Apple's Jobs to attend Obama meeting

Thu Feb 17, 2011 5:29pm EST
 

By Patricia Zengerle and Gabriel Madway

WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc Chief Executive Steve Jobs, who is on medical leave from the company, will attend a meeting in California on Thursday with U.S. President Barack Obama and other technology leaders.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Google Inc Chief Executive Eric Schmidt, Oracle Chief Executive Larry Ellison, and Cisco Systems Chief Executive John Chambers will also attend the gathering in the San Francisco Bay Area, the White House said.

Jobs, a pancreatic cancer survivor, stepped away from Apple on medical leave last month. It was the third time in seven years that Jobs has taken leave for health-related reasons.

The White House said Obama's meeting was an opportunity to discuss technology and job creation, after the president proposed a budget with more investment in innovation to boost U.S. growth. Obama will meet other technical innovators in Oregon on Friday.

The National Enquirer on Thursday published pictures that purported to show Jobs arriving at the Stanford Cancer Center in Palo Alto, California.

Shares of Apple slipped 1.5 percent.

A spokeswoman for Stanford Hospital declined to comment.

The company has declined to provide any details on his health, comment on the recent reports, or say when he might return from leave.   Continued...

 
<p>Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs smiles at the end of the iPhone OS4 special event at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, April 8, 2010. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith</p>