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    MATT LAUER, co-host: And I'm Matt Lauer . Because Steve Jobs was a guy who touched our lives in so many ways, reaction to his death has been pouring in from all around the world . Overnight a makeshift memorial is now in place outside of Apple 's headquarters -- that's in Cupertino , California -- following the sad death of that company's founder and visionary Steve Jobs . If you look this morning at -- simply at the apple .com on my iPad here, you will see a simple tribute to Jobs , a black-and-white photo with the dates that he was born and he died.

    CURRY: Because it's hard to overstate the impact that he had on all of our lives. I mean, he never graduated from college ...

    LAUER: Right.

    CURRY: ...and yet who doesn't have at least an iPod or an iPad or an iPhone or a personal computer ?

    LAUER: You know, I think -- obviously, this did not come as a shock to people, because we had watched his health deteriorate over the years...

    CURRY: Hm.

    LAUER: ...since he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer . He appeared very frail in recent months. But still, when it finally happens, you stop and you really take notice.

    CURRY: No question, you know. He also -- in a commencement address to Stanford University in 2005 , he had something really pretty wonderful he -- to say. He said, "Remembering that you're going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose." And he added, "Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life."

    LAUER: Yeah, as I mentioned, tributes immediately poured in as the news of his death spread. President Obama released a statement saying in part, "There may be no greater tribute to Steve 's success than the fact that much of the world learned of his passing on a device that he invented."

    CURRY: Yeah. And Bill Gates , Jobs ' one-time rival and co-founder of

    Microsoft, had this to say: "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." And then there's this from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg , who said, "Thanks for showing that what you build can change the world."

    MATT LAUER, co-host: Let us get right to NBC 's George Lewis . He's at Apple 's headquarters in Cupertino , California . George , good morning to you.

    GEORGE LEWIS reporting: Good morning, Matt. This is a very sad day for Apple 's 47,000 employees worldwide. They're mourning Steve Jobs , a man who dropped out of college and had no formal schooling in computer engineering but figured out a way to make tech sexy and transformed Apple into the world's most valuable company. He was a college dropout who co-founded Apple Computer in 1976 and within a few years became fabulously wealthy.

    Mr. DAN LYONS (Newsweek): He's kind of a regular guy who started in his garage with this idea, with a friend, and built this thing into this multibillion-dollar business.

    LEWIS: His secret, wow the consumers with cool designs and ease of use.

    Mr. STEVE JOBS: When it comes to consumer computer users , the computer industry hasn't done a really good job of trying to understand them and understand their desires and their needs.

    LEWIS: So in 1984 he introduced the Macintosh , calling it "insanely great." There was a famous Super Bowl ad for the Mac , running only once on TV but seen millions of times on YouTube .

    LEWIS: Apple didn't always prevail. Faced with tough competition, the company struggled, trying to gain a share of the personal computer market. And Steve Jobs had an abrasive personality that contributed to his ouster from Apple in 1985 .

    Mr. LYONS: There's a -- the brilliant, genius, visionary side of him that burned very, very bright, and there was this terrible dark side to him, too.

    LEWIS: He went into the movie business, acquiring Pixar Studios in 1986 , making a string of hit computer-animated films starting with " Toy Story ."

    LEWIS: Then, after an 11-year absence, he was brought back to Apple , where his creativity revitalized the company. The iPod changed the way people listened to their music.

    Mr. JOBS: Today Apple is going to reinvent the phone.

    LEWIS: And across the country, there were long lines for the first iPhones in 2007 . Then three years later, they lined up for the iPad , changing the way people consume media.

    Mr. JOBS: Most of the great ideas, when you see them, you go, 'Of course!'

    LEWIS: But while he was brimming with great ideas, Steve Jobs was battling declining health. He was operated on for pancreatic cancer in 2004 . A year later he spoke about that in a commencement address at Stanford University .

    Mr. JOBS: This was the closest I've been to facing death and I hope it's the closest I get for a few more decades. And yet death is the destination we all share.

    LEWIS: Then in 2009 he underwent a liver transplant.

    Mr. JOBS: I now have the liver of a mid-20s person who died in a car crash and was generous enough to donate their organs.

    LEWIS: On August 24th of this year, Jobs stepped down as Apple's CEO . Six years earlier he had this bit of advice for the Stanford grads.

    Mr. JOBS: Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become.

    LEWIS: He was a man who followed his heart and intuition to become one of Silicon Valley 's great visionaries. Steve Jobs leaves behind a wife and four children. And a statement from the Jobs family says Steve died peacefully, surrounded by people he loved. Ann :

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  1. Apple remembers Jobs

    A picture of Apple Inc. co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs is featured on the front page of the Apple.com website after his passing on Oct. 5, 2011. Jobs, counted among the greatest American CEOs of his generation, died on Wednesday at the age of 56, after a years-long and highly public battle with cancer and other health issues. (Apple via Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. A final appearance

    Steve Jobs is shown in his last public appearance on June 7, 2011 as he made a presentation to the Cupertino City Council regarding plans for Apple's new headquarters in this video frame grab. (Ho / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. iLife’s launch

    Steve Jobs announces iLife 11 as he speaks during an Apple special event at the company's headquarters on Oct. 20, 2010 in Cupertino, Calif. (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Jobs resigns

    Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs smiles after Apple's music-themed media event in San Francisco on Sept. 1, 2010. The company announced that Jobs had resigned on Aug. 24. Tim Cook, the company's chief operating officer, who has been standing in for Jobs during his medical leave, was named the new CEO, and Jobs became chairman. (Robert Galbraith / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. iPhone’s ‘antennagate’

    Steve Jobs talks about some of the perceived problems with the iPhone 4 at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., on July 16, 2010. (Paul Sakuma / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Medvedev meets Jobs

    Russian President Dmitry Medvedev looks at an iPhone 4 with Steve Jobs, June 23, 2010, at Apple Inc. in Cupertino, Calif. Medvedev visited Silicon Valley as part of a U.S. tour that also took him to Washington for meetings with President Obama. (Dmitry Astakhov / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. iPad revealed

    Steve Jobs holds up the new iPad as he speaks during an Apple special event at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on Jan. 27, 2010 in San Francisco. The iPad was a success from the moment it was introduced. (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Changing appearance

    Steve Jobs is shown in this combination of file photographs dating (top row, left to right) 2000, 2003, 2005, (bottom row, left to right) 2006, 2008 and 2009. (Staff / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Taking the stage

    Apple CEO Steve Jobs speaks at an Apple event in San Francisco on Sept. 9, 2008. (Jeff Chiu / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Ultra-thin computing

    Steve Jobs holds up a new Macbook Air, an ultra-thin laptop, in San Francisco on Jan. 12, 2008. (John G. Mabanglo / EPA file) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Jobs inducted

    Steve Jobs kisses Maria Shriver after being inducted into the California Hall of Fame in Sacramento on Dec. 5, 2007. (Kimberly White / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. iPhone introduced

    Steve Jobs introduces the iPhone at Macworld in San Francisco on Jan. 9, 2007. (David Paul Morris / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Opening doors

    Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs looks at the crowds at the grand opening of the new Apple Store on 5th Avenue in New York on May 19, 2006. (Seth Wenig / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. French connection

    Steve Jobs poses with Apple Executive Vice-President Timothy Cook, left, and Senior Vice-President Jon Rubinstein after a news conference during the opening day of the Paris Apple Expo on Sept. 20, 2005. (Charles Platiau / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. iPod for U2

    Bono, of the band U2, and Steve Jobs hold up Apple iPods at an unveiling of a new branded iPod in San Jose, Calif. on, Oct. 26, 2004. Bono is holding up an iPod with a red dial and black casing. (Paul Sakuma / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. Changing tunes

    Steve Jobs gestures during Apple's launch of their online "Music Store" and new iPod in San Francisco on April 28, 2003. Apple's new service pulled music from five major record labels offering more than 200,000 songs at 99 cents a download. (AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. iBook launched

    Steve Jobs carries an iBook laptop computer with built-in handle in New York on July 22, 1999. (Ted Thai / Getty Images Contributor) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. iColorful

    Steve Jobs holding an iMac computer in 1998. The iMac, with its jelly colors and friendly rounded corners, was an alternative to the bland looking PCs of the time. (Moshe Brakha / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. Jobs and Gates

    Steve Jobs, left, stands at a podium as Microsoft’s Bill Gates appears on a video screen as they speak to the MacWorld convention, praising the new alliance between Apple and Microsoft, on Aug. 6, 1997, in Boston, Mass. Apple and Microsoft unveiled a stunning alliance in which Microsoft invested $150 million in Apple’s stock. (Julia Malakie / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. Making a billion

    Steve Jobs became a billionaire on Nov. 29, 1995, when a small digital studio that he owned went public. In its first trading day, investors gave Pixar Animation Studios, the company that made the No. 1 movie “Toy Story,” a market value of $1.46 billion. (Kristy Macdonald / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  21. Jobs at NeXT

    Steve Jobs, as president and CEO of NeXT Computer Inc., shows off the company’s new NeXTstation, after an introduction to the public in San Francisco on Sept. 18, 1990. (Eric Risberg / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  22. Apple IIc unveiled

    Steve Jobs, left, John Sculley, center, who was then president and CEO, and Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple, unveil the new Apple IIc computer in San Francisco on April 24, 1984. (Sal Veder / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  23. Wondrous machine

    Steve Jobs, then chairman of the board of Apple, leans on the Macintosh personal computer following a shareholder meeting in Cupertino, Calif., on Jan 24, 1984. (Paul Sakuma / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  24. No fool

    Apple’s Steve Jobs introduces the Apple II in Cupertino, Calif. in 1977. Apple Computer was formed on April Fool’s Day in 1976. (AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  25. Getting started

    Steve Jobs’ senior portrait is seen in the Homestead High School yearbook. He attended the school in Cupertino, Calif., and graduated in 1972. (Polaris) Back to slideshow navigation
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