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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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald