TechCrunch editor Michael Arrington has left the company after a spat with AOL editor-in-chief Arianna Huffington.

Former TechCrunch editor, Michael Arrington, has left AOL less than a year after his US technology site was bought by the internet and media company.

In a statement, AOL said Arrington “decided” to leave to concentrate on his newly formed venture capital fund, CrunchFund. AOL will remain the biggest investor in CrunchFund.

But the move comes just 10 days after Arrington and AOL became embroiled in a conflict of interest spat, in which the combative blogger issued a stern ultimatum to his AOL boss, Arianna Huffington.

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