Culture Clashes Tear at AOL

The current clash between Arianna Huffington and Michael Arrington over management of the TechCrunch blog is a public flashpoint in the ongoing drama over the fate of AOL Inc.

But it belies a deeper problem the company is grappling with: a culture of clashing fiefs and personalities created by a rapid series of acquisitions that haven’t jelled, according to a dozen current and former employees.

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