Freshly Minted

People Are Finally Getting Sick of Candy Crush, King Digital’s Stock Price Starts Plummeting

Tommy Palm, the public face of Candy Crush and King Digital. (Photo via GDC 2013)

Welcome to Freshly Minted, where we examine an overlooked deal or funding announcement in tech from the past week and tell you what you need to know and why it matters.

The deal(ish): King Digital’s quarterly report shows the people are losing interest in Candy Crush, and stock prices fell 23 percent.

Investors are trend-chasers, and in tech, those trends move particularly quickly. But when it comes being a slave to fast-moving fads, gaming companies put the rest of the tech business to shame. Read More

Play Your Video Games

Kim Kardashian’s Video Game Is Now Available to Ruin Your Life on Your Desktop Computer, Too

(Screengrab via Kim Kardashian: Hollywood)

If you’re as addicted to virtual “networking,” “flirting” and “reacting to backdrop change” as we are, we’ve got some equally bad and good news.

Kim Kardashian: Hollywood: the App is now available on the Mac App Store. “This allows people to play on their Mac Laptops and Desktop computer :-)” as Kim herself explained in an Read More

Keeping Up With the Kardashians

This Site Shows How Much Kim Kardashian Is Raking in From Her iPhone Game in Real Time

(Image via Google Play)

Kim Kardashian’s app has been exploding in popularity — it’s finally reached number one spot for free apps at the Apple App Store, and is slowly making its way to the top of the highest-grossing charts as well. Meanwhile, the hype has caused game developer Glu Mobile’s stock prices to soar. But what about Kim’s cut of the profits?

Now there’s a site that tell you what Ms. Kardashian’s estimated royalties from the app will be. Aptly named KardashianCash.com, it was launched silently last night by Texas-based analyst firm PTT Research. Read More

Freshly Minted

Freshly Minted: Kim Kardashian’s App Might Not Live Up to Stock Hype

Some traders have already begun shorting the stock, ie: making bets that the price of Glu shares will plummet. Their expression is pictured above. (via Imgur)

Welcome to Freshly Minted, where we examine an overlooked deal or funding announcement in tech from the past week and tell you what you need to know and why it matters.

The deal(ish): The hype around the new Kim Kardashian game is causing sudden spike stock price for the game developer, setting stockholders up for a nasty surprise.

We’re not in a tech bubble. We’re just not, and anybody with a decent understanding of market economics can see it pretty clearly. But that doesn’t mean that hype can’t get the best of the market, and set investors up for some pretty public disasters.

The latest impending disaster waiting to happen starts with, of all people, Kim Kardashian. Read More

game over

We Did It, America: Kim Kardashian’s App Might Pull in $200 Million

Just hanging out with Kim. (Photo via Kim Kardashian: Hollywood)

When we first broke the news that reality empress Kim Kardashian was working on a mobile game, we knew it would be popular — just not this popular.

Kim Kardashian: Hollywood (guess her native Calabasas doesn’t have as nice a ring to it) is now the second most-downloaded free-to-play game on the U.S. App Store, Bloomberg reports. And it’s on track to pull in $200 million in revenue in its first year. Read More

Jesus died for our selfies

Photoshop Expert: Kim Kardashian’s Butt Is Using Tech to Deceive Us

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Looks like Kim Kardashian may be manipulating more than just the hearts and minds of television watchers everywhere.

Ms. Kardashian is famous, you see, for a few things: being pretty, selling klothing at Sears, dating Kanye West, having his daughter, having a dad who was O.J. Simpson’s trial lawyer, having a stepdad who was an Olympian, having a batshit mom and having siblings with whom she interacts, at times on camera.

She is also famous, of course, for her hot bod. Read More

shameless rumormongering

Rumor Roundup: Kim Kardashian Might Have the New iPhone and Alexis Ohanian Bros Out

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Selfie study Kim Kardashian could be in possession of the just-announced iPhone 5s, or sunlight could’ve just made her black iPhone look grey. Tech!

Refinery29 spotted a photo uploaded to Ms. Kardashian’s Instagram in which the iPhone that appears looks mysteriously like the Space Gray color the new iPhone 5s will be offered in. That wouldn’t be too much of a surprise, given Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak was one of the first non-Kardashian humans to visit baby North West. But let’s not kid ourselves: it’s been awhile since Mr. Wozniak had any sort of insider pull at Apple and he’s going to be waiting in line for the iPhone 5s just like everyone else.

We’ll chalk this one up to a suspicious choice in filter. Read More