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Boeing on Friday appointed Elizabeth Lund vice president of product development for Commercial Airplanes. Over the past two years, Lund led the successful transformation of Boeing 777 production in Everett to a moving assembly line.

Lund, 43, will be responsible for leading preliminary design of future jets. She will also manage the division’s overall research and development plan and support the product-strategy and advanced-technology organizations within both Commercial Airplanes and the research unit Phantom Works.

Lund joined Boeing in 1991 as a payloads engineer. She succeeds Todd Zarfos, who was recently named vice president of 747/767/777 Engineering.


Digital-book program ending

Microsoft is ending a program that let Web users search through digital versions of books, ceding the market to Google.

The move will allow Microsoft to focus on other types of searches, Senior Vice President Satya Nadella said Friday in a blog posting.

Microsoft started making digital copies of out-of-print books in December 2006, later making deals with publishers to scan their books, after Google started a similar program with libraries.

The book-search site didn’t get enough users to justify Microsoft’s investment, said Clifford Guren, the company’s senior director of publisher evangelism for the project.


GameStop stops stocking Zunes

GameStop, the world’s largest video-game retailer, will stop carrying Microsoft’s Zune digital-music players in its stores.

GameStop decided to stop stocking Zunes about a month ago, spokesman Chris Olivera said Friday.

“It didn’t have the same strength as other products like the video games and consoles that are our core,” Olivera said. “We don’t sell other music players at all. In the past we have tested music and other items, but it was not performing at the level that other products had.”


GE suit challenges ultrasound patent

General Electric is suing Bothell-based SonoSite, challenging a patent for a lightweight ultrasound machine.

SonoSite might sue GE over its soon-to-be-released New Systems ultrasound technology, GE said in the lawsuit filed Thursday in federal court in Madison, Wis.

GE said it wants a court order declaring SonoSite’s patent invalid “to remove any cloud surrounding” New Systems.

SonoSite will “vigorously” defend its rights, company spokeswoman Anne Bugge said Friday.

Compiled from Seattle Times staff and Bloomberg News