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Video: AOL's Hyperactive CEO Tim Armstrong Talks About What's Next

AOL CEO Tim Armstrong has certainly had a very busy year, from the continued massive restructuring of the troubled Internet portal to ziggy-zaggy strategic shifts in content and advertising to a series of frenetic acquisitions, capped by the $315 million purchase of the Huffington Post earlier this year.

Also, let’s not forget all those fabulous appearances with the mediagenic Arianna Huffington.

So, it was nice to get Armstrong to calm down for a minute–before he headed off for an off-site in Half Moon Bay, Calif., with his senior staff–and talk about how AOL plans to digest all those things.

That’s especially important, since Wall Street is still wondering about that, too. A lot, in fact, with AOL shares down 29 percent year over year, which is not exactly a shining endorsement by investors of Armstrong’s tenure.

Presumably, he’ll be explaining it all when the company reports its first-quarter earnings in a week, on May 4.

Until then, here’s his video interview with BoomTown:


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