(Information on Julian Assange and the Southwest Airlines airfare hike updated in today's Hot Trends article.)NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Julian Assange is a trending search topic on the Internet today after the lawyer defending the WikiLeaks founder is arguing that extraditing Assange to Sweden could lead him to being detained at Guantanamo Bay or even make him subject to the death penalty. "It is well known that prominent figures have implied, if not stated outright, that Mr. Assange should be executed," Assange's defense attorney Mark Stephens said in a 35-page document released on Tuesday. Assange, 39, will appear in a London court on Feb. 7 and 8 to face rape and molestation accusations. Stephens intends to fight Assange's extradition to Sweden based on European law which states suspects are not allowed to be extradited to jurisdictions where they face the risk of the death penalty.
"Southwest Airlines" is a popular search topic today as the airline looks to increase its profits by raising fares rather than fees. As the cost of fuel rises and demand for travel decreases, carriers are likely hiking prices to boost average revenue per passenger. Many airlines, including AMR's ( AMR) American Airlines, United Continental ( UAL), Delta ( DAL) and US Airways ( LCC), recently increased its round-trip flights by $20, according to price movement data from FareCompare.com. Southwest Airlines ( LUV) will impose a $4 to $10 increase on round-trip tickets on a number of domestic routes.
Verizon iPhone is a hot search topic today after Verizon ( VZ) announced that the Apple ( AAPL) iPhone 4 will be available on its wireless network on February 10.