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St. Petersburg Unveils Steve Jobs Monument

Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images(ST. PETERSBURG, Russia) -- The Russian city of St. Petersburg has unveiled a new monument to Apple founder Steve Jobs shaped like -- wait for it...a giant iPhone.

The six-foot-tall memorial can't make phone calls, but it has a functioning touch screen that is designed to work even when it's raining or cold outside. It will display videos and photos documenting the legendary innovator's life.

The new monument stands in front of the St. Petersburg National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics.

Apple devices are hugely popular in Russia, though they're far too expensive for the average citizen of the country to buy.

The Siberian city of Novosibirsk is also planning to build a memorial to Jobs. The city is still collecting the funds to complete the project.

Russia is not the only country paying homage to the tech icon. Budapest, Hungary and Odessa, Ukraine already have monuments honoring Jobs.

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Steve Jobs Spoofed in Commercial for Taiwan’s Action Electronics

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(TAIPEI, China) -- Steve Jobs became iconic in American life, alone on a stage in jeans and a black mock turtleneck, introducing the iPad or iPhone, or something else that was destined to change modern technology.

Now, a Taiwanese company has created a takeoff. It’s a commercial in which an actor, alone on a stage in jeans and a black mock turtleneck -- plus a halo and wings -- introduces a tablet called the Action Pad.

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The commercial has been posted on YouTube -- and widely “disliked” on the site’s voting system.

There have been comments in defense of the ad -- “haha this is awesome,” or, “If you don’t see the funny side to this then there is something seriously wrong with ya.” But they were outnumbered by people who were offended, some of them using obscenities, others insulting people from Taiwan.

“Beyond distasteful … boycott company,” said one.

“This is ridiculous. Show some respect for Steve Jobs,” said another.

Action Electronics defended itself when asked about the ad.

“Steve Jobs always promoted things that were good for people, Apple products, so his image can also promote other things that are good,” said Chelsea Chen, a company spokeswoman.

Apple, reached by ABC News, said it did not have a comment.

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Steve Jobs' Death: The World Reacts

Andrew Burton/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The death of Apple visionary Steve Jobs has spawned an outpouring of grief and gratitude from his fans across the globe. From celebrities and Silicon Valley titans to everyday Mac and iPod users, people around the world are taking to the streets and the web to show how he touched and changed them.

Since the announcement of Jobs' death from pancreatic cancer came Wednesday with a simple memorial image on the Apple website, people have been gathering outside Apple stores across the globe to show their gratitude and grief for one of the kings of technology.

Large crowds have been showing up at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., to remember Jobs. On the company's campus a memorial has been set up, where the public has been stopping by to leave flowers and light candles.

"[Jobs is} somebody who really made a difference in the world. And we felt like we would come down here to see what was happening here," one man who said he drove an hour to be there told ABC News.

Apple has said that it doesn't know when or if there will be a public memorial service for Jobs.

Outside the Apple Store in New York a sign reading "I Love Steve" was displayed. One man started bawling, iPad in arms, when asked how he felt about Jobs' death. And a message was written in what looks like lipstick on the window at an Apple Store in Santa Monica, Calif.: "Thank You Steve," with a drawing of an apple.

In Tokyo, Beijing, and Seoul they loved him too. At the Ginza shopping district in Tokyo, employees of Apple's store reportedly held a silent moment of prayer before opening to customers. A candlelight vigil planned outside the store Thursday.

Many in Asia feel that Jobs was one of the most crucial men working in the world of technology, and compare Apple to Sony at its prime.

"His ability as a CEO was unmatched. I think he had an incredible impact on leaders of Japanese corporations," Atsushi Nemoto, a Japanese Jobs fan, said Thursday.  

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Israel Targets iTunes App that Calls for 'Armed Uprising'

PRNewsFoto/Apple(JERUSALEM) -- Israel recently won a fight with Facebook to remove a pro-Palestinian group that preached violence, and now the country is asking Apple to make some changes to its iTunes store.

Israel is going after the computer giant for an application called "Third Intifada." The country's information minister sent an email directly to Apple CEO Steve Jobs urging him to immediately remove the free application, which he says calls for an intifada -- or armed uprising -- against Israel. The Israeli official said that the articles, opinions, and photos on the application convinced him that it was being used as an instrument to incite violence.

Apple has not responded to the Israeli request.

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