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Submissions about possible short to medium term changes to the current arrangements for allocating smartnumbers® to improve allocative efficiency must be received by...

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Barriers to Skype on mobiles evaporate

Brisbane Times
New Skype apps for the iPhone and Symbian platforms will allow mobile users to bypass telco voice networks completely, making calls using the internet over the 3G data network...

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Outcome: 1.0, Output: 1.1                  Question: 137
Topic: Smart numbers
Written Question on Notice
Senator Conroy asked:

1. The smart number auction system for freecall numbers that spell a word or business name commenced in 2004. Since that time a secondary market in these numbers has arisen. Did the Government contemplate that such market would develop?

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Novel domain decision clarifies tests for consolidation of multiple complaints

Australian Trade Marks Law Blog

In National Dial A Word Registry Pty Ltd and others v. 1300 Directory Pty Ltd (WIPO Case No. DAU2008-0021) an Administrative Panel Decision of the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center handed down on 6 March, 2009, the Complaint was submitted by nine complainants against one respondent. More info HERE.

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Phonewords around the World

Wikipedia- The Free Encyclopedia

The main advantages of phonewords over standard phone numbers include increased memorability and increased response rates to advertising. They are easier to remember than numeric phone numbers….

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"Smarter than the average number ..."

Julian Gyngell's talk on "Phonewords and Finance", kindly hosted yesterday at the London office of McDermott Emery & Will, was a treat for those who attended. In short, * Australia has instituted a system by which Smartnumbers, these being the numerical bases for alphanumerical telephone numbers, are auctioned to the highest bidder, subject to minimal conditions and limitations…

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Google's Folding Phone Looks Like a Wallet  Gizmodo Australia

Everyone wants a piece of the emerging folding phone market, and unsurprisingly the Powers That G are also getting on the bendy bandwagon. A patent ...

The phone call that lured Knight to Rabbitohs  NRL.COM

South Sydney recruit Liam Knight is a player whose unrealised potential Wayne Bennett can help fulfil as he did with Matt Lodge at the Broncos.

15 New Features We've Already Spotted In The Android Q Beta  Gizmodo Australia

Android Q is here—in an early, beta form—and if you've got any generation of Pixel phone on hand then you can give it a test run. We've been playing around ...

The Huawei Mate X is the World's First EU-Certified 5G Phone  Gizmodo Australia

Despite saying the Mate 20 X would be its first 5G phone, Huawei has just had its Mate X (that's the foldy one -- Huawei, please sort your naming conventions ...

The three words that killed hands-free driving legislation in Virginia  Virginia Mercury

Ultimately, three words led to the downfall of hands-free driving legislation that lawmakers hoped would finally allow police to crack down on widespread use of ...

In Pakistan, People Are Jailed for Blasphemous Facebook Posts  WIRED

Authorities in Pakistan use stringent laws to prosecute blasphemy—even “crimes” as innocuous as liking a post on Facebook. Vigilantes have been known to ...

Jacinda Ardern: At last, a true leader for our troubled times  The Age

To submit a letter to The Age, email letters@theage.com.au. Please include your home address and telephone number. What leadership Jacinda Ardern has ...

Trump Has Two Words for Kellyanne Conway’s Husband: ‘Total Loser’  The New York Times

The president's attack on George T. Conway III, the spouse of one of his closest advisers, came after Mr. Conway questioned his mental fitness.

'Virtual kidnapping' calls may be coming from Mexico, U.S. officials say  NBCNews.com

Investigators think those behind recent 'virtual kidnapping' scams that seek cash for an abducted child who is actually unharmed are working in Mexico.

She wouldn't unlock her iPhone for police. Now Indiana's highest court will hear her case.  Indianapolis Star

Katelin Seo argues that being forced to provide her iPhone passcode would be a violation of her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.

Stadia hands-on: Big gaming promises and lots of unanswered questions  Android Central

Want to know what most of the companies claiming to have the ability to "bring gaming to everyone" have in common? They aren't around anymore, and gaming ...

Latest Samsung Galaxy smartphone will pop up on April 10  Digital Trends

Samsung will show at least one new Galaxy phone off on April 10, it has confirmed in a teaser tweet. The models it will reveal are unknown, but speculation ...

Gmail’s Smart Compose feature opens up to more Android phones – here’s how to get it  The Next Web

Gmail's Smart Compose feature has been around on desktop and on Google Pixel 3 handsets since last October. it's now becoming available on more devices.

The Hottest Chat App for Teens Is … Google Docs  The Atlantic

When the kids in Skyler's school want to tell a friend something in class, they don't scrawl a note down on a tiny piece of paper and toss it across the room.

Stepping Into the Uncanny, Unsettling World of Shen Yun  The New Yorker

Jia Tolentino on the Shen Yun dance troupe and its association with Falun Gong, a secretive sect that is persecuted in China.

Future Huawei phones could get a triple camera setup with an extra screen on the back  BGR

Huawei is continuing to ship well-regarded smartphones, despite the Chinese brand's widely publicized troubles with US authorities, and it will continue to do so ...

Poet W.S. Merwin followed where the words led  Christian Science Monitor

Once called 'the Thoreau of our era,' W.S. Merwin was an environmentalist who transformed concrete language into evanescent poetry that reflected on war, ...

Premiere: Cosha TG Drops the Video for "Call My Phone"  Complex

*Fresh* off the release of his Summer Nights project, Cosha TG has delivered the visual for its standout track "Call My Phone." The song, produced by Timbaland ...

Chris Cornell Last Call Detailed By A-List Star: 'The Final Minutes'  Alternative Nation

Famous comedian Joey Diaz discussed the deaths of Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell and comedian Brody Stevens on a recent episode of ...

Meet Theodor Black, the South London Rapper Blending Jazz and Ambience  VICE

It's 11AM, and Theodor Black's phone is going straight to voicemail. I try again ten minutes later, and get the same thing. I try again after pouring a glass of water, ...

Father of murdered toddler Bethan Colebourn: 'I miss being a daddy'  9Honey

A grieving father has shared a heart-wrenching statement after a UK court sentenced his wife to life in jail for murdering their toddler daughter. Claire Colebourn ...

Beto O’Rourke’s hacking universe, explained  The Washington Post

Running for president casts a bright spotlight in the shadows of candidates' pasts. That's a good thing, of course, allowing voters to learn about the people who ...

Communication difficulties  The Brain Tumour Charity

Understanding communication difficulties and knowledge of coping strategies can help people affected by a brain tumour (and those around them) to feel more ...

Galaxy A40 to only sort dual cameras on its back  SlashGear

It seems that Samsung is back to its old ways of flooding the smartphone market with every variation possible. This time, it's using its Galaxy A series as a.

Beware 'HMRC' phone scams - surge in calls telling victims they owe taxman £1,000s  MoneySavingExpert

MoneySavingExpert.com is warning readers to be alert to a sophisticated phone scam that has recently emerged, in which fraudsters threaten victims with arrest ...

On Wintry Runs, Finding a Room of My Own  The New York Times

When I go running in slush and snow, ideas can break loose and float to the surface like little ice floes.

A place where soldiers can call home  Seacoastonline.com

PORTSMOUTH — It was a single voicemail left 13 years ago for a Marine departing for Iraq.In mid-2006, a Capt. Smith, who had recently married, borrowed a ...

2019 Infiniti QX50 Review - Long-Term Update 4  Motor Trend

In his second update on the 2018 Infiniti Q60, managing art director Mike Royer complained that Infiniti's infotainment system feels like it's a generation behind.

Dispatcher comments on East Haven racial tirade woman after 911 call  WFSB

Remaining calm in the face of vulgar and racist comments.

The 10 most annoying computer cables of all time  PCWorld

These 10 annoying computer cables prove that USB-C can't take over fast enough.

'Don't call me before you text': The new rules of communicating in the digital era  USA TODAY

Emoji replace sentences. Acronyms replace words. And phones aren't used to make phone calls anymore. In fact, before you call, you might want to text.

Sunday Puzzle: Group THINK  NPR

On-air challenge: I've brought a game of Categories based on the word THINK. For each category I give, name something in it starting with each of the letters ...

You went on vacation and took thousands of photos. Now what? Here's how to organize them.  The Boston Globe

Keeping travel photos organized as you go can prevent an overwhelming backlog of precious images, make it easier to manage photo projects later (think photo ...

Reporter claps back at Rep. Ilhan Omar after she accused him of 'distorting' her quotes on Obama  Daily Mail

Politico's Tim Alberta, who Rep. Ilhan Omar claimed in a tweet distorted her words, fired back on Friday that the audio of the interview proves he was right before ...

FBI agent links suspected accomplices to kingpin in ATM robbery trial  Chron

Federal prosecutors on Tuesday played surveillance videos and recordings of dozens of tapped phone conversations for jurors as they outlined how four ...

Customer Service For Beginners: 10 Best Practices Employees Need Training On When New  Forbes

When you're tasked with training your newest employees in customer *service*, what are the fundamental customer *service* best practices you need to convey?

“If you don’t fail, you haven’t pushed yourself far enough forward”, with Dr. Ely Weinschneider and Jessica Yarmey  Thrive Global

If parents want to give their children a gift, the best thing they can do is to teach their children to love challenges, be intrigued by mistakes, enjoy effort, and keep ...

Darryl D'Monte: An Editor and Gentleman Par Excellence  The Wire

Darryl D'Monte, an editor par excellence has left us.He epitomised the best of journalism, in an era long gone. The tributes pour in. An editor and a gentleman of ...

Note found in Patrick Quirke's home said 'dispose of evidence', trial hears  Irish Mirror

Det Gda Moloney said he examined pages found during the search using a specialist technique.

Mafia soldier Frank Capri behind Rascal Flatts restaurant failures  AZCentral

Frank Capri received witness protection and used his new identity to wreak havoc on developers who wanted Toby Keith restaurants. Then, he did it again.

LG V40 ThinQ review: The best from the LG but its best is not enough  India Today

The LG V40 ThinQ offers a lot of goodness -- performance, a brilliant display, nice speaker and an attractive design. but it also has areas where it can't match the ...

All the new phones at MWC 2019 from Samsung, Huawei, Xiaomi, Nokia and more  Wired.co.uk

It's not the best of times to buy a phone, and that's because we're absolutely swamped with new ones. Lots of phones. Flagship phones. 5G phones. A few more ...

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus review: A phone of rare distinction  Expert Reviews

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus: Fantastic hardware meets refined usability; the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus is absolutely sublime.

Kaurna concerns over planned Aboriginal art and culture gallery  InDaily

South Australia's three major cultural institutions say they support the Marshall Government's mooted National Gallery for Aboriginal Art and Cultures at Lot ...

Daily Digest: Distracted driving, DHS and fraud, paid leave  Minnesota Public Radio News

Good morning. Time to get your Tuesday started with your Daily Digest. 1. House passes hands-free cell phone bill. The Minnesota House voted 106-21 Monday ...

Coders’ Primal Urge to Kill Inefficiency—Everywhere  WIRED

For software engineers, lack of friction is an aesthetic joy, an emotional high, the ideal existential state. It's what drives them—and shapes our world.

FBI tracked Michael Cohen's phones with controversial device  KEPR 19

NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Cohen, meet the Triggerfish. Search warrant documents made public Tuesday show the FBI used highly secretive and controversial ...

Aziz Ansari’s 2019 tour and its complicated, necessary role in #MeToo  Vox.com

I saw the comedian perform in Chicago. His latest material could take the #MeToo conversation to a new place.

Daily telly updates: Anurag, Komolika land in jail, Prachi slaps her stalker  India Today

Daily telly updates: In Kasauti Zindagi Kay, Anurag and Komolika are in a shady hotel, when cops arrive to arrest them. In Kumkum Bhagya, a stalker lands at ...

Nomophobia: Word of the year 2018 by Cambridge Dictionary  NEWS.com.au

It describes a social condition that psychologists warn is increasingly common in our modern world, but chances are you have never heard of it. Yet this new ...

Tiny Love Stories: ‘Relationships Are Like Shoes’  The New York Times

Modern Love in miniature, featuring reader-submitted stories of no more than 100 words.

19 years after her murder, husband of Jassi Sidhu still haunted by wife’s last words  Global News

The last words Sukhwinder Singh Mithu remembers from his wife were a plea to her killers. “Don't hurt my Mithu. Don't hit him,” he recalls Jaswinder (Jassi) Kaur ...

Mayor Derek SK Kawakami reflects on plans  Thegardenisland.com

Mayor Derek S.K. Kawakami was sitting in his office in the Moikeha Building in the Lihue Civic Center recalling his first day at work as Kauai's chief executive, ...

For the record: 18 journalists on how—or whether—they use tape recorders  Columbia Journalism Review

In early February, Jill Abramson told The Cut that she had never recorded an interview in her decades-long career as a journalist. “I'm a very fast note-taker,” she ...

iPhone trick will stop autocorrect changing swear word to ‘ducking’  NEWS.com.au

This could be the most valuable piece of information you learn all year, and I'm honoured to be the one to share it with you.

Augmented reality when? We asked Magic Leap, Facebook, Google, and more  Fast Company

A 'Black Mirror' episode—in a good way!”: Key players in AR, MR and even XR talk about the near future, and explain what could go wrong.

State civil rights group sets hearing to probe possible Grand Rapids police bias  MLive.com

GRAND RAPIDS, MI -- After two recent controversies involving arrests of minorities, the Michigan Department of Civil Rights is scheduling a hearing to look at ...

10 Hilarious April Fools' Day 2019 Pranks To Play On Your Husband, Because He Deserves It  Romper

I used to hate April Fools' Day. From sun up until sun down, I was weary of everyone and everything. But one year I had an epiphany: it was time for me to ...

After Christchurch shooting, students speak on Muslim experience  The Rice Thresher

Muslim students in the Rice community reflected on their experiences both at Rice and outside the hedges in the wake of the shootings at two mosques in ...

Creative Supplement - Winter 2019  McGill Tribune

It's the sound the sun makes, screaming through tinted windows. Your ears cannot hear it, but your eyes can;. Listen to the citrus breathing through the

The meaning of the words of the year  The Economist

CAMBRIDGE DICTIONARY recently selected “nomophobia” as its word of the year, via a poll of readers. Those lucky enough not to have heard of this condition ...

Former President George H.W. Bush's last words, as spoken to his son, George W. Bush  CNN

Former President George H.W. Bush spoke his final words in a phone call with his son, former President George W. Bush, a source familiar with Bush's final ...

This Longtime Acupuncturist Who Pushed For Oversight Is Now Under…  Honolulu Civil Beat

Forty-five years ago, Mike Hashimoto was the driving force behind an effort to regulate Hawaii acupuncturists, pushing for a bill that would require state oversight ...

The Internet Knows You Better Than Your Spouse Does  Scientific American

Scientific American is the essential guide to the most awe-inspiring advances in science and technology, explaining how they change our understanding of the ...

Student-athletes give advice on academics, Part I  Gallipolis Daily Tribune

Community and junior colleges occupy a special place in American higher education, and I'd like to share with my readers the stories of basketball pl.

Dems alter how they run campaigns to prove liberal values, dodge hypocrisy claims  NBC News

WASHINGTON — From the way candidates treat their staff to their modes of transportation to how they fundraise, the campaign itself is increasingly a central part ...

Truck-driving preacher charged with killing 2 teenage girls nearly 20 years ago  KCRA Sacramento

A truck-driving preacher arrested for killing two teenage girls from Alabama nearly 20 years ago was found by the same genealogy database techniques used to ...

Glued to Your Phone at the Dinner Table? Marshawn Lynch Wants to Have Some Words  Adweek

Will we ever collectively return to a time when dinners around the table included little more than food, your friends or loved ones, and polite conversation?

Murdered track star Lauren McCluskey's final words  Kidspot

A senior track star at the University of Utah was killed by a registered sex offender with whom she had a previous relationship, police and university officials said.

The Phone Number Ashton Kutcher Tweeted Comes From a Startup  WIRED

If you tried to text Ashton Kutcher today, you were prompted to sign up for a new messaging *service* called Community.

New report says Baltimore fire department spent its entire fiscal year overtime budget  WBAL TV Baltimore

A new report shows the Baltimore City Fire Department has spent its entire fiscal year 2019 overtime budget with still three months to go. While the fire ...

How to Make iPhone AutoCorrect Ducking Let You Swear  How-To Geek

AutoCorrect automatically fixes typos, which is convenient—but it thinks swears are typos. Your iPhone or iPad likes changing swear words into similar, incorrect ...

Christchurch shootings: Kiwi Muslim's words reveal both sides of New Zealand  New Zealand Herald

Green Party MP Chlöe Swarbrick has shared a Muslim man's poignant perspective of New Zealand in the wake of the Christchurch mosque shootings.

Facebook admits using two-factor phone numbers to target ads  Engadget

Facebook has admitted that it uses the phone number provided by users for two-factor authentication (2FA) to target them with ads. Naturally, its repurposing of...

Thousand Oaks California shooting: Hero cop’s final phone call to wife  NEWS.com.au

SARGEANT Ron Helus was on the phone to his wife when reports of a shooting first came through.

Phone spoofing: When your phone number is taken over by international scammers  ABC News

Mobile and landline telephone numbers are being hijacked by phone scammers, and it is taking a toll particularly on some victims in regional and rural Australia.

Your Phone Is Listening and it's Not Paranoia  VICE

Here's how I got to bottom of the ads-coinciding-with-conversations mystery.

Cory Monteith's mother shares her harrowing phone call with Lea Michele after his death.  Mamamia

Cory Monteith final words: Five years on from the Glee star's death, his mother has revealed the phone call she received from his girlfriend Lea Michele.

Romance scammers prey on Words With Friends players  The Sydney Morning Herald

When Barbara El-Gamal was stuck with poor letters in the online game Words with Friends, she reluctantly played "tit" for bird, fearing her suspiciously chatty ...

Why No One Answers Their Phone Anymore  The Atlantic

The telephone swept into Americans' lives in the first decades of the 20th century. At first, no one knew exactly how to telephone. Alexander Graham Bell wanted ...

That Peter Crouch Podcast: 'He's one of them, but one of us too'  BBC Sport

As That Peter Crouch Podcast returns for a second series, co-host Tom Fordyce explains how the Burnley striker has become the chief raconteur of the Premier ...

Karl Stefanovic axed: Today host’s 2018 was awful  NEWS.com.au

Karl Stefanovic is gone, axed from the Today show after what he himself conceded in a statement had been a “tough time.”

September 11 anniversary: Final words of 9/11 victims  The Advertiser

MOMENTS before United Airlines Flight 175 smashed into the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, a passenger left a voicemail for the wife he'd left ...

Google’s AI sounds like a human on the phone — should we be worried?  The Verge

Google has unveiled a new feature for its AI assistant that will make real phone calls for users, booking reservations at restaurants and hairdressers. But what ...

Serious FaceTime bug allows you to listen remotely before anyone answers — Apple to fix ‘later this week’  The Verge

There's a serious bug in Apple's FaceTime video calling platform that has been bouncing around some corners of social media today, and that 9to5Mac just ...

Stop Misusing Autocorrect  Lifehacker

There's a right way and a wrong way to use your phone's autocorrect, says the person who invented it. Ken Kocienda, former Principal Engineer of iPhone ...

Today show viewer’s $40k cash call ‘nightmare’  NEWS.com.au

A Today viewer has spoken of her distress after she claims technical difficulties saw her miss out on the show's $40000 cash giveaway.

Is Facebook secretly recording you? The debate, explained.  Vox

Three years ago, on the way to my apartment in Brooklyn to cook dinner for myself and a friend, we stopped into a grocery store that offered build-your-own ...

The new phones that are stuck in the past  BBC News

These sleek, downgraded cell phones are meant to promote mental wellbeing – by turning the clock back to the pre-smartphone era.

The first FEMA Presidential Alert just hit phones across the US  The Verge

October 3rd at 2:18PM ET, FEMA will send out a "Presidential Alert" to nearly every single cellphone in the country to test its Integrated Public Alert and Warning ...

Winnow your Words: Kimi's book of Haiku is now available  autosport.com

Due to extraordinary demand, 10000 extra copies of a book featuring words of wisdom from Kimi Raikkonen turned into Haiku poetry will be available for fans to ...

'I can't breathe.' Jamal Khashoggi's last words disclosed in transcript, source says  CNN

The final words uttered by Jamal Khashoggi after he was set upon at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul are captured in a transcript circulated to Turkish allies, ...

Papa John's Founder Used N-Word On Conference Call  Forbes Now

John Schnatter—the founder, chairman and public face of pizza chain Papa John's—used racially offensive language on a conference call in May, a source with ...

The Best Learning Apps on Your Phone for 18-Month-Olds  WonderHowTo

Give an 18-month-old a shoe, check back 10 minutes later, and it's a very big maybe he will have it on his foot. But give him your smartphone, and in a mere five ...

MWC 2019: all the news from the biggest mobile show of the year  TechRadar

The Huawei Mate X, Sony Xperia 1, LG G8 and more have all been announced at MWC 2019.

Mattis resignation triggered by phone call between Trump and Erdoğan  The Guardian

US president complied with Turkish leader's demands and took own advisers by surprise, accounts say.

The Dangers of Distracted Parenting  The Atlantic

When it comes to children's development, parents should worry less about kids' screen time—and more about their own.

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Google's voice AI, Google Assistant, has a lot to say at this year's I/O developer conference. Here are all of the ways it just got smarter: ...

The Words and Phrases to Use — and to Avoid — When Talking to Customers  HBR.org Daily

The key to any successful relationship is effective communication. In the business world, this means trying to understand what consumers and clients are saying, ...

There’s no perfect minimalist phone — yet  The Verge

Over the course of a few weeks, I tried out four different minimalist phones — the Unihertz Jelly, the Nokia 3310 3G, the Punkt MP01, and the Light Phone — in ...