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The following editorial appeared in the San Jose Mercury News on Thursday, Aug. 25:
The resignation of Silicon Valley's rock star CEO, Steve Jobs, comes as no surprise to the Apple faithful who have been worrying about his medical condition and know how seriously he took his duties.
Jobs' departure from the top job at Apple is a loss for Silicon Valley. But it's also a loss for the nation, which is in desperate need of entrepreneurial leadership to get us out of this economic slump.
The Valley has had some true titans. Robert Noyce. David Packard. William Hewlett, Andrew Grove. Gordon Moore. Jobs, with his unparalleled talent for marrying …