Twitter and Donnie Wahlberg save a girl’s life

This is an amazing story of the power of social networking.  New Kids on the Block singer Donnie Wahlberg retweeted a link from one of his fans, who mentioned that her best friend, Bobbette Miller, was suffering from kidney failure, and would die if a suitable donor could not be found quickly.

Wahlberg, who has nearly 200,000 followers, passed the message on to his fan base, and the next thing that happened was the hospital was overwhelmed with calls of people willing to help.  Not only was a suitable donor found, but there were actually six matches from the people who called in off the retweet.  Bobbette will have the transplant surgery in about a month’s time, all thanks to her friend and Donnie.

Steve Jobs takes another leave of absence

Get ready for your Apple stock to take a dip again – Steve Jobs has taken a second leave of absence as CEO of Apple.  His first leave of absence was two years ago, when he had to take several months off for liver transplant surgery.  It’s difficult to know whether he ever fully recovered from the operation, as he has kept quiet about his progress but has maintained a gaunt appearance.

There’s no word yet as to whether this most recent time off is due to the same condition as before, or whether something else has gone wrong, but Jobs says he wants to return to Apple as soon as possible to resume his duties.