Steve Jobs, iconic Apple CEO, steps down

by Tom Gallagher

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From The New York Times:

Steven P. Jobs, whose insistent vision that he knew what consumers wanted made Apple one of the world's most valuable and influential companies, is stepping down as chief executive, the company announced late Wednesday. "I have always said that if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple's C.E.O., I would be the first to let you know," Mr. Jobs said in a letter released by the company. "Unfortunately, that day has come."

Mr. Jobs, 56, has been on medical leave since January, his third such absence. He underwent surgery for pancreatic cancer in 2004, and received a liver transplant in 2009. But as recently as a few weeks ago, Mr. Jobs was negotiating business issues with another Silicon Valley executive.


A college drop-out, Steve Jobs' 2005 Stanford University commencement address is worth 15 minutes of your time.

He describes how his birth mom put him up for adoption, heart-breaking employment set backs and what young people should concentrate on in order to find their pathway in the world. Jobs is one of the most historic figures of our generation for many reasons.

The Wall Street Journal's tech expert, Walt Mossberg, discusses Steve Jobs' historical influence.

Full disclosure: I'm a Mac.

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