FCC activates disaster reporting system: The Federal Communications Commission activated the Disaster Information Reporting System Monday for Washington, D.C. and other areas up and down the East Coast in response to Hurricane Sandy. Wireless, wireline, broadcast, cable and VoIP providers can report their infrastructure status and other information to the agency. The companies who report are asked to submit their information by 10 a.m.

Wireless carriers in the area reported that high winds and, in some cases, power outages have had limited impact on their networks.

Hurricane takes down popular Web sites: Several popular Web sites in the New York area are down after Hurricane Sandy knocked out power to much of the city, The Associated Press reported.

Sites from The Huffington Post, Gawker and the blog Mediaite were among those inaccessible for parts of Tuesday morning. Sites such as Buzzfeed were posting to alternate Web sites and blogs to compensate.

Apple shakes up executives: Apple issued a surprise announcement Monday that Scott Forstall, the head of its mobile operating system, will be leaving next year. The company also announced that retail head John Browett will leave immediately.

Forstall has been at Apple for 15 years. He joined the company in 1997 when Apple acquired NeXT Computer in order to rehire the late Steve Jobs, and has often been singled out as the executive most like the company’s late founder. He is credited with being one of the original architects of the Mac’s operating system, Mac OS X, and being the driving force behind much of the company’s user interface designs.

Google’s Schmidt meets with French president: Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt met with French President François Hollande Monday to discuss legislation that would charge Google for the right to cite news articles online. The Wall Street Journal reported that Hollande has lent his support to the bill, saying that while he would prefer to see publishers and the company reach a deal on the best ways to share advertising revenue, but that a law could be passed if deemed “necessary.”

Similar legislation has been raised in Germany, where government officials have reportedly approved draft legislation.

Comcast lobbyist is Beltway wonk rock star: David Cohen is Comcast's secret weapon, The Washington Post reported — a seasoned lobbyist who has helped the company navigate its merger with NBC Universal.

His ease with the government bureaucracy — honed as an aide to then-mayor of Philadelphia Ed Rendell — and wide breadth of knowledge makes him a valuable ally and a formidable opponent in the world of telecom.