Quick Takes, March 13th

Part of a series of simple internal newsletters I did for a client, posted here early 2015 but back-dated to the original dates.

“Amazon.com, along with 3DLT announced a partnership in which Amazon will begin, offering for sale, 3D printed items on demand. 3DLT will be the first company to offer 3D printed products on the world’s largest e-commerce website. Amazon has plans to also partner with four other companies on this project in the immediate future.” —Amazon Teams With 3DLT to Offer 3D Printed Items

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“Alex Calderwood had a knack for predicting a trend—from dance clubs to barbershops to a string of hipster hotels. Then, last autumn, he was found dead in his new London hangout, the Ace Hotel in Shoreditch. What happened?” —Alex Calderwood: The Cool Hunter

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For the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Web, it's inventor Tim Berners-Lee is calling for an internet bill of rights, a Magna Carta, "a statement of principles he hopes will be supported by public institutions, government officials and corporations." —An online Magna Carta

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Venture investors have a new-found love for news and are investing in new projects. —Why venture capitalists are suddenly investing in newsNate Silver on the Launch of ESPN’s New FiveThirtyEightJournalism startups aren't a revolution if they're filled with all these white men

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Google’s flu predictions are often trotted out as examples of the power of big data and predictive algorithms—they have now been proven wrong three years in a row. —Google Flu Trends gets it wrong three years running

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“In its meticulous creation of the State of Zubrowka, Wes Anderson's latest film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, is a typographic treat. The film's lead graphic designer Annie Atkins was responsible for every graphic prop in the movie.” —Designing for The Grand Budapest Hotel

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A beautiful visualization of air traffic over Europe, mostly centred on the UK. Especially interesting to look at the “loops” of flights approaching airports. —Europe 24