October 5th, 2011
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Steve Jobs passed away

steve-jobsSilicon Valley: The world morns the death of Apple co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs who died today. He was 56 years old. He had been battling cancer and other health issues for several years and had a rare form of pancreatic cancer. Apple announced his death late on Wednesday night without giving a specific cause.

“We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today. Steve’s brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve,”the company said in a brief statement.

Jobs’ family issued a statement saying that the Apple founder died peacefully surrounded by the family. “In his public life, Steve was known as a visionary; in his private life, he cherished his family. We are thankful to the many people who have shared their wishes and prayers during the last year of Steve’s illness; a website will be provided for those who wish to offer tributes and memories. We are grateful for the support and kindness of those who share our feelings for Steve. We know many of you will mourn with us, and we ask that you respect our privacy during our time of grief,” the statement said.

US President Barack Obama called Jobs a visionary great innovator, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates said he was a competitor and a friend. Political, technology, entertainment and business leaders paid tributes from across the world. “Steve, thank you, for being a mentor and a friend. Thanks for showing that what you build can change the world. I will miss you,” Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said.

“He always has an aura around his persona,” said Bajarin, who met Jobs several times while covering the company for more than 20 years as a Creative Strategies analyst. “When you talk to him, you know you’re really talking to a brilliant mind,” he added.

The Silicon Valley icon, who gave the world the iPod and the iPhone, resigned as CEO of the world’s largest technology corporation in August this year, handing the reins to current chief executive Tim Cook. Jobs had battled cancer in 2004 and underwent a liver transplant in 2009 after taking a leave of absence for unspecified health problems. He took another leave of absence in January – his third since his health problems began – and officially resigned in August.

steve-jobsJobs started Apple with a high school friend in a Silicon Valley garage in 1976. He was forced out a decade later and returned in 1997 to rescue the company. During his second stint, it grew into the most valuable technology company in the world. Cultivating Apple’s countercultural sensibility and a minimalist design ethic, Jobs rolled out one sensational product after another, even in the face of the late-2000s recession and his own failing health.

He helped change computers from a geeky hobbyist’s obsession to a necessity of modern life at work and home, and in the process he upended not just personal technology but the cellphone and music industries.

Jobs is survived by his biological mother, sister Mona Simpson; Lisa Brennan-Jobs, his daughter with Brennan; wife Laurene, and their three children, Erin, Reed and Eve.



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