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January 26, 2007

Thursday's news roundup

Posted by Tricia Duryee at 10:05 AM

In case you missed it, several things of note happened Thursday -- InfoSpace sold a mobile games division, T-Mobile was awarded with J.D. Power's awards for customer satisfaction and DocuSign said it has hired a new CEO.

As part of InfoSpace's ongoing reorganization, it said Thursday that Twistbox Entertainment has acquired all of the assets of its U.S.-based mobile games studio located in San Mateo, Calif.

The division, formerly known as Atlas Mobile, made games that users play for a chance to win prizes. The companies said the studio will be fully integrated into Twistbox Games, headquartered in Dortmund, Germany, with studios in Germany, Poland and the U.S.

Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. However, according to documents filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, InfoSpace originally acquired Atlas Mobile on July 1, 2004 for $6.3 million in cash, plus acquisition costs.

Bellevue-based T-Mobile USA said Thursday that J.D. Power and Associates recognized the carrier as providing the best customer service in the wireless industry for the fifth consecutive reporting period.

It was recognized for having the best overall customer care performance for scoring highest in its voice-automated system; in having better than the industry average in hold time of 2 minutes or less; and for scoring high at the retail level.

Seattle-based DocuSign, which develops electronic signature services, announced Thursday that it has named Matthew Schiltz president and chief executive.

Previously, he held positions at General Software, CourtLink, OneComm and StatSci/Insightful.

DocuSign co-founder and previous CEO Court Lorenzini will continue at DocuSign as executive vice president of business development, focusing on strategic business relationships.

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