Archive | May 2016

Before Netflix, G.L.O.W. was an ’80s fever dream starring Sylvester Stallone’s mom

LOS ANGELES — Before they were comic fodder for Orange is the New Black creator Jenji Kohan, the Gorgeous Ladies of WrestlingG.L.O.W. to those of us old enough to remember it — were unintentional comic fodder for another TV mastermind, who just happens to be Sylvester Stallone’s mom.

That’s right: Just about the time her boy Sly was off making Cobra, Over the Top and Rambo III, Jacqueline Stallone was part of the producing team that launched G.L.O.W., the inspiration behind Netflix’s new comedy of the same name.

Jacqueline Stallone also played the manager in the hypnotically bizarre free-association improv exercise that was part women’s-pro-wrestling show, part spicy-food dream of the mid 1980s. …

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This entry was posted on May 31, 2016, in Mashable.

Amazon will ‘probably’ open more bookstores

RANCHOS PALOS VERDES, California — Like the forester planting trees in a decimated timberland, Amazon is now seriously considering expanding its brick and mortar bookstore experiment.

During a lengthy chat with The Verge’s Walt Mossberg at the annual Code Conference on Tuesday night, Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos explained that in addition to the bookstore they opened in Seattle, Washington, last year and the one they have announced for San Diego, the company “will probably open some more.”

The irony of this decision is not lost on Bezos, who joked that some had suggested they call the shops “Amazon Irony Books.”

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This entry was posted on May 31, 2016, in Mashable.

Bezos to billionaires: Skip the revenge plots and get thicker skin

Gawker Media may have a surprising ally: Jeff Bezos seems to think Peter Thiel’s decade-long vendetta against the gossip blog is a waste of energy.

In conversation with Walt Mossberg at the annual Code Conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, California Tuesday evening, the Amazon founder was frank when asked about the high-profile dispute between the digital media company and the Silicon Valley billionaire.

Although he tried to speak in broad terms, his personal view was clear. “As a public figure, the best defense against … speech you don’t like about yourself is to develop a thick skin,” he said. “If you absolutely can’t tolerate critics, don’t do anything new or interesting.” …

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This entry was posted on May 31, 2016, in Mashable.

Cool dude Michael Bay body-shamed Kate Beckinsale while making ‘Pearl Harbor’

Can a movie about a tragedy really be great without huge boobs?

That is an actual quandary allegedly faced by director and explosion enthusiast Michael Bay back when he cast Kate Beckinsale in Pearl Harbor. You know, one of those movies about a real attack and the resulting loss of life.

Beckinsale discussed how she didn’t “fit the type of actress Michael Bay had met before,” on The Graham Norton Show.

“I think he was baffled by me because my boobs weren’t bigger than my head and I wasn’t blonde,” she continued.

Beckinsale herself was baffled when Bay made demands that seemed to go against what the character she was playing would actually do.

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This entry was posted on May 31, 2016, in Mashable.

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos: ‘It’s the first inning’ of AI

RANCHOS PALOS VERDES, California — If you’re excited about artificial intelligence and machine learning now, just wait until you see what’s coming around the bend.

Amazon Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, the company behind one of the most popular consumer-grade home AI devices on the market — Amazon Echo and its Alexa voice assistant — told The Verge‘s Walt Mossberg at the annual Code Conference on Monday night that “It’s the first inning. It might even be the first guys up at bat. We’re on the edge of the golden age [of AI].”


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This entry was posted on May 31, 2016, in Mashable.

Ford ready to innovate, but not at the expense of customer needs

RANCHOS PALOS VERDES — Ford wants to innovate, but not at the expense of its customers and core business. That’s the core takeaway from Ford CEO Mark Fields’ sit down on Monday with Recode‘s Kara Swisher and Pete Kafka at the annual Code Conference.

“[We] want to keep up with the customer, not just keep up with the competition,” Fields said.

While Fields talked about the company’s investment in Silicon Valley and its Smart Mobility Initiative, he wouldn’t share details on exactly what it’s doing in the autonomous driving space and, especially, refused to reveal any details regarding conversations his company has had with Google and other companies in the tech industry. When Swisher pressed, Ford demurred and said “We talk with everybody.”

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This entry was posted on May 31, 2016, in Mashable.

Australia is putting traffic lights in the ground because you’re glued to your phone

For the average pedestrian, it’s immensely hard to look up from an Instagram scroll when you need to, say, cross a four-lane freeway.

That’s why the New South Wales state government is looking to trial ground level traffic lights at key crossings in Sydney, Australia from December.

Fed up with pedestrians who can’t take their eyes off the screen, the government obliged nevertheless to try and save their lives. It will implement a six month trial of the traffic lights at a cost of A$250,000.

“Pedestrians are less protected in a road crash, and are therefore more likely to be seriously injured or killed. This is why we need to create a road system that keeps them safe, and this includes situations when they may not be paying attention,” Centre for Road Safety Executive Director Bernard Carlon told Mashable Australia.

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This entry was posted on May 31, 2016, in Mashable.