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Apple:
Steve Jobs — 1955-2011  —  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.
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Walt Mossberg / AllThingsD:
The Steve Jobs I Knew  —  That Steve Jobs was a genius, a giant influence on multiple industries and billions of lives, has been written many times since he retired as Apple's CEO in August.  He was a historical figure on the scale of a Thomas Edison or Henry Ford, and set the mold …
Brian Lam / The Wirecutter:
Steve Jobs Was Always Kind To Me (Or, Regrets of An A**hole)  —  I met Steve Jobs while I worked at Gizmodo.  He was always a gentleman.  Steve liked me and he liked Gizmodo.  And I liked them back.  Some of my friends who I used to work with at Gizmodo refer to those days as the Good Old Days.
Apple:
Statement by Apple's Board of Directors  —  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.
Larry Page / Google+:
I am very, very sad to hear the news about Steve.  He was a great man with incredible achievements and amazing brilliance.  He always seemed to be able to say in very few words what you actually should have been thinking before you thought it.  His focus on the user experience above all else has always been an inspiration to me.
Apple:
Apple CEO Tim Cook today sent the following email to all Apple employees:  —  Team, I have some very sad news to share with all of you.  Steve passed away earlier today.  Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being.
Bill Gates / The Gates Notes:
I'm truly saddened to learn of Steve Jobs' death.  Melinda and I extend our sincere condolences to his family and friends, and to everyone Steve has touched through his work.  Steve and I first met nearly 30 years ago, and have been colleagues, competitors and friends over the course of more than half our lives.
Wall Street Journal:
Apple's Steve Jobs Is Dead  —  Steven P. Jobs, the Apple chairman and co-founder who pioneered the personal computer industry and changed the way people think about technology, died at 56.  — Jobs's Life Lessons |  Best Quotes |  Video  — Timeline: Personal Media Pioneer |  Photos
Mark Zuckerberg / Facebook:
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.
Microsoft:
Steve Jobs (1955-2011): Statement from Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer  —  Statement from Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.  —  “I want to express my deepest condolences at the passing of Steve Jobs, one of the founders of our industry and a true visionary.  My heart goes out to his family …
Steven Levy / Wired.com:
Steve Jobs, 1955 - 2011  —  Steven Paul Jobs, 56, died earlier today at his home with his family.  The co-founder and, until last August, the CEO of Apple, Inc., was the most celebrated person in technology and business on the planet.  No one will take issue with the official Apple statement that …
Discussion: @blam
Business Wire:
Statement by Steve Jobs' Family  —  PALO ALTO, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Steve Jobs' family today made the following statement regarding his death:  —  Steve died peacefully today surrounded by his family.  —  In his public life, Steve was known as a visionary; in his private life, he cherished his family.
Seth Weintraub / 9to5Mac:
Steve Jobs narrates the first Think Different commercial “Here's to the Crazy Ones”
Discussion: NEWS.com.au
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:   Steve Jobs, in His Own Words
Andy Lewis / Hollywood Reporter:
Steve Jobs' Biography Sales Jump 22,000 Percent Upon Death
Discussion: Edible Apple and The Next Web
John Markoff / New York Times:
Steve Jobs, Apple's Visionary, Dies at 56
Harry McCracken / Time:
Technology's Great Reinventor: Steve Jobs (1955-2011)
Discussion: Poynter and Gizmodo
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
At Apple's headquarters, a somber scene with a bagpipe tribute (videos)
Discussion: Guardian, Digits and The Tech Trade
New York Times:
Steve Jobs's Patents
Discussion: The Next Web
Nick Wingfield / New York Times:
A Big Shadow Demands a Balancing Act at Apple
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Dick Costolo / @dickc:   Once in a rare while, somebody comes along who doesnt just raise the bar, they create an entirely new standard of measurement. #RIPSteveJobs
Reuters:
Exclusive: Microsoft considers bidding for Yahoo: sources  —  (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp is considering a bid for Yahoo Inc, resurfacing as a potential buyer after a bitter and unsuccessful fight to take over the Internet company in 2008, sources close to the situation said on Wednesday.
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Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Not So Much on a Microsoft Bid for Yahoo (They're Crazy, But Not That Crazy)
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Sprint Confirms It Will Offer Unlimited Data Plan for iPhone  —  Sprint will indeed offer unlimited data plans when it starts taking iPhone orders later this week, AllThingsD has confirmed.  —  “We will be offering the benefit of our unlimited plans that start at just $69.99,” said spokeswoman Michelle Leff Mermelstein.
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Billy Steele / Engadget:
Sprint now taking pre-orders for iPhone 4, reserve your 4S on October 7
Discussion: Ubergizmo and IntoMobile
Microsoft:
Xbox 360 Teams Up With Entertainment Leaders to Transform TV  —  AT&T, BBC, Comcast, HBO, Rogers, Telefónica, Televisa and Verizon are among providers rolling out new TV entertainment services on Xbox LIVE.  —  A new era in television begins this holiday where your entertainment …
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Ben Rudolph / The Windows Blog:
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