Daily Tidbits: Election, Palin top '08 topics

Yedda, a social answers service, says President Obama and Sarah Palin were among the two most inquired topics of 2008.

Yedda, a social answers service, announced that it has celebrated its first anniversary with AOL since its acquisition in 2007. Coupled with that announcement, the company released its most popular queries of 2008. It determined that the most inquired topics of the year were the presidential election, and the "Zac Effron vs. Robert Pattinson hotness" debate. President Obama's 30-minute infomercial spawned 1,800 answers, while Sarah Palin's nomination speech collected 1,880 responses. The favorite movie of the year, based on Yedda's findings, was The Dark Knight.

Fotolia, a company that provides and sells stock photos, announced Friday that it has brought video to its site. According to the company's executives, they've built technology for the site that will allow them to accept, inspect, and sell footage on behalf of videographers and filmmakers. Those who wish to buy the videos will receive them for a single fee. After the transaction is made, consumers can use the videos however they see fit. The maximum resolution available is 1,920x1,080. Clips will be priced between $10 and $50, depending on the resolution.

Online video platform, Joost, announced Friday that its iPhone and iPod Touch application has been downloaded more than a million times at the Apple App Store. The free app hasn't set any records by reaching 1 million, but the company's representatives were quick to point out that Joost is ahead of other video delivery apps in the market.

Sports game developer Play Hard Sports announced that it has signed former NFL coach Bill Cowher to provide color commentary for its upcoming Flash Football game. The company also announced that it's changing its name to Quick Hit. The game will track stats and records and feature a social community where players can interact. It's expected to launch in time for the 2009 NFL season.

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