3 mn read Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE) and BioNTech SE (Nasdaq: BNTX) today announced positive data evaluating the safety, tolerability, and immunogenicity of two Omicron-adapted COVID-19 vaccine candidates: one monovalent and the other bivalent, a combination of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine and a vaccine candidate targeting the spike protein of the Omicron BA.1 variant of concern. Data from the Phase 2/3 trial found that a booster dose of both Omicron-adapted vaccine candidates elicited a substantially higher immune response against Omicron BA.1 as compared to the companies’ current COVID-19 vaccine. The robust immune response was seen across two investigational dose levels, 30 µg and 60 µg.
10 mn read Spirit Airlines, Inc. (“Spirit” or the “Company”) (NYSE: SAVE) today announced the signing of a second amendment (the “Amended Agreement”) to its previously announced merger agreement with Frontier Group Holdings, Inc. (“Frontier”) (NASDAQ: ULCC), parent company of Frontier Airlines, Inc., dated February 5, 2022.
4 mn read Apple sits on top of the Kantar BrandZ Most Valuable Global Brands 2022 ranking and is on track to become the first trillion-dollar brand. With a brand value of $947.1bn, Apple stands out for its high degree of differentiation and continued diversification across its hardware, software and services portfolio. Google moves up to second place and is one of the fastest risers in the ranking, increasing its brand value by 79% to $819.6bn. Google’s suite of work and productivity apps have made it an essential part of consumers’ lives worldwide.
< 1 mn read Current and former employees are speaking out against the company’s “Workplace Activity Data Utility” (WADU). Implemented in 2020, the system is designed to collect a variety of data points to support “business efficiency, resiliency and workplace health and safety.” Statements on the company intranet indicate the information “may not be used for any other purposes.”
< 1 mn read Leaked internal memos from State Farm revealed the company’s plans to partner with the GenderCool Project to provide books with LGBT themes to teachers and other community institutions with a focus on children starting in Kindergarten. Jose Soto, State Farm’s Corporate Responsibility Analyst, described the goal of the program as “to increase representation of LGBTQ+ books and support out communities in having challenging, important and empowering conversations with children Age 5+.”
3 mn read Bash, a new platform for desktop and web game developers to finance and distribute video games, put out a call out to developers to join its inaugural cohort. Bash’s intent is to make financing, publication, distribution and ownership in online PC game development more fair and open. Game developers can apply now to participate in Bash’s program in which admitted developers will have Bash’s exclusive support in funding, testing, and marketing their video game.
2 mn read Yesterday, LEGOLAND® California Resort debuted its newest attraction, LEGO® Ferrari Build and Race. Capitalizing on the increased popularity of Formula 1 racing (with viewership up 56% compared to 2020), the new attraction puts visitors in the driver’s seat with cutting-edge digital technology that guests have never experienced at any other LEGOLAND theme park in the world.
< 1 mn read In response to the Biden administration’s creation of the Disinformation Governance Board, AGs from 20 states say they’ll head to court if the new board is not dissolved. They maintain that the board will violate citizens’ First Amendment rights. Among the states involved are Texas, Florida, Kentucky, and Virginia.