President Barack Obama is meeting with several technology executives in California, including the heads of Google, Apple and Facebook.
According to reports from The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg, the President will meet with Google CEO Eric Schmidt, Apple CEO Steve Jobs, and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. New technology won't be the only sector represented -- another invitee is General Electric Co. CEO Jeffrey Immelt. Both reports quoted a person familiar with the meeting.
A Facebook spokesman declined to comment. An Apple spokesman did not return calls or emails, nor did one from Google.
At a press conference yesterday, Jay Carney, the White House press secretary, said the President would be discussing innovation and job creation, but declined to give details of who would be at the meeting or why certain executives were invited.
For Apple the meeting comes at a delicate time, as Jobs' health has been the focus of much speculation. There are reports that the National Enquirer will publish a story that says Jobs has only weeks to live. The Enquirer's track record is uneven; the tabloid is known to run imminent death stories for months ahead of the actual event.
Obama has made it clear that he sees technology as an engine of growth. He outlined some of that vision in his annual State of the Union Address, saying innovation is how we make out living.
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