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Netezza, Niketown Bedbugs: Hot Trends

'Great recession,' Metro North, Netezza, 'Niketown bedbugs,' 'fuel efficient vehicles,' 'health care,' 'stock prices' and Elizabeth Warren are the trending topics on Google and Yahoo.

(New information on IBM's acquisition of Netezza and Manhattan Niketown closing due to bedbugs updated in today's Hot Trends article.)



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is a hot search topic today after


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announced its

agreement to buy

the company for $1.7 billion.

Through the deal, IBM will pay $27 per share for the data storage management and analytics shop, based in Marlborough, Mass.

>>IBM's Netezza Deal Swipes at Oracle

Netezza makes a data warehousing appliance that competes directly with IBM's primary competitor


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popular Exadata device.

"Niketown bedbugs" is a popular search phrase on the Internet today following the news that


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closed its store located on East 57th Street in Manhattan on Saturday after bedbugs were discovered.

"Our primary concern is the well being of our consumers and sales associates," Nike said in a statement. "We are taking all proper steps to eradicate the problem and we expect the store to reopen shortly."

The bedbug crisis has affected many stores and locations throughout New York City. In August the AMC Entertainment movie theater, AMC Empire 25 on West 42nd Street, located in Time Square, was closed due to an influx of the pests. Earlier this summer bedbugs were also found at an

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store in New York City and were even found infesting the city's Health Department.

Nike said it hopes to reopen the store as soon as possible.

"Fuel efficient vehicles is trending on



today following the news that

Edison2's "Very Light Car No. 98"

won first place and $5 million in


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Automotive X contest to develop highly efficient cars


The vehicle's lightweight materials advanced aerodynamics helps it get over 100 miles per gallon. Edison2 founder Oliver Kuttner said he is looking to sell the car for $20,000. The No. 98 is made of mainly aluminum and weighs 830 pounds.

Second place winner X-Tracer Team Switzerland "E-Tracer #79" and third place Li-ion Motors Corp "Wave II" each won $2.5 million.

"Health care" is a trending topic after a survey conducted on Sept. 18 and 19 by Rasmussen Report showed that

61% of respondents across the country think the health care law will increase the federal deficit


Of the 1,000 respondents, 60% think the cost of health care will likely increase under the new law while 13% think the cost will decrease, and 18% said it will stay about the same.

While 20% of voters think the new law will help improve the quality of health care, 53% feel it will get worse. A

study from Rasmussen Reports last week

showed that 43% of respondents said they think the private sector will do a better job of keeping the quality of health care up while keeping the costs down. About 37% think the federal government would do this better, and 20% were undecided.

"Stock prices" are a hot search topic following reports that stock futures are pointing to a higher open today as investors await the latest read on the housing market.

>>Stock Futures Rise Ahead of Housing Data

Dow Jones Industrial Average

futures are up by 46 points at 10,584,

S&P 500

futures are higher by 6 points at 1126 and


futures are ahead by 11 points.

Stocks finished with modest gains on Friday, helped by encouraging earnings from the tech sector. The National Association of Home Builders is scheduled to release its September housing market index at 10 a.m. today. Economists expect a reading of 14, after the prior month's level of 13, according to

"Elizabeth Warren" is a hot search topic after President Obama appointed the Harvard law professor to oversee the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Friday.

Warren inspired the agency, which came to life on July 15 this year with the approval of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010. One of its major goals is to protect consumers by regulating consumer financial services.

Warren has been named assistant to the president, as well as special adviser to Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner.

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

-- Written by Theresa McCabe in Boston.

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