Apple Faces Samsung in Court Again: Hot Trends

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Popular searches on the Internet include Apple ( AAPL) as the tech titan squares off against Samsung in court once again Thursday.

The companies resume their $1 billion patent fight over technology rights. Samsung is seeking to overturn a verdict ordering it to pay Apple $1 billion for copying Apple's iPhone and iPad designs. Apple, on the other hand, wants to add $500 million more to the award and have older Samsung products in question prohibited from being sold in the U.S.

There are also a number of other issues involved in the latest dispute. Samsung alleges it was untreated unfairly in a courtroom that, located near Apple's Cupertino, Calif., headquarters, sided with its opposition. Samsung has a host of other complaints -- including jury misconduct and the argument that some of Apple's patents shouldn't have been awarded in the first place.

Lawyers from both sides will launch their arguments Thursday in a San Jose federal court. Some expect the case to end up before the U.S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals and even potentially reach the U.S. Supreme Court.

Starbucks ( SBUX) is trending as the coffee chain is planning on adding more than 1,500 locations in the U.S. over the next five years.

The move will boost Starbucks' U.S. presence by 13%. Taking into account Canada and South America, the company plans to add a total of 3,000 new cafes by 2017.

As part of its growth plans, Starbucks is also focusing on expansion in China, which is expected to surpass Canada as the company's second-largest market in the next two years. By that point, Starbucks intends to have taken its global store count to 20,000 from 18,000.

Instagram is another popular search. The Facebook ( FB)-owned photo service is distancing itself from Twitter.

Instagram has disabled a feature that allowed Twitter users to view full versions of photos on the micro-blogging site. By disabling Twitter Cards, users now see cropped or distorted photos when they click on Tweets with an Instagram link.

Instagram hopes the move will mean users spend more time on its Web site and on Facebook.

Facebook bought Instagram in August for $715 million. Since then, the relationship between Instagram and Twitter has been rocky, with Twitter disabling its Find Your Friends feature that allowed Instagram users to search Twitter accounts for friends.

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.
Brittany joined TV in November 2006 after completing a degree in Journalism and Media Studies at Rutgers College. Previously, Brittany interned at the local ABC affiliate in New York City WABC-TV 7 where she helped research and produce On Your Side, a popular consumer advocacy segment.