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Jay

AOL terminates TechCrunch founder Mike Arrington; raises questions about strategy
By Andrew Nusca | September 2, 2011, 7:23am PDT

AOL terminates TechCrunch founder Mike Arrington; raises questions about strategy | ZDNet

Summary: AOL dismisses TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington after news leaked that he was starting a venture capital fund to invest in companies he covers. Is this the kind of “bold move” Tim Armstrong meant to make?

TechCrunch founder and Silicon Valley blowhard Michael Arrington was swiftly terminated (UPDATE: or not! Even AOL spokespeople don’t seem to know) by parent company AOL yesterday after news emerged earlier this week that he was starting a venture capital fund to invest in startups.

The problem, of course, is that his influential blog writes about startups, putting Arrington in the crosshairs of every journalist’s sacred compact: no conflicts of interest.