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Google data reveal users’ obsessions for 2012

LOS ANGELES — The world’s attention wavered between the tragic and the silly in 2012, and along the way, Web surfers searched in huge numbers to find out about a royal princess, the latest iPad, and a record-breaking skydiver.

Whitney Houston was the ‘‘top trending’’ search of the year, according to Google’s year-end ‘‘zeitgeist’’ report. Google’s 12th annual roundup is ‘‘an in-depth look at the spirit of the times as seen through the billions of searches on Google over the past year,’’ the company said Wednesday.

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