You might be reading this story on a MacBook Pro, an iPad, or the Patch app on an iPhone. If so, you owe thanks to Steve Jobs.
Jobs, who stepped down as the head of the tech company in August, was 56 years old when he died Wednesday. Bay Area friends and admirers of the former Apple CEO were quick to share condolences and opinions about Jobs' place in the history of American business, computer science, marketing and innovation.
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"Steve Jobs was a giant in the world of technology and established the Bay Area as a global center for innovation," San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee said in a statement.
"Steve was a true visionary who brought out the best in others," Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom said in a statement.
Dozens reportedly gathered in San Francisco's Mission Dolores Park for an impromptu "iPhone vigil," which was promoted on social media websites.
"Come, turn up your brightness, and remember, together," the Mission Dolores
Park Facebook page said.
Social media websites such as Twitter and Facebook were awash with messages from Jobs' fans. The twitter trends #ThankYouSteve and RIP Steve Jobs were filled with words of thanks, mourning, and favorite Jobs quotes.
President Obama released a statement this evening saying, "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."
"Steve was fond of saying that he lived every day like it was his last. Because he did, he transformed our lives, redefined entire industries, and achieved one of the rarest feats in human history: he changed the way each of us sees the world," he said.
— Bay City News Service