Biz Break: Steph Curry adds App Store title to accolades

Top Of The Order:

No. 30 Is No. 1: With his 11 points in Golden State’s victory over Cleveland Thursday night, Warriors guard Steph Curry wasn’t even close to team’s top scorer in the first game of the NBA Finals. That honor went to Shaun Livingston, who put in 20 points coming off the bench to lead the Warriors win.

But that doesn’t mean Curry still isn’t No. 1 with a bullet in another area: Apple’s App Store.

In just two days since its release on Wednesday, Curry’s new StephMoji app has already rocketed to the top of the App Store’s paid charts. And at $1.99, StephMoji is also a bargain compared to what is at the time of this writing the No. 2 paid app, the $2.99 Justmoji from Justin Bieber.

(And if you are paying even just $2.99 for something related to the Beebs, please, just stop right now.)

The StephMoji app promotes itself has having its emojis “personally curated” by Steph Curry, who when he wasn’t curating cute little cartoon images of himself, just spent the better part of the last year leading the Warriors to an NBA title, a record 73-win regular season, and winning his second-straight NBA MVP award, all the while doing stuff like this:

Actual sales and download figures for the StephMoji app haven’t been made available, but with more than 22 million followers and likes of his Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts, it’s probably safe to say that at least a few hundred thousand of those have grabbed the app and begun adding Steph images to their own posts and messages over the last two days. As the Warriors move toward a (potential) second-straight NBA title, you have to think that StephMoji will hold the top spot on the paid-app chart for a while. Maybe even Bieber will buy one?

Middle Innings: 

And 72 More To Come: If the StephMoji isn’t enough for you, and you can wait another two-and-a-half weeks, you’ll have 72 more emojis to choose from to express your feelings. The Unicode consortium has given the OK to 72 more emojis, including bacon strips, pancakes a water polo player and what looks like a whiskey on the rocks. The new emojis will be made part of the Unicode standard on June 21, and should come to most smartphone operating systems in the coming months.

I’ll Take A Ride And A Bag Of…: With how quickly app-based ride-sharing services have grown in popularity, it’s probably surprising that such cars haven’t been used to deliver things other than people to where they want to go. Like groceries.

Well, leave it to Wal-Mart to push the boundaries of what the likes of Uber and Lyft can be used for. The world’s largest retailer is piloting a new program in Phoenix (with Uber) and Denver (with Lyft) in which shoppers can go online, make their grocery purchases, and Wal-Mart will use one of the ride-sharing services’ cars to bring the delivery to the buyer. The new services are supposed to start in two weeks, and shoppers will have to pay a $7 to $10 delivery charge for each order.

Bottom Of The Lineup: 

Here’s a look at how some leading Silicon Valley stocks did Friday…

Movin’ On Up: Gains came from NeoPhotonics, Ultra Clean Holdings, Pandora Media, Workday and Oclaro.

In The Red: Lending Club shares fell almost 9 percent, and other decliners included SunPower, Rocket Fuel, Genomic Health and Nimble Storage.

The tech-focused Nasdaq Composite Index fell 0.6 percent to 4,942.

The blue chip Dow Jones Industrial Average gave up 0.2 percent to end the week at 17,807.

And the broad-based Standard & Poor’s 500 Index shed 0.3 percent to close at 2,099.

Quote Of The Day: “Pure as a lover’s desire/Evil as a murderer’s dream” — Neil Peart

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Photo: The Steph Curry StephMoji app icon. 


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