Supported by Book Review | Fiction By BARBARA KINGSOLVERAPRIL 9, 2018 Continue reading the main story Share This Page Continue reading the main story THE OVERSTORY Trees do most of the things you do, just more slowly. They compete for their livelihoods and take care of their families, sometimes making huge sacrifices for their children. They breathe, eat and have sex. They give gifts, communicate, learn, remember and record the important events of their lives. With relatives and non-kin alike they cooperate, forming neighborhood watch committees — to name one example — with rapid response networks to alert others to a threatening intruder. They manage their resources in bank accounts, using past market trends to predict future needs. They mine and farm the land, and sometimes move their families across great distances for better opportunities. Some of this might take centuries, but for a creature with a life span of hundreds or … [Read more...] about The Heroes of This Novel Are Centuries Old and 300 Feet Tall
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The first thing I know I won’t miss about Facebook are the “Memories.” It’s entirely typical of Facebook to assimilate a universal human capacity into its brand by means of a simple capital letter. The feature is simple enough: It ports algorithmically determined “memorable” moments onto your feed — grinning photos, particularly well-received bon mots — and implores you to share them, thus regurgitating what you’ve already fed into its sleek blue maw. In my case, as a recent divorcée after nearly a decade of partnership, the cheap rush Memories are meant to offer has lately been a torment instead. Remember (photo of the two of us at New Year’s, fireworks sizzling into life in the black air) when you were married? Remember (photo of the two of us cleaning a park in north Manhattan, with shovels and big grins in the long grass) when your life was full of love? Things are different now, and for so many … [Read more...] about Notes on Leaving Facebook
NEW YORK - Shares of King Digital, the company behind the popular mobile game "Candy Crush Saga," are down in the company's public trading debut. King's stock priced at $22.50 on Tuesday and opened on Wednesday at $20.50, almost 9 percent lower. King Digital Entertainment PLC, based in Ireland, had $1.88 billion in revenue last year. Its other top games include "Pet Rescue Saga" and "Farm Heroes Saga." Some analysts have questioned whether King would be able to repeat the success of "Candy Crush," which has been far more successful than any of its other games. King is trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol "KING." … [Read more...] about “Candy Crush” maker’s stock falls in public debut
NEW YORK - King Digital, the company behind the wildly mobile game "Candy Crush Saga," is scheduled to make its debut on the New York Stock Exchange this week. The company could be valued as high as $7.6 billion if its initial public offering prices at $24 per share, the upper end of its expected range. That's nearly twice as much as its closest rival Zynga Inc. (ZNGA), the creator of "FarmVille." Unlike Zynga, however, King is profitable and has less than a third of Zynga's employee base. The company is offering 15.5 million shares. Existing shareholders are offering another 6.7 million. King expects proceeds of $326 million from the IPO. King, based in Dublin, Ireland, generated revenue of $1.88 billion last year. That's more than 10 times its 2012 revenue of $164.4 million. Zynga's 2013 revenue was $873.3 million. Still, some analysts have wondered whether King is destined to become another Zynga, which was also riding a wave of popularity when it went public in 2011, thanks to … [Read more...] about “Candy Crush” maker King Digital to go public this week
Until today, few people probably heard of King Digital Entertainment, the corporate parent of the hugely popular Candy Crush game. That is about to change. Earlier today, the company unveiled plans for a $500 million U.S. initial public offering. Unlike 68 percent of other IPOs that are unprofitable, King Digital makes money -- lots of it -- earning $567.6 million in profit last year, an increase of more than 7,000 percent from $7.8 million in 2012. Revenue surged more than tenfold to $1.3 billion. As of Dec. 31, King Digital had 408 million average monthly users, compared with 67 million in the quarter ended Dec. 31, 2012. That's an increase of more than 508 percent. Not surprisingly, King Digital warned in its filing with the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission that the growth may not be sustainable. "Although we were profitable in the past, we expect to make significant investments in growing our business and significantly increase our employee headcount, which could … [Read more...] about Will Wall Street find Candy Crush parent’s IPO sweet?
King Digital (KING), maker of hit social game Candy Crush, saw its IPO price at $22.50 a share. With 22.2 million shares being offered, that translates into roughly $344 million for the company and another $156 million for insiders and investors. Before-hours trading sent shares to $28.50, an encouraging sign for investors. But that has fallen away as the stock dropped to $20 this morning, or more than 11 percent off. King Digital has been mostly profitable for years, according to its SEC filings. Combined with strong growth and greater control over expenses and you have the sort of start that the market usually finds attractive. There were other numbers that should have looked good. King's big title, Candy Crush, was the most frequently downloaded free app on iPhones and iPads in 2013, according to Apple. That represented more app downloads than Facebook, Google Maps, and YouTube. Also bolstering its promising position, 73 percent of the company's bookings in the last quarter of 2013 … [Read more...] about Will King Digital’s $7.1 billion valuation last?
“Candy Crush Saga” maker King Digital Entertainment’s market debut got off on a somewhat sour note on Wednesday. The video game company’s shares, traded under the symbol “KING,” fell as much as 15% in their first day on the New York Stock Exchange. In midday trading, the stock was down about 10% at $20.15. The company’s highly addictive “Candy Crush” puzzle game has been a huge hit, drawing 97 million daily active users and accounting for more than three-quarters of its yearly sales. King racks up revenues from the free game when people pay for extras like additional lives. Some investors are wary, though, that the days of the game’s rapid growth are over. “Candy Crush is definitely in a downturn,” Francis Gaskins, director of research for Equities.com, told the Daily News. While King may not be a one-hit wonder, “they have to prove that with their other four games they can make … [Read more...] about Sour start: Shares of Candy Crush Saga maker King Digital down about 10% from IPO price in midday trading
Here was a figure to strike fear into the heart of war-weary America — a bleary-eyed, beer-bellied hoodlum, surrounded by residue of a binge, empties at his feet, a bottle in each beefy fist. But what many found the most terrifying was his throne — a Harley. The picture ran on July 21, 1947, in Life Magazine, the place where, before television and tweets, people went to get a glimpse of what the rest of the world was up to. RELATED: NYPD cop aided in beating of SUV driver targeted by bikers: prosecutor On that day, readers learned about a “Cyclist’s Holiday” as Life called it. A short caption told of a three-day nightmare, when an estimated 4,000 two-wheeled terrors rolled into the sleepy California town of Hollister, best known for its production of garlic, to attend a motorcycle rally over the Independence Day weekend. What happened there would go down in history as the Hollister Motorcycle Riot. This is how Life described it: … [Read more...] about Motorcycle riot in Hollister, Calif., captures the attention of writers and Hollywood and gives birth to great American anti-hero
With 100 million people logging on every day for a fix of its games like Candy Crush Saga, global gamemaker King is showing rivals not just how to hook players, but how to get them to pay. King is the latest among European tech firms like Rovio, creator of mega-hit Angry Birds, and Mojang, behind Minecraft, to make it big on the global gaming scene. But its stunning profitability in an industry littered with firms who failed to make money from popular games has made it a totem for others seeking to emulate its success. King's focus on the multi-billion dollar mobile games market - creating short, addictive puzzles for the fastest-growing part of the gaming industry - has helped it reap profits rare in its field. Though the company does not publish numbers, industry experts have estimated its revenues at $1 million-$3 million a day. Media reports now talk about an IPO valuation of $5 billion after a source recently said the company had filed to go public in the United States. … [Read more...] about Candy Crush company multi-billion dollar leader in Facebook games
As the Willie turns, his time spent on Omar Minaya's rotisserie has produced a positive residual effect, albeit one of little solace to Mr. Randolph.Randolph's job - his baseball career - now hinges on every move he makes, every play in the field, and every Mets at-bat. Mets games on Wilpon TV have become sudden-death baseball. Wins and losses are what determine a manager's future. Wow, what a revelation. With Randolph, no one knows what ultimately will send him back to civilian life and card shows. No one knows where, how or when the ax man cometh - if he ever does. It's hard determining if Mets brass (Minaya, Jeff and Fred Wilpon) even know. Their mysterious out-of-sight maneuverings suggest they are consulting a Ouija board to determine Randolph's managerial future or lack thereof. Whether this is some sort of new-age business blueprint, or simply a blueprint for bungling, is for far greater minds to debate. It really doesn't matter. Watching all this, like those who stayed up late … [Read more...] about Bungling the Willie Randolph saga? Wilpons turn network into must-see TV