Skip to main content

Internet Phone Service, Kindle: Hot Trends

'Internet phone service,' 'Amazon Kindle,' '2012 Nissan GT-R,' 'Garmin Nüvi recall,' 'GPS tracking' and 'identity theft' are the trending topics on Google and Yahoo.

(Information on the new Google Voice Internet phone service and Amazon Kindle sales added to the Hot Trends article.)



) -- "Internet phone service" is a hot search topic following today's debut of Google Voice. The new application allows users to receive or place phone calls on their Gmail account. Gmail users opened their Internet browsers today to find the new box next to their Google Chat feature.


(GOOG) - Get Alphabet Inc. Report

hopes this new feature will give existing services such as




(CALL) - Get magicJack VocalTec Ltd. Report

a run for their money, and could possibly dampen Skype's upcoming debut on Wall Street.

More: Google's Call Service Slams VocalTec

Calls made to the US and Canada on Google Voice are free while international calls require calling credit.

"Amazon Kindle" is a trending search as the latest model began to ship to customers today, two days earlier than expected.


Scroll to Continue

TheStreet Recommends

(AMZN) - Get Inc. Report

introduced its new and improved e-reader in July for $189. The device is equipped with Wi-Fi and a 3G Internet connection, and if you order one today you shouldn't expect to receive it until mid-September.

Amazon hasn't released its exact sales figures for the Kindle, however it has confirmed that the device is its bestselling product.

"2012 Nissan GT-R" is a trending topic on the Internet today following leaked information on the car. Reports claim that the new model will rival luxury-level performance vehicles such as the Porsche, Ferrari and Lamborgini. When



releases the car in 2011, it will be one of the most technologically advanced cars on the market.

If the rumors are true, the car will have 485 horsepower and will be able to go from 0 to 60 mph in just four seconds.

Nissan is expected to officially announce the new vehicle on October 18.

"Garmin Nüvi recall" is a popular search phrase following the announcement that


(GRMN) - Get Garmin Ltd. (Switzerland) Report

is voluntarily recalling certain GPS devices after receiving several reports of overheating and battery issues.

The recalled devices include model numbers 200W, 250W and 260W, as well as the Nüvi 7xx. Garmin plans to repair the faulty devices by replacing the battery and putting a spacer next to the printed circuit board.

Nissan has received fewer than 10 reports of Nuvi units overheating and no injuries associated with this issue have been reported.

"GPS tracking" is a popular search topic this morning after

Inc. Magazine


GPS Insight

No. 281 on its annual Inc. 500, which ranks the nation's fastest-growing private companies and entrepreneurs.

GPS Insight has been growing rapidly since it was established in 2005. The company supplies fleet-based customers with GPS tracking, navigation, and messaging technology.

"GPS Insight was founded at the right time, with the right people and the right technology to satisfy the increasing GPS tracking needs of the fleet community," said CEO and founder Robert Donat.

Also spurring the search for "GPS tracking" is a recent ruling from the the U.S. Court of Appeals. It is now legal for the government to monitor and track anyone without a search warrant. This rule applies in California, Oregon and seven other Western states.

"Identity theft" is a hot search topic on



today as people continue to be concerned with the growing problem. The Federal Trade Commission estimates that at least 9 million Americans have their identities stolen each year.

In 2008 the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act required that all institutions and creditors with covered accounts put Red Flags Rules in place to help identify, detect, and respond to any activities that could indicate identity theft.

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.

>To contact the writer of this article, click here:

Theresa McCabe


>To follow the writer on Twitter, go to



>To submit a news tip, send an email to:


Disclosure: TheStreet's editorial policy prohibits staff editors and reporters from holding positions in any individual stocks.