The fastest-growing search term in 2011 in Switzerland was 'DSDS', the German version of 'American Idol', according to statistics released by search engine giant Google.

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Swiss search for German idols on Google

The fastest-growing search term in 2011 in Switzerland was 'DSDS', the German version of 'American Idol', according to statistics released by search engine giant Google.

Elli Erl, winner of season 2 of DSDS
Raimond Spekking

DSK, denoting French politician Dominique Strauss-Kahn, tops the ranking in the fastest-growing search category for celebrities. He shares the podium with Amy Winehouse and Steve Jobs.

When taking only national celebrities into account, Roger Federer is the most sought-after Swiss, followed by Zurich rapper Bligg and Albanian-born model Angela Martini.

The most searched places in Switzerland in 2011 were Zurich, winter-resort Zermatt, and Basel.

In terms of popular cars, Swiss searchers liked BMW, Audi and Volvo, while their movie search preferences put Black Swan ahead of Transformers 3 and the fourth part of the Twilight saga.

Among the top ten most searched terms are social networks, e-mail providers and auction sites. Facebook is number 1, followed by YouTube, and Hotmail.

The current likes and interests of the Swiss were captured by Google Zeitgeist, the report that examines what catches the world’s attention every year. 

In 2011, the fastest-growing search terms in Switzerland were:

1.   1. DSDS ('Deutschland such den Superstar')

2.   2. SBB Timetable

3.   3. DSK

4.   4. iPhone 5

5.   5. Battlefield 3

6.   6. Minecraft

7.   7. iPad2

8.   8. Amy Winehouse

9. Steve Jobs

10.deindeal.ch

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Google employee in Zurich tests positive for coronavirus

A Zurich employee of the US tech giant Google has been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus, the company confirmed on Friday.

Google employee in Zurich tests positive for coronavirus
The employee was based at Google's offices in Zurich. Photo: Google Maps
“They were in the Zurich office for a limited time, before they had any symptoms,” a Google spokesperson said. “We have taken, and will continue to take, all necessary precautionary measures, following the advice of public health officials, as we prioritise everyone's health and safety.”
 
The company said that it had no plans to close the office or quarantine all of its staff.  “The Zurich office, like all other offices, remains open”, the spokesperson said.
 
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