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Need To Now (NTK), "*the* weekly high-tech sarcastic update for the uk",has been at it for ages, the-which-dotcom- company-is-going-to-die-next game.

It even has a spoof award, the Falco (named after the crap dead Austrian musician of Rock me Amadeus fame), doled out to people who correctly forecast the demise of companies.

In this week's issue, the-bullet.com (moribund)and recordtv.com (back in the cupboard), are Falcoed.

NTK fails however, to exploit the full potential of this 21st century parlour game (tough British libel laws, other things to do and all that).

For that we can turn to two vicious additions to the small but select band of dotcom Schadenfreudians. Welcome to dotcomfailures (motto: kick-em while they're down) and Fuckedcompany.com, which is similar to dotcomfailures. Only with more swearing.

Both are Weblogs linking to press releases and stories about dead or dying dotcoms, and both encourage readers to post rumours about companies on their bulletin boards.

Fuckedcompany.com appears to be doing this for love rather than money: dotcomfailures is taking ads. The former also makes for more entertaining reading. Here's an example.

Oh god, make it stop

Flake.com was a portal for breakfast cereal. I don't think you heard me. FLAKE.COM WAS A PORTAL FOR BREAKFAST CEREAL. I like breakfast cereal like the next guy, but sites like these make me so angry - not to mention VCs who support crap like this. "I'm discouraged, and I'm essentially broke" says the founder.

Then there is what fuckedcompany.com describes as:

The best press release ever

Official press release: "All of the directors and officers of U.S. Digital Communications, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: USDI) have resigned, effective immediately. Presently the company has no employees, officers, or directors. The corporation has no assets, no revenues, and no money to continue in business. In addition, the corporation does not have the capability to transact business in the future."

Marvellous. Any more Schadenfreudian sites out there? Email us your links, and we'll do our best to make sure they get a wider audience. ®

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