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It probably contravenes some unwritten rule to begin a light-hearted examination of the week in technology with a reference to Jimmy Savile, but a few days ago I remembered an episode of Jim'll Fix It in the 1980s where some lucky youngster had his room kitted out with all the latest gadgets from the Ideal Home Show, including some automated curtains. These curtains elicited gasps of wonder from my teenage self as I entertained the notion that, in the future, we'd be relieved of the endless, life-sapping drudgery of having to drag light pieces of material along a rail, sometimes as frequently as twice a day.

Mitt Romney goes into tomorrow’s “Super Tuesday” boosted by his wins in Michigan and Arizona last week

Romney aims to regain aura of inevitablity as 'Super Tuesday' electoral contest looms

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We Love: Vault couture -
Nineties screen classic Clueless is a continual inspiration - especially for Cher's automated wardrobe. Now wardrobes can be catalogued, photographed and stored at home - or shipped worldwide. From £2,000, vaultcouture.com

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Archie Bland: The Internet is just too big to censor the dirty bits

You couldn't fault him for a lack of ambition. But for a telecommunications minister, India's Kapil Sibal appears to be lacking in an understanding of telecommunications.

Webchat: How to get the best out of your bank

Log on to our web TV show for advice from money man Lawrence Gold on getting the best deals, best advice and best service no matter who you bank with

EDF Energy customers overcharged

An energy firm has apologised and reimbursed nearly £200,000 to tens of thousands of customers after identifying a fault with its automated telephone meter reading system.

Eckoh lands Royal Mail extension

Speech recognition specialist Eckoh has landed a two-year contract with a major client, believed to be the Royal Mail.

Being Modern: Call centres

"Hello. I wonder whether you could explain something on my bill..."

Investment Column: Johnson Matthey has formula for growth

Headlam; Craneware

Charter chief quits after profits alert

The chief executive of Charter International, Michael Foster, quit with immediate effect yesterday, just days after the tool and equipment maker warned on profits.

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Call to young entrepreneurs

Sea of Bees, Bush Hall, London

Such is the interest in Sea of Bees that revered stars of the indie scene, Jason Lytle of Grandaddy and Colin Meloy of The Decemberists, are fans. The latter even listed California singer-songwriter Julie Ann Baenziger's debut album, Songs for the Ravens, as one of his top albums of last year.

Handbagged: the jewel thieves foiled by a passing pensioner

A woman in a red coat, dubbed the handbag heroine, has apparently fought off robbers armed with sledgehammers during a raid on a jewellery store.

Album: Riccardo Chailly, Gewandhausorchester, Dresdner Kammerchor, Bach: Christmas Oratorio (Decca)

Bach's Christmas Oratorio is a complex work in six parts, designed to be performed over the six feast days of the Christmas period.

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