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App updates: Netflix, MSN Movies, USA Today and Xbox LIVE Extras

We've had quite a few updates to some major apps today, so lets recap on what we got, shall we?

First up is Netflix, gets bumped to version 1.5. Is this the big Mango update with tons of cool new features that we've been hoping for? Nope. Just a plain Jane "bug fixes" update with nothing new, as far as we can tell. Find something we missed? Let us know in comments. Pick up v1.5 here in the Marketplace.

Next is MSN Movies. A nice freebie app from Microsoft that for some reason has ads (how tacky for a MS app, sorry), this baby though got a nice Mango update today. Hooray! So you get some fast-app switching and the ability to pin movies (but not theaters?) to your start menu. This is actually a pretty nice, minimalist movie show times app with trailers and movie news on board too, so it's worth checking out. Give v1.3 a spin here in the Marketplace.

USA Today goes Mango! Yes, one of the most popular apps on Windows Phone, USA Today finally gets fast app switching, double live tile (with weather on the backside now, just like they promised) and the ability to pin the sub-sections Pictures, Sports and Celebrities to your start menu. An already beautiful app gets even better, though we now have too many weather apps on our Start screen! Get your US and World news right here with v1.5 in the Marketplace.

And finally, Xbox LIVE Extras goes to v7.2. No new features are on board as far as we can tell, though we imagine this goes a long way in fixing a bug some of you reported to us, namely it erasing your avatar if you modified it. Ouch. Hopefully that's fixed now. Pick it up here in the Marketplace.

Thanks, Luis R., Vic and ej lee, for the tips!

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App updates: Netflix, MSN Movies, USA Today and Xbox LIVE Extras

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Me when I saw Netflix in my update queue::D F#CK YES!!!Me after I checked to find there was no mango goodness: >:-( NOOOOOOOOO!!!

Netflix needs to add so many things.-A2DP support for Bluetooth audio streaming-Integration with the Music + Video Hub-Fast app switching-Live Tile-"Deep Link" Pinned TilesSince I am already an Amazon Prime Subscriber I would jump ship from Netflix since they seem dead in the water and like they don't know what they are doing. I was sad to hear that Amazon Prime Video was not one of the services coming to Xbox as a part of their "Live TV" innitiative.Hopefully we'll get an APV app for Xbox and Windows Phone soon