Sandy deals a blow to popular US websites

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Sandy deals a blow to popular US websites
The Huffington Post and other popular US websites struggled to get back on their feet Tuesday after superstorm Sandy knocked them out of cyberspace.

On its homepage, the Huffington Post blamed power outages triggered by Monday's storm for "technical difficulties" as it offered readers minimalist post-storm updates with no photos or links to other parts of its vast site.

"We are working around the clock to get the site back to normal," it said in a boldface editor's note.

The hip Manhattan-centric website Gawker and stablemates such as Jezebel and Gizmodo were also out of action overnight, although Gawker managed to restore minimal service using an old-school live blog format.

Buzzfeed invited its visitors Tuesday to proceed to the website's Tumblr, Twitter and Facebook accounts for fresh content, in the absence of homepage updates since Monday.

On its Tumblr account, Buzzfeed said it was told by DataGram an Internet service provider that also serves the Huffington Post and Gawker that it had sustained serious flooding during the storm.
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