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Steve Jobs Tribute Banners Pop Up in Chicago

Not long after a Hong Kong student, Jonathan Mak, popularized a tribute logo to Steve Jobs, an Apple appreciator in Chicago took his devotion to the next level by setting up Steve Jobs street banners outside the Apple store in honor of his passing.

Eric Brightfield, principal of ImageFiction in Chicago, created the design, printed it on heavy-duty canvas and he and his team installed the banners “under cover of night,” he said in an email.

The banners were still up today, and Brightfield said the Apple employees were under the impression that the city of Chicago presented the tribute.

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Optimism About iPhone 4S Today After Tuesday’s Backlash

Photo: AP

Mourning the death of Steve Jobs continues. Despite or even because of that, some are predicting that the iPhone 4S will be a hit after all.

It seems long ago and far away, but it was only Tuesday when Tim Cook had his much-criticized press event to introduce the iPhone 4S, which was an upgrade to the previous iteration rather than the much-anticipated iPhone 5. Fans were angered, the stock market reacted negatively, overall, it wasn’t a good scene.

Fast-forward to today and pre-orders of those phones are starting. One analyst tells Reuters that there will be “some sentiment-related purchases.” Another says, “over the long run the products will stand on their merit.” Yesterday as we walked past the Apple store across from NYC’s Plaza Hotel, a gaggle of people were snapping photos (many with iPhones) of a memorial to Jobs. Maybe 15 feet away, a young man sat in a lawn chair, covered with a blanket, holding a sign announcing that he was on line for an iPhone.

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The World Shares Its Thoughts About Steve Jobs

AP Photo/Mark Lennihan

Calling it “one of the largest outpourings the network has ever seen,” AllTwitter reports that just after 8pm ET last night, just under 16 percent of all tweets included Steve Jobs’ name. Right now, #ThankYouSteve and Remembering Steve Jobs are among the top trending topics on Twitter still.

Over on AllFacebook, a post notes the tributes to Jobs posted as updates (and the malware that’s circulating, posing as a Jobs tribute).

On The New York Times site, David Carr’s Media Decoder column notes, “Mr. Jobs never bought into things like reputational damage or fatal mistakes” and discusses “how he changed business journalism — its image and its attractiveness.”

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Goodbye to Steve Jobs

The day after the iPhone 4S announcement, at about 5 p.m. Pacific time, the tech world suffered an immeasurable loss in the death of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. The 56-year-old died at home after a long fight with pancreatic cancer. Some reactions follow:

President Barack Obama: ”Steve’s brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve.” [via]

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg: “Steve, thank you for being a mentor and a friend. Thanks for showing that what you build can change the world. I will miss you.” [via Facebook]

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer: “I want to express my deepest condolences at the passing of Steve Jobs, one of the founders of our industry and a true visionary. My heart goes out to his family, everyone at Apple and everyone who has been touched by his work.” [via]

iPad Bridesmaid = Free PR for Apple

I don’t know how it is playing out in the Midwest, but we at the PRNewser San Francisco bureau are loving the story of the iPad bridesmaid. It may not be exactly what Apple founders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak envisioned all those years ago, but their technology allowed bridesmaid Renee Armstrong to attend her friend Jamie’s wedding in Colorado from several states away – her smiling visage carried around in a white iPad.

Sure, it could have been done via laptop or Droid too, but would that have the same magic? Nah.

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Reaction to Steve Jobs Resignation

Jobs in 2007. Photo: Thor Swift for The New York Times

News that Steve Jobs is stepping down as CEO of Apple (he’ll serve in the newly created chairman’s position) has people responding from a business and consumer perspective.

The news has onlookers wondering how the company will fare. On the one hand, Steve Jobs is synonymous with the company and is credited with the innovation the company has demonstrated and the impact that innovation has had on people’s everyday lives. Writers say his personality as much as his tech savvy and business acumen drove Apple.

Still, because Jobs’ ailing health has been an issue for a while, the company appears to have a succession plan in place. The new CEO, Tim Cook, has stepped in to run the company previously, and has been leading the business since January when Jobs went on medical leave. The company’s stock has increased nearly two-thirds since the beginning of the year.

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PR, Marketing Leaders Also Top MediaGuardian List

Freud Communications' Matthew Freud is among those on the 'Guardian' media list.

The U.K.’s Guardian newspaper has published it’s top 100 in the media and there are some PR and communications pros taking spots on the list.

Max Clifford, the founder of Max Clifford Associates known for his work managing tabloid news and the PR for high-profile names like Simon Cowell, has moved up 10 spots to number 25. Matthew Freud, chairman of Freud Communications and husband to Rupert Murdoch’s daughter Elisabeth, is at number 31. And Alan Parker, the founder and chairman of powerful financial and corporate comms firm Brunswick Group, is in at number 65.

The top marketing and PR spot goes to Sir Martin Sorrell, WPP‘s CEO, coming in at number 8.

As we mentioned this morning, Mark Zuckerberg comes in at number one. Also in the top 10 are Rupert Murdoch, Steve Jobs, and the aforementioned Simon Cowell. For more of the marcomms leaders on the list, click here.

Apple’s Response to Location-Tracking Controversy, Cont’d

Following yesterday’s crisis FAQ response to the controversy over Apple’s data-collecting “bug,” CEO Steve Jobs came out with a response of his own.

“We haven’t been tracking anybody. Never have. Never will,” he said in an interview, quoted by the New York Times.

He went on to say that “rather than run to the P.R. department,” the company conducted an investigation into what happened. Jobs said he and two other Apple execs, Philip Schiller, SVP of global product marketing, and Scott Forstall, the SVP of iPhone software, crafted the response. The two execs also did the interview with Jobs. Forstall admitted mistakes, but the response has gotten praise.

That may not be enough. Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) and Rep. Ed Markey wrote a letter to Jobs and then Sen. Franken announced a May 10 hearing about mobile devices and privacy. The Daily Beast also reports that the Illinois AG and South Korea and Europe are taking legal action. So there could be more trouble in the offing.

IPad 2: The Postmortem to the Big Reveal

Apple CEO Steve Jobs introducing the latest version of the iPad today in San Francisco. Photo: REUTERS/Beck Diefenbach

So after all the hype, the fact is I was all-in even if Apple brought out a dancing monkey and told me it was the new iPad.

Okay, let’s review. It’s thinner, faster, comes in white, and, yes, it’s Verizon-capable. Some tech writers dig itSome writers suspect the minor upgrades – which also includes two cameras – are only the beginning. And it’s the same price point! Other writers…you can’t please them.

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How Will the Management Move Impact Google’s Future?

Larry Page and Eric Schmidt. Photo:AP

Everyone’s talking about Google’s “management shake-up” as co-founder Larry Page becomes CEO and Eric Schmidt becomes chairman. While this move has implications for the company’s next moves, it also has the potential to change how the company is perceived by the public.

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