Britney Spears back on top

Yahoo releases top ten lists for 2006

George Clooney may be the "sexiest man alive," but is he the most searched person on the Internet?

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According to Yahoo's top 10 list of the most conducted searches in 2006, Britney Spears is back on top. The pop star had fallen from interest last year, but has hit No. 1 on the list five times in six years, according to Yahoo.

Yahoo has published the Top 10 Searches of 2006 lists, which include TV shows, movies, politicians and news stories. Among sports teams, the New York Yankees were No. 1, while the Boston Red Sox came in fourth. Spider-Man 3, due out in May 2007, was the most searched movie.

Britney is not the only "lady" to capture the interest of searchers. Shakira, Jessica Simpson, Paris Hilton, Beyonce Knowles, Pamela Anderson and Lindsay Lohan, were also among the top 10 most searchable terms.

WWE, the abbreviation for World Wresting Entertainment, was second. Hip-hop singer/dancer/O.C. star Chris Brown was eighth and the only man to make the overall top 10.

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In a software-driven world, it's easy to forget about the nuts and bolts. Whether it's cars, robots, personal gadgetry or industrial machines, Candace Lombardi examines the moving parts that keep our world rotating. A journalist who divides her time between the United States and the United Kingdom, Lombardi has written about technology for the sites of The New York Times, CNET, USA Today, MSN, ZDNet,, and GameSpot. She is a member of the CNET Blog Network and is not a current employee of CNET.


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