(Information on rental car companies added to today's Hot Trends article.)
NEW YORK (
) -- "Rental cars" is a popular search topic today as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration investigates whether companies rent out cars to customers that are in need of repair.
The investigation was spurred by a few deaths and injuries that allegedly occurred after rental car companies let customers drive vehicles that they knew required repairs.
The Federal Trade Commission is now reviewing a petition, filed by the Center for Auto Safety in August, that would require
to remove recalled vehicles from service until they have been repaired. The company owns the Enterprise, Alamo and National car rental brands.
"New homes" is a popular search topic today after the Commerce Department released data on Wednesday morning showing that sales of newly built homes unexpectedly fell 8.1% in October to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 283,000.
Analysts were expecting a rate of 314,000 after a rate of 307,000 in September.
A total of 202,000 new homes were available for purchase during October, which is the lowest level since June of 1968. The report estimates that there was an 8.6-month supply of new homes on the market at the end of October, up from a 7.9-month supply at the end of September.
"Unemployment claims" is a trending search topic today after the Labor Department released data showing that
since July 2008.
The number of seasonally adjusted initial claims dropped 34,000 to 407,000 in the week ended Nov. 20, from the previous week's estimate of 441,000. Analysts were expecting initial claims to rise to 442,000, from 439,000 in the previous week, according to consensus estimates from Briefing.com.
The data has boosted national hopes that the labor market may be stabilizing.
" is a trending search topic today after the airline's computer system crashed on the busiest travel day of the year.
Spirit passengers are experiencing delays in airports around the nation Wednesday morning after the airline's computers crashed while it was upgrading its systems, according to the company's Web site.
"Our system is currently down, but we expect it to be up again shortly. In the meantime, we are checking in customers manually," Spirit said in a statement to Detroit's
Extra staff members have been called in to assist at check-in counters, a Spirit spokesperson said.
"Qriocity" is a heavily searched topic today after
made its video on demand service available on all 2010 web-enabled Bravia TVs, Blu-ray players and home entertainment systems in the U.K., France, Germany, Italy and Spain.
Qriocity offers streaming movie rentals from studios such as
Twentieth Century Fox,
Warner Bros. and NBC Universal.
The service is expected to be available on Sony's PlayStation 3 soon, which already has on demand access to the Lovefilm catalogue.
"Stock market" is a popular search topic as U.S. stock futures follow
global markets higher today, as the market looks past data showing a drop in durable goods orders to focus on the decline in initial jobless claims in October.
Dow Jones Industrial Average
futures are 11 points higher, or 12 points above fair value, to 11,025. Futures for the
were up 2 points, or 1 point above fair value, at 1180, and
futures were ahead by 1 point, or 4 points above fair value.
The Labor Department released a report this morning revealing that initial jobless claims fell 34,000 last week and October durable goods were down 3.3%. According to
, economists expect claims to rise to 442,000, from 439,000 previously.
"Acer Iconia" is a hot search topic today after
unveiled its new dual-screen Iconia laptop at a press conference yesterday.
The Iconia has two 14-inch touch screen displays, including one in place of a traditional keyboard. The screens are protected by
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The device can be used like a laptop or as a tablet computer. Users can view the desktop across both screens, or use one as the main screen and the other as a touch screen keyboard.
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