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PandoDaily Acquires NSFWCORP

NSFWCorpTestimonialsThis morning, PandoDaily’s Sarah Lacy writes that one out of three can sometimes in fact be very good.

In her item about PandoDaily’s agreement to acquire Paul Carr‘s NSFWCORP, she notes that there are still two other ideal partnerships on her radar and that this one is very safe one for NSFW:

We aren’t just getting Paul. I’m equally thrilled to announce that we’re also adding Mark Ames, Brad Jonas, Yasha Levine and David Sirota as full-time staffers. NSFWCORP contributors like John Dolan and Dayvid Figler will be making regular appearances too, and Katherine Dolan will continue to work her copy editing magic behind the scenes.

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Michael Arrington Hires Legal Team as More Abuse Allegations Emerge

Michael Arrington has finally issued a response to the abuse allegations that have been leveled against him. The accusations started with Jenn Allen, a former girlfriend who posted on her Facebook that Arrington physically and mentally abused her. Gawker later uncovered more tales of abuse, including Arrington’s former employer investigating him for allegedly violently throwing a female coworker onto a bed and holding her down.

Arrington, breaking his silence on the issue, wrote on his site that “All of the allegations are completely untrue” and that he had hired a legal team to ”represent me in the legal actions against the offending parties.” He continued:

I know this isn’t, for now, much information. I will have a full and complete response to these allegations sometime later this week. My goal will be to direct as much sunlight as possible on the issues so that the absolute truth can be known and I can begin to put my life back together.

Micheal Arrington’s Ex-Girlfriend Claims He Abused Her

Jenn Allen, the ex-girlfriend of TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington, has accused him of mentally and physically abusing her. In a rambling Facebook post, Allen laid out her claim:

It hurts when you love someone borderline and they can’t feel anything at all for you, and threaten to murder you if you told anyone about the physical abuse – all for keeping his reputation. The emotional abuse was equally bad. On a positive note, it can’t get any worse than this and I can’t get myself of this bed.

In the update, Allen says that she dated Arrington for eight years, but Gawker suggested that might not be true.

Arrington — currently a columnist for AOL-owned TechCrunch — hasn’t commented on Allen’s very serious words, but we’re sure he will. We’ll update when any more details emerge.

Rumor: AOL is Selling Engadget and TechCrunch

According to PandoDaily — who cites two sources — AOL is putting its tech sites Engadget and TechCrunch up for sale. The sites would have to be purchased together, and the asking price is a ridiculous $70 to $100 million. For now there are no serious bidders, but Pando says there has been interest.

And because any story involving TechCrunch wouldn’t be complete without a quote from its founder, Michael Arrington, he told PandoDaily the following:

I don’t know anything. No one tells me anything. I am not in the least bit interested [in buying back TechCrunch]. I was Team Pando all the way until Sarah Lacy fired me. That does not change my position on TechCrunch.

Serious question: If Arrington didn’t have drama in his life, would he be able to function?

TechCrunch Founder Michael Arrington: Arianna Huffington is a ‘Touchy Psychopath’

TechCrunch found Michael Arrington, who was fired from the site he founded last September, is not pleased with what he perceives to be the decapitation of TechCrunch’s editorial team by Arianna Huffington. Arrington took to his blog yesterday to protest the recent firing of TechCrunch editor Erick Schonfeld, calling Huffington “a very touchy psychopath conducting a game of musical chairs to the death.”

More from Arrington:

Arianna Huffington seems to enjoy fucking with TechCrunch in her leisure time. She put all her weight behind Schonfeld when I left. But within a few weeks the rumors were that she was furious at him for the way the news broke about MG Siegler joining CrunchFund.

I doubt Erick even realized, but he was a marked man from that day on. Yes, something that petty can piss her off…

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TechCrunch CEO Resigns; Is Boss Arianna Huffington to Blame?

TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington certainly thinks so. Heather Harde, the “business brains” behind TechCrunch, is leaving the company she helped turn into a multi-million dollar business. Arrington, who was noisily fired by Huffington in September, contends this most recent departure at AOL is another casualty “of Arianna’s ego.” The CEO of one of AOL’s most profitable properties should’ve “been embraced and treasured,” he says on his blog, but instead had to deal “with constant verbal abuse from HuffPo execs” who “refer to her by the ‘c’ word.”

Aol needs to decide whether it exists for the benefit of stockholders, users and employees, or whether it exists for the greater glorification of Arianna Huffington. She’s waging this political power war inside of Aol against anyone who stands “against” her. But no one’s fighting back because that’s not how they see the world. Instead they just drift off, to create real value at other companies who actually value them.

Harde became TechCruch CEO in 2007, and helped broker last year’s sale of the company to AOL for $30 million. Since the acquisition, she has also served as general manager of AOL’s technology properties. Harde’s last day at the company will be December 31.

5 Things You Need to Know This Week: Glenn Beck, Bilbo Baggins, and Amazon’s Tablet

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Media Isn’t Buying TechCrunch Founder’s Victim Routine

Michael Arrington, the founding editor of TechCrunch, has been making plenty of noise since being relieved of his duties by Arianna Huffington last week. Her reason for ousting Arrington was his new $20 million venture capitol fund, brazenly called CrunchFund, which invests in some of the same companies TechCrunch covers. AOL, who bought TechCrunch from Arrington last year, has invested approximately $10 million into the new fund.

Can you say conflict of interest? Huffington could, and promptly canned Arrington.

Arrington is trying to recast himself as a noble journalist, fighting for editorial control of his website. In a melodramatic TechCrunch blog post yesterday, demanding AOL failed to restore his editorial independence or sell the site back to him.

Media critics seem to be collectively rolling their eyes. The Business Insider writes: “This is equivalent to an employee who has been fired demanding that, if the division he just got fired from is not immediately stripped from his former boss’s control and placed back under his control, he’ll quit.” David Carr of the New York Times declares TechCrunch and AOL’s association with CrunchFund as “almost comically over the line.”

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Techcrunch Founder Michael Arrington Out at AOL

According to AOL’s Spokesperson Mario Ruiz, Michael Arrington, the founder of Techcrunch, is “not employed by AOL” anymore. Business Insider reports that this is just the latest news in an odd relationship between AOL and Arrington, which began last year when AOL bought the tech site:

Initially, reports suggested Arrington would remain at TechCrunch and AOL with only a title change – from ‘editor’ to ‘founding editor and writer.’

Then, last night AOL told us it was actively looking for Arrington’s replacement.

Then this morning, Arianna Huffington told us Arrington no longer worked for TechCrunch at all – that Arrington will merely be welcome to contribute unpaid blogs to the company, as long as he stays within AOL’s blogging guidelines.

UPDATE:
Now AOL’s Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications, Maureen Sullivan, says Arrington is not out. ”Michael Arrington is still employed by AOL,” she told BI. She says that he is working for AOL Ventures. Tight ship they’re running over at AOL.

AOL’s TechCrunch Editor Michael Arrington Says It’s ‘Fine’ to Invest in Companies He Writes About

Yesterday, TechCrunch editor Michael Arrington widely announced via blog post that he is returning to startup investing in many of the companies TechCrunch is known to cover. As he states himself, “there will be financial conflicts of interests in a lot of my stories.”

And he is not at all sorry about it! “I think that this will all be fine,” he writes, with a remarkable amount of confidence, as long as he promises to disclose his conflicts as he writes about them.

Business Insider asked AOL if it is corporate policy that journalists are allowed to invest in the companies and industries they write about. The answer: No, they are not allowed to do that, unless they are named Michael Arrington. From AOL’s statement:

Michael Arrington operates from a unique position.  He was an investor in technology companies and start-ups before he started TechCrunch, and his extensive knowledge of, and involvement with Silicon Valley is one of the very things that has made TechCrunch a must-read site.

Is this whole ethical overhaul making you feel a little uncomfortable? This is what Arrington said about his potential detractors: “Other tech press will make hay out of this because they don’t like the fact that we are, simply, a lot better than them.”

Ouch! We bet none of his inferior competitors would dare criticize him now!

Well, not quite. Not everyone thinks this new order “will all be fine.” Tom Foremski writes for ZDnet.com:

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