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Armstrong's Message To The AOL Troops: Google Gave Me Their Blessing

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imageIncoming AOL CEO Tim Armstrong told staffers at the company’s former Dulles, Va., headquarters today that his former employer is committed to maintaining its relationship with AOL (NYSE: TWX). The two companies have seemed farther apart lately; earlier today, AOL severed its ties to DoubleClick and opted to use its AdTech unit as its in-house ad server. Meanwhile, stay tuned for news on Armstrong’s successor as Google (NSDQ: GOOG) is moving faster with that announcement than expected.

As AllThingsD’s Kara Swisher already detailed, the two special guests that Armstrong brought with him– past AOL luminaries Steve Case and former AOL vice chairman Ted Leonsis. The two received cheers from the 1,000 attendees, some of whom perhaps remember when the company was less embattled than it is today. He plans to make a similar address to AOL staffers in the New York office tomorrow.

Tim as St. Patrick?: On his personal blog, Ted’s Take, Leonsis uses the story of St. Patrick’s Day to illustrate what Armstrong faces. Noting that St. Patrick was called a missionary and that he was deemed “lucky” that fate intervened each of the three times he was sentenced to death, Leonsis said Armstrong will need to be an evangelist for AOL and he certainly better have plenty of luck. Lastly, like the three-leaf clover that symbolizes the day, AOL just needs to concentrate on three things: products, customers and people. The last two items on the list seem like the same thing, but in order to make a metaphor work, I suppose sometimes you have to stretch things a bit.

Armstrong’s full comments after the jump.

The main point Armstrong’s talk sought to reassure AOL staffers that he wasn’t so much of an outsider and that Google was not the enemy going forward. Armstrong: “I wanted to say thank you to Google. I flew out to Mt. View at the beginning of last week and I sat down with Larry [Page, co-founder, president of products], Eric [Schmidt, CEO] and Sergey [Brin, co-founder, president of technology] and I said to them, ‘I think maybe it

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