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Plastic makes the Switch to cyberspace

Debit cards are set to become even more popular, says Faith Glasgow

Smartcards plan to track errant freelance doctors

FREELANCE "LOCUM" doctors could in future be required to carry smart cards with details of their employment history to prevent those with poor performance moving from job to job, under proposals published by the government yesterday.

Leading Article: Gimmicks apart, Mr Blunkett's plan to cut school truancy is sound

THE PROBLEMS of education lie at the very heart of the problems of British society. If Labour tackles those problems with any degree of success, then that alone will guarantee this Government an honoured place in the history books.

Football: Champions' League - Vialli plots to play the smart card

Alex Hayes hears the Chelsea manager plan an Italian surprise

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De La Rue to return pounds 100m to investors

SHAREHOLDERS IN UK cash-to-cards firm De La Rue, are set to scoop a pounds 100m windfall, worth 44p a share after the company announced it will sell its smart-card business to Paris-based Francois-Charles Oberthur Fiduciaire for pounds 200m in order to focus on its newly-established services business.

Which Way 99: student file: keeping in touch

friends and family are always close if you get your act together

Two cities to test road-pricing plan

CAR DRIVERS in Leeds and Edinburgh will be the guinea pigs for new trials on electronic road pricing, to be announced today.

Outlook: Blair blessing

Outlook: Blair blessing

Benefit swipe-card scheme scrapped

PLANS FOR Britain's 19 million benefit claimants to be issued with computerised swipe cards were scrapped by the Government last night after pounds 190m was spent on a project which turned into a "fiasco."

Football: Sheepshanks adopts the visionary position

The man who would be chairman is playing a shrewd political game.

Teens work to fund social life

Today's teenagers work hard to fund their social lives, with almost three-quarters spending up to 20 hours a week at work or doing household chores, according to a survey published today.

Credit cards to get chips

A NEW generation of credit and debit cards with built-in chips will replace the 100 million "black stripe" cards over the next three years, in a pounds 303m project to tackle fraud.

Dial 0898 to get live video sent down the line

THE PREMIUM-RATE telephone line is about to move into a new dimension. From next month, a change in the law will allow companies to send live video pictures direct to callers' home computers - opening up the possibility of watching sports events, checking busy traffic junctions, or even watching films over the phone.

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James Wharton: The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

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