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Russian President's Visit to the U.S.: A Burger with a Side of Silicon Valley Tech Recipes

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June 24, 2010

Russian President's Visit to the U.S.: A Burger with a Side of Silicon Valley Tech Recipes

By Erin Harrison, Executive Editor, Strategic Initiatives


After Russian President Dmitry Medvedev toured Silicon Valley on Wednesday to explore the so-called 'origins of success,' at Twitter's San Francisco headquarters, Medvedev reportedly set up a Twitter account under the name 'KremlinRussia' and sent his first tweet.


The debut was in Russian: 'Hello everyone. I am now in Twitter, and this is my first message,' the Associated Press reported.

Earlier in the day, Medvedev met with Cisco CEO John Chambers (News - Alert) at the company's San Jose headquarters, where Cisco said it plans to establish a physical presence in Skolkovo and set up a second global headquarters for its emerging technologies group there, according to the AP. In addition to Apple (News - Alert) chief Steve Jobs, Medvedev met with California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Wednesday. 
The Russian president noted that California is one the 'United States' most economically advanced states' and stressed his interest in developing working contacts between Russian businesses and companies in Silicon Valley in connection with Russia's plans to build a so-called innovation center in Skolkovo, according to the official President of Russia website.
As Medvedev continued his American jaunt, he found his way to Washington, D.C. where he met with President Obama on Thursday, indulging in one of the most American fast food institutions known to humankind: A cheeseburger with fries. According to a Fox News blog, officially, here were their orders:
OBAMA:
Food: Cheeseburger with cheddar cheese, onions, lettuce, tomato and bread and butter pickles.
Drink: Iced tea in a bottle.
MEDVEDEV:
Food: Cheeseburger with cheddar with onions, jalapenos and mushrooms.
Drink: Coca-cola in a bottle.
Now that we know what the presidents had for lunch, more pressing matters remain at hand: The AP said that Medvedev's visit Wednesday to the high-tech capital was bolstered by an announcement by Cisco Systems (News - Alert) Inc. that it would invest $1 billion over 10 years to help foster high-tech innovation in Russia. He said he came to Silicon Valley to 'see with my own eyes the origins of success.'
Medvedev has said he wants to bring more high-tech innovation to Russia's oil-dependent economy, and create the country's own Silicon Valley outside Moscow.
According to the AP, Medvedev kicked off his high-tech tour in a meeting with Evan Williams and Biz Stone, the co-founders of Twitter, the popular microblogging site.

Erin Harrison is a senior editor with TMCnet, primarily covering telecom expense management, politics and technology and Web 2.0. She serves as senior editor for TMC's (News - Alert) print publications, including 'Internet Telephony', 'Customer Interaction Solutions', 'Unified Communications' and 'NGN' magazines. Erin also oversees production of TMCnet's weekly iPhone (News - Alert) e-Newsletter. To read more of Erin's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Erin Harrison







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