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Remembering Steve Jobs; Occupy Wall Street

Aired October 7, 2011 - 04:00:00   ET


CARL AZUZ, CNN ANCHOR: Harry Potter may not be real, but one of his prized possessions might become real. That`s story`s one of the reasons why this Friday, like every Friday, is awesome on CNN Student News.

First up, though, tension and tough words as the government gets ready to battle over a jobs bill. This is the bill that President Obama came up with. It would cost more than $440 billion. But the president says it`ll give the economy a boost and get people back to work.

Everyone in Washington says they want to help the economy. What they disagree on is how to do that.


AZUZ (voice-over): In a speech yesterday, the president pushed Congress to pass his jobs bill, and he said if they do nothing, quote, "I think the American people will run them out of town."

Some Republican leaders hit back. They said this bill is a repeat of ideas that have failed before. And they accused President Obama of campaigning instead of governing.



STEVE JOBS, CEO, APPLE: Your time is limited, so don`t waste it living someone else`s life. Don`t be trapped by dogma, which is living with the results of other people`s thinking. Don`t let the noise of others` opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.


AZUZ: Inspiring words from Steve Jobs, who cofounded the Apple Computer Company with Steve Wozniak. Jobs died on Wednesday at the age of 56. He lost a battle with cancer that he`d been fighting for years.


AZUZ (voice-over): Apple and Mac computers, the iPod, the iPhone, the iPad, all of them came from the company that Steve Jobs cofounded in his parents` garage. Scenes like this one were how the public knew Jobs in recent years.

He took the stage to announce the next big thing from Apple. Also had an impact on the animation industry, buying Pixar Studios and helping lead that company to the success it has today.

Millions of people expressed their sadness and condolences after hearing about Jobs` death. Many of them used technology that his company pioneered. And this wasn`t just in the United States. The reaction was worldwide.

KRISTIE LU STOUT, CNN REPORTER: Steve Jobs, he has a massive following here in Hong Kong. In fact, according to Apple, they said that on the day of its opening, just a few weeks ago, they sold more Macs here than any other store around the world. And one more thing I want to show you, this sign up here, the Apple logo, it usually glows white. Today, it`s been turned off.

JASON CARROLL, CNN REPORTER: You can see a crowd of people now that have gathered in front of the Apple store here on Fifth Avenue. People have been leaving flowers. They`ve been leaving cards and, of course, they`ve been leaving apples here as well.

We`re also seeing things like this showing up in places like Palo Alto, California, also in Washington, D.C.

ATIKA SHUBERT, CNN REPORTER: We have all sorts of people coming here with flowers, with messages, it`s putting apples -- there`s an apple with a message, "Think different," etched in there. And then there`s this message here. "This is for the crazy ones, the visionaries, the ones who change the world. You`ll always be an inspiration. Love you, Steve."

That just goes to show the way Steve Jobs has touched people here. But perhaps the biggest thing that I`ve seen here showing just how much he`s entered the daily lives of people is how many people here today are actually using their iPhones, their iPads, you name it, to actually record this memorial here. And it just goes to show how ubiquitous Apple products have become all across the world.

DAVID MCKENZIE, CNN REPORTER: Well, what is the impact of Apple and Steve Jobs in Africa? Well, you know, Apple products like this iPad are very expensive on the continent. Most people can`t afford it.

But there is an impact, because people have both aspirational and inspirational connection with the product and with the man, Steve Jobs. You know, you come to a place like this, where people are using the Internet to connect with work, with friends, there`s a lot of ways that Apple`s innovation have affected cheaper products and competitors trying to imitate the innovation of Apple.



AZUZ (voice-over): On this day in history, October 7th, in 1949, East Germany was established as its own nation. East and West Germany reunited 41 years later.

And in 2001, Operation Enduring Freedom began when a U.S.-led coalition launched strikes against the Taliban. That marked the start of the war in Afghanistan.


AZUZ: The "Occupy Wall Street" movement doesn`t have a leader, and it doesn`t have a specific focus for its anger. Organizers in New York have said they plan to protest for two months. And these protests are getting bigger. They`ve moved beyond Wall Street.


AZUZ (voice-over) : They`ve spread to Boston and Philadelphia down to North Carolina and Tampa Bay and the South. Protesters have gathered in Dallas, Houston, Seattle and San Francisco as well.


AZUZ: Some of the "Occupy Wall Street" protesters say they were inspired by the Arab Spring. This was a term given to a series of uprisings this year in Middle Eastern and North African nations. The outcomes have been different in different countries. But Mohammed Jamjoom reports on one thing that many of the Arab Spring protesters had in common: technology.


MOHAMMED JAMJOOM, CNN REPORTER (voice-over): Even before Hosni Mubarak had stepped down from power, Egyptians were already hailing the decisive role social media had played in their uprising.

WAEL CHONIM, EGYPTIAN ACTIVIST: Definitely, this is the Internet revolution. I`m -- I have -- I will call it Revolution 2.0.

JAMJOOM (voice-over): But as the Arab Spring started to take root throughout the region, Egyptians weren`t the only ones utilizing sites like Facebook and Twitter to help mobilize the masses.

Tunisians, Syrians, Libyans, online activism even reached Yemen, the poorest country in the Middle East, where few have access to the Internet, and 50 percent of adults are illiterate. Many activists there said one of the most important aspects of social media was that it could be used as a form of advocacy.

ATLAF ALWAZIR, YEMENI ACTIVIST: In seconds, you know, I -- someone who had posted on Twitter retweeted to all these followers, and then it`s like a tree with long branches. And it just spreads. Information spreads around the world, and in a matter of, you know, a hour.

JAMJOOM (voice-over): It was a newfound freedom, using the most up- to-date technologies to help get the word out in countries with extremely strict media controls, where populations had grown accustomed to being heavily monitored. Some countries cut Internet or phone service at times, attempting to shut down these communications. But it was never completely effective.

Months of revolt have produced a flood of messages and images from citizen journalists constantly posting and uploading them online. Some claim to prove atrocities. The role of technology in social media during the Arab Spring took on another dimension when news of Steve Jobs` death broke.

Activists across the region tweeted tributes to the man whose Apple products made it easier for them to spread their revolutionary message.

JAMJOOM: Many expressed gratitude for gadgets like this iPhone, a device that allowed regional revolutionaries to, among other things, film demonstrations, post videos online, text message their colleagues, phone their contacts, all from the palm of their hands.

Via Twitter, one Egyptian wrote, "So you got Steve Jobs, who made millions happy, and you got someone like Mubarak, who made millions sad," - - Mohammed Jamjoom, CNN, Abu Dhabi.



AZUZ (voice-over): A couple of observances we want to mention. The first is Yom Kippur. This is the most important and sacred holiday in the Jewish religion, and it begins tonight. Yom Kippur is also called the Day of Atonement, a time when Jews think about anything wrong they might have done during the year, and ask forgiveness from God and other people.

The other observance is on Sunday. It`s Leif Erikson day, commemorating the famous Viking explorer. He`s believed to be the first person to visit the area that is now the United States. Many celebrations will focus on Scandinavian culture, since that`s where Erikson was from.


AZUZ: Well, if you`re curious about which Harry Potter possession I alluded to a few minutes ago, the wait is over. It`s his invisibility cloak. And if you want your own one of these, you could be in luck. Scientists are working on what could become the real thing.


AZUZ (voice-over): Look at this. It`s a YouTube video, showing you how it works. Now you see it, now you don`t. The scientists have made the cloak out of carbon nanotubes. What they do is put these tubes underwater and heat them up, really, really hot, like thousands of degrees.

That creates this sort of mirage effect that makes the object disappear. Underwater and boiling hot, should probably wait a while before we try putting one of these things on.


AZUZ: Before we go, a lot of people think panda bears are cute. You know what`s 12 times cuter than a baby panda?


AZUZ (voice-over): Twelve baby pandas. Trust us, the math works out. These little guys aren`t exactly little. They`re called giant pandas for a reason. But these 12 are the newest residents at a panda research facility in China.

Pandas are endangered, so seeing more is considered a good thing. This facility started with six pandas. Now it has more than a hundred. But asking 12 siblings to share a single bed?


AZUZ: That sounds like a recipe for sheer "panda-monium." Whoo! All right. I want to say hello to my friends at J.C. Booth Middle School today. You guys are awesome, and we hope everybody out there has a wonderful weekend. We`ll see you Monday. From CNN Student News, I`m Carl Azuz.