Rumors About Jobs' Health Hit Ghoulish Point

Speculation about Apple boss has crossed the line
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 23, 2008 8:21 AM CDT
Apple computer CEO Steve Jobs looks on in the lobby of the EMI record company headquarters in London, Monday April 2, 2007.    (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
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(Newser) – Speculation about the state of Steve Jobs' health is reaching fever pitch, and the scramble to know more is over the top, Tom Krazit writes in CNET. Shareholders, concerned by the Apple CEO's recent weight loss and the fact that he once had pancreatic cancer, are calling for full disclosure. But as long as it's not a liability to the firm, Jobs' health should be a private matter, Krazit insists.

"Should Microsoft have to release the results of Steve Ballmer's last physical because a shareholder points out that he's a bit overweight and a bit high-strung?" asks Krazit. Jobs is a huge asset to Apple, but he is also a man with a family and a right to privacy, Krazit argues. (Read more Steve Jobs stories.)