President Barack Obama's meeting Tuesday with tech titans was billed as an opportunity to chat about HealthCare.gov, the government's efforts to improve technology procurement, income inequality, and oh, "national security" issues.

Don't be fooled. After the president's joke with Netflix (NFLX) CEO Reed Hastings about "House of Cards" ("I wish things were that ruthlessly efficient," he said about the TV series set in Washington) and the doors were closed, the real discussion during the two-hour meeting was all about the tech industry's outrage over the National Security Agency's controversial surveillance practices, according to reports that leaked afterword.

And, more important, the meeting, which included Tim Cook of Apple (AAPL), Marissa Mayer of Yahoo (YHOO), Dick Costolo of Twitter, Google's (GOOG)