Every day there are some topics that are trending. Since many of them don’t make sense, we provide easy contextualization. Also, this way, you won’t actually have to know anything about anything.
There’s a strange irony in the fact that people are using the web to read all about why New Orleans’ Times-Picayune, around since 1837, will stop daily printing. The paper, which will lay off an untold number of journalists, is the most widely-searched news item on Google this morning. The Pulitzer-winning daily has announced that beginning this fall it will only print Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday editions, sending members of its (rather large) circulation into a tizzy and giving digital doomsayers something to thump their chests about. “For us, this isn’t about print versus digital, this is about creating a very successful multi-platform media company that addresses the ever-changing needs of our readers, our online users and our advertisers," said an executive who won’t lose his job over this. "This change is not easy, but it’s essential for us to remain relevant."
In a sporty turn, millions of Google users are searching today for information about New York Giants receiver Nicks after he broke his foot during practice yesterday. The football player is scheduled for surgery today and has an estimated recovery time of 12 weeks, which means he would miss the beginning weeks of training camp for the upcoming season. The team’s coach, Tom Coughlin, isn’t sure he’ll make it at all, saying, “it’s probably going to be close.”
Yahoo! is a bit less serious today. The most-searched term on the site is Fantasia, referring not to the Disney movie but to the American Idol alum Fantasia Barrino, who appeared on the recent Idol finale in a series of odd and ill fitting clothes. Listen, the girl sings like a house on fire and doesn’t have to dress herself anyway so I say let her be. Though she does seem a bit unhinged in this performance of Elton John’s “Take Me To The Pilot.”
IBM Bans Siri
Computer giant IBM has banned its employees not from using iPhones, made by bitter rival Apple, but from using the Siri function on the latest model of the mugger magnets. Yahoo!’s fascinated users are finding out that IBM brass told Technology Review, “The company worries that the spoken queries might be stored somewhere” – and they’re not wrong. All spoken requests are stored on Apple servers and the company’s not forthcoming about what it does with the information. Also, IBM is super pissed that they don’t have a cool smart phone or really much in the way of cred these days.
You can’t really trust Twitter to relay the truth on a good day, but today when posts revealing what it is users lie about most are trending, well, all bets are off.