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Obama Appoints Virginia’s Chopra As National CTO; Silicon Valley Approves

President Barack Obama bypassed Silicon Valley insiders this weekend by appointing Aneesh Chopra, Virginia Secretary of Technology, as the nation’s first chief technology officer. But Chopra is clearly a fan of the Valley’s technology, particularly that of Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) Computer. Among Chopra’s initiatives during his six years as Virginia’s top tech officer was “Virginia on iTunes U,” an effort to get teachers and publishers to share free educational content on iTunes. Chopra also launched a competition earlier this month to encourage developers to submit middle school-targeted math applications to the Apple App Store.

In his weekly address, Obama said that Chopra’s job would be to “promote technological innovation to help achieve our most urgent priorities