Steve Jobs has asked the Apple board for and they granted a medical leave to focus on his health. He will stay on as CEO but has asked Tim Cook to take over the day-to-day operations of Apple.

Below is the email Jobs sent to all staff at Apple.

Team,

At my request, the board of directors has granted me a medical leave of absence so I can focus on my health. I will continue as CEO and be involved in major strategic decisions for the company.

I have asked Tim Cook to be responsible for all of Apple’s day to day operations. I have great confidence that Tim and the rest of the executive management team will do a terrific job executing the exciting plans we have in place for 2011.

I love Apple so much and hope to be back as soon as I can. In the meantime, my family and I would deeply appreciate respect for our privacy.

Steve

It is not surprising that Jobs made his announcement today while the US stock market (NASDAQ:AAPL) is closed for Martin Luther King Day, and a day before their earnings call on January 18th. Jobs probably does not want the earnings call to be focused on his health, but on the great financials of the company he and Steve Wozniak founded 35 years ago in Cupertino; still where the company's Headquarters is located.

I wish Jobs all the best and hope his health will recover in a very short time. In the mean time I have total confidence on Apple's executive team to drive the company forward for years to come in the directions that Jobs had lay out, whether they have Jobs in the helm or not.

A pair of fellow Hong Kong bloggers, @HKFashionGeek and HKShoeGeek (@cko01), focus on the latest fashion scene, special offers, pre-sales and new releases in Hong Kong with their site HKFashionGeek, just got a minor face lift with a new logo. Please help me congratulates HKFashionGeek and HKShoeGeek on their new look.

Along with a new logo, they also launched their first ever offline event. Checkout the details on their Hong Kong Fashion Geek Photo Hunt to win great prices.

On March 25 a group of Twitter users will join over 200 cities/countries around the world for Twestival. An excuse to get together and network in person with all the people you have exchanged tweets with over the years. While at the same time have chance to win great prices and raise money for Concern Worldwide. Thanks to Staunton's Group, this year's Hong Kong event will be held at Staunton's Wine Bar & Cafe.

By the way there will be small quantities of the limited edition G.O.D. designed and sponsored t-shirts available at the door. So remember to get there early to ensure you get one.

Tickets are available online or at the door of Staunton's Wine Bar & Cafe on the night.

See you all there.

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iPhone 3G With 3.0Through a press release received by WinandMac, Apple's official carrier partner in Hong Kong, 3 HK, has announced that it will begin selling iPhone 3GS on July 10th. Detail pricing for the two models (16GB and 32GB) will be announced on July 9, 2009, 15:00 HK time. I am still trying to confirm with my sources whether Authorized Apple Resellers in Hong Kong and Apple Online Store Hong Kong will begin selling the iPhone 3GS also on July 10, 2009.

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WordCamp HK 500x100
On April 5, 2009, WordCamp will arrive in Hong Kong for the first time. The event will be held at the Hong Kong Science & Technology Park.

WordCamp is a conference type of event that focuses squarely on everything WordPress. Everyone from casual end users all the way up to core developers show up to these events. At the Hong Kong event, there will be two speakers you will not want to miss, Matt Mullenweg and Hailin Wu, PhD.

Mullenweg is the founder of Automattic and foundering developer of WordPress, and Automattic is the company behind WordPress.com and Akismet.com, which Wu is a developer at.

If you develop WordPress themes and plugins, or simply use WordPress as a blogger, you will not want to miss this great opportunity to hear from the professionals inside WordPress about the platform's future. While at the event you will also be able to network with fellow WordPress users in Hong Kong. Plus the event is currently FREE, so register now before you miss your chance.

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Today while taking photos in Causeway Bay I came across this flyer that a group was passing out. It is about Ani Ashekian (30 years old) who has been missing since November 9, 2008, and last seen in Hong Kong.

I urge everyone who reads this blog to help spread the word, send any information about Ani's where about to FindAni@gmail.com and join the Facbook group "Missing: Ani Ashekian".

I wish Ani Ashekian, a fellow Canadian, a safe return to her family and friends very soon.

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Alltop, all the top storiesToday I was informed that my site had made it onto Alltop.com in the iPhone section. This is a great honor and hope that this will enable more readers on the Interweb finding out about my blog and allowing me to share more of my thoughts with them. If you like to help me towards this effort please feel free to use the "Get Me an Americano" link.

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It has been a long time coming. The highly anticipated launch of the Michael Wong Big Band's debut album, "Cool Rhythm", will be released through a celebration party tonight at the "Academy of Performing Arts" in Wan Chai, Hong Kong.

Check out the promo video to get a glimpsed of what to expect on the album. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BOk9QihR83k&rel=1]