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Editor’s Note: Encyclo has not been regularly updated since August 2014, so information posted here is likely to be out of date and may be no longer accurate. It’s best used as a snapshot of the media landscape at that point in time.

is a network of tech news blogs, owned by AOL, that focuses on web-based startups. It is one of the blogs on the web.

TechCrunch was founded in 2005 by entrepreneur and former attorney Michael Arrington as a way to . Arrington for his feverish blogging pace and devotion to the tech startup scene, as well as the large Silicon Valley barbecues he hosted.

The TechCrunch network includes blogs dedicated to , , , as well as , and editions and a of tech companies and people.

TechCrunch’s articles also appear at the Washington Post’s website through a between the two organizations.

In September 2011, Arrington was reportedly by AOL executives, then , after he launched CrunchFund, a venture capital firm for tech startups. Arrington had long  in some of the companies TechCrunch wrote about, a practice that had drawn  about the . The CrunchFund launch brought a of that , as well as of TechCrunch’s editorial process. Arrington in 2012.

In 2008, Arrington announced he would to Associated Press stories, based on their history of suing aggregators for quoting from their stories. He also announced that year that TechCrunch would any embargoes.

In 2009, TechCrunch from Twitter that had been stolen by a hacker, prompting a over whether the documents should have been published.

In 2010 TechCrunch and its network were . In writing about the deal Arrington said part of his motivation to sell was AOL’s ability to take care of technical issues that had plagued TechCrunch. In February 2011 as well as a number of other properties, after AOL purchased The Huffington Post.

TechCrunch in 2011 as part of an effort to cut down on trolls, though it  in 2013 because of an overall lack of comments through Facebook.

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