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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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By robinthakur on 2/18/2011 6:50:00 AM , Rating: 2
I think you are a bit bitter really because you don't understand the way business works, you're only looking at the technical aspects. The innovation was not just thinking of the ideas, bringing them to market successfully in a form which the public can get excited about, which is actually not easy. Regardless of Apple's PR, the public would still choose their designs because they are nice to look at, technically easy to use and each feature is well explained in human terms they can understand. The fact that they are priced at the higher end and the build quality is generally excellent actually helps the brand.

Bottom line is what you see as inferior products from purely a technical slant are not seen that way by the majority of the buying public. There are two explanation for this gap. One is that Apple's PR and RDF have conned a stupid populace into believing what they want, or you fail to understand the true value of Apple's proposition because you are not their target audience and place value on different things.

If I wanted to build a really powerful gaming PC, I certainly could, buying the best components and overclocking them as I have in the past, then installing the OS and configuring it. The value of my time these days, however, is too great to waste the hours/days, so I bought a Macbook Pro and it does what I want it to. It is not a question of money, it's a qestion what's going o give you the least hassle and choosing appropriately. Having said that, if my experience is a negative one, I will choose differently in the future, regardless of the brand.

"We shipped it on Saturday. Then on Sunday, we rested." -- Steve Jobs on the iPad launch

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