The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Did The Situation go around his Jersey Shore castmates and strike a secret season three salary deal with MTV last night? Yes, he did. [via TMZ]
2. The xx and Dizzee Rascal are among the 12 acts shortlisted for this year’s Mercury Prize. [via Spinner]
3. The American Customer Satisfaction Index has found that users rank Facebook right alongside the IRS tax e-filing system, airlines, and cable companies. [via WSJ]
4. Thanks to a drastic price cut for the Kindle, Amazon says it’s selling 80% more downloaded books than hardcovers. [via LAT]
5. So, thanks to a new heart pump, Dick Cheney is kind of a vampire. [via NYT]

Bonus link: Watch the Cast Reel for K-Town, the Asian Jersey Shore