Top Canadian stories from the past week, plus other news from around the web

The 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook launched this week in Canada, then will hit other countries “soon.” In other RIM news they successfully appealed a patent infringement case which saved they about $150 million. Various Canadian carriers released a number of new handsets, Koodo (Samsung Galaxy S II X), SaskTel (BlackBerry Curve 9320), TELUS (Sierra hotspot). In addition, new back-to-school smartphone plans were released across the board and we are hearing more will be coming this week. Below are the top Canadian mobile stories from the past 7 days, plus notable news from around the web.

– Hands-on with the 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook (video) [Read here]
– Rogers discontinues the Galaxy Nexus [Read here]
– WIND reportedly has a year-end goal of reaching 600,000 subscribers [Read here]
– Bell Motorola ATRIX HD LTE officially launching on August 14th [Read here]
– TELUS releases the Sierra Wireless AirCard 763S 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot [Read here]
– Sony Xperia ion review (video) [Read here]
– Galaxy Nexus drops to $300 at Mobilicity [Read here]
– Bell Q2 2012 results: Subscriber base increases to 7,453,363 [Read here]
– Virgin rolls out new Back-to-School promo plans [Read here]
– RIM wins appeal in Mformation patent case, gets to keep $147.2 million [Read here]
– Samsung isn’t interested in acquiring RIM or licensing BB10 [Read here]
– Curve 9320 now available at SaskTel [Read here]
– 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook now available in Canada! [Read here]
– TELUS expands LTE network in Vancouver [Read here]
– Rogers giving 3-months of Unlimited Data to new customers [Read here]
– Koodo releases the Samsung Galaxy S II X [Read here]
– Update: Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is launching globally this month [Read here]
– Public Mobile enters the cash services business [Read here]
– Virgin’s “Tester Team” offers up the Motorola RAZR V [Read here]
– Contest: Win a Bell Samsung Galaxy S III Olympic Prize pack! [Enter here]

Around the web:
– Next iPhone’s tiny docking connector possibly spotted [Engadget]
– BlackBerry PlayBook Being Used for Intergraph Mobile Responder [BerryReview]
– Sony Xperia TX = LT29i ‘Hayabusa’ [XperiaBlog]
– Samsung Releases Source Code For Note 10.1, Tab 10.1, And Tab 7 Plus [DroidDog]
– RIM Trying to Sell its NewBay Cloud Service? [N4BB]