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

The start of last week once again, unfortunately, saw BlackBerry kick out a few execs from their roster. In addition, thanks to ‘Black Friday,’ the last seven days had a plethora of discounted handsets and even a few new rate plans. Several Android devices were updated to OS 4.3 Jelly Bean, and we also received confirmation from a number of manufacturers of their KitKat update plans. Below are the top Canadian mobile stories from the past week, plus notable news from around the web:

– Bell and Virgin release the Samsung Galaxy S4 in Red [Read here]
– Galaxy Gear firmware update comes to Canada [Read here]
– LG Canada says Android 4.4 update for G2 coming ‘late Q1, 2014′ [Read here]
– BBM Channels now live [Read here]
– BlackBerry removes CMO and COO while replacing CFO [Read here]
– WestJet releases Android app [Read here]
– Rogers signs 12-year, $5.2 billion deal with the NHL for broadcasting rights [Read here]
– Competition Bureau approves TELUS’ proposed acquisition of Public Mobile [Read here]
– TELUS frames itself as one of Canada’s Internet of Everything companies [Read here]
– Samsung Galaxy S3 and Note 2 owners now receiving OS 4.3 Jelly Bean [Read here]
– Custom ROMantic: Paranoid Android 4.0 (AOSP Android 4.4) for LG G2 [Read here]
– WIND launches the HTC Desire [Read here]
– CIBC Banking app now has option to deposit cheques by smartphone/tablet [Read here]
– Here’s what to expect when using WiFi on the TTC [Read here]
– BlackBerry announces ‘BlackBerry World 25 Days of Gifts 2013′ [Read here]
– Samsung opens R&D facility in Vancouver [Read here]
– Samsung Galaxy Mega Android 4.3 update coming in January [Read here]
– Nike Fuelband SE Hands-on [Read here]
– Moto G discounted to $150 at Koodo Mobile [Read here]
– BlackBerry Porsche Design P’9982 Hands-on [Read here]

Around the web:
– Nokia’s Verizon-bound Lumia 929 shows up again in leaked photo [Engadget]
– LG G Flex to launch in other markets in early December [Android Authority]
– 32 GB Qi enabled Nokia Lumia 1520 now available at Expansys [WMPU]
– BlackBerry 0.99 Cents Movie Sale [BerryReview]
– Nexus smartphones can reportedly be forced to reboot through SMS attack [TheVerge]