Apple Mulls iPhones With Bigger Screens: Ahead of the Ticker

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Apple ( AAPL) is reportedly considering launching new iPhones with bigger screens and cheaper versions in a variety of colors over the coming year.

Reuters, citing four people with knowledge of the matter, reported that Apple is contemplating releasing at least two iPhones next year with bigger screens -- one with a 4.7-inch screen and another with a 5.7-inch screen. According to Reuters, the sources said Apple has sent plans for the new phones to suppliers, but it remains uncertain whether the plans will go into manufacturing. One model, expected to be called the iPhone 5S, is rumored to feature new fingerprint technology. The cheaper model, expected to be encased in plastic, could reportedly sell for $99.

The use of hashtags, which has become so prevalent in social media outlets like Twitter and Instagram, is coming to Facebook ( FB).

Now, hashtags can be used to share content on Facebook. When a user clicks on a hashtag, he will be taken to a feed of what other people and pages are saying about a given topic. Users can also search for a specific hashtag in the search bar. Hashtags will still apply to the user's privacy settings.

Hashtags have already started rolling out to Facebook's desktop site. It should reach all users within the next few weeks. Mobile users will be able to post a hashtagged phrase, although they won't be able to see a hashtag feed yet.

Royal Bank of Scotland ( RBS) announced it would cut more jobs in a restructuring of its investment bank.

The cuts could reportedly result in up to 2,000 additional jobs lost. The British lender said it plans to focus its markets division on its core fixed income products.

The moves comes after the announcement that Chief Executive Stephen Hester would step down at the end of the year. Hester said this week that he was leaving at the board's request to allow a successor to be in place when the British government begins to privatize the company. The U.K. Treasury plans to privatize RBS by the end of 2014.

During Hester's five-year tenure, RBS has cut about 700 billion pounds in assets and axed 36,000 jobs.

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.