Wireless Carriers, OnLive: Hot Trends

(New information on the U.S. wireless carriers ratings and the OnLive Viewer application updated in today's Hot Trends article.)

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- "Wireless carriers" is a heavily searched topic today after a Consumer Reports survey showed that AT&T's ( T) customer satisfaction was rated the worst among U.S. wireless carriers.

As the second largest wireless network in the U.S., AT&T received an overall score of 60 out of 100, six points below its score a year ago.

It was ranked nine points lower than its nearest-ranked competitor, T-Mobile. U.S. Cellular ( USM) was rated the highest with a score of 82, followed by Verizon ( VZ) with 74 and Sprint ( S) with 72.


"OnLive" is a trending search topic today after the on demand gaming service introduced a mobile cloud gaming application called OnLive Viewer.

The free app lets users watch live game sessions from around the world when connected to Wi-Fi or a 3G network. The app is compatible with Apple ( AAPL) and Android devices.

In order to play games on OnLive, users must install its software on either a Mac or PC, or buy the company's $99 TV appliance. Then they can buy daily or monthly subscription passes to play any game in the OnLive library.


"3D TV" is a hot search topic today after Panasonic ( PC) struck an exclusive deal with News Corporation's ( NWSA) 20th Century Fox to release the Blu-ray disc of Avatar in 3D with its new 3D television sets.

Under the deal, Panasonic Viera 3D HDTV VT or GT series televisions will come with the copy of the movie before its public release.

Those who own a 3D TV from another brand can immediately find copies of the film on Internet marketplaces, such as eBay ( EBAY), where bidding on the disc is starting at around $199. The Blu-ray disc will likely cost around $29.99 when it is officially released to the public.


"Nicor" is a heavily searched topic today following the news that AGL Resources ( AGL) will buy Nicor ( GAS) in a cash and stock deal with an enterprise value of $3.1 billion to create one of the largest U.S. natural gas distributors.

>>AGL Resources to Buy Nicor

Through the deal, Nicor shareholders will receive $21.20 in cash and 0.8382 of an AGL share, valuing Nicor shares at $53 each.

Once the transaction is complete, AGL shareholders will own about 67% of the merged company. Nicor shareholders will own about 33%.


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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