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London Olympics

Held in London this year, the Olympics drew millions to its long-favored sports (gymnastics, diving) as well as new ones (women's boxing). Social media also became a part of the event, for better and worse. (Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

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.