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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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10 Tips To Handle Business Phone Calls Professionally  CEOWORLD magazine

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OnePlus 7 Pro deals become the first commercially available 5G phone to pre-order  TechRadar

Superfast speeds on one of the best phones around - OnePlus 7 Pro deals now available in 5G form.

Anonymous donors offer reward for return of Dee Windross’ phone  Herald Sun

A mystery Melbourne couple has stumped up a 25000 reward for the return of a missing phone full of priceless family photos.

Huawei responds to Google’s Android ban and explains what will happen to its Android phones  BGR

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The Galaxy S10 was released just a few months ago and it turned out to be a success for Samsung, unlike its predecessor. In about three more months, the ...

Google’s Duplex Uses A.I. to Mimic Humans (Sometimes)  The New York Times

In a free *service*, bots call restaurants and make reservations. The technology is impressive, except for when the caller is actually a person.

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Facebook's former teen-in-residence Michael Sayman, now at Google, is back today with the launch of a new game: Emojishot, an emoji-based guessing game ...

The Trump Administration Is Selling Out Hundreds of Millions of Cell-Phone Users  The New Yorker

John Cassidy writes about the proposed merger between Sprint and T-Mobile, and how the Trump Administration is putting big corporations ahead of ...

Muscat trusts Victory to pick suitable successor  The World Game

Kevin Muscat's coaching days at Melbourne Victory have come to an end but the club great says he'll fulfil his obligations before finally leaving next week.

Following US Export Ban, Mobile Carriers Worldwide Drop Huawei Phones From Lineup  The Epoch Times

In light of U.S. administration's export ban on Huawei, mobile carriers around the world have announced that would discontinue selling Huawei smartphones.

Google's Pixel 3a is an unbelievably good lower priced phone  The Age

With its just-announced (and just-released) Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL, Google has attempted to deliver the hallmarks of its flagship phone line — an excellent ...

Google’s Pixel 3a has a serious problem for some users, and there’s no fix in sight  BGR

Google has been making phones for quite a few years now, both during the Nexus era when other smartphone vendors designed its devices, and especially in ...

Serial killer who once terrorized Florida set for execution  The Public's Radio

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Cindy Brown remembers when she decided to divorce Bobby Joe Long, the serial killer facing execution as a result of a murderous ...

Zarif, Trump in war of words as tensions mount  Israel Hayom

Iranian Foreign Minister Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif vowed on Monday that Iran would not be intimidated by U.S. threats, hours after U.S. President ...

Abstruct brings OnePlus's beautiful wallpapers to any Android phone  Android Central

If you've ever been envious of the beautiful wallpapers that come on the OnePlus phones, you'll want to grab this app. Abstruct is a new app from the ...

Can We Trust Machines that Sound Too Much Like Us?  Harvard Business Review

And what about voice assistants that don't sound like us at all?

California Teen Still Missing After 7 Months; Family Reveals Last Words She Said  The Epoch Times

Karlie Guse, 16, of Mono County, said she got frightened on Oct. 12 after skipping a local football game before attending a gathering with her boyfriend. There ...

A Chicago couple lives like Orthodox Jews — and spreads the word of Jesus  JTA News

(JTA) — A few months ago, a couple got involved in the Chicago Jewish community. Rivkah Weber and David Costello started attending an Orthodox ...

Company director, 31, who smacked golf ball but didn't shout 'FORE' avoids jail  Daily Mail

A golfer who failed to shout 'fore' has avoided jail after assaulting a fellow player who criticised his 'golfing etiquette' when a ball nearly hit him in the head.

Compulsively Check Your Smartphone? Knowing Why Can Help You Stop  Healthline

New research highlights the different triggers that may cause you to compulsively check your smartphone and offers suggestions that may help you to kick the ...

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Chalmers considers taking on Albanese for Labor leader  InDaily

Anthony Albanese will soon learn whether his Labor colleague Jim Chalmers will join him in vying to become the party's leader.

BitGo Engineering Manager Has $100K Stolen From His Coinbase Account  CryptoGlobe

On Monday (May 20), Sean Coonce, an engineering manager at crypto custodian BitGo, admitted that last week he had become the victim of a "SIM swap" attack ...

How Your Echo’s “Alexa Guard” Can Protect Your Home  How-To Geek

Amazon just rolled out Alexa Guard to all Echo users. Your Echo can now listen for breaking glass, alert you to smoke alarms, and randomly turn your lights on ...

Macquarie Group launches telco Nu Mobile to sell used phones to Aussies  Business Insider Australia

A new competitor has entered the fight for your mobile phone contract. Macquarie Group is launching a telco called Nu Mobile, which will offer plans that come ...

Overtourism: Countries that despise tourists and how to be a better visitor  Traveller

Despising tourists isn't new. A French visitor to London in 1552 recorded that "the common people are proud and seditious... these villains hate all sorts of ...

Google Pixel 3a Review & Rating  PCMag.com

Google's well-rounded Pixel 3a is quite simply the best Android phone you can buy for $399.

Aurora police training to 'use words instead of guns, use questions instead of orders' in cases of people with disabilities  Chicago Tribune

A scary situation for an Aurora teen and his good Samaritan shows why cops are learning to deal differently with those intellectually disabled.

Apple offered to buy Tesla back in 2013 for more than it’s worth today  BGR

For years, analysts have maintained that Apple needs to move past the iPhone and look for additional revenue streams. Consequently, many analysts over the ...

Office Hours With Farhad Manjoo  The New York Times

I have an idea: Let's chat on the phone! A few months ago, I became an opinion columnist for The New York Times. As media jobs go, this is one of the more ...

25 Time-Tested Ways to Schedule a Call With a Business Prospect  Entrepreneur

A prospect wants to know you're worth listening to before they give you their time.

Buying a OnePlus 7 Pro? Here are All the Best UK Deals (Updated)  Gizmodo UK

Today is the day that the OnePlus 7 Pro arrives into the world, assuming you weren't one of the many people who queued up outside the London pop-up last ...

Making Sense of the Confusing Boomer Situation on NBC's 'Good Girls'  Pajiba

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Axios AM - May 22, 2019  Axios

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Neural networks are the core software of deep learning. Even though they're so widespread, however, they're really poorly understood. Researchers have ...

Macquarie Group to launch mobile telco business  The Australian Financial Review

Financial services giant Macquarie Group is preparing to enter the telecommunications market with the launch of a mobile business, in a surprise move likely to ...

The Android Q beta program is already fragmented  Android Central

When it comes to the Android Q beta, the OEM gets to call all the shots. That never looks good.

The Olympus TG-6 is the successor to our favourite waterproof camera  TrustedReviews

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Davison's unforgettable Lauda moment  Supercars.com

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Several bombshell reports on blue light's health effects have us wondering about all that screen time.

15 European Pop Acts You Might Not Know, but Should  The New York Times

European music is more than just the glitz of Eurovision. Turn on your sound to hear 15 of the region's most important acts, musically and socially, right now.

Labor leadership contest: Chris Bowen set to pull out of the contest  NEWS.com.au

Chris Bowen has confirmed he is pulling out of the Labor leadership challenge.

Writer James Vlahos explains how voice computing will change the way we live  The Verge

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Words With Friends Live brings on Garth Brooks for season finale  CNET

Country singer Garth Brooks chats with Sangita Sarkar, director of product marketing for Words With Friends, about his love for the game at Zynga's San ...

AEW is giving Jim Ross the chance that WWE wouldn't: 'I started disappearing'  New York Post

Jim Ross could feel a piece of himself and his career slipping away and wasn't going to make letting go an option.

Trying to convince ultra-Orthodox Jews to vaccinate, New York messes up the Yiddish  CNN

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A richer picture emerged on Wednesday about the dispute between the attorney general and the special counsel over the Mueller report's findings.

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Hands on: Honor 20 Pro review  TechRadar

Honor phones tend to provide high-end specs at low costs, and the Honor 20 Pro doubles down on that.

Leah Heyes: Mum 'heartbroken' over teen's 'drug death'  BBC News

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Barr testifies about the Mueller investigation  The Washington Post

Attorney General William P. Barr testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday to discuss special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's investigation of ...

How to automatically translate your typed words to a preferred language on any Android phone  H2S Media

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The Tinder Hacker  The Cut

When I asked Sean about his hobbies, I wasn't prepared for what he said.

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Johnny Depp alleges Amber Heard threw vodka leading to severed finger  Metro.co.uk

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In Their Words: Remembering I.M. Pei  The New York Times

The Modernist master left his mark on generations, from Renzo Piano and Norman Foster to David Adjaye and Billie Tsien.

Jimmy Fallon shoves the Phillie Phanatic into a phone booth with Gabrielle Union, DJ Khaled  PhillyVoice.com

Jimmy Fallon's “The Tonight Show” is often an exercise in intentional randomness. This was especially true during a segment called “Phone Booth” on Friday ...

Revealed: Facebook, Google's soft-money 'blackmail' to stall Euro fake news crackdown  The Register

Comment Facebook and Google used grants and other funding to academics and journalistic organizations to pressure a group of experts in Europe to water ...

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.

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 ...

She’s known for seeing good in others. Why did she fear the worst in coming out to fans?  Durham Herald Sun

Why Kristen Hampton was slow to tell Facebook about her wife.

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On Wednesday, the FCC announced a proposal to combat robocalls that would let phone companies block calls for consumers by default and would allow ...

Carvana Co. Announces Upsize and Pricing of its Offering of Class A Common Stock  Associated Press

Press release *content* from Business Wire. The AP news staff was not involved in its creation.

How the touch bar works on Apple's MacBook Pro  Komando

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Behrouz Boochani's mission to change offshore detention laws using a smuggled mobile phone  ABC News

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With OnePlus 7 Pro camera and its top DxOMark score, OnePlus finally joins the league of big boys  India Today

Around a month before the launch of the OnePlus 7 Pro, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau told India Today Tech that the phone's camera is going to raise the bar.

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 ...

A Softer Side of Howard Stern  Rolling Stone

After years of psychotherapy, the King of All Media looks back, repents, and rescues a few kittens. By. Andy Greene. May 22, 2019. Facebook · Twitter · Reddit ...

ADMA Biologics Announces Closing of $51.75 Million Public Offering and Full Exercise of Underwriters' Option to Purchase Additional Shares  Associated Press

Press release *content* from Globe Newswire. The AP news staff was not involved in its creation.

What a 60-year-old dinner party says about departed UW Huskies legend Bob Schloredt  The Seattle Times

Washington Husky quarterback great Bob Schloredt died Thursday at age 79. Mukilteo resident Greg Stewart will never forget the night just prior to the 1961 ...

Founder buys out Telstra's majority stake in PhoneWords  CRN Australia

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Will Wisconsin taxpayers get 'tremendous' payback for money spent on new Fiserv Forum?  PolitiFact

Excitement at the new Fiserv Forum is palpable as the Milwaukee Bucks face the Toronto Raptors in the Eastern Conference Finals, the team's deepest playoff ...

An alternative way to capture childhood on your phone  BBC News

A simple, but evocative, way to record your children's development without using a camera.

Johnson The meaning of the words of the year  The Economist

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Nomophobia Is Cambridge Dictionary's Word of the Year For 2018—And You Might Have It  Mental Floss

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Marshall Stanmore II Voice review: This voice-controlled Bluetooth speaker has the iconic look of rock royalty  TechHive

The sound quality is fairly good overall, especially with rock music, but I had several problems with its operation.

Autocomplete Presents the Best Version of You  WIRED

As goofy as some of your smartphone keyboard's predictions are, at least it tries to not make you look bad.

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 ...

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.

Broken Phone? Don't Sweat It — Restore a Bitcoin Wallet in Minutes  Bitcoin News

The following is an explainer on how to restore a bitcoin mobile phone wallet into a *fresh* device by using a mnemonic seed phrase.

Elizabeth Warren responds to Alabama abortion law with detailed 4-part plan  Axios

Sen. Elizabeth Warren has released a platform to protect access to reproductive care, including abortion, just two days after Alabama passed a law effectively ...

Baltimore's out-of-date and underfunded IT system was ripe for ransomware attack  Baltimore Brew

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21 Addictive Phone Games  PCMag.com

Who needs friends when you've got the best phone games on your iPhone or Android device? These fun p.

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

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