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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.
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 …
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.
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
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”
New York Times:
Steve Jobs's Patents
Discussion: The Next Web
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Steve Jobs, in His Own Words
Discussion: HBR.org and BetaNews
Andy Lewis / Hollywood Reporter:
Steve Jobs' Biography Sales Jump 22,000 Percent Upon Death
Discussion: Edible Apple and The Next Web
Jim Aley / Bloomberg:
Steve Jobs Dead at 56
Discussion: CNET News and TeleRead
Harry McCracken / Time:
Technology's Great Reinventor: Steve Jobs (1955-2011)
Discussion: Poynter, Gizmodo and Techland
Nick Wingfield / New York Times:
A Big Shadow Demands a Balancing Act at Apple
Discussion: CNET News and Wall Street Journal
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.
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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.
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.
Martin LaMonica / CNET News:
Bob Metcalfe recalls Steve Jobs' cold call  —  In the early days of personal computing, Ethernet co-inventor Bob Metcalfe received a call from Steve Jobs, a person he didn't know, to talk about a company he had never heard of—Apple Computer.  Over time, Jobs became a “hero” and sometime-collaborator.
Discussion: Guardian, Digits and Softpedia News
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
Agence France Presse:
Samsung pays tribute to Steve Jobs
Discussion: 9to5Mac and AppleInsider
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: IntoMobile, Ubergizmo and Electronista
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.
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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