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TechCrunch Says TechCrunch “As We Know It” May Be Over TechCrunch Says TechCrunch “As We Know It” May Be Over
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Popular tech blog TechCrunch, which was acquired by AOL about a year ago appears to be in major turmoil, following news late last week that founder Michael Arrington is likely out of the company after launching CrunchFund, venture capital fund. …

Michael Arrington and AOL: What They’re Saying Michael Arrington and AOL: What They’re Saying

Update: Arrington is “not employed by Aol” according to this report quoting a Huffington Post spokesperson. Update 2: Peter Kafka at AllThingsD is reporting that Arrington is indeed an AOL employee, though he no longer works for AOL’s Huffington Post …

TechCrunch Redesign: Kevin Rose & Chris Sacca Don’t Approve TechCrunch Redesign: Kevin Rose & Chris Sacca Don’t Approve
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Sometime over the last 24 hours TechCrunch launched a redesign of their popular blog. Apparently the design began back last fall, before AOL’s acquisition of TechCrunch and suffered “innumerable twists and turns along the way“, according to Dave Feldman, product …

Business Insider Overtakes Mashable in U.S. Unique Visitors (Compete) Business Insider Overtakes Mashable in U.S. Unique Visitors (Compete)

Business Insider has overtaken Mashable in unique visitors according to Compete. It seemed noteworthy when competing blog Mashable overtook TechCrunch as the more popular tech blog, and now Business Insider (whose tech section is technically Silicon Alley Insider) appears to …

Is the State of the News Industry “Pathetic”? Is the State of the News Industry “Pathetic”?
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Mashable founder Pete Cashmore tweeted that Monday was the biggest traffic day ever for the publication (in terms of unique visitors. Clearly, it stands to reason that the death of Osama bin Laden and the site’s tendency to show up …

April Fools Day At Google 2011 April Fools Day At Google 2011
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Gmail Motion and Google Docs Motion top the list. “To use Gmail Motion, you’ll need a computer with a built-in webcam,” explains Gmail Product Manager Paul McDonald. “Once you enable Gmail Motion from the Settings page, Gmail will enable your …

Another Shake-Up in the AOL Content Leadership Department

AOL recently lost a couple of editors of its popular gadget blog Engadget. Now, an even bigger player in the company’s content strategy is leaving. President of AOL Media and Studios, David Eun told staff he is leaving the company in an email. The letter started:

TechCrunch Not Worried About Stepping On AOL Toes

TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington hasn’t been afraid of pissing off AOL since the company acquired the popular tech blog late last year. 

Earlier this month, Arrington waged a blog war of sorts against fellow AOL tech blog Engadget, which drew a lot of media attention, and got other tech bloggers asking questions like, "How long will Mike Arrington possibly last as an AOL employee?"

Signs That Blogging is Not Only Alive, But More Critical Than Ever
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Every so often, one of those "social media vs. blogs" discussions comes up. Questions like "is social media killing blogging?" gets asked. Time and time again, the answer is a resounding "no", but various pieces of news released this week seem to really drive that point home. 

AOL Officially Acquires TechCrunch
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Update: AOL has now officially announced its acquisition of TechCrunch for an undisclosed amount. TechCrunch will continue to operate independently as a wholly-owned AOL unit.

Twitter to Get More Useful in Time for Monetization?
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Twitter engineer Alex Payne tweeted over the weekend, "If you had some of the nifty site features that we Twitter employees have, you might not want to use a desktop client. (You will soon.)" Some took that to mean that Twitter was working on some new features for its own site, that would essentially render some popular third-party clients all but obsolete. The question is whether this is a legitimate concern for developers, or it has just been blown out of proportion. It could possibly be a combination of the two.

Google to Show Off Chrome OS This Week
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Update: According to TechCrunch, Google will be holding a special Chrome OS event on Thursday morning, where they will show off demos and give an overview of the product, now said to be launching next year.

Redbeacon from Former Googlers Takes Top Prize at Tech Conference
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The 2009 TechCrunch 50 conference was held this week, and 50 start-ups each had a chance to make a presentation, and then the judges picked one grand-prize winner at the end of the whole thing to win $50,000.

The winner this year, was a company called Redbeacon, which just happens to have been founded by three ex-Googlers – Ethan Anderson, Yaron Binur, and Aaron Lee, who were product managers and engineers with the Internet giant.

Who’s Right: TechCrunch or Twitter?
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This past Wednesday it was made public that 300+ confidential documents from Twitter had been stolen. While most industry related sites chose not to post these documents, a few did, most notably being TechCrunch.

A Summary Of Twittergate

So here we are a day after Twittergate broke and what is the result? Not much really. Everyone is talking about it in some way or another. Was it lax security at Twitter? Was it a security issue with Google Apps? Did TechCrunch’s Michael Arrington go too far? What are the ethical implications of obtaining documents illegally then using them to advance your own cause? Will the new show that Twitter develops for TV be called “Twitter Legal”?

Private Twitter Documents To Be Revealed

While this may fall into the “too early to tell” category it certainly is of interest, especially considering the pace of Internet ‘news’ these days. TechCrunch’s Michael Arrington has had a ‘gift’ fall into his lap and a lot of folks are interested to see if he is going to share with the rest of the world.

Mashable and TechCrunch Get Their Own Twitter Apps

While I don’t use third-party Twitter app Tweetdeck myself (I switched to Seesmic Desktop a while back), I noticed today that both Mashable and TechCrunch now have their own branded versions.

It’s basically the same Tweetdeck application but now you can have a

Facebook Deals With Some Click Fraud Problems

Facebook is charging hard toward hitting that $550 million in revenue number that was put in front of potential investors recently. Of course, their pay per click model of advertising is going to be a critical component of getting there.

TechCrunch Dethroned by Mashable as Top Tech Blog
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Michael Arrington’s TechCrunch has been the top tech blog for quite some time in terms of traffic. It has been discovered that Pete Cashmore’s Mashable has actually overtaken that title now.

The Top Twitter Applications
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There are quite a few popular Twitter-based applications around the web. But which ones are the most popular? TechCrunch put together a list of the Top 21 Twitter Applications (According to Compete). They looked at unique monthly visitor data from Compete for the month of January to come up with their list. Here are the first ten:

Last.fm Squashes Rumors Of Handing Data to RIAA

Richard JonesThere is a rumor going around that Last.fm has given the RIAA data about its users following the leak of a new U2 album. According to Richard Jones of Last.fm, this rumor is completely false.