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Two pieces of news this morning: one welcome for most and one most unwelcome. Let’s start with the bad news – Apple co-founder and visionary Steve Jobs has sadly passed away at 56. This news has elicited comment from a broad range of luminaries from US President Barack Obama to Larry Page, Google’s chief executive. Jobs has been praised by many for his ability through Apple to deliver to the market products that the market did not even know that it wanted – but once released became overnight successes. And at Pixar, he was able to provide movies that were not only visually ahead of their time but also highly entertaining. A sad loss of an inspirational leader.

In other news, Sarah Palin, former Governor of Alaska, has confirmed that she will not be running for president in 2012. This news has, understandably, been met with less sadness. It is now likely that ex-Massachusetts Governor Mitt Rooney and Texas Governor Rick Perry will represent the Republicans in their challenge to Barack Obama next year.

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