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SAN FRANCISCO (
Apple(AAPL - Get Report) CEO Steve Jobs, who is currently on medical leave from the iPhone maker, was among a group of U.S. technology leaders that
met with President Obama late Thursday to discuss Silicon Valley's role in the country's future economic growth.
Washington Post reports that that Obama discussed jobs and economic expansion with Jobs,
Google(GOOG - Get Report) CEO Eric Schmidt,
Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg,
Cisco(CSCO - Get Report) boss John Chambers and
Oracle(ORCL - Get Report) supremo Larry Ellison, among others.
President Obama dined with a dozen technology leaders Thursday evening.
Yahoo!(YHOO - Get Report) CEO Carol Bartz was also in attendance at the meeting, along with John Doerr of venture capitalists
Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Reed Hastings of
Netflix(NFLX - Get Report), Art Levinson of
Genentech(DNA) and Dick Costolo, the CEO of
The attendance of the Apple chief stirred up lots of media attention around the meeting, which took place at an undisclosed private residence in the San Francisco Bay Area. Steve Jobs' health continues to be the subject of intense media speculation, and the Apple boss has kept a low profile since announcing his
leave of absence last month.
The Washington Post, citing White House press secretary Jay Carney, said that Obama discussed spending on R&D and education with the tech leaders. Technology was one of the key themes in Obama's recent
State of the Union address and the president has said that America's ability to compete globally depends on innovation.
The president will continue his tech-focused trip Friday, traveling to Hillsboro, Ore., to visit
Intel's(INTC) manufacturing facility. The chip giant's CEO, Paul Otellini, who has just been appointed to the
White House advisory council on jobs, will conduct a tour of the semiconductor plant for the President and discuss Intel's STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education programs.
--Written by James Rogers in New York.
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