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Fittingly for a laptop that’s marketed on its thin and sleek looks, Dell’s Adamo appears to be getting a thinner and sleeker Web location. The computer maker currently has all of the information on Adamo (think MacBook Air) loaded onto the somewhat clunky address of That is in the process of changing as Dell has reportedly purchased the site from a cyber-squatter.

While there hasn’t been any official word from Dell, visitors to are automatically loaded onto the site. Dell reportedly purchased the URL from YummyNames, a division of Canadian publicly traded company Tucows. (For the record, Dell’s market capitalization of $19bn is some 730 times larger than Tucows’, which stands at just $26m on the Amex.)

Whatever the details of the deal, we highly doubt that Dell’s reported purchase Monday of the Web address will have anything in common with the last URL pickup we highlighted. Back in November, we noted that National Lampoon snared for a few thousand dollars. Just a month later, National Lampoon was rocked by charges from the US Securities and Exchange Commission alleging conspiracy and securities fraud. Former CEO Dan Laikin has been arrested and is waiting to stand trial.