Yahoo’s 2014 Top Searches: Ebola Overshadowed Celebrities!

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People used Yahoo this year to get the scoop on celebrities and tech products, but it was a deadly disease that elicited the highest volume of searches.

Revealing its Year in Review for 2014, Yahoo cited the Ebola virus as the most-searched item of the year as the disease ravaged several African countries and turned up in isolated cases in the US and Europe. Minecraft, a popular video game whose developer was bought by Microsoft in September, came in at No. 2.

Trendy celebrities dominated the list as usual, with Ariana Grande, Jennifer Lawrence, Kaley Cuoco, Kim Kardashian, Miley Cyrus and Jennifer Aniston all making their way onto Yahoo’s top 10. The Disney film “Frozen” was No. 7 among the top searches.
Yahoo 2014 Top SearchesApple’s new iPhone 6 squeezed onto the list in the No. 9 spot. The iPhone has been among the most-searched terms on Yahoo in four of the past five years, the company said.

“Each year, we see some recurring archetypes such as the female musical ingenue,” Yahoo Web Trends expert Vera Chan said in an email. “This year, that person was Ariana Grande — a former Nickelodeon star whose Billboard success made her number three on this year’s top searches. There’s also usually a cultural mood (‘Frozen,’ which also made our obsessions list), a social media promotion (Kim Kardashian and her ‘Break the Internet’), political or social disasters or concerns (Number one Ebola), and finally technological advances.”

While Yahoo users were searching for Ebola and Kim Kardashian, Yahoo itself was searching for more traffic and renewed stature. In November, Yahoo became the default search engine for Firefox, displacing Google in the process. Yahoo’s new default status in Firefox, which owns around 13 percent of the desktop browser market according to Net Applications, is a big coup for the search engine.

The more traffic a search engine generates, the more opportunities that advertisers have to display their ads. The more that people respond to such ads, the more the search engine can prove itself a viable and profitable platform for advertisers.

“At Yahoo, we believe deeply in search — it’s an area of investment and opportunity for us,” Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer said in a blog post at the time. “This partnership helps to expand our reach in search and gives us an opportunity to work even more closely with Mozilla to find ways to innovate in search, communications and digital content.”

Tech users were also busy tapping into Yahoo this year.

The iPhone 6 captured the top spot among tech searches, followed by the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 4 smartphones. Sports camera GoPro came in fourth, Apple’s iPad Mini came in fifth and Microsoft’s Xbox One came in sixth. Rounding out the list were the Amazon Kindle, Sony’s PlayStation 4, Apple’s iPad Air and Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3.

People also used Yahoo to stay abreast of the latest items in the news by searching for information on the death of actor and comedian Robin Williams, the 2014 elections, the leaked photos of popular celebrities, the loss of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 and the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Mo.

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Happy 44th Birthday, Jennifer Aniston!

On so many previous Jennifer Aniston birthdays, celebrity gossip magazines were saying she was lonely and going through inner turmoil on a daily basis.

No longer.

She’s engaged to Justin Theroux, still has a great a career that’s taken some fun new turns, and a face and body that seem to look better with age.

We didn’t know that was humanly possible either, but when you look at any Jennifer Aniston pictures, you realize it is. It’s quite groundbreaking.

Today, on her 44th birthday, there’s little doubt that Jen has reached a much better place, personally and professionally. Tabloids are almost at a loss.

Who Was the Most Searched-For Celebrity in 2012?

She didn’t win any Academy Awards. Or any Grammys. Or any Emms. Or release any albums. Or – shockingly – star in any sex tapes.

But Kim Kardashian was still the most searched-for celebrity on Bing this year, reclaiming the top spot she also “earned” in 2010.

This year’s Top 10 starts with Kim and includes newcomers such as Rihanna, Selena Gomez, Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift.

Bumped from 2011’s list? Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears, Megan Fox, and Lady Gaga.

Read on for the complete Top 10, according to Bing Trends:

  1. Kim Kardashian
  2. Justin Bieber
  3. Miley Cyrus
  4. Rihanna
  5. Lindsay Lohan
  6. Katy Perry
  7. Selena Gomez
  8. Jennifer Aniston
  9. Nicki Minaj
  10. Taylor Swift

Jennifer Aniston Flashes Flat Abs, Proves Pregnancy Rumors Wrong … Again

Terry Richardson/GQJennifer Aniston has spent the better part of her adult life dealing with one question: Are you pregnant?

Her usual response involves either ignoring the question or simply stating she’s not expecting. In the March issue of GQ, the actress, who just turned 43, adds another tactic to her arsenal — showing off her amazing rock-hard abs in a fun photo shoot with Paul Rudd, her co-star in the upcoming comedy “Wanderlust.” Ironically, the two first starred together as friends who have, yes, a child together in 1998’s “The Object of My Affection.” (Incidentally, their child was played by Sarah Hyland, who currently stars on “Modern Family.”)

“I’m not having triplets. Not having twins. Nor am I having one baby,” she says in the interview while lifting up her sweater and pointing to her super-flat belly. “I did not elope.”

Aniston is referring to recent rumors that she’s expecting twins and she thinks she knows how it got started. Well, I recently quit smoking, and you do put on some extra pounds. It makes a difference, especially if you’re not 20,” she explains, not that she appears to be an ounce overweight. “I think people maybe want me to have a kid now.”Perhaps they are also pushing for the former “Friends” star, who will forever be linked in the media to ex-husband Brad Pitt, to be a mom because she has been dating actor Justin Theroux since last spring. Though Aniston and Theroux met while filming “Wanderlust” — the flick she’s busy promoting with Rudd — she doesn’t address her beau in the interview except to say “We got a dog.”

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While a four-legged “kid” is a step towards commitment for sure, Aniston still insists she doesn’t have set-in-stone plans to become a parent. “I still kind of go with, if it happens, it happens. I’m calm and peaceful with whatever the plan is. It’s not something where I’m going, ‘I gotta have a kid!'”Of course, the actress understands that the image of having a family is still part of that the “picture-perfect life” everyone aspires to have, but she’s not quite sure why.

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“I think that’s sort of cliché, isn’t it? Like, if you want to be happy, you should have the house, the husband, the kids.” She also understands that having a family isn’t always as perfect as it sounds: “Kids are messy!”

Still, if she ever does find herself needing to make a baby announcement in the future, Aniston imagines the response from the media will be one of disbelief.”The one time I do say, ‘Yes! I’m pregnant!’ they’ll be like, ‘Pfft. Right.’ Anyway, I’m drawing the line on the children conversation. You heard it here. I’m not knocked up now.”

Happy Birthday Taylor Launter & Jennifer Aniston !

Happy Birthday 20th Birthday, Taylor Lautner!

Taylor Lautner is not gay ( Taylor Lautner Gay Magazine Cover Fools Celebrities, Revealed as a Hoax ) , but he is now 20 years old!

Indeed, The Twilight Saga stud muffin celebrates a birthday today, which comes at a perfect time: in between installments of his record-breaking franchise, Taylor can kick back, relax, maybe go on vacation.

Unlike co-stars Robert Pattinson (Bel Ami) and Kristen Stewart (Snow White and the Huntsman), Lautner has no movie scheduled to come out before the November release of Breaking Dawn Part 2. So you might not be seeing a lot of him over the next couple months.

Don’t worry, though. While you come up with birthday wishes to pass along, we’ll honor Taylor here with a photo montage. Get your fill of the hunk by clicking around now:

Taylor Lautner in Germany

Happy 43rd Birthday, Jennifer Aniston!

Last year, on her 42nd birthday, celebrity gossip tabloids were saying that Jennifer Aniston was lonely and going through inner turmoil on a daily basis.

What a difference a year makes.

With a serious boyfriend in Justin Theroux, a career that’s taken some fun new turns, and a face and body that seem to look better with age (we didn’t know that was possible, but Aniston’s defying the odds), she’s on top of the world.

Ridiculous Jennifer Aniston Photo

We’re sure the Brad Pitt rumors (reconciliation/love child/whatever) will surface again soon. That’s just how the tabloids roll … every month of every year.

But today, on her 43rd birthday, there’s little doubt that in the real world, Jen has reached a much better place, both personally and professionally .