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Czech content creators and publishers are signing contracts with Google to have their material featured in the Google News Showcase.  First reported on by Lupa.cz, the San Fransisco-based tech overlords announced on their European Twitter account that they had signed deals with “The UK, Germany, Czechia, and elsewhere.” Google News is an application within the Google platform that pays media publications for the right to feature their stories. This isn’t yet available in the Czech Republic, and most Czechs just use the homepage at Seznam.cz as their own version of Google News. According to Lupa.cz’s sources, Czech publishers have already signed contracts with Google to get their content featured.  “We are already negotiating with publishers in the Czech Republic. SomeRead more.

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While it doesn’t mean the immediate reopening of stores, the Czech Constitutional Court has rescinded the ban on retail stores, declaring it unlawful under the constitution.  A coalition of Czech senators opposing the coronavirus shutdowns convinced judges that the restrictions on businesses were confusing, discriminatory, and needlessly harmful to business owners and entrepreneurs.  They argue that the restrictions are ostensibly being made up as they go along, making it so that business owners and entrepreneurs have no idea whether or not their product or service is banned, or about to be banned. “For example, are pillows and sheets, or a vacuum cleaner, or curtains, or a blender, or dishes or other things like that ‘essential’ for normal household needs? There’sRead more.

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The Charles Bridge in Prague is a celebrity in its own right. An iconic part of the city’s landscape, it has been a star in international movies, the location for many photoshoots, and it is an absolute must-see sight for tourists. However, the Charles Bridge is a relatively modern addition to Prague compared to the city’s history. Considering that the Prague Castle was built in the 9th century, the Charles Bridges’ 1357 birth year means that Prague was without it for almost as long as it has existed. So, what came before the Charles Bridge? Before the Charles Bridge, there was the Judith Bridge. Named after King Vladislav II’s wife, Queen Judith, the Judith Bridge was built in the 12thRead more.