CNBC, almost exactly 12 hours after the WSJ, published their take on the Steve Jobs liver transplant operation.  Result:  Exact same information.  They also threw in that he had flown to Memphis in late March – which could be obtained from his personal jet flight logs.

Does anyone else out there get the feeling this is an Apple timed/planned/coordinated leak?  Friday evening and Saturday morning after hours releases (stock market closed, etc), no source identification, and the exact same scant information at both news agencies.  We know CNBC are pretty much just paid Apple PR mouthpieces.

It feels like we’re being fed the somewhat shocking news in pieces.  It will be interesting to see what Apple’s PR team does this week.  We anticipate more information coming out slowly with a final Press Release, possibly by Jobs himself in email to Apple employees form, shortly.   Just like last time.

Whatever the case, it will be good to see Steve Jobs back at work.

Apple’s stock is actually up in after hours trading.

Update Sunday: Today, Gruber has a long version (thanks commenters) though his final conclusion (rogue Apple board leak) we’d have to disagree with.  We’re thinking that there was probably some negotiation with Jobs and the board about how this got out.  Though Jobs never wants to disclose his personal info, the board or a member wouldn’t backstab him so blatantly without expecting some retribution later.  Remember, Jobs was forced into releasing his health information originally (though somewhat "cryptically") in January.  No matter how bad his health is, Apple/the board are better off with a happy Jobs.  The "Tim Cook possibly joining the board" information could easily have been part of the deal – he’s certainly due for a reward for running the company flawlessly for the past 6 months..

Oh, and if you are interested in the stalker details of the Tennessee house information, you might want to have a look at Cult of Mac.

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