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The Deal is Done: AOL Acquires TechCrunch

It’s earlier than expected, but AOL has announced its acquisition of the technology blog TechCrunch. It sounds like they’re getting the whole kit-and-caboodle, except the blog gets to retain “their editorial independence.” So that’s good to hear.

Plus, it sounds like founder Michael Arrington will join saying in a press release that he looks “forward to working with everyone at AOL as we build on our reputation for independent tech journalism and continue to set the agenda for insight, reviews and collaborative discussion about the future of the technology industry.”

There’s still no word on how much the set of blogs went for. You can check out the full release after the jump.

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AOL Reportedly in Talks to Purchase TechCrunch

AOL might be looking to add another huge blog to its new list of sites. GigaOm reports that the media company is close to purchasing TechCrunch, the famed technology blog started by Michael Arrington in 2005. According to the report, the announcement could come very soon.

“The deal is at a sensitive stage and might fall apart yet, but I don’t think so,” wrote GigaOm’s Om Malik. “Sources familiar with both entities says that the announcement is likely to come onstage at Disrupt, TechCrunch’s flagship conference currently underway in San Francisco.”

The two sides would not comment on the reported deal, according to Malik. When reading all about Arrington’s daily schedule last week, I wondered how long could he keep this up. Who knows what the deal will look like, but I’m not sure you can separate Arrington from TechCrunch and still have as valuable of a blog. I guess I’m wondering, does this mean Arrington will join the AOL workforce? If Arrington does join, what a pickup for AOL.

TechCrunchGate Distracts Us All From Snowpocalypse

sad-mac.jpgTechCrunch has suspended–and then dismissed–a teenage intern who solicited a MacBook Air from a startup in exchange for coverage.

Yow.

Michael Arrington‘s apology to readers has already received hundreds of comments and has been retweeted more than 1,000 times.

“We are all shaken here at TechCrunch,” he wrote. “This is someone who was our friend and who we trusted to be honest with our readers. Our hope is that the intern learns something from this experience and grows into the kind of person that will be more welcome in this community.”

The intern in question, Daniel Brusilovsky, wrote about the experience on his own blog, sort of.

I guess they don’t teach ethics in high school journalism classes anymore.