Why Facebook needs Instagram :: Douglas Rushkoff says our first instinct is to protest Instagram's new terms of servic, but we should realize that Facebook paid a billion dollars for the site and needs to earn money in return
Your pictures of 2012 :: A selection of the best readers' photos
Audio slideshow: Incense making at Prinknash Abbey :: The incense making monks of Prinknash Abbey
In pictures: Maya calendar ends :: Ceremonies and parties across the world
Day in pictures: 21 December 2012 :: 24 hours of news photos: 21 December
In pictures: Stonehenge solstice :: 5,000 people mark the winter solstice
What Obama can learn from Lincoln :: Frida Ghitis says "Lincoln" is brilliant because it shows that the path of virtue is paved with morally ambiguous choices.
Your best moments of 2012 :: For some it was an exhilarating holiday to an exotic place, finding new love or conquering their greatest fear. For others, it was witnessing an historic event.
World's most Christmassy places :: If your Christmas is too often one of tacky decorations, over-cooked turkey and bitter family feuds, now may be the time to put the baubles back in the attic and plan yourself a yuletide getaway.
Mom finds snakes in son's room :: An Australian boy collected a nest of eggs into a container, then his mom found them hatched into deadly snakes.
Boeing uses potatoes to test wi-fi :: US aircraft manufacturer Boeing used unusual substitutes for passengers while testing its in-flight wi-fi system - potatoes.
Teacher fears parents' violence :: A head teacher attacked by the father of a pupil at a Swindon school says all staff and students are at risk from stressed parents.
Week in pictures: 15-21 December 2012 :: News photos from around the world
Are pay phones making a comeback? :: As a symbol of communication, refuge or romantic longing, the pay phone is an enduring cultural icon.
Amid crisis, Syria football triumphs :: CNN's Ivan Watson reports on Syria's win against Iraq in the West Asian Championships.
India rape fears :: Bhavyaa Sharma feels vulnerable in the Indian capital.
Apparently This Matters: Meggings :: GQ summed it up with one word: "No."
Feeding Germany's working poor :: Germany's working poor rely on food banks during the country's economic crisis. CNN's Diana Magnay reports.
U.S. gun owners fear new laws :: Lou Klein first shot a rifle when he was 11 -- now he owns a gun store. Like many gun-owning Americans, he fears new laws would infringe his rights.
Kerry named for top Obama post :: US President Barack Obama nominates Senator John Kerry to replace Hillary Clinton as his next secretary of state.
Three Westerners seized in Yemen :: Two Finns and an Austrian are kidnapped by masked gunmen in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, security officials say.
Gun lobby defiant as Newtown mourns :: The US observes a moment of silence a week after the Connecticut school shooting, as a leading gun lobby group calls for armed security at schools.
Greenhouse gases reach new high :: Concentrations of greenhouse gases in the Earth's atmosphere reached record highs in 2011, according to new data published by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).
Study: Apes suffer midlife crisis :: CNN's Phil Han discovers that chimps experience a midlife crisis, just like humans.
Is the eurozone crisis almost over? :: Is the three-year-old eurozone sovereign debt crisis nearing its end? Dr. Nicholas Spiro of Spiro Sovereign Strategy believes it just might be.
In pictures: Pilgrims arrive for India's Kumbh Mela :: Pilgrims arriving in the Indian city of Allahabad
Shadow of Jiang looms over China :: When the new names of China's elite political committee were announced Thursday they didn't come as a surprise to one leading China expert. Rather, they reinforced the sense of "a major opportunity lost."
China unveils new top leaders :: China on Thursday unveiled the elite group of leaders who will set the agenda for the country for the next decade, the culmination of months of secretive bargaining and a carefully choreographed performance of political pomp.
Raising a stink about sanitation :: We each spend an average of three years of our lives sitting on them, King George II of Great Britain died while on his in 1760 and 2.5 billion people still do not have access to one.