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Summary:

In this week’s episode, we look at the Hurricane Sandy’s impact on social media and the damage caused to the web’s infrastructure as well as the big changes that happened in Apple’s executive ranks.

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Technology provided entirely new ways to witness the destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy. Twitter, Instagram and other social media outlets provided a steady stream of information… and misinformation. Mathew Ingram walks us through the world of real-time news, where everyone is a publisher and not everything can be believed. The damage from Sandy had the potential to move beyond the physical world and into the virtual as data centers on the East Coast battened down their hatches to stay up and running. Barb Darrow explains what was at stake for the web’s infrastructure during the storm and how it all fared. And finally, the winds of change blew hard through Apple’s top executive ranks, Tom Krazit helps us break down who’s out and what that means for the company.

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SHOW NOTES:

Hosts: Chris Albrecht and Erica Ogg

0:00 – 0:18 – The social media side of Sandy

0:18 – 0:19 – Watch the GigaOM RoadMap Conference livestream on Nov. 5!

0:20 – 0:27 – The infrastructure impact of Sandy

0:28 – 0:41 – Apple’s executive shuffle

0:42 – 0:44 – Parting gifts

Chris likes The Wirecutter’s guide to emergency gear

Erica orders up the Coaster drinks app

Tom like the stats on 538

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  1. This is a great look at how a big event can make change far more quickly (and maybe at all). From a technology perspective, I expect to see more use of Cloud for backup after this. There was no reason for major publications and the JFK airport to go offline because of a storm.

    http://successfulworkplace.com/2012/11/01/hurricane-sandy-makes-a-powerful-case-for-cloud/

    Next time, we’ll know a few things better.

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