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InfoSpace WebFetch First in Europe to Add MSN Search

11 August 2005, London, UK

InfoSpace’s WebFetch.com First in Europe to Add MSN Search

InfoSpace Search & Directory Sign Deal With MSN Search - With Addition of MSN Search, WebFetch.com Users Can Efficiently Find More of The Web’s Most Relevant Search Results in One Place


InfoSpace Search & Directory http://www.infospaceinc.com, a leading Web search and online directory services provider, today announce that search results from MSN Search are now available on its metasearch engine WebFetch http://www.webfetch.com for Europe.

By becoming the first in Europe to combine results from the four leading search engines – MSN http://search.msn.com, Google http://www.google.com, Yahoo! http://www.yahoo.com and Ask Jeeves http://www.ask.comWebFetch.com gives consumers the most comprehensive view of the web and helps them efficiently retrieve the most relevant results.

Dominic Trigg, Vice President of Search & Directory at InfoSpace Europe explains, “With continued explosive growth of online search, MSN Search is a terrific addition to our metasearch capability. As the only provider to have relationships with all four of the most popular algorithms, we are able to offer a search solution uniquely designed to provide end users with the most relevant results and support our partners’ business agendas.”

Most people believe search results across all four engines are the same, when, in fact, the vast majority of the results from each engine are different. A new study conducted by InfoSpace’s Dogpile.com in the US, in conjunction with researchers at the University of Pittsburgh and the Pennsylvania State University evaluated 12,570 random queries run on MSN Search, Google, Yahoo! and Ask Jeeves. It found only 1.1% of first page results were the same across all four engines. The full results of the study can be found at http://CompareSearchEngines.dogpile.com/whitepaper.

Trigg continues, “InfoSpace’s metasearch product allows its private-label partners to deliver a differentiated search experience that their customers can’t find at any single engine. By bringing together the top results in one place, InfoSpace’s partners are able to deliver top quality results under their own brand and generate superior monetization.”

InfoSpace has built a tool that allows consumers to compare the results of the leading engines for themselves. The new comparison search tool can be found at http://missingpieces.webfetch.com.

InfoSpace’s Dogpile.com, which primarily caters for the US search market, added MSN last week.

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This press release in available in PDF, plain text and Word formats. Photographs are available of the InfoSpace team.

The media spokespeople for InfoSpace are Dominic Trigg, Vice President of Search & Directory and John Thornhill, Director of Business Development for Search & Directory at InfoSpace Europe.

About InfoSpace
http://www.infospaceinc.com

InfoSpace is a leader in mobile entertainment, private-label search and online directory. The company is comprised of two divisions — Search & Directory and Mobile.

The InfoSpace Search & Directory division uses unique metasearch technology to provide Internet search and directory services. The mobile division offers wireless solutions that help customers build stronger brands and generate incremental revenue. InfoSpace enable delivery of information and entertainment services to consumers, while creating opportunities for partners, advertisers and content publishers.

About InfoSpace Search & Directory
http://www.infospaceinc.com/search

InfoSpace Search & Directory markets Web search and online directory products that help users find the information they need while creating revenue opportunities for merchants. InfoSpace Search & Directory operates a family of Internet properties that includes WebFetch (http://www.webfetch.com), Dogpile (http://www.dogpile.com), Switchboard (http://www.switchboard.com), WebCrawler (http://www.webcrawler.com), InfoSpace.com (http://www.infospace.com) and MetaCrawler (http://www.metacrawler.com). InfoSpace Search & Directory also powers Web search, along with online yellow and white pages, for a variety of Web sites. InfoSpace Search & Directory is a business of InfoSpace, Inc. (NASDAQ:INSP)

About MSN
http://www.msn.com

MSN attracts more than 380 million unique users worldwide per month. With localized versions available globally in 40 markets and 20 languages, MSN is a world leader in delivering Web services to consumers and online advertising opportunities to businesses worldwide. The most useful and innovative online service today, MSN brings consumers everything they need from the Web to make the most of their time online. MSN is located on the Web at http://www.msn.com. MSN worldwide sites are located at http://www.msn.com/worldwide.ashx.


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