Tech 2.0 for Tuesday, October 30, 2012

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Contributor: Matt Davenport
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Updated: 10/30/2012 11:23 am
Hurricane Sandy didn't just drive heavy wind, rain and waves into the East Coast. It also drove loads of people to the Internet. There was a big "storm surge" -- of Internet surfers who went online to track the huge weather system's movement. One site which saw a huge spike was The Weather Channel. It streamed its TV feed on its own website -- as well as on YouTube. And it paid off, drawing its biggest audience ever -- 200 million page views as of Monday evening. The storm not only knocked down some structures, it blew away the paywall some news sites set up. The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and the Baltimore Sun all allowed Internet surfers full access to their sites -- so people who don't pay were able to get the latest news.

Meanwhile the storm also produced a run on a site for those who wanted no part of storm coverage. Netflix reports video streaming was up 20 percent compared to last Monday, with most of the added traffic coming from the New York, Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia and Boston areas. A Netflix spokeswoman says there were a lot of children's titles streamed -- mainly because schools along much of the east coast are closed because of Sandy.

Apple isn't saying why two of its top executives are leaving the company. But you don't have to be much of an analyst to figure out what's probably going on. Apple's head of store operations is out the door. John Browett departs after just six months on the job. And iOS software executive Scott Forstall is leaving next year. Apple didn't discuss the personnel moves. But both men oversaw major goofs on their watch. Browett cut staff hours at Apple retail stores -- a move the company has reversed and says was a mistake. And Forstall presided over the upgrade of the iPhone/iPad/iPod software. It featured a new mapping feature to replace Google maps. That went so badly Apple apologized -- and even asked users to abandon the Apple map app for others, including that of rival Google.


LIVE Superstorm Sandy Coverage - The Weather Channel
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RT @Youngcules: For those interested in following live coverage of frankenstorm Sandy, check out the weather channel on youtube: http://t.co/K8z2Njwn

LIVE Superstorm Sandy Coverage - The Weather Channel: http://t.co/6EHFOlzc

RT @washingtonpost: Netflix streaming spiked by 20% yesterday: http://t.co/a0JjVNmn

Netflix seeing boost in wake of Hurricane Sandy http://t.co/ELOYesza

Not everyone glued to Weather Channel or CNN. Netflix has seen spike in streaming in NYC, DC, Phillie and Baltimore. http://t.co/dHLLhBSs

Apple iOS chief Scott Forstall, retail chief John Browett to leave company - @cultofmac http://t.co/bVITXeXF

Breaking: Executive Scott Forstall was asked to leave Apple after he refused to sign the Apple Maps apology. http://t.co/W9vXXN6w

Time to crank up the blog again. My thoughts on Scott Forstall leaving Apple: http://t.co/hc4uNbn9

BREAKING: Apple says iOS Software SVP Scott Forstall to leave company next year and serve as advisor to CEO Tim Cook
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