“President Barack Obama dined with a dozen leaders of the U.S. technology industry including Apple Inc. Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs and Facebook Inc. founder Mark Zuckerberg as he sought support for his education and innovation agenda and discussion on promoting growth,” Kate Andersen Brower and Roger Runningen report for Bloomberg.
MacDailyNews Take: Wonder if they discussed the teachers’ unions?
• Teachers union demands apology from Apple CEO Steve Jobs – February 23, 2007
• A clearer picture of Steve Jobs’ thoughts on public education and teacher unions – February 21, 2007
• Steve Jobs & Rush Limbaugh agree: U.S. public schools are ‘unionized in the worst possible way’ – February 20, 2007
• Apple CEO blasts teacher unions, says US schools are ‘unionized in the worst possible way’ – February 16, 2007
Or the tax holiday idea?
• Apple, Oracle, Duke Energy, others organize lobbying blitz for tax holiday – February 17, 2011
Brower and Runningen continue, “Also attending the session were Google Inc. Chief Executive Officer Eric Schmidt, Carol Bartz, head of Yahoo! Inc., Dick Costolo, CEO of Twitter Inc., Reed Hastings, CEO of NetFlix Inc., Arthur Levinson, Genentech Inc. chairman, John L. Hennessy, president of Stanford University, and venture capitalist Steve Westly, managing partner of The Westly Group, according to a White House statement. The event was closed to press coverage.”
“The president met privately with the executives last night at the secluded home of John Doerr in Woodside, California, a wealthy community about 25 miles south of San Francisco,” Brower and Runningen report. “Doerr is a senior partner with Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, a Silicon Valley venture capital firm.”
“Obama’s $3.7 trillion budget sent to Congress Feb. 14 includes $148 billion for research and development, about $80 billion for federal information technology programs and a 4 percent increase in education, to $77.4 billon… Obama’s economic policies are under fire from Republican lawmakers who control the House of Representatives, and the administration is seeking ways to bring down the unemployment rate,” Brower and Runningen report. “The rate has stood at 9 percent or more for the longest stretch since monthly data was first compiled in 1948.”
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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Lynn W.” for the heads up.]