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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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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

The US government delivered a crippling blow to Huawei last week, placing the Chinese conglomerate on an "Entity List" that meant Huawei would not be able ...

OnePlus 7 Pro 5G is finally official, but only for EE customers in Britain  BGR

We've known for months that UK carrier EE will be the first mobile operator in the world to launch OnePlus's first 5G phone. And we've known it'll all go down at ...

Samsung’s Galaxy S11 won’t have the crazy new feature we’re waiting for  BGR

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 ...

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 ...

HTC is launching a cheaper version of its blockchain phone  TechRadar

HTC isn't giving up on its blockchain phone strategy: following on from the Exodus 1 that launched late in 2018, the company has revealed a cheaper version of ...

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 ...

Handwritten wills shake up Aretha Franklin’s estate  Washington Post

The discovery of handwritten wills in the home of the late Aretha Franklin could ignite a dispute among family members about the estate of the “Queen of Soul.”

New scheme uses law enforcement phone numbers to extort money  KHOU.com

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has a new warning about a scheme that uses law enforcement phone numbers to extort money from victims.

Texting while driving: Teen killed after using her phone before car crash  NEWS.com.au

A teenage driver was killed weeks after passing her test when she became “distracted” an inquest heard. Shannon Gittings, 17, lost control of her Fiat 500, ...

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 ...

JANICE WELLS: When your smartphone is a little smarter than you need  The Western Star

Remember the good old days, when the dreaded words you don't want to hear meant a health issue, and obviously, when the word “dreaded” is used, you know ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Queensland engineer who claims to be Prince Charles’ love child loses job appeal  9news.com.au

A Queensland engineer who insists he's the love child of Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall has lost a court battle to return to work after being ...

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 ...

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 ...

5G speed test: 1.4Gbps in Chicago, but only if you do the '5G shuffle'  TechRadar

We're still testing 5G speeds in Chicago, using the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G and getting mostly great results.

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

NBC's Good Girls heads into its season finale on Sunday, and at this point, the whole season is a big ball of knots, but knowing how network television works, ...

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 ...

Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 review: Flawless for the price  Expert Reviews

For two years, Xiaomi must have been slightly nervous about this day coming. Having decided to call its range of cheap and cheerful Redmi phones the 'Note' ...

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.

Why a Witness to Eric Garner’s Death Is Giving Up on ‘Justice’  The New York Times

The only public hearing into what happened to Mr. Garner — who exclaimed “I can't breathe” as he died from a police chokehold — takes a microscopic view of ...

Can I enjoy my vacation if I’ve left my cellphone at home?  The Globe and Mail

First Person is a daily personal piece submitted by readers. Have a story to tell? See our guidelines at tgam.ca/essayguide. Standing at the Montreal train station ...

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.

Treat Facebook Like Big Tobacco  Bloomberg

Government should scrutinize and publicize the harms of social media – not use antitrust regulation to encourage even more platforms.

Lee Pitts: I Can Explain Everything  Tri-State Livestock News

Any day now I expect to get an e-mail from one of the many editors of the magazines and newspapers who run this column informing me they no longer.

Davison's unforgettable Lauda moment  Supercars.com

Supercars star Will Davison has added to a flood of tributes for three-time Formula 1 world champion Niki Lauda, who died on Monday, aged 70. The Austrian is ...

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.

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

The Verge interviews writer James Vlahos about his new book, Talk to Me: How Voice Computing Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Think (Houghton ...

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 most important acts, musically and socially, right now.

Iran, please give Trump a call  CNN

Jamsheed Choksy and Carol Choksy write that after the White House reportedly passed along a number -- via the Swiss government -- for Iranian leaders to ...

'Incredibly sloppy': Yiddish translation of New York's measles message riddled with errors  CNN

Trying to convince ultra-Orthodox Jews to vaccinate, the New York State Department of Health made errors translating English to Yiddish. Some say the bungled ...

AFL 360: Mark Robinson backs huge Dale Thomas fine, AFL Tribunal, Carlton Blues  NEWS.com.au

Dale Thomas' heated abuse of boundary umpire Michael Barlow has cost the Carlton veteran a massive $7500 fine as the AFL continued to crack down on ...

Google’s latest app, Rivet, uses speech processing to help kids learn to read  TechCrunch

Rivet, a new app from Google's in-house incubator, wants to help children struggling to read. The app hails from Area 120 — Google's workshop for ...

When the Mueller Investigation Ended, the Battle Over Its Conclusions Began  The New York Times

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

Can Oman pull the US and Iran back from the brink of confrontation?  TRT World

Oman's goodwill and relationships with the Muslim world and the West could prove vital, as they have historically, to ensuring that US-Iran tensions don't boil ...

‘Vida’: Tanya Saracho on Colorism and the ‘Authenticity Police’  The New York Times

The showrunner of the Starz drama, which returns Thursday, discusses her vision for Season 2.

The 'personality politics' of Narendra Modi and Donald Trump  BBC News

The BBC's Rajini Vaidyanathan on how the cult of personality unites the Indian PM and the US president.

Super Rugby: Crusaders aware of need to behave on and off the field  Stuff.co.nz

OPINION: South Africa can be a tough place for visiting rugby teams to tour. As the Crusaders have discovered. On and off the field.

Travis Tritt Says He Was Involved in a Deadly Car Accident This Weekend  countryliving.com

It was a very scary scene for Travis Tritt this weekend, as his tour bus was involved in a car accident. Although the country singer and his crew were unharmed, ...

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

The mother of a teenager who died after apparently taking ecstasy in North Yorkshire says she has been left "absolutely heartbroken". Leah Heyes, 15 ...

Elisabeth Murdoch’s Digital Video Studio Finds Snapchat Success Isn’t Enough  Forbes

But as other digital publishers have discovered, Vertical Networks can't survive (or thrive) on revenue from a single platform alone. So Elisabeth Murdoch's ...

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 The Inquirer helped save over $10,000 for consumers — and what you can do to protect yourself  Philly.com

Don't be afraid of going up the chain of command. Some consumers have had surprising luck in directly emailing a company's CEO.

The Tinder Hacker  The Cut

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

Family members seek answers in shooting death of 19-year-old  WISN Milwaukee

Family members are remembering the 19-year-old man who was shot and killed outside a Cheddar's restaurant in Pleasant Prairie Monday evening as a good ...

A Pinellas teacher brought a gun to school. Was it a political statement?  Tampa Bay Times

Betty Jo Soto was arrested and immediately fired Monday when police found she was carrying a Glock 9mm and two knives at Starkey Elementary School in ...

Border agent facing criminal charges called migrants 'murdering savages' in texts  NBC News

A Border Patrol agent facing criminal charges for how he tried to stop a fleeing migrant sent text messages that referred to immigrants as "mindless savages" and ...

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 ...

In Chile, God's alive and well and arrives every day on WhatsApp  Crux: Covering all things Catholic

The success of a WhatsApp spiritual thread in Chile suggests that while the abuse scandals may have badly frayed confidence in the institutional church and its ...

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 ...

Burglar branded a 'real nuisance to the people of Bangor' is jailed  Daily Post

Craig Lloyd is jailed after admitting stealing £1400 from gaming machines and a till at the Harp Inn.

Pick of the Podcasts: From murder investigations to Disney - here's what we're listening to this week  The Sunday Post

Atlanta Monster, West Cork, Someone Knows Something are just some of the literally thousands of series available. The one that sparked widespread interest, ...

Where all the robocalls are coming from  Axios

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

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.

New Jersey man charged with urinating on child's memorial says 'I made a huge mistake'  550 KTSA

Obtained by ABC News(NEW YORK) — A New Jersey man who sparked widespread outrage by allegedly urinating on a park memorial for a 9-year-old boy ...

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.

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

He won Australia's richest prize for literature, but Behrouz Boochani wasn't there to accept it. He was on Manus Island, more than 2000 days after he arrived on ...

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 ...

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 ...

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

The founder of Telstra PhoneWords has led a consortium to acquire Telstra's 85 percent stake in the company, which sells personalised 1...

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.

'Call the fire department, my house is on fire'; family recalls victims' last words  KSFY

Jerald and Shirlee Schack were the two people who died in the Tolstoy house fire on Saturday.

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

Nomophobia is the Cambridge Dictionary's word of the year for 2018, and it describes a condition many of us are familiar with—even if we never knew there was ...

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.

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

It may not have been someone in city government clicking on something “bad” in their email. Nor was it likely a “targeted” attack, because most ransomware is ...

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 ...

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 ...

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.

Some states rush to protect abortion rights as Roe v. Wade fight heats up  Axios

Red states aren't the only part of America working to change abortion law in the new era of the Kavanaugh court.

World Cup Countdown: 1983 - Indira Gandhi declares public holiday after India create history  India Today

In the 3rd chapter of our 2019 World Cup countdown, we look at the 1983 World Cup which incidentally was the first-ever title win by India. As Virat Kohli and Co.

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.

Using Phone Contact Book Apps For Digital Research - bellingcat  bellingcat

Popular apps such as TrueCaller or GetContact advertise the ability to see who is really calling you, even if you do not know the number, and alert the app user ...

NYPD Officer Arrested For Allegedly Plotting To Kill Her Estranged Husband And Her Boyfriend's Daughter  Gothamist

A police officer assigned to a Queens precinct is accused of plotting to kill two people—her estranged husband and her current boyfriend's teen ...

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.

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?

‘Nomophobia’ crowned word of 2018, but what does it mean?  The Independent

"Nomophobia" has been named as Cambridge Dictionary's word of 2018. While the word itself might sound unfamiliar, the phenomenon it describes is one we ...

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 ...

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.

New phone designs aim to shake up MWC 2019  CNET

More phones with 5G, foldable designs and multiple cameras at the world's largest mobile show.

Fulani Terrorists: Creating A National Crucible of Disaster, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú  Premium Times

Nigeria is a “tragedy descending into a farce”… With the deadly silence from those who unleashed Operation Crocodile Smile on the Indigenous People Of ...

Oh or zero? When the evolution of language clashes with linguistic purism  ABC News

Read aloud your mobile phone number or say James Bond's code name and you might unleash the fury of linguistic purists who are fighting the evolution of ...

Sending a love letter: Workshop to remind residents of what the Crump could be  The Republic

Architectural and urban designer Paola Aguirre believes writing a love letter to the shuttered Crump Theatre could result in the decaying performance facility's ...

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 ...

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.

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

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 ...

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.

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 ...

Samsung’s Galaxy S10 lineup arrives with four new models  TechCrunch

In what may well be the most Samsung move in Samsung history, Samsung just introduced four new Samsung S10 models. For the 10th anniversary of the ...

Support floods in for Egg Boy, the internet's new political hero  SBS

It's hard to imagine how one chicken ovum and one 17-year-old could bring the world so much joy. Egg Boy made that happen.

Is this proof your smart phone is eavesdropping on EVERY single word you say?  Daily Mail

CLAUDIA JOSEPH SAYS... Technology companies from Silicon Valley target users with ads ranging from glasses, copycat bags and even new blood tests after ...

Telstra sells Phonewords business to founder and Aura Funds Management  The Australian Financial Review

Telstra is selling its stake in its Phonewords business to a consortium led by the company's founder Gavin Scholes and Aura Funds Management.