Crunch time at TechCrunch: Site has lost 35% of its traffic since September

There wasn’t much explanation given yesterday when TechCrunch editor-in-chief Erick Schonfeld stepped down. But a scoop from PaidContent this afternoon reveals why AOL might have been looking to shake things up. Traffic has fallen almost 35% since founder Mike Arrington left and Schonfeld took over in September of 2011.

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TechCrunch editor Michael Arrington takes off

Michael Arrington, founder of technology blog TechCrunch and known for his fiery personality and zero tolerance for corporate authority, has “decided” to move on from the San Francisco-based tech news publication.

Buzzlogic lands $7.8M more for socially targeted ads

Buzzlogic, a company that helps brands place socially targeted ads, today announced it has raised $7.8 million in a third round of funding. The company will use the funding for product development and to double its sales and account management teams.

Leaving in a Huff: or how AOL killed a beloved movie blog

One thing you may not know about me is that I am a writer. More specifically, I’m a freelance writer. This means I can have several clients at once, work from home in my underwear, and set my own hours. It is basically like being a prostitute, but with less stringent hygiene requirements.

DEMO: Primal Pages for Publishers finds Web content for businesses

Primal is one of 70 companies chosen by VentureBeat to launch at the DEMO Fall 2010 event taking place this week in Silicon Valley. After our selection, the companies pay a fee to present. Our coverage of them remains objective.

OpenSky helps bloggers sell goods directly to readers

A company opening up to the public today, OpenSky, hopes to give news blogs a way to make money beyond plain old advertising. It’s allowing niche media businesses to sell products directly to readers and earn a revenue share.

VentureBeat named most influential business blog

[EMBED1]We’ve seen several attempts to rank blogs by influence, traffic or other measures. Public relations are among the groups that like producing such lists. They often send us these lists hoping we’ll link to the study to give it some publicity. Well, this time I’ll bite.