Is AOL Selling the Huffington Post? [Internet Gossip]


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There are a couple of different rumors floating around the internet news sites today. They all seem to Google+Reader">point back to our friends at Business Insider. Yesterday they reported on a rumor revolving around Arianna Huffington and AOL.

According to a story they ran across, Arianna Huffington, founder of the Huffington Post, asked AOL CEO Tim Cook, if she could buy the post back from AOL. Apparently he responded positively and named the price at one billion dollars. Okay, sounds somewhat conceivable.

The other story is that she has been approached by a couple of different investments firms that expressed an interest in backing her in a spin-off of the post. In other words, they wanted her to start a new online publication.

The good news about both rumors is Arianna Huffington was at Business Insider's 2012 startups conference today and she was able to address them in person. First off, as you may have guessed, she isn't planning on buying Huffington Post back from AOL, though there was talk about something like that awhile back.

As for the other rumor, here's what Nicholas Carlson's, the host of the startups conference, Twitter page had to say about it:

A delicious sandwich in its own right. RT @blake: The guy sitting next to me smells like peanut butter and death. 20 hours ago via TweetDeck ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Oh...sorry, that's not it. Look at this:

Arianna: Yes, Private Equity Has Approached AOL About Buying HuffPo $AOL 3 hours ago via Business Insider ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto