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Silicon Valley on Steve Jobs: Google, Twitter, more [Updated]

Steve Jobs on a MacBook Pro

Eric Schmidt, Google executive chairman: "Steve defined a generation of style and technology that's unlikely to be matched again. Steve was so charismatically brilliant that he inspired people to do the impossible, and he will be remembered as the greatest computer innovator in history."

Dick Costolo, Twitter chief executive: "Once in a rare while, somebody comes along who doesn't just raise the bar, they create an entirely new standard of measurement."

Om Malik, GigaOm founder: "For many of us who live and die for technology and the change it represents, he was an example of what was possible, no matter how the chips were stacked against you. Jobs put life and soul into inanimate objects. Everyone saw steel, silicon and software; he saw an opportunity to paint his Mona Lisa. People saw a phone; Steve saw a transporter of love. People saw a tablet; he saw smiles and wide-eyed amazement. They made computers; he made time machines that brought us all together through a camera, screen and a connection."

[Updated Oct. 5, 7:53 p.m.: Steve Bezos, chief executive of Amazon.com: "Steve was a teacher to anyone paying attention, and today is a very sad day for everyone who cares about innovation and high standards."]

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-- Tiffany Hsu and Jessica Guynn

Photo: An image of Steve Jobs, Apple's co-founder and former CEO, is displayed on a laptop screen at a Barnes & Noble store selling Apple merchandise Wednesday in Atlanta. Credit: David Goldman/Associated Press

 
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