“The key to pursuing excellence is to embrace an organic, long-term learning process, and not to live in a shell of static, safe mediocrity. Usually, growth comes at the expense of previous comfort or safety.” 
Josh Waitzkin

China's Tencent buys 12 percent stake in Snapchat owner  Snap shares had slumped nearly 20 percent earlier after disappointing Wall Street with much-slower-than expected advertising revenue and user growth on Tuesday. They recovered to trade down just 2 percent at $14.80 in premarket trading following news that China’s Tencent now holds a 12 percent stake in Snapchat . - Reuters

$300m in Ether cryptocurrency accidentally stolen and lost forever due to bug  More than $300m of cryptocurrency has been lost after a series of bugs in a popular digital wallet service led one curious developer to accidentally take control of and then lock up the funds. - Guardian

Amazon Push Into Private-Label Sportswear Makes Quiet Debut  Amazon is now selling at least two new product lines -- Rebel Canyon and Peak Velocity -- that appear to be internal brands, according to analysis by business-intelligence firm L2 Inc. The e-commerce giant is adding the apparel as part of an effort to fill gaps in its lineup, rather than counting on big sports brands to offer their merchandise on Amazon, according to L2 analyst Cooper Smith. - Bloomberg

Uber’s ‘flying cars’ could arrive in LA by 2020  Uber has signed a Space Act Agreement with NASA to create a brand-new air traffic control system to manage low-flying, possibly autonomous aircraft. Here’s what it’ll be like to ride one - The Verge

Twitter officially doubles character count, says most 280 testers didn’t use it  The social networking service's character limit has now officially doubled for all of its Roman-alphabet users. - Ars Technica

UPS Joins Top Alliance To Create Blockchain Standards For Logistics  UPS announces that it has joined the Blockchain in Trucking Alliance. UPS sees the need to create industry standards and protocols to enable blockchain platforms to operate together with established technologies. - Seeking Alpha

Lowe's is bringing 'smart home' centers to its stores just in time for the holidays  On Tuesday, the home improvement retailer unveiled plans to launch so-called stores within its stores, in a partnership with b8ta, to sell and educate shoppers on smart home products. - CNBC
  200 Universities Just Released 600 Free Courses. Here They Are. 
Neural Networks & Deep Learning? Check. Algorithms: Design & Analysis? Check. A Global History of Architecture? Check. 3D Models for Virtual Reality? Triple Check. (Get it?) Basically, if it's a thing, there's a course on it. And seriously, take a second and think about the insane amount of opportunity that there is to learn anything, in a structured manner, from a top school. That just didn't really exist 5-10 years ago. So don't take it for granted, just take advantage. 
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