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Bezos originally thought of calling his company—that U.R.L. still takes you to Amazon’s site—before adopting the name of the world’s largest river by volume. (If Bezos were a reader of classic American fiction, he might have hit upon Amazon’s shape-shifting, engulfing quality, its tentacles extending in all directions, makes it unusual even in the tech industry, where rapid growth, not profitability, is the measure of success. Amazon is not just the “Everything Store,” to quote the title of Brad Stone’s rich chronicle of Bezos and his company; it’s more like the Everything. What remains constant is ambition, and the search for new things to be ambitious about. –The New Yorker

“A lot of times ideas will turn up when you’re doing something else. And, most of all, ideas come from confluence — they come from two things flowing together. They come, essentially, from daydreaming.” –Brain Pickings

Ransom alleges that King purchased the rights to a game called Candy Crusher, which allows them to challenge his own trademark containing Candy. According to the US Patent office, the Candy Crusher trademark is still held by Harrier Software, but this could be referring to a separate filing. Ransom provides a link to his own trademark opposition paperwork, which have gone back and forth with King, for the past year. –Gamespot

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  1. DS
    Feb 19, 2014 @ 08:57:31

    It may have just been all those years of buying used books, hurts, and remainders, but I have never conflated the price of a physical or digital object (a book) with the contents (the writing).

  2. Willaful
    Feb 19, 2014 @ 12:04:48

    D.S. I agree.

    I’m having conscious pangs about the Candy Crush thing. I don’t give them any money, but I’m guessing that simply playing the game is good for their ad revenue?

  3. Robin/Janet
    Feb 19, 2014 @ 22:56:44

    @Willaful: Candy Crush has filed for its first IPO, through which they’re hoping to raise some significant revenue, I think.

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