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    Default Steve Jobs Dead: Apple Co-Founder Dies At 56

    Steve Jobs, Apple co-founder and former CEO, has died at the age of 56.
    Apple has posted this statement on its website:
    Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple. If you would like to share your thoughts, memories, and condolences, please email rememberingsteve@apple.com
    this is a developing story
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/1..._n_997223.html

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    Shocking. Knew he was sick, but not that sick

    One of the few people where adjectives like Visionary, Genius, Titan seem weak. He'll be remembered a century from now like Edison, Bell, or Tesla.

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    I was hoping he wasn't that sick, but I felt otherwise. Visionary indeed. When CDs first came out I thought, this is the musical format I'll listen to forever. I thought it was perfect. No rewinding, waiting, crappy sound, & when blanks came out I was thrilled I could put my own hand-picked songs on one cd.

    When the ipod came out I wanted no part of what I saw as the techno-slave revolution. Heads buried in whatever the latest gadget that came out that people eagerly waited for hours in line. So when my sister got one I was curious & was just flipping through it, & was hooked after a few questions. My head's not buried in it because I have an adapter for my car stereo & a portable am/fm combo at home. By the time I warm up to the iphone they will have come out with something even more advanced. He really was a visionary.

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    Sad and sobering. If you're healthy, you are blessed. Period.

    Rest in Peace, Mr. Jobs.

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    As I use my iphone I am sad to hear this. We are of the same era (baby boomers).

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    Actually he was VERY sick. There were pictures of him recently that made him look like death warmed over.

    I feel bad for him, he left too soon.

    BUT, and here is an important thing to remember. He was just another man. A brilliant one that made things happen.

    The fact that people are putting bunches of flowers outside RETAIL STORES strikes me as a kind of social disconnect to the reality of the situation. He was not a relative, and although many will say he is instrumental to their way of living, that is only on the surface.

    If society showed half as much concern over social issues as it does over a man that basically made a good phone (I know, I am simplifying for illustration) we would be in a much better world.


    May he rest in peace, now let him rest.

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    Default Fans, business leaders remember Apple co-founder, Steve Jobs.

    Updated: Thu., Oct. 6, 2011, 9:42 AM


    Fans, business leaders remember Apple co-founder Steve Jobs



    By LONNIE NEMIROFF, CHRISTINE PARKER and TIM PERONE

    Last Updated: 9:42 AM, October 6, 2011.

    Posted: 1:08 AM, October 6, 2011.

    He was an entrepreneur who transcended business to become a household name.

    Apple co-founder Steve Jobs’ death was mourned by his fellow business leaders as well as politicians, celebrities and everyday people whose lives were fundamentally improved by his products.

    Maggie Hindie, 36, who was outside the Apple Store on Fifth Avenue last night, said Jobs’ legacy -- which includes his brave battle against pancreatic cancer -- stretches beyond his products.

    “Steve Jobs, no matter what, kept fighting the fight. He is an inspiration for all of us to go for our ideas,” she said.

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    Josh Abella, 34, a lawyer from Manhattan, said he couldn’t imagine the world without Jobs’ imprint.

    “He built the future,” Abella said. “We are living in a world he created.”

    Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, whose company was often perceived as Apple’s chief rival, offered his condolences to Jobs’ family and friends.
    “We’ve lost a unique tech pioneer and auteur who knew how to make amazingly great products,” Allen said.

    “Steve fought a long battle against tough odds in a very brave way. He kept doing amazing things in the face of all that adversity.”

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    Rupert Murdoch, chairman and CEO of News Corp., which owns The Post, said, “We lost one of the most influential thinkers, creators and entrepreneurs of all time. Steve Jobs was simply the greatest CEO of his generation.

    “While I am deeply saddened by his passing, I’m reminded of the stunning impact he had in revolutionizing the way people consume media and entertainment.

    “My heart goes out to his family and to everyone who had the opportunity to work beside him in bringing his many visions to life,” Murdoch said.
    Jobs’ death also touched the next generation of tech giants he helped inspire.


    Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said that Jobs’ innovations helped spur his social-networking site:

    “Thanks for showing that what you build can change the world.”
    “Steve Jobs will be remembered in the same vein as Einstein, Ford and John Lennon,” Become.com CEO Michael Yang Tweeted.

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    Wanna bet they missed the irony?






    Westboro announces protest of Steve Jobs’ funeral–with an iPhone




    By Liz Goodwin | The Lookout – 3 hrs ago


    Westboro Baptist Church--best known for its reviled anti-gay protests of American soldiers' funerals--announced last night on Twitter that its members will be picketing the funeral of Apple founder Steve Jobs.

    "He had a huge platform; gave God no glory & taught sin," Westboro leader Margie Phelps tweeted--from her iPhone.
    Let's hope that Phelps has managed to resist her own iPhone's magical powers to "teach sin."

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    eff these people. Of coruse they do not get the irony, they are way too thick

    Really, this stuff is getting old.

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    You wonder what you can throw at them that would not give them the ability to sue.....

    Eggs can be really nasty when left on paint, don't ya know.....

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    Get a mass of folks, encircle them at a safe & legal distance and drown them in noise. Engulf them in music & song. Make it so their rancid voices are unheard.

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    The fact that people are putting bunches of flowers outside RETAIL STORES strikes me as a kind of social disconnect to the reality of the situation. He was not a relative, and although many will say he is instrumental to their way of living, that is only on the surface.
    Agreed.
    I Just walked down Fifth Ave. and there was a mass of people laying flowers in front of the Apple retail store, and taking pictures of other people laying those flowers. I like my mac too, people, but isn't a simple R.I.P. enough for someone who basically just sold you things? I respected the guy's ideas and agree that he was a brilliant merchandiser, but Holy CRAP!!! Spend the money on a donation to a hospital or something if you feel that overwhelmed.

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    How about a donation to Cancer research.

    You know, the thing that KILLED him?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MidtownGuy View Post
    Agreed.
    I Just walked down Fifth Ave. and there was a mass of people laying flowers in front of the Apple retail store, and taking pictures of other people laying those flowers. I like my mac too, people, but isn't a simple R.I.P. enough for someone who basically just sold you things? I respected the guy's ideas and agree that he was a brilliant merchandiser, but Holy CRAP!!! Spend the money on a donation to a hospital or something if you feel that overwhelmed.
    Completely agree.

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    Default Jobs Had Authorized biograpy so his kids can know him.

    Jobs authorized biography so his kids can know him

    File photo of Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs at the end of the iPhone OS4 special event at Appl...

    By Alistair Barr and Poornima Gupta, Reuters

    Thu Oct 6, 6:14 PM EDT


    Steve Jobs, in pain and too weak to climb stairs a few weeks before his death, wanted his children to understand why he wasn't always there for them, according to the author of his highly anticipated biography.

    "I wanted my kids to know me," Jobs was quoted as saying by Pulitzer Prize nominee Walter Isaacson, when he asked the Apple Inc co-founder why he authorized a tell-all biography after living a private, almost ascetic life.

    "I wasn't always there for them, and I wanted them to know why and to understand what I did," Jobs told Isaacson in their final interview at Jobs' home in Palo Alto, California.

    Isaacson said he visited Jobs for the last time a few weeks ago and found him curled up in some pain in a downstairs bedroom. Jobs had moved there because he was too weak to go up and down stairs, "but his mind was still sharp and his humor vibrant," Isaacson wrote in an essay on Time.com that will be published in the magazine's October 17 edition.

    Jobs died on Wednesday at the age of 56 after a long battle with a rare form of pancreatic cancer.

    Outpourings of sympathy swept across the globe as state leaders, business rivals and fans paid respect to the man who touched the daily lives of countless millions through the Macintosh computer, iPod, iPhone and iPad.

    Jobs had struggled with health issues but said very little about his battle with cancer since an operation in 2004. When he stepped down in August, handing the CEO reins to long-time operations chief Tim Cook, Jobs said simply that he could no longer fulfill his duties as chief executive.

    Apple has been similarly guarded about the circumstances of his death, saying only that their chairman was surrounded by his wife Laurene and immediate family. Jobs had four children from two relationships.

    Funeral arrangements have not been disclosed and it is uncertain when the company will hold a planned "celebration" of Jobs' life. Officials in Sacramento said there will be no state or public funeral.

    SOMBER MOOD

    From Tokyo and Paris to San Francisco and New York, mourners created impromptu memorials outside Apple stores, from flowers and candles to a dozen green and red apples on Manhattan's Fifth Avenue.

    At corporate headquarters in the heart of Silicon Valley on Thursday, employees -- current and former -- gathered with their families under an overcast sky to pay their respects at a makeshift memorial on a driveway leading up to the entrance.

    "He was a very private person, but he's everywhere in the products he created," said Glenn Harada, a
    22-year-old former Apple employee. "He didn't work alone but none of this could have happened without him."

    Employees said they went on with business, but with an undercurrent of sadness. Grief counselors on the payroll had reached out to Apple workers, a spokesman said.

    "Deep down there's sadness," said Cory Moll, a part-time Apple employee who had tried to organize a union. "We have lost someone who touched us all."

    With his passion for minimalist design and a genius for marketing, Jobs laid the groundwork for Apple to continue to flourish after his death, most analysts and investors say.

    But Apple still faces challenges in the absence of the man who was its chief product designer, marketing guru and salesman nonpareil. Phones running Google's Android software are gaining share in the smartphone market, and there are questions about what Apple's next big product will be.

    The launch of the iPhone 4S -- at the kind of gala event that became Jobs' trademark -- was a letdown to many fans earlier this week, underscoring how Jobs' showmanship and uncanny instincts will be missed.

    But Wall Street analysts said Cook's new team-based approach and operational savvy will keep the company on track -- at least for now.
    Apple shares ended down just 0.23 percent at $377.37, though that underperformed the broader U.S. market.

    "It didn't come as a shock," said Terry Donoghue, an Apple technical writer, whose department boss called an hour-long meeting to reminisce about Jobs. "It's still hard for a lot of people."

    JOBS' ESTATE: CONFIDENTIAL?
    Jobs, in his trademark uniform of black mock-turtleneck and blue jeans, was deemed the heart and soul of a company that rivals Exxon Mobil as the most valuable in America.

    With an estimated net worth of $7 billion -- including a 7 percent stake in Walt Disney Co -- it was not known how Jobs' estate would be handled.
    The entrepreneur had sometimes been criticized for not wielding his enormous influence and wealth for philanthropy like Warren Buffett and Bill Gates. His death revived speculation that some of his estate might be donated to cancer research groups or hospitals.

    California law requires a will to be filed in probate court within 30 days of death.

    Jobs and his wife placed at least three properties into trusts in 2009, which legal experts say is a sign he may have been preparing his assets to remain confidential upon his death.

    Placing stock and real estate into trusts can both minimize estate taxes upon a person's death, and keep them from being publicly disclosed in probate court, said John O'Grady, a trusts and estates attorney in San Francisco.

    Jobs was given up for adoption soon after his birth in San Francisco to an American mother, Joanne Carole Schieble, and a Syrian-born father, Abdulfattah "John" Jandali.

    A college dropout, Jobs started Apple Computer with friend Steve Wozniak in his parents' garage in 1976.
    "I do feel like I did when John Lennon was killed. Also JFK and Martin Luther King. Like Steve Jobs, they gave us hope," Wozniak said on his Facebook page.

    Jobs changed the technology world in the late 1970s, when the Apple II became the first personal computer to gain a wide following. He did it again in 1984 with the Macintosh, which built on breakthrough technologies developed at Xerox Parc and elsewhere to create the personal computing experience as we know it today.

    The rebel streak that was central to his persona got him tossed out of Apple in 1985, but he returned in 1997 and after a few years began the roll-out of a troika of products -- the iPod, the iPhone and the iPad -- that again upended the established order in major industries.

    (Additional reporting by Michael Miller, Jennifer Saba, Sinead Carew and Liana Baker in New York; Scott Malone in Columbus, Ohio; Sarah McBride in Cupertino; Poornima Gupta and Dan Levine in San Francisco; Edwin Chan in Los Angeles; Matt Cowan in London; and Amy Pyett in Sydney; editing by John Wallace, Tiffany Wu and Matthew Lewis)

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