(Information on the government issued tax refund debit card and Chrysler's plans to revamp the minivan updated in today's Hot Trends article.)

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- "Tax refunds" is a popular search topic after the U.S. Treasury Department launched a pilot program that will give low-income taxpayers a chance to get their federal tax refunds on prepaid debit cards.

"This pilot program will provide low- and moderate-income Americans with a low-cost option for faster delivery of their federal tax refund," Treasury deputy secretary Neal Wolin said. "This innovative card can be used for everyday financial transactions, such as receiving wages by direct deposit, withdrawing cash, making purchases, paying bills and building savings safely and conveniently, giving users more control over their financial futures."

The Treasury is mailing out 600,000 letters to households nationwide this week, offering to put their tax refunds directly on a prepaid debit card from Visa ( V).


"Minivans" is a trending search topic on the Internet today after Chrysler management said it is rethinking the future of the minivan vehicle.

"We need to completely rethink the minivan," CEO Sergio Marchionne told the Associated Press on Tuesday. "We need to retain all its functionality but make it much more versatile."

Marchionne said the automaker is working on a new minivan frame that would allow the vehicle to carry the same number of passengers but wouldn't look like a traditional minivan. The new model is expected to come out in 2013 or 2014.


Goldman Sachs ( GS) is a trending search topic today after the company reported that its 2010 earnings dropped 61% from 2009.

Goldman's fourth-quarter earnings came in at $2.39 billion, or $3.79 per share, compared with $8.20 per share in the same period in 2009. Analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters were expecting earnings of $3.76 per share.

The company earned $8.35 billion, or $13.18 per share, in the full-year 2010, compared with $22.13 per share in 2009.


"Steve Jobs" is a popular search topic today after the CEO of Apple ( AAPL) announced he is taking his second medical leave of absence in two years.

Apple reported better-than expected first-quarter earnings on Tuesday, boosted by strong sales of its Mac, iPhone and iPad products.

The company reported earnings of $6.43 a share, significantly above analyst estimates of $5.37 a share.


"Renewable energy" is a trending search topic today after a report published in the Energy Policy journal claimed it is possible for the world to rely completely on renewable energy by 2030.

Research report authors Mark Delucchi and Mark Jacobson said that in order to achieve 100% renewable energy the world would have to harness much more of its wind and solar resources. It would require the construction of about 4 million wind turbines and 1.7 billion roof-mounted solar photovoltaic systems.

The world currently relies on fossil fuels for over 80% of its energy supply.


"Unemployment" is a heavily searched topic this morning after the U.K. saw its unemployment rate for 16 to 24-year-olds rise to 20%, the highest level since 1992.

The Office of National Statistics reported that the number of unemployed rose by 49,000 to 2.5 million in the three months to the end of November. The U.K. unemployment rate remained at 7.9%.

The U.S. unemployment rate was last reported at 9.4% in December.


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