Liz Gannes

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Angry Birds Maker to Go for Golden Egg With IPO

Those Angry Birds folks seem to be addicted to making news. Whether it’s a commemorative game edition, a corporate move like the company’s recent $42 million venture raise, or a comment on mobile platform debates, we at All Things D seem to spend almost as much time writing about Rovio as the greater population does playing its game (Angry Birds has 40 million active monthly players and 100 million total downloads).

The latest news is a plan to go public in New York, mentioned to Finnish magazine Talouselama and Reuters.

But the whole thing is rather vague; when a Rovio IPO might happen wasn’t specified. Between now and then, Rovio has some work to do to prove it has staying power. Angry Birds was recently passed as the top iTunes paid app by another game called Tiny Wings, made by a single developer. Investors (and their kids) are fickle; apparently the hot new thing is bird jumping, not bird sling-shotting.


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik