MSN Sidewalk sale suspected

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Microsoft Corp.'s MSN Sidewalk has implemented a hiring freeze, according to an executive close to the company, sparking speculation Microsoft is planning to sell the online city guide. One likely buyer is said to be Ticketmaster Online-CitySearch. A spokeswoman at Ticketmaster Online-CitySearch declined to comment. Microsoft did not return calls by press time.

Copyright July 1999, Crain Communications Inc.

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