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California observes Steve Jobs Day

Tribute to late Apple CEO coincides with private memorial ceremony

The governor of California, Jerry Brown, set yesterday, Sunday, October 16 as "Steve Jobs Day" across the US state to coincide with a private memorial for the Apple co-founder at Stanford University. The honour, which was strictly for observance and did not involve a public holiday, is not normally given to corporate figures.

The Wall Street Journal had earlier reported that Apple had planned the special service for Jobs on Sunday, with key Silicon Valley figures expected to be in attendance.

Steve Jobs died on October 5 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 56.

Guests to the invitation-only service were asked to respond to Emerson Collective, a philanthropic organization established by the late CEO's wife, Laurene Powell Jobs.

Jobs gave a much-celebrated commencement address at Stanford University in 2005

Apple also plans to host an event for its employees to celebrate Jobs's life at its headquarters in Cupertino, California on Wednesday, October 19.


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