Unearth trends and useless facts alike with Google’s new Top Charts

Unearth trends and useless facts alike with Google's new Top Charts

Google revealed a new feature of Google Trends today, announcing that Top Charts will now be published every month.

The Top Charts are similar to Google’s annual Zeitgeist feature wherein Google publishes a year’s worth of search trends every December.

The new Top Charts will do the same, only monthly.

Google’s first Top Charts, published today, reveal stats ranging from top-searched actors (Selena Gomez) to top “quick service restaurants” (Pizza Hut) and dog breed (pit bull).

Indispensable knowledge

Currently only statistics from the U.S. are available, but Google promises that more countries are “coming soon.”

Google’s 2012 Zeitgeist revealed last year that “Gangnam Style” was the top search term in Australia, and we’ve no doubt that Top Charts will eventually convey equally indispensable facts.

Google’s Top Charts are built on the search giant’s Knowledge Graph and purport to show actual trends and not just raw keyword data.

The Top Chart lists are divided up into categories like actors, scientists, TV shows, whiskeys, and dozens more. There are 40 total.

Search of the moment

Google also unveiled a curious new animated visualization of the top trending search terms that updates automatically in real time.

It fills the browser with changing colors and search terms in a variety of languages, and can be customized to show different regions and terms.

The Google Trends homepage will now show elements of these new features, as well as the standard trends features that you’re accustomed to.

LinkedIn Has Definitely Acqui-Hired Maybe, Omar Hamoui’s Polling Startup, Minus Hamoui Himself

call her maybe screenshotFresh from closing its purchase of newsreading app Pulse, LinkedIn has made another acquisition to dive deeper into the mobile space. TechCrunch has found out, and confirmed, that the social network has aqui-hired Maybe, the social polling startup founded by Omar Hamoui — the man who set up, ran and then sold mobile ad company AdMob to Google for $750 million.

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NYPD Detective Accused of Hiring Email Hackers

An anonymous reader writes “Edwin Vargas, a detective with the New York City Police Department, was arrested on Tuesday for computer hacking crimes. According to the complaint unsealed in Manhattan federal court, between March 2011 and October 2012, Vargas, an NYPD detective assigned to a precinct in the Bronx, hired an e-mail hacking service to obtain log-in credentials, such as the password and username, for certain e-mail accounts. In total, he purchased access to at least 43 personal e-mail accounts belonging to 30 different individuals, including at least 19 who are affiliated with the NYPD.”

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Source Slashdot: http://rss.slashdot.org/~r/Slashdot/slashdot/~3/e5-SoDhzf4E/story01.htm

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