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Dutch publisher VNU has coughed up £16 million to get involved with Randsatd Holding, the owners of job site newmonday.com, thanks to a hideous URL cock-up last year.

The company has marketed and invested heavily in its own IT job site, jobworld.co.uk, but forgot to register jobworld.com, which was gladly snapped up by IDG. The way the Internet world works means that for all the millions pumped into the .co.uk site, a sizeable proportion of those interested went straight to jobworld.com.

To extricate itself from this monster error, it has eventually found a (costly) solution in the form of newmonday.com. What does £16 million buy you? A mirror site of jobworld.co.uk as newmonday's UK branch. Just goes to show it really does pay to think before you leap. ®

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