) -- "Geronimo" is a trending Internet search Tuesday following reports that Geronimo was the code name for the secretive U.S. military operation to kill Osama Bin Laden.

After the al Qaeda leader was shot dead in a 40-minute raid at his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, on Sunday night, a Navy SEAL on the mission sent a coded message to President Barack Obama in Washington that said, "Geronimo-E KIA." The E stood for enemy and KIA for killed in action.

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U.K. Telegraph

reported that the code name Geronimo had apparently been chosen for Bin Laden after the Native American war chief who had managed to evade capture for many years in the late 1800s.

"Bin Laden Tape" is a heavily searched topic following a report from

The New York Times

that said U.S. officials have reason to believe that Osama Bin Laden may have ordered a pre-recorded tape to be released in the event of his death.

Authorities believe that Bin Laden made a propaganda recording shortly before he was killed. The tape, which could be an audio or a video recording, is expected to be released by his al Qaeda disciples soon.

Media outlets and the U.S. government will have to weigh the consequences of airing the tape if it does surface, as it could possibly boost his legacy as a martyr within the terrorist community.

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 Theresa McCabe in Boston.

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