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Steve Jobs takes leave of absence from Apple

Written by Rich Fiscus (Google+) @ 15 Jan 2009 2:45 User comments (13)

Steve Jobs takes leave of absence from Apple For months Apple CEO Steve Jobs has been confronted with questions about his health brought on by obvious weight loss. Earlier this month he decided to clear the air and publically admit he was being treated for hormone problems.
In a statement earlier this month he said "As many of you know, I have been losing weight throughout 2008. The reason has been a mystery to me and my doctors. A few weeks ago, I decided that getting to the root cause of this and reversing it needed to become my #1 priority."

"Fortunately, after further testing, my doctors think they have found the cause—a hormone imbalance that has been “robbing” me of the proteins my body needs to be healthy. Sophisticated blood tests have confirmed this diagnosis."


Apparently though, his explanation wasn't enough to satisfy many people so he's decided it would be in Apple's best interest for him to temporarily give up his duties with Apple and concentrate on his treatment.

Apple realeased the text of an email Jobs sent the company's employees which stated in part "In order to take myself out of the limelight and focus on my health, and to allow everyone at Apple to focus on delivering extraordinary products, I have decided to take a medical leave of absence until the end of June.

I have asked Tim Cook to be responsible for Apple’s day to day operations, and I know he and the rest of the executive management team will do a great job. As CEO, I plan to remain involved in major strategic decisions while I am out. Our board of directors fully supports this plan."

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13 user comments

115.1.2009 6:05

his female hormone injections required for his path to become a woman are turning him into amy winehouse

215.1.2009 13:22

Originally posted by Hopium:
his female hormone injections required for his path to become a woman are turning him into amy winehouse
hopium , what a f-----cruel thing to say i am no mac feun own four windows based pcs but if u known jobs had over 70% of his pancreas removed because of cancer,and may be in his last day ,i wonder if it was your dad or mom ,would your comments be the same,after all give him some respect as a human being ,unlike him i am a cancer survivor.

315.1.2009 15:37

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Originally posted by Hopium:
his female hormone injections required for his path to become a woman are turning him into amy winehouse

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Wow.

Dude.

You certainly got everyone's respect by being the first poster. What an interesting contribution to the discussion. LOL. Wow.
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...Anyway...

I hope the guy gets better. I guess I'd take a 6 month leave too if I was CEO haha!
I've never owned Apple stuff, but the ones I've serviced are much faster than most Windows PCs. Hopefully I can afford it somday.

415.1.2009 17:28

I herd Steve Jobs is An A-Hole.

I use all Windows, don't like mac or ipods or any of that crap.

515.1.2009 17:39

Quote:
Originally posted by Hopium:
his female hormone injections required for his path to become a woman are turning him into amy winehouse
hopium , what a f-----cruel thing to say i am no mac feun own four windows based pcs but if u known jobs had over 70% of his pancreas removed because of cancer,and may be in his last day ,i wonder if it was your dad or mom ,would your comments be the same,after all give him some respect as a human being ,unlike him i am a cancer survivor.
trolled...

Back to the topic at hand; I always thought Steve Jobs was an idiot. Maybe things will get better without him.
This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 15 Jan 2009 @ 17:40

615.1.2009 18:20

this years CES proved that

715.1.2009 20:55

All that cocaine is hard on the body!

815.1.2009 22:49

Glad everyone here takes this so seriously...

Anyways, i think Jobs is a great man.
I don't like Apple products, hate mac's, and i almost shot myself when i bought an itouch. All that aside, Jobs has some ingenious ideas and runs quite an empire over there at Apple.
I give him by best wishes.

915.1.2009 23:37

I don't like monopolies and big business crushing youth and fresh innovations (or stealing them), but I do love people. We make the world with our ideas, actions, leadership, etc... Steve Jobs is not evil. He is not the son of satan. He has lived (IMO) an honorable life. Sure, he is rich, he is powerful; but does that make him the target of such hatrid just for those things?

1016.1.2009 13:19

i really dont understand why there are so many apple fanboys. When has apple ever made a decision that has been pro consumer? steve jbs makes everything to fck the consumer so they they hav to go through bells and whistles. its all about the money to him. His reign of intelligent marketing, and flashy ridiculously expensive products will end eventually. i have to think people will either smarten up, or a real company will eventually realize there is a market for flash and start doing he same thing but without the limitations and exaggerated price

i care a much about steve jobs health as i do that natalie holloway chick. i would have killed her myself just to get her off the damn tv.

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1116.1.2009 16:14
Fibroptik
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One fine day Hopium glorked:

H> his female hormone injections required for his path to become a woman are turning him into amy winehouse

I understand you. Maybe we can chat. I have a brother who's an idiot so I'm fluent in dumb-ass.

FibrOptik

1216.1.2009 16:58

Bad news for Apple. He did turn the company around when he returned as CEO. For a while there I thought Apple was going to be non existent and now you have I-pod, I-phone, and I-tunes. Not products that I personally use but nobody can argue their popularity. I think all CEO's should be paid the same way as Jobs where his pay is based on the companies success. Must be flattering to him that the companies stock took a hit just from him announcing medical leave.

1316.1.2009 22:47

Fibroptik: thanks for sharing

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