Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a diminutive yet towering women’s rights champion who became the court’s second female justice, died Friday at her home in Washington. She was 87.

Ginsburg died of complications from metastatic pancreatic cancer, the court said.

Ginsburg announced in July that she was undergoing chemotherapy treatment for lesions on her liver, the latest of her several battles with cancer.

Ginsburg spent her final years on the bench as the unquestioned leader of the court’s liberal wing and became something of a rock star to her admirers. Young women especially seemed to embrace the court’s Jewish grandmother, affectionately calling her the Notorious RBG, for her defense of the rights of women and minorities, and the strength and resilience she displayed in the face of personal loss and health crises.

Those health issues included five bouts with cancer beginning in 1999, falls that resulted in broken ribs, … Read more

In the global sprint to find a COVID-19 vaccine, we’ve seen the world embrace approaches that would have previously been considered unthinkable, from spending billions on untested technologies to compressing clinical trials from years to months. 

These bold steps may be exactly what the world needs to find a vaccine even one day sooner. But unless we bring the same kind of urgency, inventiveness, and investment to vaccine distribution as we have to vaccine development, our attempts to end the COVID-19 pandemic will fail.

Why does delivering the one thing everyone in the world needs merit such an audacious approach? Because vaccines are delicate things; they require near-perfection in our ability to deliver them. 

The COVID-19 vaccine, like most vaccines, will need to be kept cold, fixed within a precise temperature range from the moment it leaves the manufacturer to the moment it’s administered. 

This is hard even in rich … Read more

Sony said the latest version of its gaming console, the highly anticipated PlayStation 5, will go on sale Nov. 12 in the U.S. for $500, matching the price on Microsoft’s upcoming Xbox Series X as the two companies prepare to battle for market share this this holiday season.

Sony will also release a digital edition of the PS5 for $400, the Tokyo-based company said at a virtual event Wednesday. That version doesn’t have a disc drive and requires customers to purchase and download games digitally.

Price tends to be a significant factor in the success of a video game console. Historically, the less-expensive systems sell more units, driving an increase in revenue from games.

Console games have been priced at $60 since the early 2000s, but that appears to be changing. Take-Two Interactive Software had previously announced that the next entry in its NBA 2K series would retail for $70 on … Read more

Cloud-data software maker Snowflake priced its initial public offering at $120 a share, above the marketed range, according to a person familiar with the matter who asked not to be identified.

The San Mateo, Calif.-based company planned to sell 28 million shares for $100 to $110 each, a range that was boosted from $75 to $85, according to filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Snowflake, founded in 2012, is a rare challenger to Amazon as a provider of public cloud storage and services. In the fiscal year that ended Jan. 31, Snowflake’s revenue soared 174% to $264.7 million compared with the previous fiscal year, the company reported. In the sixth months that ended July 31, sales were $242 million, a 133% year-over-year increase.

The offering is being led by Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley. Snowflake’s shares are expected to begin trading Wednesday on the New York … Read more

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As business software giant Oracle tries to become “a trusted technology provider” for social media phenomenon TikTok, users of the app shared a similar reaction: Oracle who?

Oracle, the enterprise software company, confirmed on Monday that it was part of a high-profile bid for TikTok, which was facing a looming deadline imposed by the U.S. government to sell. The U.S. and China still have to confirm the deal, which stops short of an actual sale, before the it can be completed.

The agreement has some industry analysts scratching their heads. Why would a legacy enterprise software company chase TikTok, a social media app made popular by teens who create viral dance challenges? The answer has some analysts speculating that Oracle wants to serve as TikTok’s cloud … Read more