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We received an interesting phone call recently from a positively fluffy PR person asking for an update on the AltaVista/Free Internet Group (FIG) court case.

"And why would that be?" we asked.

"Well," said bunnykins, "we want to do a presentation on crisis management."

The little fluffy wuffy bunny wabbit explained that she wanted to use the AltaVista incident (you know the one, they say they're going to operate unmetered Net access in the UK, don't, but pretend they have until they finally get rumbled) to show how not to run a PR campaign.

Seems fair. After all, some good's got to come out of the AltaVista scam. And the information about the ongoing court case was just ensure all the loose ends were tied, she said.

Anyhow, the conversation came to an abrupt end when the little fluffy wuffy bunny wabbit said where she was calling from.

"You want us to tell you about how AltaVista's court case is going with FIG?" we asked.

"Yes, that's right," said the wabbit.

"Why don't you go ask your client?" we said. "Surely, if anyone knows, they should."

Silence.

And we thought it was only The Register that bites the hand that feeds it. ®

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