Review of 2013: what happened in the news in October

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Technology topped the news agenda in October. The 14-character social media network Twitter announced its planned $1bn (618m) initial public offering (IPO).

Twitter said it generated $317m (£196m) in revenue in 2012 and that it had more than 218 million active users as of the end of June, up 44% from a year earlier. That compared with Facebook's nearly 1.2 billion and LinkedIn's 240 million.%VIRTUAL-SkimlinksPromo%> The HTC One smartphone edged out Apple and Samsung to win the coveted T3 magazine gadget of the year award. The Taiwanese-made model also won the T3 design award and the phone of the year accolade beating the Apple iPhone 5 and the Samsung Galaxy.

Ofcom reported that EE was the broadband provider to get the most complaints over the quarter, Although EE had cut complaints numbers in half over the past two quarters, they remained almost double the industry average.

The good, the bad and the ugly

Users of Hotukdeals.com were snapping up a 12-piece dinner service in Tesco for just 56p after a glitch mis-priced them. The set is officially priced at £18. One keen buyer, who owned a number of student properties, picked up nine sets for just £5.04 - saving an impressive £156.96.

Pre-Budget Report

Stacey Withers, a 25-year-old dental nurse, was trying to cheer up her poorly three-year old boy Joel who had developed an ear infection on the flight to Turkey. She downloaded a film for him, but was astonished when the £1,118 bill arrived.

Meanwhile, Grimsby Crown Court ordered PoundWorld to pay £38,000, after it sold remote controls that were completely useless in the UK and only worked in South East Asia. The 200-store chain was selling the £1 remotes between September 2010 and June 2012, leaving buyers confounded.

Wedding bells sound alarm

The year's best wedding story came in October. When Neil McArdle, a 36-year-old from Kirkby in Merseyside, realised on the morning of the wedding that he had failed to book the ceremony, rather than fess up to his fiancé, he decided to call the registry office and spark a bomb scare.

Something old

Vinyl record sales hit a ten-year high with releases from Daft Punk, Arctic Monkeys and David Bowie driving demand. Sales crossed the half-million mark for the first time since 2003, and sales doubled in a year, according to analysis of Official Charts Company data by recording industry body the BPI.

Something new

A pair of stilettos made from solid platinum has went on sale for the eye-watering price of £70,000. Designed by Chris Shellis of the House of Borgezie, the Platinum Cleopatra Stiletto took more than four years to develop, with each pair taking over a hundred hours to complete.

Something borrowed

Marion Hill and Lyndsay Millett were in Liverpool Magistrates Court accused of stealing wreaths from a grave, hours after a funeral - with the intention of selling them on. The women admitted taking the wreaths, which spelled out Mum and Nan, from the grave of Bridget Jannet, but said that they intended to put them on their own mother's grave.

Something blue

A student who made more than £300,000 from working as an escort was told she faced a second jail sentence if she fails to pay the tax she owes. Donna Asutaits, 30, had served a two-and-a-half year sentence for tax evasion, after failing to file tax returns while she studied for a master's degree at the University of Westminster.

Asutaits was earning as much as £1,000 per night, enabling her to buy an apartment in London's Knightsbridge with a cash deposit of £120,000. While her precise earnings were unknown, she was ordered to pay £120,000 in tax, as well as over £54,000 in court costs.

Double garage, double house

And you are never to far from a good housing story, Even having the leader of the opposition nearby cannot dampen prices, it seems. A double garage in Ed Miliband's stomping ground of Highgate was sold at auction for an astonishing £251,000. That's £80,000 more than the average house in the UK was worth.

But perhaps the story to infuriate the most was when neighbours of Tim Fisk, his partner, and their ten children, signed a petition to protest against plans to build the family a super-council-house - by knocking two three-bedroom houses together.

Fisk, an unemployed 43-year-old from Maidenhall, and his partner Mandy Ball, a 42-year-old stay-at-home mum, have an impressive brood between them. There are two older children who have moved out, plus Sadie (16), Daniel (14), Lauren (13), Callum (11), Kyle (10), Elektra-Mae (5), Serenity (4), Jayden (3), Starlight (2) and Neathus (11 months). Ball was also expecting another child in November.
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