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A gaggle of US dotcom journalists have taken the unlikely step of working for free.

More than 100 journalists and marketing staff have volunteered to keep showing up at the offices of APBnews.com, even though the company cannot pay them.

Investors are saying that APBnews.com, an online crime news and information site, must find a media partner to support it. A mixture of venture capitalists have already poured $27 million (£18 million) into the service, which is not earmarked to make a profit until 2002 four years after it launched.

The Guardian reports staff have been working without wages for a week now, supporting APBnews.com chairman Marshall Davidson while he tries to save the company.

Register staff are questioning what all the fuss is about. We've been working for the love of the job, along with a little beer money, for years.®

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