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Zillow, Survivor Nicaragua: Hot Trends

Zillow, 'Survivor: Nicaragua,' Blackberry, 'gold prices,' 'HTC Desire,' 'HopStop,' 'tea party' and 'wireless plans' are the trending topics on Google and Yahoo.

(Information on the Zillow IPO rumor and the Survivor Nicaragua season premiere added to Hot Trends article.)



) -- "Zillow" is a hot search topic on reports that the company may be considering going public. CEO Spencer Rascoff hinted that the real estate service company might be planning an initial public offering,

Bloomberg reported


Zillow recently appointed Rascoff as CEO, replacing company cofounder Rich Barton, who had been CEO since 2005. Barton will move to a position as an executive chairman on the board of directors. Some speculate that these changes are connected to a long-term strategy to go public.

"Spencer is an immensely capable and energetic leader who has been a driving force at Zillow from the beginning, helping to grow the company from a spark of an idea into a profitable industry leader," said Barton. "This promotion is well-deserved and reflects the leadership responsibility he's been carrying for a while."

"Survivor Nicaragua" is a trending topic on Google today leading up to the new season of the show, which premieres tonight on


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at 8 p.m. ET.

A few of the cast members you can expect to see on

Survivor: Nicaragua

this season include Fox NFL sports analyst Jimmy Johnson.

After Johnson was denied a spot on the show three years ago, he underwent heart surgery, got in shape and lost 30 pounds so he could apply again. Johnson, 67, will be joined on the show by Dan Lembo, a real estate executive from N.Y., Tyrone Davis, a fire captain from Calif., Wendy DeSmidt-Kohlhoff a goat rancher from Mont. and Holly Hoffman, a swim coach from Eureka S.D.

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The entire cast list can be seen at its official

CBS Web site


"Blackberry" is a trending topic on



today after the announcement that

the BlackBerry Curve 3G 9330 will be available on



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network. The device will run the BlackBerry 5 operating system.

The 3G smartphone will be equipped with WiFi, a 2 megapixel camera, and a QWERTY keyboard and will come in gray or purple.

It will cost $49.99 with a $100 mail-in-rebate and a 2-year contract. The phone will be available through Sprint's direct-ship sales on Sept. 26, and will be in stores on Oct. 10. This news comes a day after


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Research in Motion


announced the

BlackBerry Curve 3G will be available on its network

starting on Sept. 16.

Gold prices

is a hot topic on the Internet today as trading slows after gold surged to record highs. Today the gold price traded as high as $1,273.50 and as low as $1,266.80.

>>Gold Prices Pause as Buying Cools

Investors are taking a break in buying gold following the metal's 2% surge in price on Tuesday. The metal was boosted by several factors, including a weak U.S. dollar. The dollar fell on speculation that the Federal Reserve would announce more bond purchases at its meeting next week.

"HTC Desire" is a hot search topic on Yahoo today after

HTC announced its newest smartphones

, the HTC Desire HD and HTC Desire Z.

"We're excited to be taking the HTC Sense experience beyond the phone to a whole new level with a series of connected HTC services we call," said HTC's CEO Peter Chou.

The devices will run on


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Android system and will be available for shipping in North America later this year.

The HTC Desire HD has a 4.3 inch LCD display touch screen, while the HTC Desire Z has a slide out full-function QWERTY keyboard as well as a touch screen. Both phones offer HD video recording, 8-megapixel camera and image editing features.

HTC trades on the Taiwan Stock Exchange under the code 2498.

"HopStop" is a popular search item today as travelers search for the fastest way to get from point A to point B.

is a Web site that provides public transit directions for most of the major metropolitan areas in the world, including New York City, Boston, San Francisco and London.

HopStop offers

, a smartphone friendly Web site that allows visitors to use its service on their mobile device, as well as downloadable applications.

Visitors can plug in their starting point and the destination and find the fastest travel time and directions on either the subway, bus or both. Several services similar to this include


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Maps and


, which can also calculate cheapest form of transportation.

"Tea party" is a hot search topic today after the Congressional Republican primaries took place on Tuesday. Two Tea Party favorites won primary elections over Republicans.

In Delaware, conservative

Christine O'Donnell beat out nine-time Rep. Mike Castle

in the Republican Senate primary.

More: Tea Party Victory Comes as No Surprise

In New York, Carl Paladino won over former Rep. Rick Lazio in running for the party's nomination for governor and businessman Randy Altschuler beat out George Demos and Christopher Cox in the running to represent Suffolk County in Congress. Cox, 31 is the son of the state Republican chairman and a grandson of President Richard Nixon. Despite spending $1.3 million, Cox only had 24% of the votes.

"Wireless plan" is a popular topic on the Internet today after


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announced it is

launching a cell phone service

. The Wal-Mart Family Mobile service will offer customers an unlimited talk and text plan on T-Mobile's network. Unlike many other carriers Wal-Mart's plan will not require a long-term agreement or a contract.

The family plan includes one line for $45 a month with each additional line costing $25 per month, and will be sold exclusively by Wal-Mart starting September 20.

"Wal-Mart is known for great value and we're pleased to offer our robust network of nationwide coverage for Wal-Mart Family Mobile," said T-Mobile CEO Jim Alling. "This new service is an innovative approach, offering post-paid customers a low-cost alternative for unlimited voice, messaging, web and inexpensive international calling."

-- Written by Theresa McCabe in Boston.

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