Link Tank: How Streaming Services Are Merging in a Saturated Market

Streaming services, "Farfarout" confirmed, the best apps for a broken-hearted Valentine's Day, and more in today's Link Tank!

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With the dozens of streaming services out there competing for your attention, some are merging to stay relevant in a saturated market.

“The emergence of a vast number of streaming services in recent years seems to be catching up to the companies who’ve launched platforms intended to take on industry titans like Netflix and Disney. Citing sources familiar with the matter, the Information reported that executives of NBCUniversal’s recently launched Peacock service have explored ways to boost its subscriber base, with the outlet adding that Peacock’s ‘monthly active ad-supported accounts’ subscriptions number is around 11.3 million.”

Read more at Gizmodo.

The plan to replace a Confederate general and KKK founder statue with a Dolly Parton one is moving closer to completion in Tennessee.

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“Over the past couple years, Tennesseans have been trying to get a statue removed from their Capitol Building: a bust of Confederate general and Ku Klux Klan co-founder Nathan Bedford Forrest. It’s a lengthy process that involves multiple hearings and approval from more than one commission, which means legislators have had plenty of time to consider who they might want to honor in Forrest’s place.”

Read more at Mental Floss.

Gina Carano’s firing from The Mandalorian led some fans to decry it as Cancel Culture instead of what it actually is: her facing consequences for her choices.

“Gina Carano, the former MMA fighter and star of Disney+’s The Mandalorian, can now officially add ‘formerly employed by Lucasfilm’ to her resume. In a statement by the production company, they said that Carano was no employed by Lucasfilm and that there were ‘no plans for her to be in the future.'”

Read more at The Mary Sue.

The existence of “Farfarout,” the most distant object of our solar system, has been confirmed by scientists.

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“In January 2018, scientists gazing out beyond the known objects of the Solar System spotted something new: A small object, seemingly bound in orbit around the Sun. Scientists nicknamed this speck ‘Farfarout,’ for its distant location from the star — about four times farther than Pluto is from the Sun.”

Read more at Inverse.

Former First Lady Michelle Obama’s new Netflix show, Waffles + Mochi, looks like an absolute delight.

“The description for Michelle Obama’s new Netflix show is a little Mad Libs-y: Former First Lady Michelle Obama is starring in a cooking-slash-food-slash-travel show with two puppets named Waffles and Mochi, as well as a ton of celebrity guests, among them famous chefs and Jack Black.”

Read more at Thrillist.

Broken hearted on Valentine’s Day? There’s an app for that. Check out the five best apps for a post-breakup February 14.

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“Shout out to everyone still looking for love, or just living their best, single life this Valentine’s Day. Sometimes we’re fortunate enough to find bonds that last the rest of our lives. Other times, people just aren’t meant for each other—and that’s okay.”

Read more at PCMag.