The Daily Flash -Eco, Space, Tech (6/10)

Ht_oceanicwhitetip_100608_ssh World Oceans Day: Marine Wildlife Threatened Globally

More than 245 marine scientists from 35 countries say the world needs a system of large, protected marine reserves, the Global Ocean Legacy, a project of the Pew Environment Group, said today. In honor of World Oceans Day, the group released a statement saying overfishing, pollution and climate change are harming the world's oceans. The oceanic whitetip shark, shown here, is among the threatened marine wildlife found in the waters around the Chagos Islands, an archipelago in the middle of the Indian Ocean. In April, the Global Ocean Legacy announcd that the British government had designated the area as the world's largest marine reserve. (Julian Stein, Marine Photobank)

Insta-kindle-new-1 Could a $50 ‘Paperback’ Kindle Beat the iPad?

E-books are, in both price and size, still in their hardback stage. Author, blogger and all-round clever-thinker Seth Godin thinks it’s time for a “paperback” e-reader, a cheap Kindle which would be completely bare-bones but also put e-books into the hands of just about anyone who can read.

Godin suggests that Amazon forget about a touch-screen and 3G connectivity and instead make a mass-market Paperback Kindle, a device so simple that it could be sold for just $50. Who wouldn’t buy that? Especially if it was made without that giant, ugly chin for the keyboard and instead was small enough to fit in a back pocket like a real paperback. In making this suggestion, Godin is seconding the opinion of e-book market experts who predicted, in a March 2010 Wired story, that the e-reader market would soon split into two segments: One for high-end e-readers with color screens and one for cheap e-readers with monochrome E Ink screens.

Bizstonemsallleft Twitter Founder Biz Stone on Foursquare, Ron Howard, and Dressing Like Steve Jobs

At the World Innovation Forum Tuesday, Twitter co-founder Biz Stone took the stage to talk about life at Twitter. Stone began by redefining his company for the audience. "We're not a social network–that's been a myth since the beginning," Stone explained. "We're much more like an information network or a source of news." This definition feels a bit like wishful thinking given how many accounts lack actual news (The top tweeted messages, for example, according to the Oxford English Dictionary include bored, chillin, and watching TV.), and Stone later acknowledged that Twitter "definitely has social elements to it."

Google-turkey Turkey Bans Google Access for "Legal" Reasons, but Why?

Turkey has long blocked Google's YouTube service, but now it's announced an indefinite ban on Google search and other services, citing "legal reasons." Is it a sign that Turkish-U.S. relations have got sourer, or a mistake? The statement from Turkey's Telecommunications Presidency is at once clear and mystifying. It notes that many of Google's IP addresses have been banned outright, while access to some others has been crippled so they'll take long times to load. That's pretty emphatic. But the statement also refrained from mentioning whether the ban is a permanent change or a temporary sanction, and it gave no hint as to the driving motive. Instead we're left with the phrase "access to this site is banned by court order" hanging ominously in front of us–it's the message Turkish citizens see if they try to surf to barred Google properties.


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