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AOL CEO Tim Armstrong Speaks (Though He's a Cagey One)!

Here is a video interview I did today with AOL CEO Tim Armstrong in Germany–really!–where we both were appearing at a digital marketing conference.

In it, the former Google (GOOG) exec talked about a range of things, including the possibility of charging for content, innovating in the graphical advertising market, competition with Yahoo (YHOO) and the upcoming spinoff of the Time Warner (TWX) unit.

But Armstrong did not talk about merging or other big search deals with other companies–including Microsoft (MSFT), which I wrote about here, along with AOL’s search for directors.

In the interview, I also insulted the famous AOL yellow running man, even though the mascot icon apparently just won “a vote to be inducted into the Advertising Walk of Fame, beating out 25 rivals, including Ronald McDonald and the Vlasic Stork,” according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.

There must be hope yet for AOL if it bested a pickle-loving bird and a freaky clown.

Here’s the interview:


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work