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Moving Beyond Angry Birds, Rovio Releases Amazing Alex

Finnish game maker Rovio on Thursday released Amazing Alex, a physics game that will test the company’s ability to expand beyond its core Angry Birds franchise and justify its sky-high valuation.

The title is available now for iPhone, iPad and Android, and is coming soon to PCs, Macs and Windows Phones.

Amazing Alex has some 35 different interactive objects that game players can cause to bang into one another to create a single device to move among more than 100 levels. Fans can also create and upload their own level.

In an interview with AllThingsD earlier this year, Rovio CEO Mikael Hed said that the company would release at least one non-Angry Birds title this year, even as it worked hard to leverage its popular avians.

There have been more than one billion downloads of Angry Birds titles to date.

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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