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A roundup of the latest high-tech news from The Associated Press:

• RealNetworks will stop selling DVD copying product

SAN FRANCISCO — RealNetworks Inc. said Wednesday that it will stop selling technology that lets consumers copy DVDs to their computer hard drives, settling a handful of lawsuits filed against the company by Hollywood’s six major movie studios.

Under the settlement terms, RealNetworks is barred from selling its RealDVD product or other similar technology, the company said.

The Seattle-based digital entertainment company will pay $4.5 million to the studios for litigation costs and refund purchases of about 2,700 customers who bought the product.

The Walt Disney Co.’s Disney Studio, Sony Corp.’s Sony Pictures and several others sued RealNetworks in 2008, arguing RealDVD is an illegal pirating tool that would stop consumers from buying movies on DVD that they could cheaply rent, copy and return.

RealNetworks lawyers had argued the software had piracy protections that limited a DVD owner to making a single copy, and said RealDVD gave consumers a legitimate way to back up copies of movies legally purchased.

• Facebook, Omniture expand marketing partnership

NEW YORK — Facebook and Omniture, the Web analytics software maker, said Wednesday they are working together to help companies use the world’s largest social network as a marketing channel.

Using Omniture’s products, companies will be able to measure how effective their ads are on Facebook. They will also be able to use Omniture’s search engine marketing management tool to buy Facebook ads. And they will be able to compare how well their ad campaigns do on Facebook compared with other outlets.

EMarketer analyst Debra Aho Williamson said the deal is a "really big move" because many large online marketers use Omniture on a regular basis.

"Marketers have been so interested in Facebook, but frustrated by the lack of analytics that Facebook is providing them," she said.

The partnership with Omniture, which Adobe Systems Inc. bought last fall for $1.8 billion, will boost ad spending on Facebook, she added. EMarketer expects worldwide ad spending on Facebook to hit $605 million this year. That would be a 39 percent increase from 2009.

"If it’s hard to understand how effective advertising is, companies are less likely to do it," Williamson said.

Wednesday’s announcement expands a partnership Facebook and Omniture started last year.

• VMware to repurchase up to $400M of Class A stock

PALO ALTO, Calif. — VMware Inc., which makes software used in corporate data centers, said Tuesday its board has approved a plan to repurchase up to $400 million of its Class A shares through the end of 2011.

At the same time, information management company EMC Corp.’s board authorized a stock purchase program that will allow it to keep its roughly 80 percent stake in VMware by buying shares in the company.

Shares of VMware rose 70 cents to close at $50.97. Shares of EMC fell 10 cents to close at $17.65.

• Apple-Nokia fight put on hold

WILMINGTON, Del. — A federal judge in Delaware has agreed to put a patent fight between Apple Inc. and Finnish phone maker Nokia on hold pending resolution of their competing claims before the International Trade Commission.

The judge signed an order Wednesday staying litigation in a lawsuit in which Nokia claims that Apple is infringing on seven Nokia patents in products ranging from the iPhone to computers.

The order also covers counterclaims in which Apple alleges that Nokia has infringed on nine Apple patents that are the subject of an ITC complaint by Apple.