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MSN and Freeserve in numbers squabble

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Freeserve has accused MSN of fiddling the figures in the latest batch of number crunchings from Net pollster MMXI Europe.

The figures show that MSN is the most popular Web destination in Britain, jumping ahead of Yahoo! and pushing Freeswerve into third place.

A spokesman for Freeserve claimed MSN had massaged its figures by adding more sites under its MSN banner.

Gillian Kent, head of marketing for MSN UK, retaliated and told one newspaper that its success was due, in part, to its improved search engine.

"Figures don't grow 17 per cent because of a new search engine," snapped the Freeserve spinster to The Register.

Kent said that if Freeserve had a problem, it should go and talk to MMXI. ®

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