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Brochu new Loudeye CEO

Seattle-based digital media provider Loudeye Corp. said Jeffrey Cavins resigned as president and chief executive.

He was replaced by Michael Brochu, who has been a director with the company since December 2003. Brochu was most recently the top executive at Primus Knowledge Solutions Inc.

Smart Box Launches mobile version of WordPop!

Seattle-based Smart Box Design launched a version of WordPop!, its word creation game, for Windows Mobile devices.

The Windows Mobile version features audio and visual effects designed to take advantage of the high-resolution screens and audio capabilities of the latest devices based on Microsoft’s Windows Mobile 2003 platform, such as the Dell Axim, HP iPAQ and Toshiba e-series devices.

Nakano to lead Cray’s Japan unit

Seattle-based supercomputer maker Cray Inc. has named Mamoru Nakano president of its Japanese division. He is responsible for creating and implementing Cray Japan’s marketing and sales strategy, and leading Cray Japan’s marketing, sales and technical teams.

Nakano joins Cray from Hewlett-Packard, where he was general manager for HPC and Linux in Japan and the Asia-Pacific region.

State settles with Internet billing service

The state Attorney General’s office joined in a 22-state settlement with Alyon Technologies, a New Jersey-based Internet billing service.

The dispute arose when consumers, including about 200 in Washington, filed complaints that they were charged for time spent on adult Web sites that they never intended to purchase, according to an announcement by the AG’s office. The state’s lawsuit says consumers complained that they had neither gone to the Web sites nor agreed to be billed for viewing them.

The settlement requires Alyon to forgive the bills of any Washington consumer who submitted a complaint to the company before Jan. 15, 2004, and allows others who received bills prior to June 15, 2004, to submit complaints and have their bills similarly forgiven.

Dell seeks innovative small businesses

Dell Inc. is teaming with the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) to recognize successful small businesses using technology in innovative ways.

The winner of the 2005 award will receive $30,000 in technology and professional services from Dell; a “Day with Dell” program with Dell executives; a lifetime membership to NFIB; and other prizes. Nine finalists will receive a Dell Latitude notebook and a one-year membership to NFIB. Selection of the winner will be announced later this year.

Entrants must be a small business with 100 employees or fewer. The company must show how it has used information technology to drive a significant change and/or develop a competitive advantage in delivering superior customer value and experience, including customer case studies. For a complete description of the criteria, rules and regulations, and to submit an application, visit www.dell.com/ceaward. Submissions will be accepted online until March 31, 2005.

SchemaLogic gains funding

Software company SchemaLogic Inc. said it has raised $4.6 million in venture funding from new investor Madrona Venture Group of Seattle, along with Phoenix Partners and co-founder Trevor Traina.

The Redmond company, which designs software for data management, said the money allows it to hire more staff. The company also is looking for more space in which to expand.

Hunsberger new NetMotion CEO

NetMotion Wireless Inc., which makes software for mobile computing systems, said Bob Hunsberger has been named chief executive officer. He replaces Steve Cullen, who had been with NetMotion since January 2002.

Hunsberger was most recently CEO of Widcomm, which last year was acquired by Broadcom. Previously, he was the CEO at Metawave Communications Inc.

NetMotion makes a product called Mobility XE, which helps companies manage and link all kinds of mobile devices.

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