Most Admired tech companies

Which technology firms have the best reputations? These 9 firms are the envy of their peers, and of geeks everywhere.

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Apple is the No. 1 most admired company in the world, an honor it's held for four years running.

Apple sets a high standard for innovation and mass appeal. Rumors of new product releases generate Internet buzz that's the envy of corporate America. The iPad 2 -- introduced in early March -- and the Verizon iPhone 4 are just the most recent launches that set techies and regular folks a-Twitter.

But with CEO Steve Jobs on a medical leave of absence, some investors are uneasy. Jobs reassured the market in a recent earnings report, though, that Apple is still "firing on all cylinders."

Last updated March 08 2011: 6:02 AM ET
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