of the ‘intimate, family-style gathering’ with Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger, demonstrated the iPad and its functions, and spoke about how it could serve the future of media.”

“As we’ve reported before, Times executives are wary of forging an exclusive contract with the Apple tablet, though they are moving forward with finding ways to charge for online usage,” Maurer reports.

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