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Steve Jobs's death sets off global tributes and industry action

Steve Jobs's Apple products reached across the globe, and so is news of his passing, particularly in Asia, where his innovation transformed the technology industry.

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Many argue that Jobs and Apple lost out to almost all his peers in the global technology space, including the likes of Microsoft, IBM, HP and Dell by not availing of the 'India advantage' in their businesses, [but] the products that Jobs gave the world hold much higher iconic value [than] anything else in the technology space, India included.

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The Wall Street Journal reports that many technology industry leaders gave Jobs the credit for their own success because of the many doors his own company opened for them – and the inspiration they gained from observing him.

By hiring more and more companies in Asia to build Apple's goods, Apple created tens of thousands of jobs in the region and lifted the fortunes of little-known companies that became Apple's partners.

By focusing on simple, accessible design, Mr. Jobs inspired companies in industries as diverse as retailing and auto manufacturing to do the same. In an interview earlier this year, Hyundai Motor Co. chief executive Steve Yang, who retired last week, attributed the company's focus on design and brand-building to Apple.

And by breaking the grip cellphone service providers had on content, Mr. Jobs opened the door for software developers in Asia and the rest of the world to reach consumers directly.

"Chairman Steve Jobs introduced numerous revolutionary changes to the information-technology industry and was a great entrepreneur. His innovative sprit and remarkable accomplishments will forever be remembered by people around the world," Samsung Chief Executive Choi Gee-sung said, according to the Journal.

His death could be a "turning point" in the patent battles between Samsung, a Korean company, and Apple, The Korea Times reports. Only hours before Jobs died, Samsung filed patent lawsuits in France and Italy to ban the sale of the newly-released iPhone 4S. Samsung is waiting to see whether a full-fledged takeover by his successor will have an impact on the legal battle between the two technology giants.

Lawsuits between the two companies go both ways – Samsung plans to sue Apple because "the iPhone 4S "infringes on Samsung-owned telecom-related patents." Jobs – who the Korea Times described as "the greatest IT guru of all times" in a separate article – previously sued Samsung, claiming that the Korean company had copied the design of Apple's "i-branded products."

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