New Zealand's Ocean Sanctuary Is a World First + Facebook Hoax Returns

Sacha Strebe
  • New Zealand plans to create an ocean sanctuary almost the size of Texas. The Kermadec ocean sanctuary will be “one of the world’s most significant fully protected ecosystems.” The prime minister of New Zealand, John Key, announced the news before the UN general assembly in New York. The area is located about 620 miles northeast of New Zealand and is considered “crucial in terms of biodiversity, featuring nearly 35 species of whales and dolphins, 150 types of fish, and three of the world’s seven sea turtle species.” — The Guardian 
     
  • The Facebook privacy hoax has resurfaced. The message claims to protect your personal information by encouraging you to copy and paste the text and post to your wall. People are posting the message and are unaware that it’s fake. The actual truth is that “Facebook doesn’t own your media and there is no such thing as the Berner Convention.” So please don’t post; just ignore the message and continue on with Facebook as usual. — USA Today
     
  • After 26 seasons, The Simpsons might be coming to an end. The hit show has been a global phenomenon that nobody wanted to end, but showrunner Al Jean said it will most likely come to its conclusion by season 30. But fans shouldn’t worry too much, because Jean has been wrong about the show before. “I thought five seasons was good when I got there,” he said. — Huffington Post
     
  • Lady Gaga has been named Billboard’s 2015 Woman of the Year. The performer succeeds 2014’s winner, Taylor Swift, and will be honored at this year’s Women in Music event, set to be televised on female-focused network Lifetime. For the first time in its 10-year history, the cable network has signed a three-year deal to televise Billboard’s Women in Music event. “Lady Gaga is an extraordinary artist, emblematic of the strength, courage and fortitude that Lifetime celebrates, and we are thrilled to offer our platform to recognize her in every way she deserves,” said Lifetime executive vice president and head of programming Liz Gateley. — Billboard
     
  • Keurig has released a Kold soda machine that can make Coke at home for $1 a glass. The Keurig Kold is the size of “a very large crockpot” and retaills for $370, plus the price of the pods. While it’s not really a way to save money, Keurig CEO Brian Kelley said, “Kold is a way for people to have a variety of drinks at their disposal, without having cans and bottles take up space in their homes.” — Financial Post

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