Top 10 searches of 2013: Child stars all grown-up, Obamacare, iPhone 5
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Top 10 searches of 2013: Child stars all grown-up, Obamacare, iPhone 5

Familiar faces return, although you wouldn't be blamed for not recognizing them: the girl next door, the reality TV "it" girl, the child star, even the nice Canadian kid went through some startling changes. People didn't just ogle celebrities: Online fixations included a health care program rollout, murder trial and smartphone. Scroll down to see No. 1. (Charles Sykes/AP)
 
10. Justin Bieber
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10. Justin Bieber

The young pop singer makes his first return to our list since 2010, but maybe for the wrong reasons. This year started out with his breakup from Selena Gomez, and it seemed to go downhill from there. The Biebs got into trouble in nightclubs, peed in a mop bucket while cursing out a former president and got his monkey confiscated — but fans still "Believe." (Ethan Miller/Getty)
 
9. iPhone 5
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9. iPhone 5

Doomsday speculation on Apple's market strength was as much sport as chaffing its fanboys, but the latter camped out to drive iPhone 5 sales above forecasts. Reporters and bloggers marveled about "queue chic." Even rival Samsung — which outsells Apple devices — snuck in a camera crew to observe fanboys in the wild. What buyers got: the best iPhone — for now. (Lam Yik Fei/Getty)
 
8. Jodi Arias
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8. Jodi Arias

When trial began on Jan. 2, Jodi Arias had confessed to stabbing and shooting boyfriend Travis Alexander in 2008. The five-month trial focused on whether the killing was self-defense or premeditated. The defendant contributed to the unseemly circus, granting media interviews and providing tweets managed by a friend, who also set up a website to sell her pencil sketches. (Ross D. Franklin/AP)
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7. Amanda Bynes
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7. Amanda Bynes

Amanda Bynes’s drawn-out problems — played out on social media — seemed reminiscent of other celebrity breakdowns. After bizarre sightings and even more bizarre Twitter tirades, she was finally taken into involuntary mental health hold after trying to light a fire in a neighbor’s driveway. Under her parents’ conservatorship, she was reportedly diagnosed with schizophrenia. (Neilson Barnard/Getty)
 
6. Obamacare
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6. Obamacare

Thanks to his online campaign strategy and ubiquitous BlackBerry, Barack Obama had entered office as the tech president. That the Affordable Care Act stumbled in a website launch was particularly galling. Opponents pivoted from shutdown to shoutdown as citizens waded through politics and the act’s many nicknames to understand how to enroll or what the heck Obamacare entailed. (Joe Raedle/Getty)
 
5. Selena Gomez
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5. Selena Gomez

While starting the year with a breakup might have lead to a seemingly downward spiral for her ex, Justin Bieber, for Selena Gomez 2013 appeared to have her on the up-and-up. Her album dethroned Jay Z's to debut at No. 1 and she took home a Moonman for Best Pop Video at the MTV VMAs. Some missteps: that Hindu bindi and "The Getaway." (Stephen Lovekin/FilmMagic)
 
4. Minecraft
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4. Minecraft

In four years, the award-winning multiplayer game has become the addiction of 75 million players (many children) and made a millionaire of Swedish creator Markus "Notch" Persson. Simple graphics belie the rapture of building worlds one digital block at a time while fighting monsters. It has catapulted into real-world pop culture fun with costumes and songs. (pcgamer.com)
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3. Kate Upton
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3. Kate Upton

Kate Upton went from supermodel to bona fide international celeb. The sexpot turned 21 and nabbed her first big-screen role opposite A-listers, due out in 2014. She embarked on some tabloid romances before settling in with dance pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy. Dubbed 2013 Model of the Year, she was practically on every magazine cover — even Golf Digest. (Derek Kettela/Sports Illustrated)
 
2. Kim Kardashian
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2. Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian kicked off 2013 with the news that she was expecting a baby with rapper beau Kanye West. The reality star gave birth on June 15 to baby North West. Then, in October, Kanye surprised her with an elaborate marriage proposal. They haven't announced a wedding date just yet, but expect it to keep Kim in our lives well past 2014. (James Devaney/WireImage)
 
1. Miley Cyrus
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1. Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus dethroned Kim Kardashian to become Yahoo's most searched person in 2013. She gave a tongue-lolling, twerk-seen-round-the-world performance at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards. The "New Miley" shocked with her music video and breakup, but she scored with bang-up record sales and two "SNL" triumphs — tongue this time in cheek. (Dana Edelson/NBC)