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Brittany Roston is SlashGear's Entertainment, Health, and Science Editor. She has over a decade of experience writing about entertainment, health, and science for many media outlets.

Facebook Watch cancels two original scripted streaming shows

Facebook Watch cancels two original scripted streaming shows

Facebook was canceled two of its original scripted shows, both of which were available to stream exclusively on its Facebook Watch video platform. Both Limetown and Sorry For Your Loss have been given the axe despite critical praise and two well-known leading actresses. Though Facebook isn't entirely ditching the scripted video market, it is cutting down on the number of scripted shows it will offer.

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America’s most popular cooking oil linked to many neurological changes

America’s most popular cooking oil linked to many neurological changes

Though you may not purchase the oil directly, soybean oil is likely a common element in your diet. This oil is popularly used in processed and premade foods, by restaurants and fast food companies, and more. This same oil has been linked to a large number of health issues in a new study from the University of California, Riverside, beyond insulin resistance and diabetes.

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Apple Music and NBA team to launch new BASE:LINE playlist

Apple Music and NBA team to launch new BASE:LINE playlist

Apple recently teamed up with the National Basketball Association and United Masters to launch a new Apple Music playlist called 'BASE:LINE' that currently contains 40 songs from independent artists. The playlist is available for everyone to stream; it is intended to highlight the best indie and emerging hip-hop songs of the past week, helping listeners discover new music to enjoy.

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Cooler Master redesigns thermal paste syringes so parents will chill out

Cooler Master redesigns thermal paste syringes so parents will chill out

Thermal paste, also sometimes called thermal compound or grease, is a common element used when building one's own PC or rehabilitating an old unit. This substance is usually sold in tube-shaped syringes, though it can also be found in small tubs for customers that need larger amounts. Purveyor of thermal paste Cooler Master has announced that it redesigned its own syringes due to concerned parents.

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Facebook may have ditched controversial WhatsApp ads plan

Facebook may have ditched controversial WhatsApp ads plan

Facebook as ditched plans to fill WhatsApp with advertisements, according to a new report, instead choosing to focus on paid features designed for companies. The sources behind the leak claim that Facebook has gone so far as to scrub the code from WhatsApp that would have been used to implement the advertisements. This doesn't, however, mean that Facebook will never bring ads into WhatsApp.

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Samsung comments on leak of alleged exclusive Fortnite skin

Samsung comments on leak of alleged exclusive Fortnite skin

If a new leak is correct, Fortnite players may see the launch of another exclusive skin made available only to certain Samsung customers. Images of the skin, which is named 'Iris,' appeared online only a few weeks ahead of Samsung's planned Unpacked event in February. The company has publicly commented on the leaked item, teasing fans about the alleged exclusivity of the product.

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Google Search makes it easier to find and buy clothes on mobile

Google Search makes it easier to find and buy clothes on mobile

Google is making it easier to shop for clothes and similar items directly through its Search app on mobile devices. The company introduced the new capability this week, explaining that it makes it possible to browse through shoes, accessories, and clothing from different brands, see which stores sell the items, how much the products cost, and more.

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Xbox Console Streaming preview expands to all Xbox One markets

Xbox Console Streaming preview expands to all Xbox One markets

The Xbox Console Streaming preview is now available in all countries where the Xbox One is available, Microsoft has announced. With this feature, Xbox One owners can play the games they already own using their Android mobile device, opening the door for a new type of mobile gameplay. The preview is available to Xbox Insiders at this time.

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Game of Thrones prequel details include ambitious premiere date

Game of Thrones prequel details include ambitious premiere date

One of the anticipated Game of Thrones prequel shows, House of the Dragon, is still in the pipeline for an eventual launch on HBO. In a recent interview, the network's president of programming Casey Bloys provided a few details on the plan, including its anticipated premiere date in 2022. The show will be set around 300 years before the events we see in Game of Thrones.

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NASA project envisions space houses made out of fungus

NASA project envisions space houses made out of fungus

NASA's Ames Research Center in California is developing and testing prototype technologies that may enable future explorers to 'grow' their own houses for use in Moon and Mars colonies. The system would involve the mycelia produced by a fungus -- the white thread-like structures that grow underground before eventually producing the fruits we refer to as mushrooms. These technologies also have the potential for creating sustainable structures on Earth.

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Fortnite Search and Destroy LTM leaks in recent game files

Fortnite Search and Destroy LTM leaks in recent game files

Epic Games released a major update for Fortnite Chapter 2, Season 1 today, adding in a new weapon upgrade ability and more. Following the update are new discoveries shared by data miners, including evidence of an upcoming Limited Time Mode (LTM) that will be called 'Search and Destroy.' The LTM will be involved in a new series of challenges that unlock new rewards.

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Fitbit adds blood oxygen monitoring to some existing watches

Fitbit adds blood oxygen monitoring to some existing watches

A load of Fitbit customers just received a new feature that works with the hardware they already own: blood oxygen monitoring. The feature was added at the software level, meaning it can now be accessed and used within the Fitbit mobile app. Blood oxygen monitoring is available on Fitbit wearables that have a built-in heart rate monitor.

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