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According to the LA Times, "Naming a company is far more difficult than naming a child. The name needs to sound snappy, separate its young company from the pack, and provide a unique Web address. 'Old-school ideas about sounding trustworthy or sounding big are not as important as they used to be," said Burt Alper, co-founder of Catchword Branding in Oakland, which has helped companies pick such names as Vudu (makes a device for watching videos) and Promptu (creates voice-recognition products). "Now, it's about sounding different and standing out from the crowd.'"