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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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Bill Gates or Steve Ballmer?!?!
By XZerg on 2/17/2011 11:07:29 AM , Rating: 5
Holy talk about burning the guys whose company drives most of the computers in the world...




RE: Bill Gates or Steve Ballmer?!?!
By SSDMaster on 2/17/11, Rating: 0
RE: Bill Gates or Steve Ballmer?!?!
By Gary Oak on 2/17/2011 11:46:56 AM , Rating: 4
because facebook, google and apple never "take others ideas and make them work" right


RE: Bill Gates or Steve Ballmer?!?!
By SSDMaster on 2/17/2011 12:38:13 PM , Rating: 1
Microsoft didn't even create DOS. They bought it and added onto it. I never said facebook, google, and apple never used others ideas. Though they at least had a few original ones even if it was just taking an MP3 player and making it shiny.


RE: Bill Gates or Steve Ballmer?!?!
By XZerg on 2/17/2011 2:53:36 PM , Rating: 2
hahaha... So M$ bought DOS and added few things to it; Apple took mp3 player and made it shiny... The difference of sky and earth :p

Anyhow read what I said - the company that drives most of the computers world wide, not just a small percentage of population.

I am not disputing why Apple/Google/FB were worthy or not, but why skip these guys.


RE: Bill Gates or Steve Ballmer?!?!
By KoolAidMan1 on 2/17/2011 3:40:09 PM , Rating: 2
Gates' innovation was, six years after the Macintosh with Windows 3.0, having a GUI based operating system that could go on any PC. The initial innovation of popularizing GUIs wasn't his, and it likely wouldn't have happened without Apple taking the core concepts from Xerox, improving upon them, and releasing them to the mass market.

And Ballmer? Give me a break, you want to talk about luck, if it wasn't for his buddy Bill he'd still be selling soap at P&G. The man is not a technologist, he is the epitome of the MBA running the company who has zero clue about technology or design.


RE: Bill Gates or Steve Ballmer?!?!
By B3an on 2/18/2011 5:18:22 AM , Rating: 2
But Gates actually coded and created things by himself. Jobs cant do any of this stuff, that was all Steve Wozniak. Jobs just added the smoke, mirrors and marketing. Without Woz Apple would not exist.


"There's no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share. No chance." -- Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer














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