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Saturday, 23 July 2011

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According to sources, Mark Lowton at the Spoof has put in a bid for the News of the World domain name

The News of the World newspaper maybe no more, but the domain lives on, as these things tend to in Cyberspace.

Now the domain is up for sale.

"We don't need it," said James Murdoch of News International. "It's a kind of albatross now. We want rid."

Currently the website is displaying a pithy goodbye message about charity and love and happiness.

"It is ripe for somebody to take it over and fill it full of sleaze, lies and shoddy journalism," said Murdoch's heir and eldest son. "It's not had any for a week."

According to sources at RIPE, the British Internet body, there is something of a bidding war brewing for the domain.

"We've had thirty enquiries," said Ian Ternet, communications officer at RIPE. "Normally, we get one. And let them have it. This is something of a novel situation for us."

One of the leading bidders for the domain name is the Sun on Sunday (which is considering a name change to SUNday), which is also bidding for the Sunday Sport's UK address.

"We want as many random surfers as possible," said Rebecah 'Not her, my name is spelled different' Brookes, chief editor at the SunDAY. "People type in the URL, and expect sleaze and celebs, and that's what they get, but it's our adverts that get seen, and our pockets that get lined. I'd say everybody's a winner, but it's such a cliché and as a tabloid journalist I have to avoid clichés and use smut instead. So everyone's a Charlie Sheen."

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