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President Obama will meet up today with three of the tech industry's top visionaries -- Google CEO Eric Schmidt, Apple CEO Steve Jobs, and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.  (Source: Geek Daily)
President will discuss how to promote "innovation" with top tech luminaries

On Thursday in San Francisco, U.S. President Barack Obama plans to hold meetings with some of the tech industry's top names.  

According to the White House Press secretary [press release], "In the evening, the President will meet with a number of business leaders in technology and innovation at a private residence. The meeting is a part of our ongoing dialogue with the business community on how we can work together to win the future, strengthen our economy, support entrepreneurship, and get the American people back to work. The President and the business leaders will discuss our shared goal of promoting American innovation and discuss his commitment to new investments in research and development, education and clean energy."

Among those leaders he will be speaking with is Eric Schmidt.  Though Mr. Schmidt will be stepping down as Google's CEO later this year, he has orchestrated a brilliant smartphone campaign, propelling Google to the top spot in sales worldwide on an OS basis.

Mr. Schmidt has never been afraid to voice his mind.  Recently he expressed strong support of Google executive Wael Ghonim, who used the company's influence and technology to help Egyptian protestors to successfully organize and oust president/dictator Hosni Mubarak.

Another key tech figure meeting with the president will be Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.  Despite public outcry over privacy problems and a less than favorable depiction in the recent blockbuster The Social Network, Mr. Zuckerberg remains perhaps the tech industry's most influential under-30 player.

And Mr. Obama is also expected to meet with Apple founder Steve Jobs.  If you've heard the National Enquirer's predictions of his impending demise, it appears they may be a bit off the mark.

Mr. Jobs, currently on medical leave, should be plenty healthy to talk to the president.  He should be returning to familiar territory for the meeting.  San Francisco is his typical stomping ground for product announcements.

The meeting will be the second between the President and Mr. Jobs on the economy in the past several months.

Last, but not least, the president is expected to meet with his chairman of the new White House Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, GE CEO Jeffrey Immelt.

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RE: Last I checked....
By superPC on 2/17/2011 10:51:01 AM , Rating: 5
or people from IBM, or Microsoft, or other tech company that really do something that moves the technology forward.

this is obviously a publicity stunt. even though IBM has the largest number of patent under their name, even though they just build a computer that can win jeopardy, even after helping build guidance computer that put MAN ON THE MOON, IBM is not a household name. that's why it doesn't get invited. as for MS, they've been doing some amazing stuff with kinect, the next windows, image composite editor, photosynth, and a whole bunch of other stuff from MS labs but still in the public minds they're the bad guys. that's why they're not invited.

boring corporate guys (IBM) and the bad guys (MS) don't sit well with the public and don't generate as much publicity as google, facebook or apple, even if they're the ones that really innovate.

RE: Last I checked....
By Suntan on 2/17/2011 11:46:41 AM , Rating: 2
Pretty much my thoughts when I read this.

The facebook guy, really? What’s he going to offer as far a federal guidance for moving the economy forward.

“Obama, you need to make a federal webpage where anybody can post a sentence that goes something like – ‘I’m watching a movie while eating a bowl if ice cream’ and then, Barack my man. The secret to sustainable long term economic growth… ready for it? You make it possible for some other Joe 6 Pack to add on that, ‘Joe P likes this.’ Bam! Instant fuel for economic expansion!”


RE: Last I checked....
By Wiggy Mcshades on 2/17/2011 2:25:46 PM , Rating: 1
IBM's number of patent's is just proof that they abused the system worse than anyone else. The RISC patent they have/had is an insult to every person who had some sort of academic pursuit. If you want any real advice (that works) you'd find the most pissed off engineers working at one of these companies and ask if any of them think they're being stolen from by showing up to work. The ones that answer yes will be able to tell you exactly how, where, and when to make changes that will positively effect education and innovation. Those are the only two valuable things we can competitively provide in the US for the foreseeable future and there's no CEO on earth who's going to tell you how to change them because it'd end up ruining the system that supports them.

"If you look at the last five years, if you look at what major innovations have occurred in computing technology, every single one of them came from AMD. Not a single innovation came from Intel." -- AMD CEO Hector Ruiz in 2007

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