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As family and close friends planned for a private funeral for Steve Jobs, the technology world was left pondering whether one of its most innovative periods might have come to an end. For the last 30 years, the story of personal technology has in many ways been the story of Jobs and his successes: from the first popular home computer to the machine on which the Web was invented — and now iPods, iPhones and iPads, the most talked about, written about and imitated devices anywhere.
As news of Steve Jobs' death ricocheted around the world Wednesday, people expressed their grief in many ways. Some took to Twitter or Facebook to respond to the loss; some held vigils outside Apple stores . Others used the very tools the Apple co-founder devoted his life to inventing to create their own artistic tributes to the man.
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The death was announced by Apple, the company Mr. Jobs and his high school friend Stephen Wozniak started in 1976 in a suburban California garage. A friend of the family said the cause was complications of pancreatic cancer. Mr. Jobs had waged a long and public struggle with the disease, remaining the face of the company even as he underwent treatment, introducing new products for a global market in his trademark blue jeans even as he grew gaunt and frail. He underwent surgery in 2004, received a liver transplant in 2009 and took three medical leaves of absence as Apple’s chief executive before stepping down in August and turning over the helm to Timothy D.
Former Apple CEO Steve Jobs, father of the Macintosh and the brains behind the wild success of the iPod, iPhone, and iPad, has passed away, Apple has confirmed on its website . He was 56. Jobs was the adopted son of a Mountain View, CA couple and grew up in Cupertino, the city where Apple is now based. He met his longtime friend and fellow Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak when he was 16 years old thanks to an introduction from a mutual friend.
President Barack Obama: The world has lost a visionary. And there may be no greater tribute to Steve’s success than the fact that much of the world learned of his passing on a device he invented.
From a marketplace in Tokyo to strife-ridden Syria to the sidewalk in front of Steve Jobs ' house in Palo Alto, spontaneous memorials -- the likes of which haven't been seen since the deaths of John Lennon and Princess Diana -- swept around the globe Thursday as the reality of the tech titan's death seeped deeply into mourners' souls. Along with leaving piles of flowers and notes that spilled into the streets, many Apple ( AAPL ) fans around the world paid special tribute in a way that perhaps no one would have appreciated more than Jobs himself: holding their iPhones and iPads high over their heads, many displaying glowing images, in crystal-clear high definition, of flickering candles. Outside Apple headquarters in Cupertino on Thursday, bagpipes played "Amazing Grace."