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Industry notes

Twitter names new CEO. Twitter co-founder and chief executive Evan Williams announced Monday that he's stepping down to focus on product strategy and will be replaced by chief operating officer Dick Costolo. The move comes as the micro-blogging service prepares for an initial public offering and completes its first major redesign since the 2006 launch.

2 E-Books Cost More Than Amazon Hardcovers. "Readers of e-books may not be able to turn paper pages, lend their copies to friends or file them away on living room bookshelves. But they do have the comfort of knowing that they paid less for them than for hardcovers," the New York Times reports. In two instances, no such comfort exists. Thats for readers of “Fall of Giants” by Ken Follett, or "Don't Blink" by James Patterson and Howard Roughan, which are priced higher digitally than they are in hardcover.

BITAG opens its doors to all. The technical advisory group BITAG has decided to open its door to "any person or entity interested in furthering its mission and able to bring the requisite technical expertise," according to a blog post from Dale Hatfield, a professor who serves executive director on the project.

Apple fights $625 million verdict in patent suit. Apple is challenging a jury verdict that could force it to pay as much as $625.5 million to a company founded by David Gelernter, a Yale computer science professor, for infringing three patents related to how files are displayed on the iPod, the iPhone and Macintosh computers.

Study shows iPhone apps transmit phone ID numbers. A new study shows that 68% of the most popular free iPhone applications are transmitting data that uniquely identifies the phone being used, and some applications even send information such as the user’s name.


Mousetraps set. My love for animals only goes so far.

-@KatieS, Katie Jacobs Stanton, the head of international strategy at Twitter. She used to work at the State Department.


9:30 a.m. ITIF hosts a discussion on politics and the Internet, featuring Juliana Gruenwald of Tech Daily Dose and Rob Atkinson, the association's president.

10 a.m. Future of Music Coalition's policy forum features a speech by Victoria Espinal, the administration's IP czar.

4 p.m. New America Foundation hosts a discussion on "Public Media in the Digital Age: Broadcast, Broadband, and Beyond," featuring Free Press president Josh Silver and BBC director general Mark Thompson.


"I want to see a female Steve Jobs or Bill Gates."

-Gloria Feldt, the former president of Planned Parenthood, on the possibility that women's progress has stalled.