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
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.
Councils deny pupil violence claim :: Scottish councils reject claims they fail to give school staff enough protection against violent pupils.
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?
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.
Hobbit dwarfs box office rivals :: The first instalment of Peter Jackson's Hobbit film trilogy stays top of the US box office, beating new films by Tom Cruise and Barbra Streisand.
Game of Thrones tops TV piracy chart :: An episode of Game of Thrones emerges as 2012's most pirated TV show in a year when illegal copying of TV shows rose, according to a study.
More support for adopting parents :: Parents adopting children in England are to be given extra support and a "more active role" in the adoption process, says the government.
'Dystextia': Gibberish texts sound stroke alarm :: url: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/MostRead/~3/BtpxgOX1884/us-health-dystextia-idUSBRE8BN0LO20121224
Thousands sign U.S. petition to deport Piers Morgan over gun comments :: url: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/MostRead/~3/YkOAg7Ofcxc/entertainment-us-piersmorgan-petition-idUSBRE8BN0M920121224
Fixing China's 'drinking problem' :: When China's new leader Xi Jinping spoke to the media last week, one sound bite struck me as especially noteworthy.
Chinese farmer does 'Grandpa style' :: Wearing aviator sunglasses and a selection of thigh-high tights and frilly skirts, 72-year-old Liu Qianping has caused quite a stir in China.
Street children found dead in bin :: Eight Chinese officials have been fired or suspended after five boys died in a rubbish bin after suffocating on fumes from charcoal they burned to stay warm, according to state-run media.