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Apple co-founder, Steve Jobs. (Source: Apple) Apple co-founder, Steve Jobs. (Source: Apple)
Apple fans plastered the windows of a New York City Apple retail store with personal messages after news of Jobs' death Wednesday. (Source: CNN) Apple fans plastered the windows of a New York City Apple retail store with personal messages after news of Jobs' death Wednesday. (Source: CNN)
Freelance visual journalist Charles Apple created a different take of the Mac Finder logo in memory of Jobs. (Source: Charles Apple) Freelance visual journalist Charles Apple created a different take of the Mac Finder logo in memory of Jobs. (Source: Charles Apple)

(RNN) - What if when you died, millions of people received the news on a device you invented. Stores you helped open became meccas for disciples to your inventions. Artists and politicians and thinkers and peers genuflected.

What if when you died, the world realized your passing left a void in the spaces where it's OK to dream, to be a little unconventional, to think different.

Millions thought differently today about their phones, music devices and computers because Steve Jobs accomplished his goal - he put a dent in the universe.

Jobs' death was marked around the world with memorials, both physical and digital.

The 327 Apple retail stores around the world became make-shift shrines as fans of Jobs' creations left flowers and notes of thanks.

"It's amazing to me, the outpouring of people today that are putting flowers by stores," former Apple senior vice president Jay Elliot said. "No other CEO in the history of the United States has had this kind of recognition."

Wednesday night, mourners met in a San Francisco park for an iPhone vigil in honor of Jobs.

In Cincinnati, three local artists worked through the night Wednesday to create a mural that included a 15-foot portrait of a young Steve Jobs.

[Local artists create Jobs mural overnight]

Apple's website paid tribute to Jobs with a portrait of the former CEO on their homepage. Clicking the image reveals a statement from the company that says:

"Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple."

Google's memorial on the homepage featured Jobs' name in a simple, sans serif font, and a link to Apple's website.

The technology blog BoingBoing went retro to honor Apple's fallen hero by styling their site to mimic the original 1984 Mac OS desktop.

A group of Apple fans even declared Oct. 14 as Steve Jobs Day. The group is encouraging fans to pay tribute to Jobs by dressing in his trademark jeans and black turtleneck, and by using Facebook and Twitter to share thoughts about him.

From an action figure priced at $2,500, to shirts featuring images of the late CEO, Jobs-related merchandise hit eBay after the news of his death circulated.

Other items feature a modified Apple logo that, after circulating around the web Wednesday, has become a simple tribute to Jobs.

Created by 19-year-old Jonathan Mak Long, the graphic features the white Apple logo with Job's silhouette replacing the bite out of the apple. 

He told us to "stay hungry, stay foolish." His hunger for inventions and innovations, and his mission to make computers fun helped usher in a new world of connectivity.

Jobs injected art into a world of code, calculations and spreadsheets, unleashing the power of creativity to the masses in a way that's never been done before.

"Steve's legacy 100 years from now and 100 years after that will be the feeling life can be made better, that life can be more productive, that life can be more fun," New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said. "That feeling felt by each new generation is really what changes the world."

When Eli Whitney died, no one looked at their cotton gin, and said, "Damn!" When Jobs passed, there was a collective gasp, a little more sorrow, a little less brilliance in the world.

But Jobs found his way into the hearts of millions with great attention to design and function, providing products that a user could fall in love with.

According to a letter sent by Apple CEO Tim Cook to employees, the company is planning a private "celebration of Steve's extraordinary life" memorial service for their employees that will take place soon.

Apple is asking people who want to share their condolences or remembrances of Jobs to send them to rememberingsteve@apple.com.

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