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“Spurred by the popularity of MySpace, News Corp. sites have overtaken Yahoo sites as the most viewed by U.S. Internet users, according to new industry data cited by News Corp. on Tuesday,” [from News.com]. The ranking is debated heavily, mostly by Yahoo, who are reluctant to relinquish the title.

MySpace and Yahoo continue to battle each other in the world’s biggest popularity contest. And it’s actually a very close race. Microsoft pulled up a distant third place, racking up only about a third of the visits NewsCorp and Yahoo reached. Not making the top three was Google. It seems Google and Microsoft missed the boat on purchasing MySpace, especially as a means to compete with Yahoo.

What will happen, I wonder, when MySpace starts offering Yahoo-style services: email, messaging, searches, news, etc? You know… grown-up stuff.