NUMBER 5 - INSTAGRAM DIRECT
Instagram has launched a new messaging feature allowing you to send a photo or video to friends. Instagram Direct lets users send photos to up to 15 followers, and those friends will then be able to chat about the photo. The direct messaging feature will work in real time, telling you when your friends have viewed the picture. Instagram's founder hints there could soon be the option to create groups or send multiple pictures directly.
NUMBER 4 - BEYONCE SURPRISE ALBUM
Beyonce surprises fans by releasing a self-titled album on iTunes at midnight! It's her fifth solo studio album. She says the release on iTunes allows her to deliver music and visual content directly to fans when she wants to and how she wants to, with no filter. It's also Beyonce's first "visual" album, meaning the 14 songs are accompanied by videos she shot all over the world.
NUMBER 3 - IN-FLIGHT CELL USE?
Think that person next to you on the plane is a chatty Cathy? Just wait, it could get worse. The FCC voted Thursday to consider lifting its ban on in-flight cell phone use. However, the Federal Department of Transportation and three members of Congress are taking steps to block those calls. In the past, the FCC banned in-flight calls for technical reasons. Now the commission says, thanks to new technology, there's no reason to continue it.
NUMBER 2 - ONE YEAR SINCE SANDY HOOK
Saturday marks one year since the deadly shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, and Americans are still divided over how to make schools safer. Some have criticized lawmakers for not passing additional control measures. But an NRA spokesman says things have gotten better in schools without the federal government getting involved. This week Republican House Member Tim Murphy introduced new legislation to make it easier for mentally ill people to get the help they need.
NUMBER 1 - KIM JONG UN'S UNCLE KILLED
An uncle of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been executed for trying to overthrow the government according to the country's Central News Agency. Until recently, Jang Song Thaek was regarded as the nation's second-in-command. The news agency says a tribunal ruled he was "a traitor for all ages" and tried to overthrow the state "by all sorts of intrigues and despicable methods."