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    Posted: 06 Oct 2011 at 08:35

Steve Jobs dies: latest

Steve Jobs, the Apple founder and former CEO, has died at the age of 56 after a long battle with cancer. "The world has lost a visionary," Barack Obama says in tribute.

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maybe we should have an obituary section??
 
Sad, young as well, just cancer just like Patrick Swayze it seems, I didn't know he was ill.
Makes sense now, why he resigned.
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By Richard Blackden in New York

8:00AM BST 06 Oct 2011

"Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius and the world has lost an amazing human being,” Apple said. “Steve's brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives.”

Jobs, who has fought cancer in recent years and received a liver transplant in 2009, stepped down as Apple's chief executive in August. But his death is still likely to come as a shock to many in Silicon Valley and across the world.

Born on February 24, 1955 and raised in Palo Alto, California, Jobs was one of a handful of figures who straddled two generations that helped transform the small corner of California into the world's hub for technogical innovation.

Having founded Apple in his family's garage in 1976 with his friend Steve Wozniak, more than 30 years of innovation resulted in Apple surpassing oil giant Exxon Mobil as the world's most valuable company earlier this year. In the process Jobs helped reinvent the personal computer, music and mobile phone industries as well as reshape the attitude of millions to technology.

Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft, said that "the world rarely sees someone who has had the profound impact Steve has had, the effects of which will be felt for many generations to come."

It saw him chasing colleagues at the weekend with “urgent” requests to change the shade of yellow in the second O in Google when it appeared on the iPhone screen.

The Apple II scored Jobs his first major success, becoming one of the world's first popular and commercially viable personal computers. Though it was heavily outsold by more standard PCs, it created a almost fanatical loyalty among users that was going to become central to Apple's later success.

And in 1980 Apple's flotation turned Jobs into a multi-millionaire before the age of 30. But his relationship with the company he co-founded proved far from smooth. In an echo of what's happened to many start-up technology companies since, Jobs decided to hire a heavyweight from corporate America to help manage Apple's growth. John Sculley was recruited from Pepisco in 1983, but a slump then ensued that eventually saw Mr Jobs fired by Apple's board two years later.

It was not until 1997 that Jobs returned to Apple, which was then losing money. His return quickly saw a directionless company focus on producing a handful of key products that began in May 1998 with the iMac. The launch of the device also underlined Jobs's talent for marketing that was to become an important ingredient of the company's success over the next decade. The iMac's launch was accompanied by an advertising campaign that for the first time used the phrase 'Think Different.' Three years later the iPod was launched, the iPhone arrived in 2007 and, then last year, came the iPad.

Jobs told a PBS documentary that he took inspiration for his designs where it was available. ""Picasso has a saying, 'Good artists copy. Great artists steal,'" Mr Jobs said. "I've been shameless about stealing great ideas."

Away from Apple, Jobs was a private man and leaves behind his wife and four children. His family said that he had died "peacefully surrounded by his family." Their statement added that "in his public life, Steve was known as a visionary; in his private life, he cherished his family."

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