Whitney Houston was the top U.S. trending topic in 2012, Google spokesperson Daniel Sieberg said on Today Wednesday morning.
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Houston, who died in February, was followed by other timely events including Hurricane Sandy and then Election 2012. Hunger Games came in fourth, followed by NBA basketball player Jeremy Lin and Olympics 2012. Amanda Todd, a teen who committed suicide after being bullied, Gangnam Style, Michael Clarke Duncan, who died in September, and Kony 2012 rounded out the Top 10.
For nearly a decade, the NBA has been looking for the next Michael Jordan. And while it is much too early to compare the game's ultimate competitor — six championships, 10 scoring titles — to the New York Knicks' new guard Jeremy Lin, there is one similarity: He gets people to watch.