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

This week, once again, we heard from the carriers about 2-year contracts and their stance to the government about its potential impact. In addition, there was a few new devices and several Android devices were updated, some even lucky enough to receive OS 4.3. Below are the top Canadian mobile stories from the past week, plus notable news from around the web.

– Comparing the incumbents’ new two-year plans [Read here]
– BlackBerry lays off 250 employees in Waterloo [Read here]
– Google announces Chromecast: a $35 device that will change television viewing [Read here]
– Android 4.2.2 update now available for Rogers Sony Xperia ZL [Read here]
– Bell will start selling the iPad and iPad mini “in the coming weeks” [Read here]
– Hands on with the TELUS HTC One in black [Read here]
– Rogers/Fido going live with 2-year contract terms, new monthly pricing on August 9th [Read here]
– Rogers, TELUS and Bell Samsung Galaxy S4 receiving firmware update [Read here]
– Bell launching Sony Xperia Z on July 30th [Read here]
– Rogers launches cellular-based home and small business phone solution [Read here]
– Videotron to start selling nano SIM cards on July 31st [Read here]
– Rogers posts $3.2 billion revenue and $532 million net income in Q2 [Read here]
– Android 4.3 update now rolling out to Nexus devices in Canada [Read here]
– BlackBerry A10 makes another appearance online, now with video! [Read here]
– Screenshots showing specs of the Moto X arrive online [Read here]
– Bell worried about a Canadian market that includes Verizon [Read here]
– New Nexus 7 hitting Staples on July 31st for $249 [Read here]
– Bell Sony Xperia Z Hands-on [Read here]
– Hands-on with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 lineup [Read here]
– TELUS’ LTE network now reaches 27 million Canadians [Read here]
– Contest: Win a $100 prepaid card, courtesy of the MasterCard N>XT Developer Challenge [Enter here]

Around the web:
– “Others Also Downloaded” Recommendations to On Device BlackBerry World App [BerryReview]
– Moto X reportedly comes with Magic Glass, laminated aluminum structure [Engadget]
– Rumour: Samsung smartwatch shows up online as the SM-V700 [AndroidAuthority]
– Joe Belfiore: GDR2 fixes “other storage” issue [WMPU]