The iPad 2 was the tenth fastest growing search of 2011. The highly anticipated tablet made a ding in the economy by selling 500,000 units in its first weekend.
The death of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs was shocking and reached epic proportions. Fans gathered around Apple stores worldwide, mourning the tragic loss. Many declared the tech luminary's ability to innovate and inspire placed him amongst historical figures like Thomas Edison and John Lennon.
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The Fukushima I Plant caused panic worldwide, as it was on the brink of a meltdown after the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
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Adele's sophomore album "21" sold 208,000 copies in its first week on the U.K. charts, propelling the 22-year-old singer into international fame.
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The iPhone 5 was the most anticipated product that never was. Instead the world got the iPhone 4S on Oct. 14.
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Battlefield 3 provided thrills that few games matched. The game gave Modern Warfare 3 a run for its money with incredible realistic graphics and action-packed storyline.
The Casey Anthony story became a national obsession when reports of missing 2-year-old Caylee Anthony broke in the summer of 2008. A jury in Florida found the Anthony not guilty of first-degree murder, aggravated manslaughter and aggravated child abuse on July 5.
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Ryan Dunn's death took everyone by surprise, including his "Jackass" and "Viva La Bam" co-stars. The young reality show star died in a car accident on June 20 at the age of 34.
Google launched its own social network in June 2011. The Internet savvy became obsessed with getting an invitation to a field test of the product. Within three weeks of its announcement, Google+ gained more than 10 million members.
Rebecca Black was the fastest growing person of 2011. Not surprising because she was completely unknown until her music video "Friday" was mocked on websites like Reddit and 4Chan. The 13-year old became a viral sensation and target of Internet jokes, catapulting her YouTube video to over 167 million views.