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Online Privacy, One-Child Policy: Hot Trends

'Internet privacy,' 'one-child policy,' 'Hyundai Sonata recall,' 'Lehman Brothers auction,' 'RIM BlackPad,' Warren Buffett, 'mortgage modifications,' 'jobless benefits' and 'Obama approval' are the trending topics on Google and Yahoo.

(New information on Internet privacy and China's one-child policy updated in today's Hot Trends article.)



) -- "Internet privacy" is a hot search topic following reports claiming President Barack Obama's administration is planning to submit a bill to Congress next year that would implement new regulations for the Internet.

The government is concerned that national security officials are not be able to wiretap criminal suspects who communicate over the Internet.

The regulations would require all services that enable communications, such as smartphone e-mail transmitters, social networking Web sites and instant messaging software, to be able to be wiretapped.

"One-child policy" is a trending topic on the Internet following news that China will stick with its population control measure.

On Sept. 25, 30 years since the policy was introduced, the Communist Party of China issued a letter calling for its members to have only one child, promoting the slogan, "fewer children, better life."

Reports claim the policy has prevented an estimated 400 million births, but now the country must face the aging problem. The workforce is growing old which is challenging the country's services for the aged as well as hurting its ability to compete in the global economy.

"Hyundai Sonata recall" is a hot search topic after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration initiated a recall of almost 140,000 of


Sonata sedans in the U.S. due to a steering issue.

The recall includes 139,500 2011 model year Sonata vehicles manufactured from Dec. 11, 2009 through Sept. 10 and is expected to begin in October. The recall is being conducted due to concerns that in the event of an accident "the driver could experience a loss of, or reduction in, steering capability."

The NHTSA said that dealers "will inspect the steering column intermediate shaft universal joint connections for proper assembly and torque," and will update the power steering software.

"Lehman Brothers auction" is a trending topic following an auction of the fine art that once hung in the halls of

Lehman Brothers


and Neuberger Berman. The collection took in $12.3 million.

Lehman Brothers Auction Artwork

The collection contained 460 contemporary paintings, drawings, sculptures and photographs.

The money from the sale will be used to pay the hundreds of billions owed to creditors of the failed investment bank.

Video: Lehman Artwork Auctioned Off

"BlackPad" is a hot search topic today after reports that

Research In Motion



unveil its new tablet computer this week

at a developers' conference in San Francisco.

The tablet computer is expected to have a seven-inch touch screen, two built-in cameras, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity. However, it is not likely that the device will have 3G capabilities.

Video: RIM Battles Back with BlackPad

The maker of the BlackBerry smartphone is expected to release the tablet, referred to as the BlackPad, sometime in the fourth quarter. Reports claim that about 2.5 million units are currently in production.


Warren Buffett

" is a trending topic on the Internet today following news that the U.S. billionaire investor recently visited the battery and car maker


in China.

>>Buffett to Sell Stake in Chinese Automaker BYD?

In 2008, Buffett's investment firm

Berkshire Hathaway

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purchased 10% of BYD for $230 million. He believes the company's advanced electric vehicles will have an important role in the future of new energy technology. BYD recently entered a partnership with

China Southern Power Grid

to help provide an energy storage system and is currently developing the E6 electric car.

This week Buffett and


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Bill Gates

are in China to on a mission to encourage the country's richest citizens to give back to society.

"Mortgage modifications" and "jobless benefits" are trending topics after

Fannie Mae


announced it will not accept unemployment benefits as income when borrowers apply for a loan modification.

The new requirement will go into effect Nov. 1 and will likely reduce the number of borrowers eligible for the

"Making Home Affordable"


The program was put in place last year to help homeowners keep their homes from being foreclosed. The plan offers state-backed home mortgage modification and refinancing options to borrowers.

"Obama approval" is a popular search phrase today after a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll found that President Barack Obama has the lowest approval rating of his presidency.

The poll surveyed 1,010 adults and was conducted between Sept. 21 and 23. The results showed that 42% of voters approved of how Obama's handling his job as president, 8 points lower than his rating three weeks ago, and 54% disapprove of his performance.

According to the poll, 56% of Americans think that Obama has fallen short of their expectations, and only 37% said they are more likely to vote for a congressional candidate backed by Obama.

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.

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