'Phone Charger,' Craigslist: Hot Trends

(Article updated with new information on the U.K.'s development of a universal charger as well as Lifetime's premiere of the Craigslist-killer movie.)

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- "Phone charger" is a popular search topic today following the news that mobile phone producers in the U.K. are closer to manufacturing a universal smartphone charger.

The European Commission is endorsing the production of a single charger that would be based on USB technology. In 2009, 14 major phone manufacturers, including Nokia ( NOK), Research in Motion ( RIMM) and Apple ( AAPL), agreed to adhere to the European standard when developing new devices.

"This is a very strong and powerful way for companies to have common standards," EU spokesman Ton van Lierop said about the agreement. "It isn't the commission enforcing harmonization of all chargers, it's from the companies and it's in their interest."


"Craigslist killer movie" is a trending search topic today as movie viewers anticipate the premiere of The Craigslist Killer on Lifetime tonight.

The movie portrays the life of Philip Markoff, who allegedly murdered a masseuse in 2009 after she advertised her services on Craigslist.com. The movie premieres on Lifetime tonight at 9 p.m. ET.

Lifetime is a subsidiary of A&E Television, which is a joint venture of Disney ( DIS), Hearst Corporation and General Electric's ( GE) NBC Universal.


Jeannine Edwards is a popular search topic today after ESPN announcer Ron Franklin was pulled from the radio broadcast of the Fiesta Bowl on Saturday, Jan. 1 after directing a sexist remark at his female colleague.

When Edwards made a comment during a production meeting on Friday, Franklin said, "Why don't you leave this to the boys, sweetcakes."

She told Franklin not to call her that, to which Franklin replied, "Okay then, a-hole."

"We made a late play-by-play change to the fiesta bowl radio team," Disney's ( DIS) ESPN spokesperson Josh Krulewitz told SportsbyBrooks.com on Sunday. "We're not going to get into specifics other than to say adhering to our personal conduct policies and showing respect for colleagues are of the utmost importance to our company and we take them extremely seriously."


iPhone alarm is a heavily searched topic on the Internet today after Apple ( AAPL) said that a glitch may have prevented the iPhone alarm from working over the weekend

Many iPhone users found that their phone's alarm didn't go off on the first day of 2011 due to a malfunction in the gadget's alarm clock feature.

Apple said the issue should be fixed by Monday.


Bank of America ( BAC) is a trending search topic today after the company announced that it will take a $2 billion impairment charge and a $3 billion provision in its fourth quarter as it settles buyback claims on home loans sold to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

"Bank of America believes that it has addressed its remaining exposure to repurchase obligations for residential mortgage loans sold directly to the Government Sponsored Entities," the bank said in a statement today.

"Our goals remain the same: put these issues behind us; focus on serving customers and clients; and continue to help distressed homeowners facing difficult times," CEO Brian Moynihan said.

Bank of America's stock is up 3.9% to $13.86 in premarket trading.


"Cable TV" is a hot search topic today after The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) launched on Saturday, Jan. 1.

OWN, which is a joint venture between Harpo and Discovery Communications ( DISCA), is now available in both standard and high-definition on what was the Discovery Health channel. Reports speculate that it cost a total of $189 million to start the new network.

On Tuesday, Cablevision ( CVC) announced that it had agreed to carry the lifestyle channel.


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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