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Top stories last week on digitl

Four stories taking readers behind the headlines were the best read items on digitl last week. There's lots of interest in Telecom NZ and the switch from copper to fibre. Banking technology is also in the spotlight with an innovative make-over of Westpac's online banking site and a mobile eftpos device from BNZ.

Telecom NZ Wi-Fi move disrupts mobile data market. A plan to turn Telecom's pay phone boxes into Wi-Fi hotspots is likely to have wide-reaching effects on the way New Zealanders consume mobile data.

Why Telecom NZ doesn't oppose government copper intervention. Telecom NZ's nuanced submission on plans to bypass the Commerce Commission's role setting lower prices for the copper network shows the company has different needs to other carriers.

Why Westpac’s new online bank looks like iOS 7. It's no accident that the refreshed online banking design reminds visitors of Apple's latest mobile operating system.

French expert says NZ Government drove too hard a bargain on UFB. French telecommunications analyst Benolt Felton describes the copper price debate as a ‘quagmire’. He blames the problems on the overly tough bargain the government drove with Chorus.

BNZ launches PayClip smartphone card reader. A snap-on device turns everyday smartphones into mobile card readers. BNZ thinks it will be a hit with market traders, taxi driver and others who need to take money while on the move or away from the fixed telephone network.

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Charles Drace: What Really Happened In Ukraine

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Vincent L. Guarisco: A Western Shoshone Tragedy Vs Nevada Millionaire Rancher

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David Swanson: Torture Is Mainstream Now

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Uri Avnery: In One Word: Poof!

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Binoy Kampmark: The Poverty Incentive: Making The Poor Carry The Refugee Can

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Nureddin Sabir: BBC Misreports John Kerry On Talks Failure

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Gordon Campbell: On Narendra Modi, And The Elections In India

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