Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Takashi Murakami

Popular searches on the Internet Tuesday include "DTE" after DTE Energy (DTE) pledged $500 million to the Pure Michigan Business Connect initiative.
The $3 billion initiative invests in local Michigan businesses, resulting in millions of dollars in revenue for start-ups in the area. DTE plans to spend $500 million on goods and services from suppliers, many of which will be based in Detroit. DTE representatives said there are a number of partners in Detroit the company is interested in doing business with, many of which will help DTE grow its business more locally.
"Virgin Airlines" is a hot trend after news that Virgin Australia will go back into the air much sooner than expected. On Tuesday, Virgin cut all flights out of Melbourne and Sydney after an ash cloud from a Chilean volcano drifted across the south of Australia. But the airline now expects to get planes back into the air on Wednesday.
The latest forecast shows that the ash cloud is beginning to move away from Australia and should no longer affect all major cities in the area. Virgin said it would add additional flights to deal with the many passengers who have been delayed.
"Takashi Murakami" is another popular search, after Google(GOOG_) honored the Japanese artist by using two of his doodles as Tuesday's homepage logo to celebrate the summer solstice.
The doodles, created by Murakami for Google, are in a cartoon style known as "superflat," with one depicting a summer scene and the other a winter scene. Superflat is an art movement led by Murakami, which is intended to introduce the international art scene to various kinds of Japanese artists.