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What’s in a name? Quite a lot if the name is Dynabook, the term coined by technoguru Alan Kay back when he was at Xerox Corp’s Palo Alto Research Center, where most of the quirky computer names – mouse, icon, Ethernet and so forth – originated: in September, Scenario Inc, Somerville, Massachusetts introduced a Compact Disk Read-Only Memory player with 80286 processor and touch-panel display and called it Dynabook (CI No 1,028), but Dan Wilkie, one of the luminaries deeply in the genesis of IBM’s original Personal Computer, has formed Dynabook Technologies Corp in Westlake Village, California with a view to launching a great leap forward in lightweight MS-DOS laptops, and the two firms will see each other in court to decide who owns the name.

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