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TechCrunch Drama

September 9, 2011

Nobody seemed to know what was going on over at TechCrunch all week. Founder and editor Michael Arrington was on the brink of being forced out by the company he sold his popular tech blog to for a tidy $25 million after receiving $10 million in seed funding from the same company to form a separate venture capital endeavor called the CrunchFund. The split personality company in question is AOL and there are a lot of fingers pointing at AOL/Huffington Post editor-in-chief Ariana Huffington as the prime architect of Arrington’s demise. TechCrunch’s staunch editorial independence was called into question over the conflict of interest between Arrington’s journalism and his new capacity for investment which run the highly probably risk of influencing each other. Arrington took to the blogiverse to make demands that either TechCrunch’s editorial independence remain intact or TechCrunch be sold back to its original shareholders. It seems unlikely that either of these will happen, but the likelihood that two egos as large as Arrington and Huffington can co-exist under the same header is nil.

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