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In 2006, Intel marketed Viiv, hoping it would do for living room-friendly media centers what Centrino did for wireless Internet in PCs. The problem was consumers either didn't get Viiv or didn't care -- let alone know how to pronounce the name. Viiv as a brand died quietly, though the idea of the "media PC" lives on in offerings like Google TV and Apple TV.

Last updated October 05 2011: 2:08 PM ET
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