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NEWSLETTER
May 2007

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Google looking like Big Brother?

Zero Tolerance Take Control

Email (very) big files - free

Visitor's Day at BNI


 

Google looking like Big Brother?
The deal that Google won from under the noses of Microsoft, now faces a review from the US Federal Trade Commission.

In April, Microsoft won control of DoubleClick, an online advertising company, in a deal worth £1.6bn. Several industry rivals, including Microsoft, have raised objections to the deal on the grounds that it gives Google too much information about our surfing habits and also that a conflict arises because they are both a seller and buyer of online advertising.

So far, nothing seems to have stopped Google's dominance, but maybe the FTC will put the brakes on this deal.

The story...
 
Welcome to the May newsletter, slightly late due to a small networking problem at our ISP. I have written to Mr Branson.....

  • Zero Tolerance Take Control
  • We've recently completed a job for the Zero Tolerance Charitable Trust, an organisation that campaigns for the prevention of male violence against women and children.

    They have a great website, designed by our friends at Waterbomb. However their news, campaign and event information change very frequently and they wanted to be able to update it themselves. A perfect scenario for the Blot Content Management System!

    We fitted our CMS to the existing website and now they can look after their own updates instantaneously.

    So, remember if you want to take control of a site you run, we can retrofit our CMS to almost any website, just ask us how.

    Go to the Zero Tolerance website....
  • Email (very) big files - free
  • For companies and individuals who often need to email large files here's a great free service Colin Read at Davidson Read Associates told us about.

    It's called MailBigFile. If your ISP puts a cap on the size of files you're allowed to send, it will let you send files up to 100mb in size - at no charge.

    And there are Pro and Business versions (of course they're not free) that will let you send up to 2Gb and brand with your own company logo.

    Try it out now ...
  • Visitor's Day at BNI
  • Blot Design is a member of BNI, the most successful business networking group in the world.

    Each week we meet to exchange and refer business between our members. It's a great way of doing business (only one company from any business area can join, so there is no competition between members).

    We're always looking for businesses to join our group and we are having a Visitor's Day this Thursday (7th June).

    There will be around 40 people there, all interested in growing their business.

    Here's some of the business categories we are aiming to fill:

    • Public Relations
    • Architect
    • Travel Agent
    • Physio
    • Chiropractor
    • Shop
    • Vehicle Leasing
    • Office Supplies
    • Interior Designer
    • Sign Maker
    If you'd like to attend as a guest and see if the meeting could work for your business, please get in touch.

    Interested in joining BNI?
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