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'Meanwhile' is a collaborative blog about all the crazy stuff on the Internet. Here, reporters from various Tribune desks tell you what you (almost) need to know about topics ranging from technology to YouTube sensations. Contributors: Jim Dalrymple, Vince Horiuchi, Michael McFall, Dave Newlin, Matt Piper, Brennan Smith, Erin Alberty. Edited by Sheena McFarland.

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Here’s your top Google searches for 2013. Guess who’s not on it?

It seems tragedy and death were on the minds of Google searchers around the world in 2013.

Google announced its annual Zeitgeist list, the top Internet searches for 2013, and three of the top five involved the loss of a famous person.

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The recent passing of iconic figure Nelson Mandela was the top global trending search, according to Google, followed by October’s tragic death of "Fast and Furious" actor Paul Walker, who perished in a fiery car crash. No 3. was the iPhone 5S, Apple’s newest smartphone that was released last September. In fourth place was the overdose death of "Glee" actor Cory Monteith, followed by the "Harlem Shake," the gyrating video craze that swept the world.

Here’s the full list, according to Google’s Zeitgeist.

1 » Nelson Mandela

2 » Paul Walker

3 » iPhone 5s

4 » Cory Monteith

5 » Harlem Shake

6 » Boston Marathon

7 » Royal Baby

8 » Samsung Galaxy s4

9 » PlayStation 4

10 » North Korea

Do you notice what’s missing? Miley Cyrus. Let’s all bow our heads in thanks for that one.

— Vince Horiuchi

Twitter: @ohmytech



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