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Xbox Video, Microsoft’s video rental and download service, has finally found a home on Windows Phone 8. Anything you’ve already purchased through the service can now be streamed or downloaded to your WP8 device, provided you have the app installed. You can also buy or rent content directly from the app itself. This feature was originally built into Windows Phone 7, but Microsoft pulled it for WP8, so it’s nice to see it back in the form of a standalone app.

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It looks like MLB.com has hit a home run once again with its At Bat app. The iOS app on Tuesday was named the highest-grossing sports app by Apple for the fifth consecutive year in its annual Best of iTunes rankings. It’s also the only sports app to place among the top 100 highest-grossing applications for both the iPhone and iPad, placing 19th and 37th, respectively. The app was downloaded more than 10 million times in 2013, with 60 percent of subscribers accessing its premium features daily. The app is free to download and use, though premium features cost $2.99 per month.

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A report in the Korea Times on Monday suggests that LG is looking to partner with Huawei to “create a turnaround for its smartphone business.” The analyst quoted in the report explains that LG has a weak presence in some key emerging market countries, which is where a partnership with Huawei could come in handy. And when you think about it like that, a partnership between the companies starts to make sense. But it’s simply not true, LG told The Verge. According to a spokesperson, “There is no discussion now or in the past with Huawei on any aspects of LG Electronics’ business.”

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Apple is free to continue selling the iPhone and iPad in South Korea after a Seoul court dismissed a lawsuit that Apple was in violation of three of Samsung’s mobile patents. Reuters reports that a judge at the Seoul Central District Court on Thursday ruled that Apple’s devices didn’t violate Samsung’s patents on short message display and message grouping features. Samsung was seeking a ban on the sale of Apple products as well as 100 million won (about $95,100 USD). “We are glad the Korean court joined others around the world in standing up for real innovation and rejecting Samsung’s ridiculous claims,” Apple Korea spokesman Steve Park said.

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Android Device Manager, Google’s answer to Find My iPhone, is now available to download from Google Play. Introduced back in August but only available on the Web until now, you can install the app on any device running Android 2.3 or later. The software lets you locate a missing device on a map, make a phone ring to help you find it, and remotely lock or erase a device if necessary. Google is still just playing catch up with this one, but better late than never.

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