Barack Obama is No Longer the Tech President
San Franciscans turned out, last night, for President Obama’s arrival by the Bay. After Air Force One touched down at S.F.O., the presidential motorcade made its way up Nob Hill, and crowds five-people deep did their best to peer through the bulletproof glass. But Friday, Obama is due in Silicon Valley for a cybersecurity summit on the Stanford campus, and some notable names won't be there. Many technology bigwigs are set to attend, including Apple C.E.O. Tim Cook, but the top executives at Google, Yahoo, and Facebook—Mark Zuckerberg, Marissa Mayer, Larry Page, Eric Schmidt—all declined the invitation. Bloomberg’s Chris Strohm reports that Yahoo, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft have elected to send their top information security executives instead. That’s telling. Things have changed since Zuckerberg, in shirtsleeves, handed the president a Facebook hoodie at his company's headquarters. Obama has lost a bit of his tech mojo.
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