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Sep 9, 2009 3:54 PM by Associated Press

Apple CEO Jobs on stage, discusses transplant

Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs has returned to his showman role - taking the stage Wednesday at a product launch event for the first time since his nearly six-month-long medical leave.

Jobs, who had a liver transplant this spring, got a standing ovation. Looking thin and speaking quietly and with a scratchy voice, he told the audience he had received the liver of a 20-year-old who died in a car accident, and urged the crowd to become organ donors.

"I wouldn't be here without such generosity," Jobs said.

Jobs had not appeared at such an event since last October. He bowed out of his usual keynote at the year's largest Mac trade show in January and went on leave shortly thereafter.

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