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WWDC 2011: Apple CEO Steve Jobs Takes the Stage

Apple began its Worldwide Developer Conference with perhaps the most important introduction of all: CEO Steve Jobs.

Jobs, who has been on medical leave since January, announced last week that he would be on hand to kick off the developer conference, at which Apple is expected to detail Lion, the next version of Mac OS X, as well as iOS 5, the next release of the iPhone and iPad operating system.

Jobs received a standing ovation as he took to the stage promptly at 10 a.m. PT.

“I love you,” shouted one attendee.

“It always helps,” Jobs said. “I appreciate it,” he said, before promising an “awesome morning.”

If hardware is the brain and sinew of Apple’s products, “the software in them is their soul,” he said. “Today we are going to talk about software.”

For all the latest from WWDC, check out our ongoing live blog of Monday’s keynote.

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik