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AOL Acquires TechCrunch

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Earlier this afternoon I saw a post on Twitter that I was not expecting. TechCrunch has been acquired by AOL. My first thought was that this was disappointing news. AOL already has Engadget, which means AOL now owns two of the most reputable technology blogs.

I enjoy the differences between Engadget and TechCrunch. I read them both regularly, and even rejoice in private when I “scoop” either of them on this blog. I’ve only done it a few times, but still, it’s always fun. Nevermind the fact that nobody notices.

I really enjoy the TechCrunch atmosphere and am concerned that AOL can only muck it up. Michael Arrington seems to think otherwise. He is confident that things will remain the same. I hope so.

When I think of AOL, I am always surprised that it still exists. The service was always a joke, but succeeded through some brilliant marketing, which included spamming every mailbox and grocery store checkout with the software on a CD-ROM. There was even a recent scandal about AOL employees making it hard for customers to quit, even demanding respect for compliance with a cancellation request. I had thought that AOL had ceased to be relevant in a world of DSL, Cable, and even satellite internet. The fact that it is still out there making acquisitions says something about its staying power.

I hope TechCrunch does retain the freedom it claims it will retain. It would be a shame if anything changed. You can read about why TechCrunch sold to AOL here, straight from the horse’s mouth.