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Steve Jobs 1955-2011: Reactions

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Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiling the new Apple 'iPad' tablet computer

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Steve Jobs's death at the age of 56 has shaken the world, with tributes pouring in from technology experts, colleagues and celebrities.

The Apple co-founder, who stepped down from his role as the company's CEO last month, passed away on Wednesday (October 5) after fighting pancreatic cancer in 2004 and undergoing a liver transplant in 2009.

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Apple's board of directors: "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."

Steve Jobs's family: "In his public life, Steve was known as a visionary; in his private life, he cherished his family.

"We are thankful to the many people who have shared their wishes and prayers during the last year of Steve's illness... We are grateful for the support and kindness of those who share our feelings for Steve. We know many of you will mourn with us, and we ask that you respect our privacy during our time of grief."

Tim Cook, who succeeded Jobs as Apple CEO in August 2011: "No words can adequately express our sadness at Steve's death or our gratitude for the opportunity to work with him. We will honour his memory by dedicating ourselves to continuing the work he loved so much."

US president Barack Obama: "Michelle and I are saddened to learn of the passing of Steve Jobs.

"Steve was among the greatest of American innovators - brave enough to think differently, bold enough to believe he could change the world, and talented enough to do it."

California governor and friend of Jobs Jerry Brown: "Steve Jobs was a great California innovator who demonstrated what a totally independent and creative mind can accomplish. Few people have made such a powerful and elegant imprint on our lives."

Actor and former governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger: "Steve lived the California Dream every day of his life and he changed the world and inspired all of us."

iPod Nano

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Microsoft founder Bill Gates: "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.

"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. For those of us lucky enough to get to work with him, it's been an insanely great honour. I will miss Steve immensely."

Dell founder Michael Dell: "Today the world lost a visionary leader, the technology industry lost an iconic legend and I lost a friend and fellow founder.

"The legacy of Steve Jobs will be remembered for generations to come. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and to the Apple team."

Google CEO Larry Page: "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...

"He was very kind to reach out to me as I became CEO of Google and spend time offering his advice and knowledge even though he was not at all well. My thoughts and Google's are with his family and the whole Apple family."

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg: "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."

Technology blog i09: "RIP Steve Jobs. Thanks, Steve, for making the world more science fictional."

BBC technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones: "Woken by the very sad news of the death of Steve Jobs... a visionary, who saw the power of digital technology to change the way we live."

Actor and broadcaster Stephen Fry: "Woke to the news of Steve Jobs's death. He changed the world. I knew him a little and admired him entirely. Love to Apple and his family."

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Actress Alyssa Milano: "Rest in peace, Steve Jobs. You were always a big part of my world with your special inventions. Thank you for your brain."

Actor Ashton Kutcher: "I never thought I could be so busted up about the loss of someone I never met. #stevejobs"

Wil Wheaton, actor and writer: "iRIP, Steve Jobs. Thank you for making incredible things, so we can live in the future."

Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof: "Steve Jobs. On behalf of every dreamer sitting in his or her garage who is crazy enough to try to change the world, you will be missed."

Actor Jon Favreau: "We lost a man of true vision today. Condolences to the whole Apple family."

Singer Josh Groban: "Such a sad day. I can trace my Apple memories to the IIC when I was a kid. RIP."

Glee actress Jane Lynch: "We will miss you, Steve Jobs. Sent lovingly from my iPhone."

Bones actor David Boreanaz: "Steve Jobs RIP, ahead of his time and changed how we think.#Apple."

Comedian and actor Zach Braff: "RIP Steve Jobs. A legend. A visionary innovator."

Apple's official statement: "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.

"His greatest love was for his wife, Laurene, and his family. Our hearts go out to them and to all who were touched by his extraordinary gifts."

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