AOL Near Deal to Buy TechCrunch?

TechCrunchLogo.jpgAOL is nearing a deal to acquire online blogging network TechCrunch, with an announcement possible at the latter’s Disrupt SF conference in San Francisco, which began Monday and runs through Wednesday, GigaOM reports, adding that it could not reach TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington and AOL had not returned calls for comment.

GigaOM founder and senior writer Om Malik wrote:

On a more personal note, I think this is great news for Mike and his crew. I remember Mike starting out by writing long reviews of Web startups in 2005. We often talked about the world of technology and discussed where it was all headed. In the years that have passed, he turned his blog into a company and brought in Heather Harde to run his operation. The company has launched series of events, with TechCrunch SF being the latest. I want to congratulate Mike and his crew on their success.