“Your net worth to the world is usually determined by what remains after your bad habits are subtracted from your good ones.”
– Benjamin Franklin 


Solar storm could light up the sky over U.S. tonight: How to see the Northern Lights  A solar storm is due to reach Earth tonight, and it might just light up the skies near you. If you live in the northern tier of the U.S., look upwards Thursday and Friday and you could spot the northern lights. On Monday, the sun belched out a slew of charged particles in a moderate solar flare. These particles are now making their way towards Earth.   - Newsweek

‘Cars Are to Us What Books Are to Amazon,’ Uber CEO Says  Ultimately, Uber’s business is getting people from “point A to point B,” he said at a Goldman Sachs-hosted event on Wednesday. Achieving such goals means the company will continue to lose money, he acknowledged, a day after Uber reported a loss of $4.5 billion for 2017 on $7.5 billion in net revenue. To drive home his point, Khosrowshahi compared Uber to Amazon on more than one occasion. While Amazon had almost $178 billion in sales in 2017, net income was $2.24 billion. “Cars are to us what books are to Amazon,” he said. Khosrowshahi said that by 2023, he could imagine Uber providing the entire transportation network for a city.  - Bloomberg

Ikea Wants To Replace Your Crappy Posters With Real Art  While Ikea’s budget prints currently leave a lot to be desired, that’s soon to change. The Scandinavian furniture giant has signed a deal with camera manufacturer Hasselblad, to feature eight new prints by the company’s elite photographer pool. The new collection will feature both portraits and natural landscapes by Dmitry Ageev, Lars van de Goor, Hans Strand, Bára Prášilová, Ali Rajabi, Tom D. Jones, and Joachim Schmeisser.   - Co.Design

Amazon surpasses Microsoft in market value for the first time  Amazon's market value — its closing share price multiplied by the number of shares outstanding — rose to $702.5 billion on Wednesday, and for the first time passed Microsoft, which is worth $699.2 billion as of the close of trading. Only Apple and Alphabet are now ahead of Amazon among the most valuable companies in the world.  - CNBC

Jacob Zuma resigns as South Africa's President, mired in corruption scandal  Jacob Zuma has quit as President of South Africa, finally succumbing to a slew of corruption scandals that have drained support from his ruling African National Congress party. The announcement came after the ANC took the extraordinary step of calling for a no-confidence vote in the leader on Wednesday, a day after it publicly demanded his resignation.  - CNN

UK blames Russia for cyber attack, says won't tolerate disruption  Britain blamed Russia on Thursday for a cyber-attack last year, publicly pointing the finger at Moscow for spreading a virus which disrupted companies across Europe including UK-based Reckitt Benckiser. The so-called NotPetya attack in June started in Ukraine where it crippled government and business computers before spreading around the world, halting operations at ports, factories and offices.  - Reuters

Tech Luminary Peter Thiel Parts Ways With Silicon Valley  Billionaire investor Peter Thiel is relocating his home and personal investment firms to Los Angeles from San Francisco and scaling back his involvement in the tech industry, people familiar with his thinking said, marking a rupture between Silicon Valley and its most prominent conservative. Mr. Thiel has also discussed with people close to him the possibility of resigning from the board of Facebook Inc.   - WSJ

These Are The 13 Virtues That Benjamin Came Up With When He Was 20 to Becomea A Better Person
Creating one's own set of definitive principles to live by is an activity commonly shared by extremely successful people, and good ole' Benny Franklin - one of the most famous public, motivational, and self-improvement espousing public figures, is no exception. His accomplishments are clearly strong evidence to follow his lead. 
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