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NPR's audience were drawn to a wide range of topics in 2015, from music and politics to the lives of girls and the work of robots. Top, from left: Matt Rourke/Getty Images; Jane Greenhalgh/NPR; Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images. Middle, from left: Darren McCollester/Getty Images; Naftali Beder for NPR; Brad Barket/Getty Images for Comedy Central. Bottom, from left: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images; Claire O'Neill/NPR; Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Top, from left: Matt Rourke/Getty Images; Jane Greenhalgh/NPR; Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images. Middle, from left: Darren McCollester/Getty Images; Naftali Beder for NPR; Brad Barket/Getty Images for Comedy Central. Bottom, from left: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images; Claire O'Neill/NPR; Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images

Art imitates life in this 2015 addition to London's Madame Tussauds: a wax figure of Kim Kardashian, taking a selfie — naturally. Tabatha Fireman/Getty Images hide caption

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Selfies In 2015: A Woman Thing?

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As TV Streaming Rises, So Does Internet Piracy

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Musician David Lowery of Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker says Spotify streamed his songs without his permission. Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images hide caption

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Spotify Faces Class Action For Copyright Infringement

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IBM's Watson analyzes a Twitter account of an unnamed user, breaking down needs, values and five personality traits: openness, conscientiousness, extroversion, agreeableness, neuroticism (aka emotional range). IBM hide caption

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I Asked A Computer To Be My Life Coach

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The Echo, a digital assistant that can be set up in a home or office, vaulted into the top 10 of Amazon's best-selling electronics this year. Mark Lennihan/AP hide caption

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How Did We Do On 2015 Tech Predictions? 'Still Waiting'

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Digital Culture Critic Abandons 'Fake On The Internet' Column

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U.S. Prepares To Relinquish Oversight Of Internet To International Body

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While the days of sharing mixed tapes and audio cassettes may be long gone, exchanging playlists doesn't have to be. Darren Johnson/Getty Images/EyeEm hide caption

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You Should Watch The Way You Punctuate Your Text Messages — Period

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People hold signs and flags while attending a vigil held for the victims of the Paris terror attacks in Washington Square Park on November 14, 2015, in New York City. Searches related to the deadly attacks in Paris were among the most popular Google queries of the year. Andrew Renneisen/Getty Images hide caption

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Year's Top Google Searches Reveal We're Not Just Interested In Fluff

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