(Chrysler and Volt are the new additions to Friday's Hot Trends article, joining Privacy Issues and National Cheesecake Day .)
NEW YORK (
) -- Chrysler and Volt are hot topics on the Internet today following President Barack Obama's visit to Detroit to speak about the 55,000 manufacturing jobs being added or retained in Michigan.
In his address, Obama defended his decision to bail out General Motors GM and Chrysler in 2009.
High demand for the new Chevrolet Volt electric car has prompted GM to plan to manufacture 45,000 new vehicles at its Hamtramck plant in Detroit, 50% more cars that it had previously expected to build.
Chrysler expects to launch an initial public offering in 2011 but management says it is in no rush to do so.
The Cheesecake Factory
is trending on
. Not coincidentally, today is apparently National Cheesecake Day (who knew?), and in honor of the day, the Cheesecake Factory is offering any slice of cheesecake for half price.
The Cheesecake Factory will also introduce its newest cheesecake flavor, Reese's Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake Cheesecake, today, and for every slice of cheesecake sold in the next year, the company will donate 25 cents to
, the nation's largest hunger-relief organization.
The phrase "privacy issues" is a trending topic online Friday following news that a list of data taken from more than 100 million Facebook users' profiles was published on the Internet and is available for download on Pirate Bay. More than 1,000 users on the file-sharing website have downloaded the list, and it is expected to be accessed by thousands more.
Ron Bowles compiled the list by scanning Facebook profiles with a code and collected data that isn't hidden by the user's privacy settings.
The information was already available online to the public, Bowles just put it in one centralized and downloadable location.
U.S. GDP is a hot search topic today following news from the Commerce Department that GDP growth has slowed to 2.4%, slightly below the Wall Street consensus view of a slowdown to 2.5%. In response to the low GDP growth number
in morning trading.
The dollar slipped against the yen and briefly dropped the Y86 mark, but bounced back quickly. The dollar also fell against the Swiss franc to 1.0364 francs per dollar.
Walt Disney Company
is a trending topic on the Internet today, following reports that Disney is planning to sell
for more than $660 million.
The deal will give Filmyard the rights to more than 700 film titles, book titles and development projects in the Miramax film library.
"Although we are very proud of Miramax's many accomplishments, our current strategy for Walt Disney Studios is to focus on the development of great motion pictures under the Disney, Pixar and Marvel brands," said Robert Iger, president and chief executive of Disney.
The company plans to complete the deal by the end of the year.
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