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Despite being on medical leave, Apple's chief executive Steve Jobs attended the meeting with President Obama he was invited to as Silicon Valley leader.

While he remained out of sight of the pool of reporters covering the event, a White House official confirmed that all those invited were in attendance, according to a report by Reuters.

In addition to Apple's Jobs, Obama's conference with Silicon Valley executives, held at the home of John Doerr of venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers earlier this evening, was also said to have invited:

Carol Bartz, president and CEO of Yahoo!
John Chambers, CEO and chairman of Cisco Systems,
Dick Costolo, CEO of Twitter,
Larry Ellison, CEO of Oracle,
Reed Hastings, CEO of Netflix,
John Hennessy, president of Stanford University,
Art Levinson, chairman and former CEO of Genentech,
Eric Schmidt, chairman of Google,
Steve Westly, Managing Partner and Founder of The Westly Group and
Mark Zuckerberg, president and CEO of Facebook.

Reuters reported that the meeting, part of Obama's two-day West Coast visit, "was aimed at promoting technological innovation to help boost the struggling U.S. economy and reduce stubbornly high unemployment -- considered crucial to his 2012 re-election chances."

One issue likely to be raised at the meeting is a proposal to allow US corporations to repatriate foreign cash reserves via a temporary tax holiday, a plan that is being sold as a way to boost the country's economic recovery and create jobs through domestic investment.

Yesterday it was reported that Jobs had been seen at the Stanford Cancer Center, ostensibly to receive additional treatment. A tabloid is said to be publishing paparazzi photos and arranged to have a doctor make a diagnosis of Jobs' condition based on the photos they had obtained.

Apple has not provided updates on Jobs' condition, although he has been reported to be actively involved in the company's ongoing planning and management decisions and is said to frequently visit the company's Cupertino headquarters, even as the company's chief operations officer Tim Cook handles the remainder of its duties while Jobs remains on medical leave.
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Positive news! I'll take it!

It's crazy to think that with everyone in that room I bet nearly ALL were really interested/curious in Steve... how he is, if he'd show up, etc.

I would love to know what went down but I think this event will obviously stay pretty hush!
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Good sign that Steve Jobs attended the meeting. As for the Enquirers article, I would NOT put to much credibility in it. Picture doesn't look real ( it's on the web).
I'm sure that more sources will confirm Jobs attendance by Friday evening.
Hopefully Steve Jobs is doing better.
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as much as i want to know about steve jobs health, i really hope the paparazzi can give this man some privacy, especially during the times he's on a medical leave. but thats not going to happen is it?
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The National Enquirer is pure scum. I saw those pictures and while they may be real, it is retarded for them to have a doctor predict how much longer he has, just based on looking at the pictures. It wasn't that long ago that the National Enquirer printed that Michael Douglas only had a few months to live. They couldn't have been more wrong. A rapist has as much right to feel proud of their profession as the people working for that crappy tabloid do. Both are pure scum.
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The National Enquirer is pure scum. I saw those pictures and while they may be real, it is retarded for them to have a doctor predict how much longer he has, just based on looking at the pictures. It wasn't that long ago that the National Enquirer printed that Michael Douglas only had a few months to live. They couldn't have been more wrong. A rapist has as much right to feel proud of their profession as the people working for that crappy tabloid do. Both are pure scum.

I totally agree! Thanks for your post! National Enquirer is a National Shame, which unfortunately is not limited to the USA!!!

The above quote, I suspect, represents how most people feel about this!!! The sad part is that someone is buying such publications, which keeps them in business!!! How can National Enquirer folks (not the readers!) live with themselves???!!! Their readers are of course caught in the Gossip Trap, like junkies, hooked on that kind of Gossip Fix... I wish them all a speedy recovery...

Of course, another suspect is that that at least some of Apple, Steve etc rumor articles etc. might just another way of AAPL Stock Price Manipulation... I'm not a big fan of Conspiracy Theories, but, given how much $$ there is involved, it's quite plausible, I think...

Meanwhile, Apple fans or not, the world has a lot to be thankful for as far as Apple, and thus Steve Jobs! Some will admit to that, some won't... It's impossible to please everyone, I guess! And there will always be jealous people!!!

It'd be also great if All Tech Media did a lot better job on the Hype-Click Bait front...! But, I understand that Clicks, Traffic is a $eductive thing... Such $eduction is not far away from the $eduction that the National Enquirer owners could claim... And let's not forget their "cousins" during the "lost" iPhone 4...
  • What ever happened in that case?
  • Did anyone go to jail?
  • Were there some heavy fines paid?
  • Was that swept under the rug, so not to distract from otherwise Apple's Sunny PR?

In retrospect, it was a sad moment in Apple's history... It felt like a low blow, blackmail, pr stunt... I am still angry at those clowns who caused all that noise, in their Zeal for Clicks.... But then, most peopler are too worn out with that episode that it's not even worse rehashing... Still, it'd be nice to get the Answers to that list of Qs...

Anyway.... I join all those who wish Steve Jobs and Apple well...

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This is sick. How about the paparazzi leave him alone while he's trying to get treatment. They're below human.
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Despite being on medical leave, Apple's chief executive Steve Jobs attended the meeting with President Obama he was invited to as Silicon Valley leader.

This lead-in made my head hurt.
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The National Enquirer is pure scum. I saw those pictures and while they may be real, it is retarded for them to have a doctor predict how much longer he has, just based on looking at the pictures.

Actually, doctors should be "handing out" diagnoses at all. Ever. With anyone.
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What the hell did Yahoo have to contribute at that meeting?
They're been pretty irrelevant for quite a while now.
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The National Enquirer is pure scum. I saw those pictures and while they may be real, it is retarded for them to have a doctor predict how much longer he has, just based on looking at the pictures.

That's pretty retarded and anyway, Steve isn't thinner in these pictures than he was in October, at the "Back to the Mac" event.

So following this "doctor" judgement, Steve was supposed to die in November.
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This does seem like very good news in that it means he was physically able to participate in the meeting.

It makes me wonder, though -- if Jobs believed that he had six weeks to live, how would he spend that time?

My guess is that Jobs would try to continue doing many of the things that he normally does anyway. He seems like someone who is pretty focused on making sure that the things he's doing on a daily basis are the things that he cares most about and give him the greatest satisfaction. So I don't think he would suddenly change his priorities and shift to doing something different. I think the only reason he would change his activities would be physical constraints that prevent him from doing what he wants to do.

I must say -- I have actively tried to follow the advice Steve Jobs gave in his Stanford commencement speech. I was doing that to a great extent before he gave the speech, but after I saw that speech I redoubled my efforts. Focusing on what truly makes you happy in your day-to-day life (not on other people's expectations) is the only way to live, so far as I'm concerned. And while that may seem obvious, I'm surprised by how many people end up NOT doing that -- I'd say it's in the ballpark of 80-90%.
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Thank goodness, i've heard enough negative information about Steve and just hopes he gets better. About the meeting i hope they will take whatever advice he gave and run with it. G-D bless you Steve, get well.
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Let's find these paparazzi, beat them with sticks, kick them, drag them through the dirt a few times, then we'll send those pictures to other trash rag magazines, and ask them to tell us, how long they think these folks will live, or keep doing what their doing.

I understand that we all need to make a living and all, but there really should be some moral guide lines that even they should have to follow.

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I believe this is Steve Jobs, beyond Obama's left shoulder, at Thursdays function.

http://news.bbcimg.co.uk/media/image..._obamazuck.jpg
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What is Eric Schmidt doing there? He's been exiled out into the salt fields. What a jackass.
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I believe this is Steve Jobs, beyond Obama's left shoulder, at Thursdays function.

http://news.bbcimg.co.uk/media/image..._obamazuck.jpg

I think you might be right... which speaks to the power of the human brain regarding pattern recognition. I wonder if a computer would have been able to id that as Jobs...
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I believe this is Steve Jobs, beyond Obama's left shoulder, at Thursdays function.

http://news.bbcimg.co.uk/media/image..._obamazuck.jpg

He does look a little thinner....
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He does look a little thinner....

I'll take that as sarcasm. If not, that is pure speculation. I wonder if the White House photag was the only one allowed to take pictures inside the event, and if he was told not to include Mr. Jobs.
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It's crazy to think that with everyone in that room I bet nearly ALL were really interested/curious in Steve[

Why would you think this? Do you also believe everyone there has an auto-renew subscription to National Enquirer?
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how he is, if he'd show up, etc.

Only because he is CEO of the 2nd largest company and a person who makes significant changes in the industry.
Why else would they interested/curious if he would show up?
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Thank goodness, i've heard enough negative information about Steve and just hopes he gets better. About the meeting i hope they will take whatever advice he gave and run with it. G-D bless you Steve, get well.

If this was Obama's meeting, I would hope that the attendees take whatever advice he had to offer and run AWAY from it. I'm sure this was an opportunity for Obama to disparage the companies for sitting on billions in cash reserves. It would be nice if Obama would take some advice from these industry leaders and get off the back of US businesses.

Now back to the more general feel of this thread. Here's hoping to a fully recovery for Steve.
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Actually, doctors should be "handing out" diagnoses at all. Ever. With anyone.

I'm guessing you accidentally missed the 'not' out.
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If this was Obama's meeting, I would hope that the attendees take whatever advice he had to offer and run AWAY from it. I'm sure this was an opportunity for Obama to disparage the companies for sitting on billions in cash reserves. It would be nice if Obama would take some advice from these industry leaders and get off the back of US businesses.

Now back to the more general feel of this thread. Here's hoping to a fully recovery for Steve.

Unlike you, quite quite a few of these leaders actually support the President on many issues (or Mr. Obama which ever correct title you prefer) including Steve. Having said that, let's leave politics out of this forum if at all possible. The point is Steve seems to be well enough to attend which is fabulous news.
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What the hell did Yahoo have to contribute at that meeting?
They're been pretty irrelevant for quite a while now.

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I believe this is Steve Jobs, beyond Obama's left shoulder, at Thursdays function.

http://news.bbcimg.co.uk/media/image..._obamazuck.jpg

Zuckerberg's being told by Obama, "You take any of my information you little bitch and, well, you've heard of the Secret Service, right?!".
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I believe this is Steve Jobs, beyond Obama's left shoulder, at Thursdays function.

http://news.bbcimg.co.uk/media/image..._obamazuck.jpg

yes i believe it is too. what bothers me is that no photo actually showing him with obama directly is out. it may and probably be that steve requested it. but i do find it odd that as big an icon as steve is isn't shown with the president.
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yes i believe it is too. what bothers me is that no photo actually showing him with obama directly is out. it may and probably be that steve requested it. but i do find it odd that as big an icon as steve is isn't shown with the president.

new photo out! jobs clearly here! (or i should say 'there')

http://www.flickr.com/photos/whiteho...5432/lightbox/
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new photo out! jobs clearly here! (or i should say 'there')

http://www.flickr.com/photos/whiteho...5432/lightbox/

he does look a little thinner, but not as bad as some would suggest in that 'other' photo
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I didn't didn't see Microsoft on the invite list. I agree they shouldn't be, as they are not a innovation type tech company.
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If this was Obama's meeting, I would hope that the attendees take whatever advice he had to offer and run AWAY from it. I'm sure this was an opportunity for Obama to disparage the companies for sitting on billions in cash reserves. It would be nice if Obama would take some advice from these industry leaders and get off the back of US businesses.

Now back to the more general feel of this thread. Here's hoping to a fully recovery for Steve.

Why? Don't you think that companies who make their profits in America have a bit of a responsibility to help the country? Don't these companies realize that if America is unemployed or underemployed that there will then be no market for most of their products here because no one can afford them? That the success of many companies, especially those in large cities or off highway ramps, is based in large part on the ability of employees to get to work using and living in the infrastructure paid for by taxpayers- roads, mass transit, sewers, local housing, cops, sanitation workers, public hospitals, etc?

I have always been opposed to the mantra that CEOs have a responsibility only to the stock holders. IMO, there should be a shared responsibility with shareholders, employees, customers and the society at large.

Large corporations used to care about their communities. Now, most don't give the slightest damn, partially because most corporations now sell to markets around the world. It's all about personal greed. I worked for large corporations from 1978 to 1996 and I always thought those corporations operated very ethically. But no more.

Corporations "cry wolf", but the fact is that in Q3 2010, U.S. firms earned profits at an annual rate of $1.659 trillion - the highest total since the government began keeping track over 60 years ago.

During WWII, U.S. corporations contributed 40% of all taxes paid. Now they contribute less than 7.5% of all tax receipts. In spite of the supposed 35% corporate tax rate, from 1996 to 2000, over 60% of American corporations reported no tax liability and over 71% of foreign corporations doing business in the U.S. reported no tax liability. And it's only gotten worse since and is one of the largest contributing factors to the sorry state of government finance.

Obama has not been on the back of U.S. businesses. If anything, both Republicans and Democrats have been kissing the ass of U.S. businesses for far too long. The financial firms are the perfect example: bailed out by the taxpayers and then they cry like little babies when it's suggested that maybe they shouldn't have paid out multi-million dollar bonuses that year. IMO, not one bonus should have been paid in any business that was bailed out until taxpayers were paid back. The Koch brothers simply think they shouldn't pay any taxes at all ever. The oil industry has been screaming to maintain its tax breaks, yet they're among the top most profitable companies in the world. Let's not do anything about rising healthcare costs, but let's keep giving Exxon-Mobil big tax breaks. That makes sense.

For a long time, the entire system has been rigged in favor of corporations and the rich. Stop believing all the hype - it's simply not true. With the income gap between rich and poor ever widening and the destruction of the middle-class, the U.S. is turning into a third-world country. They'll be the rich behind their gated communities and in their corporate parks and the poor and old will be begging in the streets (especially when the politicians are forced to destroy social security and medicare).

As a society, we seem more willing to lay off teachers (which is happening all across the country) than to remove a tax break for the rich that was always intended to expire. And Obama was very quick to cave on this.

And I say this as someone who has done pretty well (not Wall Street bonus-baby well, but okay.)

I live in NYC and even during the recession, there are simply too many people with too much money and rather than those people helping the economy, they're making NYC too expensive to live. The average price of an apartment in Manhattan is still over $1.4 million. I have no problem expecting those people to lose their tax break and for the highly profitable companies they work for to do some hiring and pay their fair share in taxes.
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new photo out! jobs clearly here! (or i should say 'there')

http://www.flickr.com/photos/whiteho...5432/lightbox/

... and sitting next to Obama... but to his left.
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I didn't didn't see Microsoft on the invite list. I agree they shouldn't be, as they are not a innovation type tech company.

Good point. Who would have imagined a few years ago that a gathering of tech giants wouldn't include Gates or anyone from MS. How the mighty have fallen.

I wonder how much thought went into the seating arrangements at that event (probably a lot). Zuckerberg at Obama's right hand and Jobs at his left. Ellison directly across from him, and a bunch of other people with the cheap seats. Who are the two women?
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he does look a little thinner, but not as bad as some would suggest in that 'other' photo

encouraging shot of him.
can't stand that zuckerberg is to the right of the pres. what did he do? 'webmaster' with a lot of money.
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Why? Don't you think that companies who make their profits in America have a bit of a responsibility to help the country? ...

They have a responsibility to obey the tax laws (as we all do). Do you personally forgo using tax-advantaged retirement options out of a sense of "responsibility?" I doubt it. I don't. Why would Apple or any company move money from foreign banks to US banks if the primary effect is having to pay taxes on that money? Again, I wouldn't do that.

Apple does enormous good for the country by being a successful, profitable producer of products we love and employer (directly and indirectly) of thousands of people. To ask them to not take tax laws into account when managing their finances is a bit much.

That would make a nice line in the Apple Annual Report: "We decided to repatriate $20 billion in liquid assets so we could pay billions of dollars in US taxes we otherwise wouldn't owe."
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... and sitting next to Obama... but to his left.

Thanks, I was curious about how he would be dressed. Since he only wears the black turtleneck and jeans, I wondered if he would dress up for the President. From that picture it's kind of ambiguous. It could be the turtleneck but it could also be a black dress shirt. Anyway, I would love to see any other picture people find, not because I want to pry into his health, but the psychology of Steve Jobs is interesting and I would like to know if he wore jeans and tennis shoes to meet the President.
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encouraging shot of him.
can't stand that zuckerberg is to the right of the pres. what did he do? 'webmaster' with a lot of money.

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encouraging shot of him.
can't stand that zuckerberg is to the right of the pres. what did he do? 'webmaster' with a lot of money.


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Thanks, I was curious about how he would be dressed. Since he only wears the black turtleneck and jeans, I wondered if he would dress up for the President. From that picture it's kind of ambiguous. It could be the turtleneck but it could also be a black dress shirt. Anyway, I would love to see any other picture people find, not because I want to pry into his health, but the psychology of Steve Jobs is interesting and I would like to know if he wore jeans and tennis shoes to meet the President.

From the picture I think it IS the mock turtleneck Steve is wearing.... the way the sleeves are pushed up it doesn't look like rolled up dress shirt sleeves. That said it does appear to be a jacket draped over the back of his chair... so he dressed it up a bit. As to the jeans and NB running shoes... nothing definitive. Regardless I don't think Steve or any of the others made it onto the court to shoot some hoops with the Prez. Although THAT I would have paid money to see.

Edit: Looking at it again, a number of the other male attendees are tieless so I think Steve would go with his iconic look for sure. It appears Ellison is wearing his copycat turtleneck too under his blazer.
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I didn't didn't see Microsoft on the invite list. I agree they shouldn't be, as they are not a innovation type tech company.

Microsoft isn't based in the Bay Area, as all the other representatives were. Why would they be invited?
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Microsoft isn't based in the Bay Area, as all the other representatives were. Why would they be invited?

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