2012 YEAR IN REVIEW
The standout news & pop obsessions gleaned from your search habits
Year in Review 2012: Top 10 Searches
Chalk up another one for the voter: People may have been wearied by the negative campaigns, but they persevered through the slog of politics and made "elections" the year's most searched term. The fifth iteration of an Apple smartphone, a glorious gathering of athletes, the passing of a superstar, and a bevy of celebrities—including one duchess—also mesmerized online audiences in 2012.
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- Hurricane strands tourists, sparks looting in Mexico
- Gas production blamed for rise in Colorado, New Mexico quakes
By Daniel Wallis DENVER (Reuters) - The deep injection of wastewater underground by energy companies during methane gas extraction has caused a dramatic rise in the number of earthquakes in Colorado and New Mexico since 2001, U.S. government scientists said in a study released on Monday. The study by U.S. Geological Survey researchers is the latest to link energy production methods to an increase in quakes in regions where those techniques are used. Energy companies began producing coal-bed methane in Colorado in 1994, then in New Mexico five years later. ...
- Police: Protocol followed in detention of actress
- NSA Secretly Trying To Map The Internet — Including All Devices Connected To It — In Real-Time
The National Security Agency along with its British counterpart the Government Communications Headquarters and several other nations are secretly trying to map the entire Internet in real-time, creating a worldwide surveillance tool on the scale of Google Earth. Spiegel Online reports the ambitious program, codenamed “Treasure Map” (complete with its own glowing skull moniker) seeks to identify Internet routers and millions of individual devices in order to create an ”interactive map of the global Internet” in “near real-time,” which would allow intelligence analysts to “map the entire Internet — Any device, anywhere, all the time,” according to documents leaked by ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden. Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand are jointly involved in the effort, which the report described “as a kind of Google Earth for global data traffic, a bird’s eye view of the planet’s digital arteries.” The system could also be used to plan online attacks as a map of the world’s digital battlefield.
- Kerry says refuses to be drawn into 'back and forth' with Iran
By Jason Szep PARIS (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry refused be drawn into a "back and forth" with Iran on Monday following Tehran's assertion that it had rebuffed a U.S. request to coordinate a response to the Islamic State jihadist group. "I'm not going to get into a back and forth. I don't want to do that. I don't think that is constructive, frankly,” Kerry told reporters at the U.S. ambassador’s residence in Paris after an international conference on Iraq attended by 26 countries. Earlier, Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said Tehran had vetoed a U.S. ...
- Mideast complexities confound US coalition effort
- 'Zombie' homes haunt Florida neighborhoods
Neighborhoods devastated by thousands of abandoned homes as banks fail to follow through on foreclosures.
- Democracy? No, Afghans say, after vote count ends