Disney+’s Star Wars series, The Mandalorian, is a triumph of atmosphere — and little else

The Mandalorian, Disney+’s big-ticket original series, set in the Star Wars universe, isn’t bad. It also isn’t good. It’s not much of anything, truth be told. It’s a brand extension, a flag planted in a new corner of a Star Wars universe that feels a lot like old corners of the Star Wars universe.

“It was fine” is maybe not the review Disney+ was hoping for, but I also suspect it’s one the new streaming service will accept. After all, the company withheld the project from critics, citing concerns about spoilers and reveals, but after watching the first episode …

Stephen Miller promoted white supremacist, anti-immigrant articles in private emails to Breitbart

Hundreds of private emails White House senior adviser Stephen Miller sent to a former Breitbart editor show that he recommended white nationalist websites and literature and upheld the 1920s Coolidge administration as a model for setting highly restrictive immigration policies, according to a new report by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

The SPLC’s report draws on more than 900 emails, about 80 percent of which touched on the issues of either immigration or race, that Miller exchanged with former Breitbart editor Katie McHugh from March 4, 2015, to June 27, 2016, while he was still an aide for then-US Sen. …

Why is SMS texting a mess? Fixing it is harder than you think.

On November 7, 2019, more than 168,000 people woke up to find that text messages they thought they’d sent on Valentine’s Day in fact were only just delivered overnight, nine months later. The snafu became a nightmare scenario for many.

Blair Hickman, Vox’s director of audience, was one of those people. On this episode of the Reset podcast, Hickman tells host Arielle Duhaime-Ross how she found out her February text had only just arrived to her now-ex’s phone at 3 am the night before.

So Thursday morning, I was out walking my dog and I got a text from

10 lessons for Disney, Apple, and all the new streaming companies trying to take down Netflix

The streaming wars — the battle among giant companies that want your eyeballs and credit cards for their subscription services — are officially underway.

Earlier this month, Apple launched its Apple TV+ service. Today, Disney launches Disney+. In April, former CEO of DreamWorks Jeffrey Katzenberg and former CEO of eBay Meg Whitman will release Quibi, with the revamped HBO Max coming from AT&T a month later and NBCUniversal’s Peacock launching later that quarter. They join Amazon’s Prime Video, Netflix, Hulu (which Disney took control of earlier this year), CBS’s All Access, and Viacom’s PlutoTV, among others. Who else will join? …

Vox Sentences: The bad E in e-cigarettes

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A “very strong culprit” in the vaping illnesses

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is scrutinizing vitamin E oil in THC vape products for potential links to the ongoing wave of vaping-related illnesses. [NBC News / Erika Edwards]
  • Officials claim that their investigation reveals strong evidence that the Vitamin E acetate added to some THC vaping liquids, often black market