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Apple, Google, Facebook CEOs meeting with President Obama

updated 09:35 am EST, Thu February 17, 2011

Topics to include R&D, education, energy

Several major tech CEOs will be meeting with President Obama at a San Francisco event this evening, sources tell ABC News. Amongst the business heads attending the event will allegedly be Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, Google's Eric Schmidt, and Apple CEO Steve Jobs. A White House official explains that the assembly will talk about "promoting American innovation," as well as the Obama administration's interests in funding education, clean energy, and research and development.

Jobs' presence is significant given his health. While he is maintaining involvement in Apple affairs, he is on an indefinite medical leave, making any public appearance a rare event. He has however reportedly been spotted at places like restaurants, which may mean that his condition has not deteriorated severely.

Schmidt and Zuckerberg may have special political relevance, as both Google and Facebook have been tied to the revolution that ousted formerly US-backed autocrat Hosni Mubarak. Many of the protests were organized through Facebook, and Google executive Wael Ghonim is said to have orchestrated some efforts himself. Twitter feeds are also known to have helped Egyptians rally together.


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  1. Mr. Strat

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    Maybe, but I doubt it

    Maybe they can give the Narcissistic Community Organizer a lesson in economics

  1. kdogg73

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    To be

    a fly on that wall.

  1. climacs

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    @ Mr. Strat

    I bet you'd like them to ask for his birth certificate too.

  1. trenchcoat77

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    Ignore list

    MacNN needs a "add to ignore list." Mr. Strat, say hello to ilovestevejobs (and others).

  1. Jonathan-Tanya

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    uhm ya right. Yes, they used Google, Facebook and Twitter, and in an early era, they would have used telephones, a still earlier era, telegraph, still earlier word of mouth, walking at night...

    to a certain extent these are just tools that people use - newsflash people use facebook.

    That's not to belittle the importance of a connected world - the connected world certainly did lead to the ouster of Hosni Mubarak in a less direct way, little more subtle way then suggested so far, at least in this article.

    Egyptians want your standard of living - meaning American, European. They see it on the internet, they see it every day, they want it.

    And right now there is a lot of confusion - maybe democracy leads to that wealth, maybe it doesn't....but they are darn sure Mubarak isn't leading to that wealth.

    Just don't confuse yourself - the love of money is confused up with the love of democracy right now - but its the love of money that trumps all - if China sets the example as the path to prosperity, while america dooms itself under the weight of its own debts, especially if its concluded that it was the inability of legislatures, responding to the demands of a selfish electorate, that doomed America - wow, 10 years what everyone 'knows' is the right path, will look a lot different from today.

    That's too heady a subject, I carry on.

  1. wrenchy

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    Would be fun

    to see a cage match between these three.
    My money is on Schmidt.

    Eric would have Steve in a head-lock and Zuckerberg frozen with a purple nurple.

  1. shawnde

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    Ironic revolution for Google/FaceBook

    I find it strange that Google or FaceBook would help oust a regime that has been the most friendly to the Jewish State of Israel, since most of the head honchos at Google and FaceBook are Jews and most probably pro-Israel. Egypt has had diplomatic relations with Israel for the past 25 years, and all the credit goes to Hosni Mubarak.

    There is a very high likelihood that the next regime in Egypt will be a religious-right fundamentalist Islamic regime (with the help of the British of course), simply because the big powers of the world (US, UK, France, Russia, etc.) are duking it out, and with the US having scored two 1/2 points (1/2 point for Iraq, and 1/2 point for Afghanistan), it's time for the British and French to show their muscle, and do what they do best: put up fundamentalist puppet regimes around key holdings (Iran, Lebanon, UAE, etc.) in order to maintain the climate of "conflict" so that they can keep using the "Israel" card against these dumb dictators, and reap the benefits in free oil.

    My prediction is that Turkey, Lebonan, and Egypt are going to have fundamentalist regimes in the next 10 years, and they will "unite" against the American hegemony of Saudi, Kuwait, Qatar, Iraq and Afghanistan.

    And please stop telling people that there was a ousting or revolution in Egypt; what probably transpired is that some "unknown" caller from the UK phoned the office of Mubarak, and said: "Hello Mr. Mubarak, I wanted to let you know that you've won a permanent vacation on the island of Mauritius, all decked out with a private villa, hot chicks and margaritas all day long" ...... we make you an offer that you can't refuse !!!

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