Reports: Obama coming to Silicon Valley

A tech-oriented visit is scheduled to take place on Thursday, though it's not clear exactly where President Obama will make a pitch for increased tech investment.

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President Obama will make an appearance in the San Francisco Bay Area this week to meet with technology industry leaders, according to local reports.

Both the San Francisco Chronicle and CNET cousin KCBS (part of CBS Corp.) are reporting that Obama will make an appearance somewhere in the area on Thursday for meetings with "business leaders in technology and innovation," according to KCBS reporter Doug Sovern's Twitter feed. Obama outlined several proposals focusing on investment in technology and green energy during his State of the Union address in January .

The Chronicle said it's unclear whether any of the meetings or appearances will be open to the public or media. Obama is no stranger to the region, having most recently attended a fund-raising dinner at Google's Marisa Mayer's house in Palo Alto and a meeting with Apple CEO Steve Jobs. Google's Eric Schmidt is also a member of the president's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, so it wouldn't be surprising if a multicolored building in Mountain View has extra security on Thursday.

Obama's not confining his tech-oriented visit to California, with plans to visit Intel's massive chip manufacturing and research facilities just outside Portland, Ore., on Friday, according to The Oregonian.

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