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Death of Jobs dominates global media

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A newspaper vendor shows copies with front page story on the death of the Apple founder and former CEO Steve Jobs on a downtown street in Hong Kong Thursday. Jobs died on Wednesday at the age of 56. The headline reads 'Steve Jobs pass away.'

Here’s what some other large media outlets are saying about the death of technology entrepreneur and visionary Steve Jobs, who passed away Wednesday at the age of 56 just weeks after resigning as chief executive of Apple -- the computer giant he co-founded in 1976.

In The Wall Street Journal Technology Columnist Walt Mossberg recounts his personal memories of Jobs, from their regular late-night discussions to one final meeting in a park in Palo Alto, Calif.

The New York Times looks at the challenges that Apple’s executives will face now that Jobs has passed on, asking if they can keep the company’s streak of hit products going “while avoiding the problems that have befallen other companies that lost their beloved founders.”

USA Today has a nice roundup of tributes to Jobs, from political leaders to technology and business leaders and other luminaries, including President Obama, Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and singer Josh Groban.

Reuters has a roundup of quotes by the man himself, including this one from The Wall Street Journal’s 2010 D: All Things Digital conference:

“There's nothing that makes my day more than getting an e-mail from some random person in the universe who just bought an iPad over in the UK and tells me the story about how it's the coolest product they've ever brought home in their lives. That's what keeps me going.”

All Things D has a collection of Steve Jobs’s appearances at their conferences here.

There’s an international dimension to the Jobs coverage too, with media outlets from Hong Kong to Australia and Iceland covering the news in depth. The U.K.’s Telegraph newspaper has an editorial by Adrian Hon, founder of online games company Six to Start, who likens Jobs to Britain’s Sir Christopher Wren -- one of the greatest architects in history.

Hon writes:

“Like Wren, who had interests in astronomy, biology, and physics, Steve Jobs was not 'only' a computer engineer or a programmer, but he had a deep love and appreciation of the importance of design and the humanities when it came to making objects that real people had to use.”

Big news magazines have sprung into action to cover the Jobs story, and Time and Bloomberg Businessweek are planning special coverage, according to AdWeek. In fact, Time literally stopped the presses “for what was believed to be the first time in at least 30 years,” AdWeek reports, in order to include special coverage of the Apple co-founder.

Perhaps the most touching coverage, though, came from Wired Magazine. Its website, wired.com, went all black following the news, featuring quotes from celebrities from the worlds of technology and politics and others about Jobs.