Here's a look at some of the stories that are popular on Twitter, Google and other news and social media sites.
Curiosity about Dr. Laura Schlessinger is running high after the radio talk show host announced on CNN's "Larry King Live" that she is leaving radio. Schlessinger sparked outrage by repeatedly using a racial epithet on her show last week in an effort to make a point. Read about the controversy here.
The U.S. Air Force's web portal drew heavy traffic Thursday morning as the service posted its tentative list of airmen being promoted to the rank of staff sergeant. More than 28,000 airmen sought the higher rank, but fewer than half were promoted. Look for your name here.
A lurid blog post by a woman who claims to have worked aboard Florida U.S. Senate candidate Jeff Greene's yacht is grabbing clicks. At the website of Broward-Palm Beach New Times, Sharyn Peach tells tales of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll, complete with photos. See for yourself here (Warning: NSFW).
A lot of people want to know the details of Intel's decision to purchase software-security company McAfee, which you can read about here.
Entertainment items at the top of trend lists include the testosterone-driven movie "The Expendables"; the escapist "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World"; and Rolling Stone's 'True Blood' cover, featuring three stars of the HBO show naked and covered in blood.