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An issue that would not have risen should the current Google had chosen to be a part of the polite society. Which they clearly decided not to join.

I find it quite amusing, that after Google spent almost four months defending their position that videos on YouTube teaching users how to remove our watermark from our photos (protecting our intellectual property) are non-removable, one of the authors of the videos withdrew it, immediately after he has learned of the issue.

An information which is not in this article, is comment by the spokesperson by Google Czech Republic. She said that Google provided CTK with directions to proceed correctly in this case so it is possible to investigate and solve it. Well, they did not, they said this:

We’ve reviewed your request, and we didn’t find grounds to restrict the URL(s) at issue under our legal policies.

Article in Czech:


Usualy I read how useless Facebook is for “spreading the message”. But here is an interesting study how to work with Insights data to grow the organic reach. By Jim Belosic at Search Engine Journal.

Let Your Facebook Organic Reach Grow in a Month | SEJ.

Drones are used not only to kill, but also to capture – news footage and other creative stuff. Quite a few European News Agencies now own or use a drone for photography and video.

This example is worth seing. Almost 30 years after one of the biggest industrial catastrophies of all time: A Drone Over Chernobyl – 3 minutes.


Jeff Tomin gave his five tips on how to respond to negative reviews online in an article on Shelly Palmer’s blog: 5 Quick Tips on How to Respond to Negative Reviews Online — Shelly Palmer.

While one can devise any number of quick tips, the most important is – as Jeff Tomin writes – to understand that while responding we speak not only to the one unhappy customer but to all and most importantly to many prospective customers.

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Journalists often claim that social media, such as Twitter and Facebook, have become important news sources, but have they? Researchers from Charles University in Prague studied Czech media to establish to what extent traditional journalistic methods are being replaced by social media platforms. More on the study here

Presenting the awards to the masters of Czech press photography… Looking forward to next year.


PRAGUE, Nov 20, Reuter – The official Czechoslovak news agency showed an unprecedented openness in reporting on Monday’s demonstration by more than 100,000 people calling for the ousting of hardline Communist leader Milos Jakes.

The CTK agency had previously described participants at smaller protests as anti-socialist forces, often adding that criminal elements were involved. But it said Monday’s protest was carried out by “non-aggressive” students.

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Před čtvrt stoletím se účastnil protestů proti režimu, a to jako fotograf tehdejší Československé tiskové kanceláře. “Kdyby člověk neochutnal, jak je zle, tak by nevěděl, jak je dobře. Jsem velmi rád, že jsem u toho byl,” říká Michal Doležal, i dnes fotograf ČTK.
Celý rozhovor na webu ČT24:


Politico quotes new policy in effect now at the New York Times:

“[S]tarting now, we want to draw a clear line on this. Citing Times policy, reporters should say no if a source demands, as a condition of an interview, that quotes be submitted afterward to the source or a press aide to review, approve or edit,” the new policy states.

The reason given by the NYT is unreasonable pressure on their correspondents to edit quotes after they were give and recorded. This, of course, is unacceptable, however I was under the impression that it was never allowed for sources to change what they actually said, only to check that quotes are accurate and not used out of context. That is, at least, our policy.

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