Steve Jobs Is NOT Dead [Twitter Rumor]

Steve Jobs Is NOT Dead [Twitter Rumor]

Steve Jobs is NOT dead — it’s a screw-up by CBS.

The rumor — which is lighting up Twitter like crazy — was caused by an errant tweet from CBS’s “What’s Trending” feed. The tweet said:

“Reports say that Steve Jobs has passed away. Stay tuned for more updates.”

But CBS has now pulled the tweet and kinda apologized:

“Reports of Steve Job’s [sic] death completely unconfirmed.”

So, they don’t know one way or the other.

We’ve called Apple and left messages all over the PR department. The one live person we talked to said they’d get back to us shortly. But there obviously wasn’t a fire drill there, so it’s safe to assume Steve is still alive.

  • James Kip Contreras

    And you’re posting this because you assume that because they weren’t freaking out that every things okay? 

  • James Kip Contreras

    How about you wait till they get back to you.

  • russhughes

    How about you fix your spelling while you are waiting?

  • russhughes

    How about you fix your spelling while you are waiting?

  • Nico

    This post is just as bad as the whole rumor itself. Congrats on the thousands of clicks you got using this misleading title, though.

  • Michel Tol

    So you DON’T know if Steve Jobs is dead or not? Why this post, then?

  • Metroview

    First it was that TMZ post, and now it’s this. Goddamn it Cult of Mac… wtf are you guys doing!?

  • lkahney

    There’s nothing link-bait about this post.  

    People are asking the question — “Is Steve Jobs dead or not?” It’s all over Twitter and Facebook and the rest of the Web.I don’t know for sure, but I do know that CBS started and then retracted a rumor on Twitter — which is just what is reported here.We run a website about Apple and Steve Jobs. It’s perfectly legit to address a crazy rumor like this. After all, as soon as I say this in my Twitter stream, I wanted to know myself. 

  • gothamcity

    Your reasoning for suggesting that SJ might still be alive is a bit weird. Right now no Apple PR person has confirmed or denied the rumor which really makes me wonder whether or not he has passed on. Moreover, CBS simply stated it was unconfirmed. They didn’t state it was incorrect.

    This has hit some of the biggest tech blogs online and it’s been sitting out there for hours now yet no comment either way from apple PR? Something’s up fer sure.

  • WeegieMac

    People need to get off their high horses and give Leander a break here. Yes, the alleged John Brownlee article the other week raised some hackles, but this is hardly a report Leander would have sat down and written while thinking, “Here come the hits”. 

  • dcj001

    Steve is alive until it is confirmed that he is not.

  • jpday3

    Unless he is dead and you don’t know it

  • Diogo Lemos Guimarães

    BAZINGA!! heheh

  • CharliK

    I think that it is safe to say, given his importance to the company, that IF Steve Jobs was dead, Apple would have found out within 1-2 hours and would have posted a press release speaking of his history of importance to the company as an inventor and a friend and how much he will be missed. In lieu of flowers etc please make donations to whatever charity. And so on

  • Jarrett M. Gosch

    too bad Apple is among one of the least charitable companies in the world thanks to none other than jobs himself.

  • WeegieMac

    Never heard of Product RED iPods then, no? 

    The sycophantic references to Gates and all his money given to charity are somewhat embarrassing when the same man stood up and informed the world that we need to enforce population control with vaccinations. 

    So while Gates has given money to charity since handing the CEO reigns to the embarrassing, immature, out of touch, Man Child (aka Ballmer), I don’t remember Microsoft in recent times having a specific product aimed at the proceeds going to charity (Product RED).

  • Jarrett M. Gosch

    let’s see, not allowing non-profits to have in app donations, ever heard of the Apple Foundation or Apple Grants? nope? me either, after Jobs came back to Apple he suspened charitable projects until apple was more profitable ( what is his definition of profitable?). Need more?

  • Jarrett M. Gosch

    So if you buy a specific product like red a small portion goes to a nonprofit, well that would be great if that product were available everywhere, but it’s only available in an Apple store. Whilst , other companies (like MS) a small portion of everything you purchase goes to a charity. So, Apple is one of the least charitable companies in comparison. Also, I don’t think I mentioned the Gates once, where did that come from?

  • bored

    he died. i saw it on the internets.

  • Violin Magician

    Boohoo!!!! Who the he’ll are you?????

  • WeegieMac

    So you’re telling me that Microsoft give a portion of EVERY purchase of Microsoft goods to charity? So my Xbox 360 and the Kinect that goes with it, some of that cost went to charity? Every single copy of Windows licensed sees a portion of that fee go to charity? Proof please?

    And while you didn’t mention Gates directly, no Apple Hating “point maker” can mention “Microsoft” and “Charity” in the same sentence and not subliminaly be thinking of Gates and his philanthropy.

    I’m sick to the back teeth of scum posting these kind of replies on reports of Jobs ill health and almost WISHING ill on him because he didn’t give enough, in your eyes, to charity. Some of the utter drivel I’ve read on various sites when it comes to Jobs health disgust me, such as that Jobs “reaps what he sows” because he “bought a liver while others died” and “didn’t even give to charity”. Disgraceful, utterly disgraceful, and I can only hope Karma catches up with those who wish ill health on the man, or ANYONE decent for that matter. Who are you, or anyone else of that mindset to sit there and judge a man for what he or his company give to charity and what he deserves in life in return?

    How much have you given to charity from your own pocket? Donate to Cancer Research? Sponsor an abandoned animal? Give money to Domestic Abuse Shelters? Come on, or is that tiny little piece of your Microsoft purchases that you allege occurs, enough to make you sleep at night and believe, in a warped persecutive, that you’re better than Steve Jobs?

    Keep your ill health wishes for the true scum out there, the murderers, the rapists, the child abusers, the terrorists … keep your hate, bile, and ill wishes for them. Not for a man who has done nothing but help make technology that little bit more interesting and fun by rebuilding Apple from the ground up upon his return in 1997.

  • ppanah

    U don’t know much about Apple and steve jobs i can tell. so please don’t comment on stuff you have no clue about. 

  • Barriguita

    To all those comments saying Apple is not a giving company…

    Apple IS indeed a charity!

    A charity is an institution that more or less makes peoples lives better, and Apple does make many peoples lives better including very much mine!

    Thumbs up for Apple! <3

  • Jarrett M. Gosch

    point was that nobody has heard of them, and my comment was in response to another commenter saying Apple would tell people to give to charity.

  • Jarrett M. Gosch

    I never wished ill of anyone, nor will I. Not even implied. You seem to be jumping to conculsions in every comment you make. I don’t care for Jobs , but I would never wish death upon anyone. Also, as far as my personal giving, you haven’t the slightest idea of what I do. Again you jumping to conclusions, but make no mistake if Jobs or any other major CEO were to give they certianly would publisize it. Me better than Jobs? I am not sure where you got that either? Stop making assumptions and maybe you wouldnt  seem so crazy.

  • kyle motonaga

    Well the lesson here is, never trust CBS…

  • WeegieMac

    *Ding Ding*

    Ladies and Gentlemen, the hypocrite has walked into the trap.

    “Also, as far as my personal giving, you haven’t the slightest idea of what I do. Again you jumping to conclusions”.

    Just like you have no fucking idea what Steve Jobs gives in his own personal time, and the same goes for anyone within Apple. You know shit, sweet fuck all, the square root of hee-haw, nothing, nada, zip, zilch.

    You have fallen into the classic reverse psychology trick, where I put to you the very assumption you are making about Jobs and Apple, twisting you into the object of the accusation and watching YOU defend YOURSELF and YOUR actions that I have no idea about, just like you have NO idea about the personal charitable contributions of Steve and Apple.

    Now piss off back under your bridge, troll.

  • G Dalton

    http://scienceblogs.com/insole
     
    HE IS DEAD – its Apple doing its usual SLY $$$$ damage limitation since when do they ever miss a chance for for their INSATIABLE GREED to benefit above all else – they are just allowing time for family etc to sell all of his Apple/Disney stock before they become relatively WORTHLESS after the official announcement – most of you are just too much victims of Apple insidious hyperbole marketing. As a scientist who has followed the REAL DIRE progression of his neuroedocrine insuloma ,it shows how Apple will warp/reinvent the truth for their financial advantage – AS IF JOBS DEATH NOW will stop such a UNETHICAL behaviour – but they so easily hid it from your ignorance/brain washed minds  how the greedy heartless narcissist has tried to cheat his death with a $$ bought/game played liver + $$ bought bent surgeon to do the medically contraindicated transplant for his metastasised(so bad spread over entire body) insuloma cancer only for the DELICIOUS irony that the essential organ anti-rejection treatment resulted in making his cancer EVEN more aggressive – thus as medically expected wasting the liver and robbing of the life for who the gamed system liver was medically intended INFINITELY more likely to give a better and higher quality life than Jobs resulting  MISERABLE CANCER RIDDLED one year – the HYPER – aggressive cancer resulting in the pics of his appearance of a 10 week exhumed corpse(“he looks fine/FAKE”the IMBECILIC DENIAL cries of the fanbois ) + HEINOUSLY RAVAGING (but thankfully quick)  – HAVE YOU NOT SEEN those INDITING pictures which against the cults SHOCKING DENIAL (the thing that was really UNREAL) were proved to be genuine its hardly a surprise its just a week or 2 early then those pics + those professionals who are familiar with TERMINAL end stage cancer have expected
     
    Pic showing clearly WHEEL CHAIR + MORPHINE DRIP (no other alternative as chemo would now just knock out/kill his weakened transplanted LIVER the EVIL c*nt should never had but he had to play “GOD” in the American health system that increases the chance of such sick, selfish and shocking abusing of the system.

  • G Dalton

    @ kyle motonage  “Well the lesson here is, never trust CBS…”

    ROTFLAMO @ the DELUSIONAL BRAINWASHED IGNORANT NAIVE IRONY

    The lesson here is, as this post will testify in the future + you will find at the time coincidently after the stock markets have reopened on Monday, by which time Jobs family will have been able to sell all his Apple stock, his death will be officially announced, APPLE CAN NEVER BE TRUSTED + WHAT an UTTER BRAINWASHED BABOON you are, who should leave posting to people who don’t have their rational thinking crippled/biased as hell by ‘religious’ aka ‘Apple marketting’ propaganda

  • G Dalton

    http://scienceblogs.com/insole
    HE IS DEAD – its Apple doing its usual SLY $$$$ damage limitation since when do they ever miss a chance for for their INSATIABLE GREED to benefit above all else – they are just allowing time for family etc to sell all of his Apple/Disney stock before they become relatively WORTHLESS after the official announcement – most of you are just too much victims of Apple insidious hyperbole marketing. As a scientist who has followed the REAL DIRE progression of his neuroedocrine insuloma ,it shows how Apple will warp/reinvent the truth for their financial advantage – AS IF JOBS DEATH NOW will stop such a UNETHICAL behaviour – but they so easily hid it from your ignorance/brain washed minds how the greedy heartless narcissist has tried to cheat his death with a $$ bought/game played liver + $$ bought bent surgeon to do the medically contraindicated transplant for his metastasised(so bad spread over entire body) insuloma cancer only for the DELICIOUS irony that the essential organ anti-rejection treatment resulted in making his cancer EVEN more aggressive – thus as medically expected wasting the liver and robbing of the life for who the gamed system liver was medically intended INFINITELY more likely to give a better and higher quality life than Jobs resulting MISERABLE CANCER RIDDLED one year – the HYPER – aggressive cancer resulting in the pics of his appearance of a 10 week exhumed corpse(“he looks fine/FAKE”the IMBECILIC DENIAL cries of the fanbois ) + HEINOUSLY RAVAGING (but thankfully quick) – HAVE YOU NOT SEEN those INDITING pictures which against the cults SHOCKING DENIAL (the thing that was really UNREAL) were proved to be genuine its hardly a surprise its just a week or 2 early then those pics + those professionals who are familiar with TERMINAL end stage cancer have expected
    Pic showing clearly WHEEL CHAIR + MORPHINE DRIP (no other alternative as chemo would now just knock out/kill his weakened transplanted LIVER the EVIL c*nt should never had but he had to play “GOD” in the American health system that increases the chance of such sick, selfish and shocking abusing of the system.

  • Abrown

    scienceblogs.com/insolence/200…
    HE IS DEAD – its Apple doing its usual SLY $$$$ damage limitation since when do they ever miss a chance for for their INSATIABLE GREED to benefit above all else – they are just allowing time for family etc to sell all of his Apple/Disney stock before they become relatively WORTHLESS after the official announcement – most of you are just too much victims of Apple insidious hyperbole marketing. As a scientist who has followed the REAL DIRE progression of his neuroedocrine insuloma ,it shows how Apple will warp/reinvent the truth for their financial advantage – AS IF JOBS DEATH NOW will stop such a UNETHICAL behaviour – but they so easily hid it from your ignorance/brain washed minds how the greedy heartless narcissist has tried to cheat his death with a $$ bought/game played liver + $$ bought bent surgeon to do the medically contraindicated transplant for his metastasised(so bad spread over entire body) insuloma cancer only for the DELICIOUS irony that the essential organ anti-rejection treatment resulted in making his cancer EVEN more aggressive – thus as medically expected wasting the liver and robbing of the life for who the gamed system liver was medically intended INFINITELY more likely to give a better and higher quality life than Jobs resulting MISERABLE CANCER RIDDLED one year – the HYPER – aggressive cancer resulting in the pics of his appearance of a 10 week exhumed corpse(“he looks fine/FAKE”the IMBECILIC DENIAL cries of the fanbois ) + HEINOUSLY RAVAGING (but thankfully quick) – HAVE YOU NOT SEEN those INDITING pictures which against the cults SHOCKING DENIAL (the thing that was really UNREAL) were proved to be genuine its hardly a surprise its just a week or 2 early then those pics + those professionals who are familiar with TERMINAL end stage cancer have expected
    Pic showing clearly WHEEL CHAIR + MORPHINE DRIP (no other alternative as chemo would now just knock out/kill his weakened transplanted LIVER the EVIL c*nt should never had but he had to play “GOD” in the American health system that increases the chance of such sick, selfish and shocking abusing of the system.

  • Abrown

    scienceblogs.com/insolence/200…
    HE IS DEAD – its Apple doing its usual SLY $$$$ damage limitation since when do they ever miss a chance for for their INSATIABLE GREED to benefit above all else – they are just allowing time for family etc to sell all of his Apple/Disney stock before they become relatively WORTHLESS after the official announcement – most of you are just too much victims of Apple insidious hyperbole marketing. As a scientist who has followed the REAL DIRE progression of his neuroedocrine insuloma ,it shows how Apple will warp/reinvent the truth for their financial advantage – AS IF JOBS DEATH NOW will stop such a UNETHICAL behaviour – but they so easily hid it from your ignorance/brain washed minds how the greedy heartless narcissist has tried to cheat his death with a $$ bought/game played liver + $$ bought bent surgeon to do the medically contraindicated transplant for his metastasised(so bad spread over entire body) insuloma cancer only for the DELICIOUS irony that the essential organ anti-rejection treatment resulted in making his cancer EVEN more aggressive – thus as medically expected wasting the liver and robbing of the life for who the gamed system liver was medically intended INFINITELY more likely to give a better and higher quality life than Jobs resulting MISERABLE CANCER RIDDLED one year – the HYPER – aggressive cancer resulting in the pics of his appearance of a 10 week exhumed corpse(“he looks fine/FAKE”the IMBECILIC DENIAL cries of the fanbois ) + HEINOUSLY RAVAGING (but thankfully quick) – HAVE YOU NOT SEEN those INDITING pictures which against the cults SHOCKING DENIAL (the thing that was really UNREAL) were proved to be genuine its hardly a surprise its just a week or 2 early then those pics + those professionals who are familiar with TERMINAL end stage cancer have expected

  • Abrown

    HE IS DEAD – its crApple doing its usual SLY $$$$ damage limitation – they’re just allowing time for the family to sell all of his Apple & Disney Stocks before the official announcement when the shares will be relatively worthless in the blink of an eye ie SELL SELL SELL APPL ASAP!!!

    HAVE YOU NOT SEEN those INDITING pictures which against the cults SHOCKING DENIAL (the thing that was really UNREAL) were proved to be genuine its hardly a surprise its just a week or 2 early then those pics + those professionals who are familiar with TERMINAL end stage cancer have expected

  • Abrown

    ROTFLAMO @ the DELUSIONAL BRAINWASHED IGNORANT NAIVE IRONY

    The lesson here is, as this post will testify in the future + you will find at the time coincidently after the stock markets have reopened on Monday, by which time Jobs family will have been able to sell all his Apple stock, his death will be officially announced, APPLE CAN NEVER BE TRUSTED + WHAT an UTTER BRAINWASHED BABOON you are, who should leave posting to people who don’t have their rational thinking crippled/biased as hell by ‘religious’ aka ‘Apple marketting’ propaganda

  • jeanduke1

    the products Apple releases today.      http://bit.ly/rfl675

  • CharliK

    Or like Jobs himself, they donate primarily through a shell company because charity shouldn’t be about the PR but about the act of giving (a buddhist tenet that Jobs is likely very familiar with). 

    You have no way of knowing unless you do their books and if you do then you won’t be for much longer. Cause I”m sure posting on sites like this is a big no-no given Apple’s Cult of Secrecy

  • CharliK

    1. In app donations were banned due to legal issues including Apple being at risk of being sued because they didn’t approve this app or that one and so on

    2. Jobs cut the projects what 20 years ago. Because at the time they couldn’t support them. 

    Oh and that whole Apple Foundation. How do you know they don’t have one it’s just not called that. You don’t. Remember this is Jobs that was running the show. He is a Buddhist and they don’t believe in using charity to hype oneself. It’s possible that he used the same teaching for Apple as a company

  • CharliK

    Guess you missed all the hype about the woman on welfare that saved up her pennies and dimes to get an iPad only to be told that she couldn’t pay cash. Instead of going and getting a pre paid card or such, she griped to the local tv station. 

    Apple supposedly refused her money a second time and simply gave her the iPad. 

  • CharliK

    Unless you are Leander you don’t know that he was or wasn’t thinking that. 

    Regardless, a good editor, a responsible editor that cares more about acting like a professional, stops and thinks about the results and perceptions before posting. And makes sure that his writers do the same. 

  • Will

    He is officially dead of 7:36, October 5, 2011.

  • Dan Mitu

    He is dead. It’s confirmed. Apple Website: http://www.apple.com/stevejobs

  • Nobody
  • Markvista

    It was just confirmed he has died today October 15th, 2011. Is steve jobs dead yes he is

  • Daynej95

    Well he’s dead now…

  • techie dojo

    he’s dead now…. 

  • Kidcudii

    He die ! for A fact now ..

  • Frebre

    Steve Jobs will rot in hell. 
    He denied his own child, he let the inhuman firm Foxcon do the jobs of US workers, he was selfish & only interested in money, he stole the ideas of others…

    SOB!

  • Max Runacres

    FUCK YOU, YOU HEARTLESS CUNT !

  • asshole

    You will rot in hell for saying that.
    That man made apple happen, not you.

  • Cave

    lets hope he played a cave johnson and uploaded his brain onto a computer

  • Aneum

    Jobs should be credited with making technology more main stream from the first MAC to the iPhone he put technology into the hands of everyday people that didn´t necessarily have the intelligence or inclination to otherwise access it.
    http://www.iphonefamily.net

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Leander KahneyLeander Kahney is the editor and publisher of Cult of Mac. He is the NYT bestselling author of Jony Ive: The Genius Behind Apple's Greatest Products; Inside Steve’s Brain; Cult of Mac; and Cult of iPod. Leander has written for Wired, MacWeek, Scientific American, and The Guardian in London. Follow Leander on Twitter @lkahney and Facebook.

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