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Chart of the day: Google's buzz overtook Apple's in 2013

December 24, 2013: 2:53 PM ET

By Dow Jones' count, Google was America's most talked-about company of the year.

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Data: Dow Jones. Chart: PED

Data: Dow Jones. Chart: PED

FORTUNE -- The attached year-end infographic from Dow Jones shows Google (GOOG) edging out Apple (AAPL) as the most talked about U.S. company of 2013, with 123,769 media mentions to Apple's 120,451.

That shouldn't be a surprise; Google's been ahead of Apple three out of the past five. The exceptions were 2011 (the year Steve Jobs died) and 2012 (the year the New York Times rode Apple all the way to a Pulitzer).

Apple's biggest month of 2013 was, naturally enough, September, when iOS 7 and a pair of new iPhones were released. For Google, according to Dow Jones, it was May, when the Moto X and the HTC One were announced.

Below: Apple's year, month by month.

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Philip Elmer-DeWitt has been following Apple since 1982, first for Time Magazine, and now on the Web for Fortune.com.

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