Earlier today Steve Jobs announced he’d be taking a medical leave of absence from Apple, and that Apple COO Tim Cook would be taking over the day-to-day responsibilities for running the company. This was announced in an email sent to all Apple employees and then posted online. It reads:

Team,

I am sure all of you saw my letter last week sharing something very personal with the Apple community. Unfortunately, the curiosity over my personal health continues to be a distraction not only for me and my family, but everyone else at Apple as well. In addition, during the past week I have learned that my health-related issues are more complex than I originally thought.

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 Appleā€™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.

I look forward to seeing all of you this summer.

Steve

Glad to see this: “As CEO, I plan to remain involved in major strategic decisions while I am out. Our board of directors fully supports this plan.”

Everyone at Small Dog wishes Steve Jobs a full and immediate recovery. Steve Jobs is our guy. Our thoughts are with him and his family.

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