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Apple shareholders will re-elect board

Earlier this week, Bloomberg reported that Steve Jobs would not attend Apple's shareholder meeting, scheduled for this week. It would be the first one Steve missed in 10 years. Now, we've learned that the shareholders have decided to re-elect the Apple board.

As MacNN points out, I don't think this is a blatant attempt to re-consider Jobs' position as CEO (don't worry, the blogosphere will soon erupt with exactly that accusation), but more of a confidence-builder for investors and customers: Yes, we have a backup plan in place should Steve become unable to fulfill his current duties.

There's no word on when this vote will take place, and all current board members will be in place for at least one more year. As you probably remember, Steve Jobs took a leave of absence from Apple in January, scheduled to last until June of this year.

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