Halloween is upon us and an Apple executive gets fired. Here is Tuesday's edition of "The Pulse".
National Candy Corn Day
Treat yourself! October 30 is national candy corn day. Which of course means it's time for your candy corn fun fact. American George Renninger came up with the candy that now is synonymous with Halloween back in the 1880's. And according to the National Confectioners Association, more than 35 million pounds of the tricolored candy will be produced this year. That means if you laid each piece end-to-end, you could circle the moon more than 20 times! And that is your candy corn day fun fact.
Americans will spend nearly $3 billion on Halloween costumes this year, and the majority of them will dress as witches, vampires, princesses and other traditional outfits. The National Retail Federation's 2012 Top Halloween Costumes survey reports that 10 percent of children plan to dress as a princess, while six million adults plan to go as a witch.
Apple Executive Fired.
Scott forstall was in charge of the IOS software running iPhones and iPads. Forstall was also behind the Apple's maps software, a debacle that was widely mocked on social media. A group of Apple executives will replace forstall, sharing his responsibilities.
Disney Buys LucusFilm
The Walt Disney Company agreed Tuesday to buy Lucasfilm in a stock-and-cash deal valued at $4 billion. The deal will make Lucasfilm owner George Lucas a significant shareholder in Disney. Lucas said he will work as a creative consultant on Star Wars Episode 7, the first of a planned new trilogy of live-action Star Wars movies set for release in 2015.
Sandy pummeled New York City last night with sustained winds of 85-miles-per-hour and rain. Roofs were ripped off of buildings, and fires ran rampant through Queens. Firefighters say the water rushing through the area stopped them from being able to fight the fires. At least 50 homes were destroyed. In New York, a transformer explosion knocked out power to thousands in lower Manhattan. The flashes lit up the sky.