Terms and the status of the deal couldn't be learned, the Journal says.
TechCrunch, a high-profile blog out of Silicon Valley, often has been discussed as a possible acquisition target, the newspaper notes. It was founded in 2005.
AOL and TechCrunch held acquisition talks a few years ago, according to people familiar with the matter, and there is no guarantee a deal could take place this time.The latest round of talks, the Journal notes, comes as TechCrunch's founder, blogger Michael Arrington, has expressed his frustration with blogging and last year took a break from it. It also comes as online publishers have continued to question the profitability of Web news outlets like blogs, which rely heavily on advertising. A spokeswoman for TechCrunch declined to comment for the Journal, while a representative for AOL couldn't be reached for comment. -- Written by Joseph Woelfel
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