(Article updated with new information on the report from RealtyTrac showing that foreclosures rose in 75% of top U.S. metro areas.)NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Foreclosures is a trending search topic today following RealtyTrac's report that foreclosures rose in 75% of top U.S. metropolitan areas in the first half of 2010. The real estate data company put out its midyear 2010 metropolitan foreclosure market report showing Florida, California, Nevada and Arizona had the highest metro foreclosure rates. Florida had the most with nine of the top 20 and California had eight. "The fragile stability achieved in many local housing markets hinges on improvements in the underlying economy, specifically job growth. If unemployment remains persistently high and foreclosure prevention efforts only delay the inevitable, then we could continue to see increased foreclosure activity and a corresponding weakness in home prices in many metro areas," said James Saccacio, CEO of RealtyTrac. Homeowners shouldn't expect sustained home price gains until 2013.
iPod Nano is a hot search topic today after Japan's industry ministry asked Apple ( AAPL) to address the issue that some of the older models of the iPod Nano could catch on fire while being charged. Apparently the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan is aware of 27 incidents in which the music player caught on fire or overheated. An Apple Japan spokesman has said that the company is taking the request seriously and intends on cooperating with the ministry.