Bitcoin mania: Google's top searches in 2017 dominated by digital currency craze

Bitcoin mania: Google's top searches in 2017 dominated by digital currency craze

While all the talk around the this year's iPhone lineup initially focused on the X and its unusual notch, Google has revealed that, contrary to the hype, iPhone 8 was the most searched piece of tech across the globe during 2017.

If the nation's Google searches are anything to go by, this year the British public have been preoccupied by getting rich by buying Bitcoins. "What is Bitcoin" was also fourth on the list of most searched for "What is" questions.

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Meghan Markle's engagement to Prince Harry also features heavily on the top searches around the world, while Matt Lauer's firing from NBC after allegations of "innappropriate sexual behaviour" led to him topping the most searched people in the US. The storm killed dozens of people. She was also the most searched actor of the year. Super Bowl 5. Las Vegas Shooting 6. The disgraced producer was sacked from the company he founded and the NYPD confirmed it was investigating a rape claim made against him.

The annual Year in Search analyzes Google Trends data to uncover "what the world was searching for". Top global searches includes a natural disaster, the latest phones, celebrities, TV shows, and more.

In the tech category, the iPhone 8, iPhone X and Nintendo Switch were at the top of the category. Surprisingly, disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, whose alleged sexual misconduct inspired the #MeToo movement empowering women to break their silence on sexual harassment, was missing from the top trending Google searches.