Updated from 8:37 a.m. EDT with recent trending search topics.
NEW YORK (
) -- "Hulu Plus" is a trending search topic on the Internet on Wednesday as PlayStation 3 users were unable to access the Hulu Plus service on their device because of
recent security breach.
The Internet video company, which is backed by NBC Universal,
and private equity firm Providence Equity Partners, is offering a $2 credit to its registered Plus users on their next month's bill, which is about a quarter of the $7.99 monthly fee.
The PlayStation Network has been down since last week following what Sony called an "illegal intrusion" on its servers. The company expects to restore "some services" within a week.
"Altoona, PA" is a popular Internet search following news that the city has temporarily changed its name to "POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold," after the latest film by Morgan Spurlock.
The sarcastic documentarian is known for his 2004 film "Super Size Me," in which he gained more than 20 pounds by eating only
food for a month. His new film looks at product placement, marketing and advertising in today's world.
Spurlock paid the city $25,000 to rename itself after his movie to emphasize its message.
"We live in a place and a time when it seems like everything is brought to you by some sponsor," Spurlock told
The Associated Press
. "It starts to become this question of, 'Where does it end?'"
"Jim Mandich" is a heavily searched topic on the Internet after the former NFL player and broadcaster died at age 62 on Tuesday after struggling with bile-duct cancer.
Mandich was a tight end for the undefeated 1972 Miami Dolphins and a well-known broadcaster for the club.
"When you think about Jim Mandich," teammate Kim Bokamper told
, "you think Miami Dolphins."
Former Dolphins running back Jim Kiick called the news "devastating."
"For the Dolphins organization, this will be very difficult," Kiick said.
"SETI" is a hot net search after the SETI Institute has temporarily shut down its Allen Telescope Array, which scans the skies for extraterrestrial life, because of a lack of funding.
The collection of 42, 20-foot-wide telescopes, located in a field 300 miles north of San Francisco, was originally funded largely by
co-founder Paul Allen, who donated $25 million to the project.
However, recent state budget cuts have limited activities. The institute is now trying to raise the $5 million it needs to restore operation, which is planned to happen in 2013.
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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