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Competitors who watched as Apple’s sales _ and its stock price _ took off over the past decade posted messages of admiration:

Steve Jobs was a great visionary and a respected competitor,” said Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie, co-CEOs of Blackberry-maker Research in Motion.

“Today the world lost a visionary leader, the technology industry lost an iconic legend and I lost a friend and fellow founder,” said Dell Inc. founder and CEO Michael Dell.

“For those of us lucky enough to get to work with Steve, it’s been an insanely great honor. I will miss Steve immensely,” said Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates.

At an Apple Store in New York City, where a small collection of flowers and candles had started to form, Jacqueline Thuener-Rego, said Jobs has helped change how people think about their relationship with technology.

“You don’t think of it as technology, you think of it as memories, experiences,” the 28-year-old actress from Brooklyn said. “It’s as integrated into your life as a cup of coffee. The technology has become the human experience.”

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Robertson reported from San Francisco. Contributing to this report were Associated Press writers Derrik J. Lang in Los Angeles, Rob Gillies in Toronto and Adriana Gomez Licon in Mexico City, and AP videojournalist Joseph Frederick in New York.