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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- For Olive Garden, the menu is worth more than new decor
- Owner comes forward to claim dog found with 'Free,' 'I Need a Home' written on it
The owner of an abandoned dog that was found with the words "Free" and "I Need a Home" written on it last week has come forward to claim her pet.
- U.S. bank penalties now exceed the GDP of most countries
- North Korea complains to U.N. about film starring Rogen, Franco
North Korea has complained to the United Nations about a film starring Seth Rogen and James Franco, accusing the United States of sponsoring terrorism and committing an act of war by allowing production of a movie about a plot to kill its leader, Kim Jong Un. "The Interview" - due to be released later this year - is about an American television-show host and his producer who land an interview with Kim Jong Un, and are then recruited by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency to assassinate the North Korean leader, according to Internet Movie Database (IMDb). The letter to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon from North Korea's U.N. Ambassador Ja Song Nam, dated June 27 but made public this week, does not mention the name of the movie but talks about a plot that "involves insulting and assassinating the supreme leadership." "To allow the production and distribution of such a film on the assassination of an incumbent head of a sovereign state should be regarded as the most undisguised sponsoring of terrorism as well as an act of war," Ja said.
- Secret iPhone 6 feature uncovered?
Apple’s iPhone 6 smartphone is not exactly the best-kept secret in the tech world, with more and more leaks revealing new details about the upcoming handset. A new report from Chinese publication Laoyaoba has learned about a new secret iPhone 6 feature, which may be an important one for certain users and app developers. Apparently, the new iPhone 6 will incorporate a more advanced vibration motor that could offer better tactile feedback to users, depending on the app they’re using or the area they tap on the screen. FROM EARLIER: iPhone 6: What you have to do to break its unbreakable display The new tactile motor will reportedly cost two to three times more than the one found in the iPhone 5s — that one apparently
- Time for the Redskins to get more offensive
- U.S. sues Amazon over purchases by kids using mobile apps
By Diane Bartz WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government sued Amazon.com on Thursday for allowing children to collectively run up millions of dollars in purchases on the credit cards of their unsuspecting parents while playing mobile apps like "Tap Zoo" and "Ice Age Village." The lawsuit, filed by the Federal Trade Commission, seeks to make the online retailer refund money spent without parental permission and to end Amazon's practice of allowing purchases without requiring a password or other mechanism that gives parents control over their accounts. The unauthorized charges are often associated with children's apps, such as games, that can be free to download but allow players to make in-app purchases by buying "coins" or other digital products with the credit card associated with the device, the FTC said in its complaint. The apps run on Amazon's Kindle Fire, Kindle Fire HD and devices that use Google's Android operating system. The FTC settled a similar case with Apple Inc in January.
- Microsoft says cybercrime bust frees 4.7 million infected PCs
By Jim Finkle BOSTON (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp said it has freed at least 4.7 million infected personal computers from control of cyber crooks in its most successful digital crime-busting operation, which interrupted service at an Internet-services firm last week. The world's largest software maker has also identified at least another 4.7 million infected machines, though many are likely still controlled by cyber fraudsters, Microsoft's cybercrime-fighting Digital Crimes Unit said on Thursday. Richard Domingues Boscovich, assistant general counsel of the unit, said Microsoft would quickly provide government authorities and Internet service providers around the world with the IP addresses of infected machines so they can help users remove the viruses. "Those victims are currently not aware they are infected," Boscovich said in an interview.