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
In pictures: Maya calendar ends :: Ceremonies and parties across the world
Day in pictures: 21 December 2012 :: 24 hours of news photos: 21 December
VIDEO: How kindness can help businesses thrive :: Random acts of kindness can help businesses grow in surprising ways, says the entrepreneur behind the Rare Tea Company.
In pictures: Stonehenge solstice :: 5,000 people mark the winter solstice
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.
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.
Apparently This Matters: Meggings :: GQ summed it up with one word: "No."
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.
Filmmaker snaps vanishing glaciers :: The melting glacial ice in places like the Alps, Greenland and the Himalayas is a dramatic visual document of how our planet's climate is changing.
Retailers 'facing critical time' :: Business recovery firm Begbies Traynor says 140 retailers are in a "critical condition" and thousands more are in distress this Christmas.
Councils deny pupil violence claim :: Scottish councils reject claims they fail to give school staff enough protection against violent pupils.
Mom: Stop linking autism to violence :: I've just listened to NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre suggest we need guns in our schools because "our society is populated by an unknown number of genuine monsters."
'Before I die, I want to...' project :: Artist Candy Chang created a space where people could share their thoughts on what they hoped to do before dying
My year with four million words of Charles Dickens :: Almost a year ago the BBC's Matthew Davis took up the challenge of reading all of Charles Dickens's novels in 2012. How did he do?
PM quotes Bible in Christmas message :: The prime minister quotes a verse from the Bible while paying tribute to Britain's armed forces and emergency services in his Christmas message.
Down syndrome child is ad star :: A new British Christmas commercial features a child with Down syndrome. CNN's Atika Shubert reports.
Mexico police killed in ambushes :: Gunmen ambush and shoot dead seven Mexican police officers in two separate drug-related attacks in the west of the country.
Doctors save man by using alcohol :: Medics use an unconventional treatment to save a man from life-threatening heart problems - a shot of neat alcohol to the heart
Woman dies after 42 years in a coma :: For 42 years, her family held vigil, waiting for Edwarda O'Bara to wake from coma. The miracle never came. But they never lost hope.