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A Cisco office sign is pictured in San Diego, California

A sign marking a Cisco office is pictured in San Diego, California November 12, 2012. Tech investors hoping for good news may have to look further than Cisco Systems Inc's quarterly report as analysts expect Chief Executive John Chambers to be pessimistic in his forecast for the coming year. REUTERS/Mike Blake (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS LOGO)

How tech companies got their names

A peek at the meaning--sometimes hidden, sometimes glaringly obvious--built into the names of the world's biggest technology firms.