(Hot Trends article updated with information on the electric RAV4 and Ultraviolet.)NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- RAV4 is trending on Yahoo! ( YHOO) following last week's announcement that Tesla Motors ( TSLA) is partnering with Toyota ( TM) to make an electric version of small sports utility vehicle. The companies plan to have an electric model of the small crossover vehicle on the U.S. market by 2012. According to a recent press release from Tesla, the company hopes to "learn and benefit from Toyota's engineering, manufacturing, and production expertise, while Toyota aims to learn from Tesla's EV technology, daring spirit, quick decision-making, and flexibility." Tesla's goal is to make electric cars affordable to mainstream buyers.
Ultraviolet is trending today after news that the Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem is introducing a new online digital movie locker called UltraViolet. It would let customers buy a movie, stream it over the internet, and then keep the movie file. The DECE is a group of 58 Hollywood studios and technology companies, including Hewlett-Packard ( HP), Intel ( INTC), Nokia ( NOK), Panasonic ( PC), and Sony ( SNE). UltraViolet will initially offer movies and TV shows, but the companies behind the new system are hoping to expand its use to music and e-books.
HP Envy Laptops is a popular search topic today following the release of the official Hewlett-Packard ( HPQ) commercial featuring Dr. Dre's single "Under Pressure". HP bills the Envy line as the "first laptop built for music," touting its "Beats Audio" technology.
Nokia ( NOK) is on the hunt for a new CEO to replace Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo, who has been the CEO since 2006, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal.The company is doing well in the hardware sector, selling more cell phones than any other manufacturers. However, the company has lagged considerably in the smartphone segment, which has hurt the company's performance.
PepsiCo ( PEP) is a popular search term today following the release of second-quarter earnings. Pepsi reported net income of $1.6 billion, or 98 cents a share, down from $1.66 billion, or $1.06 a share. Pepsi did see an increase in net revenue coming in at $14.8 billion, up from $10.59 billion the previous year. 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. -- Reported by Theresa McCabe in Boston. Follow Theresa McCabe on Twitter and become a fan on Facebook.