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Catastrophic Flooding Hits Northeast as Sandy Plows Ashore (NBC News)
Superstorm Sandy surged inland late Monday, hitting the New Jersey shore and New York Harbor with incredible force, killing at least 10 people, plunging more than 7 million others into darkness and crippling transportation with historic flooding across a huge swath of the East Coast. SocialTimes From North Carolina to New York, people are holed in their apartments and houses, waiting to see what Hurricane Sandy has in store and you can follow the progress of the "Frankenstorm" live on the web. NYT / Media Decoder The endless coverage takes on an air of sameness, even though the implications are dire. A word cloud of Monday morning's coverage would include the word "again" in three-foot-high letters. "Again, we have to remind again that this may be, again, one of the worst storms in the history, again, of this region." Again, we got that. Slate / browbeat The natural disasters of the New York City media market are always best on local broadcast news. Ask any Sue Simmons apologist or Liz Cho fetishist; WNBC, WABC, and WCBS give the roundest sense of what it means to be a citizen of the tri-state area. The American Spectator Even after deducting 30 percent for media exaggeration, Sandy will be a horrendous event with human suffering and financial costs of near Biblical proportions. So we can take this seriously, and extend our prayers to those in harm's way, while still questioning why we must endure the additional storm of clichés without number from the media and the stylized form of storm coverage. Baltimore Sun / Z on TV I know in these snarky, all-you-need-is-irony, postmodern times, lots of folks, including some journalists who should know better, like to make fun of TV reporters standing in high winds and driving rain or snow to report on a storm. I could not disagree more. Columbia Journalism Review Several big news services have put public service ahead of profit by doing away with their paywalls for the duration of Hurricane Sandy. The New York Times allowed unlimited sitewide access from Sunday afternoon, and spokeswoman Eileen Murphy told Poynter that the paywall would not be reinstated until the weather emergency is over. AppNewser While Hurricane Sandy may take out your electricity and your Internet connection, if you've got a phone signal, you can still use access Twitter via SMS. This, and a radio, can be a good way to stay up-to-date on what is going on in your area and a good way to broadcast messages out.

Fake Hurricane Sandy Photos Blow Through Tumblr, Instagram, Twitter (SocialTimes)
Monday, the Internet was full of astonishing photos of Hurricane Sandy, the category-1 hurricane that's working its way along the East Coast. Unfortunately, a lot of the most dramatic images are stock photos that have either been altered or simply reused. The Atlantic This post, which will be updated over the next couple of days, is an effort to sort the real from the unreal. It's a photograph verification service, you might say, or a pictorial investigation bureau. The Guardian / US News Blog It is an act that may seem harmless at face value, but sharing misleading photos can misinform people who are already vulnerable to danger. Los Angeles Times Monday, Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom told the Associated Press that there are 10 pictures uploaded to Instagram with the hashtag Sandy every second. Digital Life on Today "Whoever believes these [photos] is [not very bright]," says Aiden Phelps, this guy I know from Facebook. Maybe so, I tell him, pointing out that it's not like the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man hasn't trashed Manhattan in the past. The Wall Street Journal / Metropolis Amid the fake photos, there are some legitimately stunning images being shared on social media. The Wall Street Journal is verifying and publishing Hurricane Sandy photos posted on social media (you can share your photos with us by posting them on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #stormwsj).

Hurricane News Dump: Anderson Cooper's Talk Show Not Getting Renewed For Third Season (TVNewser)
CNN anchor Anderson Cooper's daytime talk show Anderson Live will not be returning for a third season next year. Time Warner's syndication production studio TelePictures released statements to the New York Times about the decision, citing the difficult syndication marketplace. New York Daily News The show will continue to run through the summer of 2013 to complete its current season. Chicago Tribune / Reuters The CNN anchor launched Anderson, subsequently retitled Anderson Live, in September 2011. But the show has struggled in the ratings despite retooling in the face of competition from veteran daytime hosts such as Ellen DeGeneres, and newcomers such as Katie Couric and Survivor host Jeff Probst. Entertainment Weekly / Inside TV Producers tried to give Anderson a boost this fall by making changes to the show's format, such as going live. Cooper, of course, will continue his primetime CNN duties.

In Shake-Up, Apple's Mobile Software and Retail Chiefs to Depart (NYT / Bits)
Apple fired the executives in charge of the company's mobile software efforts and retail stores, in a management shake-up aimed at making the company's divisions work more harmoniously together. Yahoo! News / Reuters Scott Forstall, a long-time lieutenant of late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, was asked to leave following years of friction with other top executives and his recent refusal to take responsibility for the mishandling of the Apple's much-criticized mapping software, people familiar with the situation said. The Wall Street Journal Without Mr. Jobs to mediate, tensions between Mr. Forstall and other executives built, according to the people familiar with the matter. CNET In fact, Forstall recently sent an email to some of the folks on Apple's iOS software team saying that the group "wasn't working on enough big ideas in mobile software," according to the WSJ. That's effectively saying that Forstall thought the company was struggling to compete, so it's no surprise that tensions were mounting.

Google Unveils First 10-inch Nexus Tablet (Yahoo! News / Reuters)
Google Inc unveiled a larger version of its Nexus-branded tablet computer on Monday, and updated its mobile gadget and online content offerings as competition with Apple Inc, Amazon.com Inc and Microsoft Corp heats up ahead of the holiday sales season. CNNMoney Its goal is wrest back some of the attention that Windows 8, Surface, the iPad, iPad mini and iPhone 5 have gotten over the past several weeks. NYT / Bits The Nexus 10 tablet includes a high-resolution display and the newest Android software, which has a feature that allows the tablet to be shared by setting up separate user accounts, something the iPad does not have.

CBS Television Stations Pick Up The Queen Latifah Show (TVSpy)
CBS has signed the The Queen Latifah Show to air on all of its 16 CBS owned and operated stations beginning in 2013, according to Deadline.com. Deadline Hollywood The Queen Latifah Show will feature celebrity interviews, human interest stories, comedy, pop culture and musical performances. It is expected to showcase Queen Latifah's talents, blending comedy and music into her hosting duties. Broadcasting & Cable Also in the pipeline for next fall is Warner Bros.' Bethenny, starring Real Housewife and Skinnygirl Bethenny Frankel, which has been acquired by the Fox Owned Television Stations.

Jimmy Kimmel Live Shelves Opening Night of Brooklyn Week (FishbowlNY)
Jimmy Kimmel was planning a triumphant return to Brooklyn, commemorating the Nets debut in the borough later this week. However, Sandy happened, resulting in the cancellation of the first Jimmy Kimmel Live at the Brooklyn Academy of Music Monday night. The Washington Post / The TV Column Comedy Central announced Monday afternoon it had pulled the plug on its two faux newscasts, The Daily Show and The Colbert Report. Meanwhile, CBS's David Letterman sent his audience home, as did NBC's Jimmy Fallon. E! Online If David Letterman and Jimmy Fallon crack wise and no one's around to laugh, are they still funny? It turns out...yes, very!

Publisher: New Khaled Hosseini Novel Out May 21 (Yahoo! News / AP)
Khaled Hosseini's next novel will be a journey across time and space. The author of the million-sellers The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns has finished his third book, And the Mountains Echoed. Entertainment Weekly / Shelf Life He said in a statement, "I am forever drawn to family as a recurring central theme of my writing. My earlier novels were, at heart, tales of fatherhood and motherhood. My new novel is a multigenerational-family story as well, this time revolving around brothers and sisters, and the ways in which they love, wound, betray, honor, and sacrifice for each other."

Jimmy Savile Stench Lingers -- BBC Running Out of Time (The Belfast Telegraph)
By the time the full truth about Jimmy Savile and the BBC is known, the public will have stopped being shocked. That is the nature of scandalous revelations these days. Yahoo! News / AP The head of Britain's Metropolitan Police says authorities and others failed to notice a pattern of behavior that indicated that entertainer Jimmy Savile may have been sexually abusing young girls.

Barnes & Noble Continues Push in Britain (NYT / Media Decoder)
Barnes & Noble said on Monday it would begin its first advertising campaign in Britain, focusing on its Nook reader with built-in light as a way to grab customers before Christmastime.

Chief Executive Bans Internal Emails for One Week, Productivity Surges! (MediaJobsDaily)
Shayne Hughes, chief executive of Learning as Leadership did the unthinkable. He announced to his staff that all internal email was forbidden for an entire week! Here's why: Realizing internal emails equate to 50 to 75 percent of all traffic, reviewing, responding and managing, they consume large chunks of time for employees.

Comic-Con to Stay in San Diego Through 2016 (Yahoo! News / AP)
Storm Troopers, cyborgs, superheroes and other comic-book fans can count on their annual pilgrimage to San Diego for another four years. San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders announced Monday that Comic-Con has extended its contract with the city through 2016.

Lance Armstrong Shows Why the Disruption in Journalism Matters (GigaOM)
Journalists like Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward have questioned whether social media or the web have anything to contribute to journalism, but the case of Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong shows alternative sources like blogs and Twitter can play a powerful role in breaking news.

Random House + Penguin: What the Merger Means for Publishers, Authors, Readers (PBS / MediaShift)
When Random House and Penguin confirmed last week that they are in talks to merge, publishers, agents and writers coped by doing what they do best: playing word games. While #RandomPenguin and #PenguinHouse swept Twitter, anxiety bubbled beneath the surface.

George Takei, Mark Cuban Want More Facebook Fans To See Posts (AllFacebook)
Brands have constantly been angry with Facebook for generally letting fans only see a fraction of their posts. Now actor George Takei and basketball team owner Mark Cuban are displeased with Facebook's algorithm. Over the weekend, both posted in anguish over their fans not being able to see all of what they post. Cuban even said he might take his business to MySpace.

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