Web Finds — January 18, 2023

70% of drugs advertised on TV are of “low therapeutic value,” study finds

“Some new drugs sell themselves with impressive safety and efficacy data. For others, well, there are television commercials. According to a new study, a little over 70 percent of prescription drugs advertised on television were rated as having “low therapeutic value,” meaning they offer little benefit compared with drugs already on the market.”

Can We Talk About How We Talk About the Weather?

“Scientists are in consensus on the increasing frequency of extreme weather events — the blizzard in Buffalo, flooding in Montecito, Calif., prolonged drought in East Africa — and their worrisome impacts. At the Denver meeting, however, there was another growing worry: how people talk about the weather.”

Apple Called Out for ‘Brutal’ Mac Trade-In Values Following Launch of New Models

“Apple is facing criticism online for offering poor Mac trade-in values following this week’s launch of new MacBook Pro and Mac mini models.”

Microsoft is laying off 10,000 employees

“Microsoft said Wednesday that it’s letting go of 10,000 employees through March 31 as the software maker braces for slower revenue growth. The company is also taking a $1.2 billion charge.”

Bitwarden extends passwordless leadership with acquisition

“Today, Bitwarden announced that it has acquired European-based startup Passwordless.dev, a significant milestone in rounding out the Bitwarden commitment to offering open source, scalable, and secure passwordless solutions to every business and end user.”

Originally published at https://ldstephens.substack.com on January 18, 2023.

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