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Tech giants accidentally compete on eve of White House Correspondents' Dinner

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Yeas and Nays,Politics,Nikki Schwab

President Clinton will be in Washington on Friday, but not necessarily for White House Correspondents' Dinner stuff. Instead, he'll be kicking off the weekend with some wonk, speaking at the "Creativity Conference," an event being thrown Friday morning by the Motion Picture Association of America, Microsoft and Time to discuss the future of the American workforce. Clinton will be joined at the Corcoran Gallery of Art by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., "Beasts of the Southern Wild" director Benh Zeitlin, Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis, Harvey Weinstein and others.

In the afternoon, Google and Bloomberg are also hosting a "Big Tent" panel discussion at the W Hotel on the topic of free speech in the digital age. Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt will be on hand, alongside former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, former New York Times executive editor Bill Keller and former CNN executive vice president Mark Whitaker.

While Microsoft's event is taking advantage of the fact that many notables will be in town for Saturday night's White House Correspondents' Dinner, the folks at Google told Yeas & Nays that the timing was merely coincidental. In addition, sources at Google and Microsoft told us that they had no knowledge that the other company had planned an event for that day.

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