NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Popular searches on the Internet Monday include the Taliban after the militant group vowed revenge after a U.S. soldier allegedly went on a shooting rampage on Sunday in Afghanistan, going house to house and shooting 16 Afghan civilians. U.S. forces increased security since the shootings out of concern for retaliatory attacks. The U.S. Embassy has also warned American civilians in the country of possible retaliation against them. The suspected soldier is currently being held for questioning. President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta called Afghan President Hamid Karzai to give their condolences for the shootings, while NATO officials have also apologized for the incident.
Youku ( YOKU) is trending as China's largest online video company is set to buy rival Tudou ( TUDO), creating the leading company in its industry. It will be an all-stock deal valued at more than $1 billion. Once the deal is finalized, the company will be named Youku Tudou Inc. The news comes after the two rivals have faced each other in various legal battles regarding their competitive practices and alleged copyright infringements. The combination of the two companies is expected to close in the third quarter of 2012.
Apple ( AAPL) is another popular search upon news that the tech titan has run out of new iPads for Friday delivery. Apple has reportedly sold out of the new iPad in every country where it is launching on Friday. Orders now placed will not ship for up to three more weeks. All iPad pre-orders placed through Apple's online store in the U.S. and Canada will currently ship on March 19, Australian orders will ship on March 22, while other countries like France, Germany and Japan will have to wait two to three weeks for their orders to ship. AT&T ( T) and Verizon ( VZ) are currently taking U.S. customers' email addresses, saying they will notify those interested in new iPads when they become available. The new iPad will be sold in Apple locations as well as other retail stores on Friday, March 16.
The chatter on Main Street (a.k.a. Google, Yahoo! and other search sites) is always of interest to investors on Wall Street. Thus, each day, TheStreet compiles the stories that are trending on the Web, and highlights the news that could make stocks move. -- Written by Brittany Umar.