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  • Act Two: For Both Arrington and TechCrunch

    AOL said on Friday that Michael Arrington, the founder and co-editor of its TechCrunch blog and one of the most prominent voices in Silicon Valley, no longer had an editorial role at the company.

    AOL said on Friday that Michael Arrington, the founder and co-editor of its TechCrunch blog and one of the most prominent voices in Silicon Valley, no longer had an editorial role at the company because he also invested in tech companies.

    It was a reversal of the position the company took on Thursday when Mr. Arrington said he had started a venture capital fund, the CrunchFund, financed in part by AOL. Tim Armstrong, chief executive of AOL, said then that AOL considered TechCrunch to be different from other publications and that Mr. Arrington was an exception to AOL’s rule that writers and editors could not invest in companies they covered.

    Inside AOL, the news created a debate over Mr. Arrington’s shifting role and whether the rules of traditional journalism should apply to industry bloggers. While AOL initially said that Mr. Arrington would remain involved with TechCrunch in the role of founding editor, executives decided late Thursday night to end Mr. Arrington’s editorial role at TechCrunch altogether, according to an executive at the company who spoke only on condition of anonymity.

    But the arrangement is still fuzzy. He can still write for the popular site, but only as an unpaid blogger. His role in running the site’s lucrative technology conferences, one of which begins Sept. 12 in San Francisco, was not clear.

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