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
In pictures: Maya calendar ends :: Ceremonies and parties across the world
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.
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.
Security forces killed in Pakistan raids :: Militants in Pakistan killed two security forces and abducted 21 others in an assault on two military camps Thursday, a government official told CNN.
New gang rape protests hit New Delhi :: The victim of a brutal gang rape that sparked massive protests in India arrives in Singapore for treatment. Her transfer comes amid plans for more protests over the case.
Blast at Ukraine university kills one :: A 62-year-old man was killed and two others were injured Thursday in a blast at a medical university in Ukraine, authorities said.
Bhutto son steps into political spotlight :: The son of the late Benazir Bhutto is expected to launch his political career Thursday in a speech that will mark the fifth anniversary of the former Pakistan prime minister's assassination.
UEFA appeals Serbia sanctions :: UEFA's decision to appeal against the punishments handed out by its own disciplinary body to the Serbian Football Association has been welcomed by a top anti-discrimination group.
Cricket: Clarke sets Australian record :: Michael Clarke has big cricketing shoes to fill following the retirement of Ricky Ponting, but the Australia captain has already wiped out one of his predecessor's records.
Wild Oats in record Sydney-Hobart win :: Wild Oats XI is on course for a sixth victory in the annual Rolex Sydney to Hobart yacht race, and in record time too, but its crew are focused on making it home in one piece.
2013: America on cusp of social change :: Frida Ghitis says that after years in which conservative views dominated the nation, there's now majority support for many progressive stances
Egypt opposition incitement probe :: Egypt's public prosecutor orders an inquiry into top opposition leaders over allegations they "incited the overthrow" of President Morsi.
U.S.: Whale to be buried in sand dunes :: A 60-foot-long finback whale that washed ashore in the Breezy Point neighborhood of Queens is believed to be dead, according to the Riverhead Foundation, a Long Island-based marine research and preservation group.
NRA clarifies stance on arming schools :: Facing widespread outrage over the National Rifle Association's response to the Newtown, Connecticut, school massacre, the group's president Thursday tried to clarify, saying that schools should decide for themselves how to protect their children.
Chipmaker Marvell denies wrongdoing :: Marvell Technology Group on Thursday denied it infringed on technology patents, a day after a federal jury in Pennsylvania ordered the company to pay $1.17 billion in damages to Carnegie Mellon University.
BBC's most-read tech stories of 2012 :: The BBC's most-read technology stories of 2012 revealed
Sister of drug baron shot dead :: The sister and widow of two Colombian drug barons from the Norte del Valle cartel is shot dead in the northeast of the country.
Coroner: Firemen's gunman killed self :: A man who ambushed firefighters Monday, fatally shooting two of them as they arrived to put out a raging inferno in upstate New York, took his own life with gunshot to the head, according to an autopsy conducted by the Monroe County Medical Examiner's Office.
U.S. environmental chief to step down :: Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson will step down after the president's January State of the Union speech, the agency said Thursday.
8 travel resolutions for 2013 :: Those of us who love travel know it can be a life changer. Since making resolutions is de rigueur this time of year, why not resolve to take steps that lead to adventurous and memorable trips all year long?
2013: A year for big issues in the courts :: What will we see in 2013?
BBC to be clearer on wildlife shots :: New BBC wildlife series Africa will make it clear when animals were filmed in controlled conditions, after criticism of the Frozen Planet series.
US snow storm claims more lives :: Sixteen people have been reported killed by a severe snow storm moving through the north-eastern US after disrupting Christmas in the Midwest.