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Apple Founder Steve Jobs has died. The company notified the world on Wednesday evening with a landing page saying:

"Apple has lost a visionary and a creative genius, and the world has last an amazing human being. Those of use who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple."

Jobs, who suffered from an undisclosed illness, resigned from Apple as CEO at the end of August. He said at the time: "I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple's CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come."

In 2004, he announced that he had pancreatic cancer. Later on in 2009, he had a liver transplant.

Despite all of these difficulties, Jobs kept appearing at product launches as passionate as ever, even though at times he looked extremely gaunt.

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Reuters reports:

American militants like Anwar al-Awlaki are placed on a kill or capture list by a secretive panel of senior government officials, which then informs the president of its decisions, according to officials.

For all the hand-wringing by cable news and pundits about what the Occupy Wall Street protests are actually about, there was a pretty anti-corporate message at the protests Wednesday in downtown Manhattan. But despite the overarching opposition to the financial sector's political influence, some of the protesters dismissed the need to have a unified message in the demonstrations.

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Much has been made of Occupy Wall Street's use of social media, both by the protesters themselves, by the media, even government officials.

But beyond the movement's reliance on live-streaming video, Facebook and Twitter and other social tools, its worth pointing out that its adherents have turned to several other, much older technologies, albeit with digital flourishes.

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Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner told an audience of the country's elite Wednesday that he sympathizes with the underlying loss of faith anti-Wall Street protesters and other Americans have in the country's ruling class -- though not specifically for the growing "Occupy Wall Street" protest movement itself. But at the same time he expressed astonishment and dismay at Wall Street's loss of faith in President Obama and the administration.

The juxtaposition is striking, and illustrates how at odds the anti-Wall Street movement is with the administration.

"I feel a lot of sympathy for what you might describe as the general sense among Americans as whether we've lost the sense of possibility and whether after a pretty bad lost decade in terms of income growth or fiscal responsibility...followed by a devastating crisis, huge loss of faith in public institutions, people do wonder whether we have the ability to do things that can help the average sense of opportunity in the country," Geithner said at The Atlantic's Ideas Forum, just a few blocks from both the U.S. Capitol and the White House.

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From Gates' blog:

“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 honor. I will miss Steve immensely."