Commutist podcast: Sandy’s social, infrastructure impact, and Forstall

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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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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