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How 10 Big Tech Companies Got Their Names

How 10 big tech companies got their names
Ever wondered how today's tech giants got their names? How search numero uno Google got its name or why ecommerce giant Amazon is called so? Courtesy their success, the names of these companies are now familiar to us. However, most of them carry hidden meanings or stories behind these peculiar names.

Here's tracking down how some of the world's biggest technology companies got their names and what they mean

1. Apple

November 05, 2015
There have been several stories about how technology giant Apple got its name. Why Steve Jobs and other Apple co-founders named the company after the fruit?

Quoting Steve Jobs, Walter Isaacson's biography on him says: On the naming of Apple, Jobs said he was “on one of my fruitarian diets.” He said he had just come back from an Apple farm, and thought the name sounded “fun, spirited and not intimidating.”

2. Google

November 05, 2015
The internet giant takes its name from 'googol,' the mathematical term for the numeral 1 followed by 100 zeros.

3. Amazon

November 05, 2015
Jeff Bezos reportedly wanted a name that began with 'A' so it would appear near the top of an alphabetical list. He thought the world's largest river was anapt name for what he hoped could be its biggest business.

4. Skype

November 05, 2015
Whittled down from the original name of 'Sky Peer-to-Peer' to 'Skyper,' the 'r' was eventually dropped to create the current name.

5. Yahoo

November 05, 2015
Yahoo is both an acronym for 'Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle' and an imaginary species described as rude, noisy, and violent in Jonathan Swift's 'Gulliver's Travels.'

6. Sony

November 05, 2015
The name is derived from 'sonus,' the Latin word for sound and a slang expression 'sonny boy,' which in 1950s Japan described 'smart, presentable young men.'

7. BlackBerry

November 05, 2015
This name was coined in 1999 because the keys on the device resembled the drupelets on the fruit.

8. Oracle

November 05, 2015
This name started as the code for a project that co-founders Larry Ellison and Bob Oats worked on for the CIA. It was a database that was supposed to be able to answer any question about anything.

9. Canon

November 05, 2015
Originally called 'Kwanon' for a Buddhist goddess, the company changed its name to Canon in 1935 to appeal to a worldwide audience.

10. Spotify

November 05, 2015
Co-founders Daniel Ek and Martin Lorentzon were brainstorming names when Ek misheard an idea as Spotify. Embarrassed by its randomness, they now say the namestems from the words "spot" and "identify."
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