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Robert Iger, Royal Dutch Shell: Hot Trends

Stocks in this article: DISAAPLRDSA

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Popular searches on the Internet include Robert Iger, president and CEO of Walt Disney (DIS), who has been named to Apple's (AAPL) board.

Iger was a friend of Apple's late Steve Jobs. In 2006, after Iger was named Disney's CEO, the two made an agreement for Disney to acquire Pixar Animation Studios, where Jobs was CEO at the time. In turn, Jobs joined Disney's board and became the company's largest shareholder.

Apple also announced that Arthur Levinson has been appointed the company's new chairman, succeeding Jobs. Levinson has been co-lead director of Apple's board since 2005.






Royal Dutch Shell (RDSA) is trending as Iraq's government approved a $17 billion contract with the company and Mitsubishi Corp. for a gas project.

The contract will allow natural gas being pumped to the surface that is emitted and burned off to be captured at three oilfields in the southern part of the country. The agreement is reportedly good for 25 years. Iraq is said to have a 51% stake in the venture, Shell has a 44% interest, and Mitsubishi owns the rest.

Shell has been in talks with Iraq's government since 2008 about gathering gas that the country burns off. Iraq reportedly burns off more gas as a percentage of output than any other country, producing gas emissions and losing billions annually by doing so. The project will also help improve Iraq's greenhouse gas emissions.






The Secret Service is another popular search after it confirmed that a bullet struck the White House.

The bullet smashed a White House glass window but was stopped by special anti-ballistic glass that protects the interior of the building. A second bullet also was found outside the building.

The Secret Service couldn't confirm whether the bullets were from a shooting that occurred near the White House on Friday night or if they were from a separate incident. On Friday, an AK-47-style rifle was found in an abandoned car after shots were fired between two vehicles about half a mile from the White House. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama were in California at the time of the shooting.






The chatter on Main Street (a.k.a. Google, Yahoo! and other search sites) is always of interest to investors on Wall Street. Thus, each day, TheStreet compiles the stories that are trending on the Web, and highlights the news that could make stocks move.

-- Written by Brittany Umar.

Brittany joined TheStreet.com TV in November 2006 after completing a degree in Journalism and Media Studies at Rutgers College. Previously, Brittany interned at the local ABC affiliate in New York City WABC-TV 7 where she helped research and produce On Your Side, a popular consumer advocacy segment.

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