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Political polls

Political polls became not only a Web habit, but also the story themselves, as established pollsters' methodologies were questioned and algo-geek Nate Silver performed a statistical sweep. (Nam Y. Huh/AP Photo)

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.