Entertainment behind the scenes
Celebrity, socialite and reality TV star Kim Kardashian was the most popular search term on Microsoft's Bing search engine this year, outshining fellow American luminaries Lady Gaga and the U.S. president.
In a year of earthquakes, floods and faltering economies, it seems most people turned to celebrities to relieve the steady flow of grim news. Or looked for ways to save money.
According to Microsoft, the most popular overall 2010 searches on Bing were : 1) Kim Kardashian, 2) Sandra Bullock, 3) Tiger Woods, 4) Lady Gaga, 5) Barack Obama.
The next five most popular search terms were "hairstyles", Kate Gosselin, Walmart, Justin Bieber and "free", in that order.
A year ago, the big story around Emmy nominations was the acclaim showered on cable programs like "Mad Men" and "Damages." A quick glance at today's nominations indicates little has changed.
Just look at the best drama category, where Fox's "House" and ABC's "Lost" will face stiff competition from cable's "Big Love" (HBO), "Mad Men" (AMC), "Damages" (FX), and "Breaking Bad" (AMC).