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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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The hacking of Boris Johnson’s home  Spiked

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iOS 13 brings many much needed quality-of-life improvements  TechCrunch

In developer lingo, quality-of-life updates are all about refining things that already work. Thanks to these incremental improvements, it should make the end-user ...

A Netflix hack lets you feel the action in a scene by vibrating your phone  TechCrunch

Netflix Hack Day, the company's internal hackathon, has a habit of producing some amazing gems — like a brain-controlled interface, a Fitbit hack that shuts off ...

Knicks Are Getting Two 'Alpha Dogs' In R.J. Barrett and Iggy Brazdeikis, Canadian Youth Coach Says  Forbes

Canadian youth coach David DeAveiro is the last man to coach current Knicks rookies R.J. Barrett and Iggy Brazdeikis on the same team. He said the Knicks are ...

Generic-drug makers colluded to inflate prices, lawsuit says  Los Angeles Times

Representatives of some of the nation's largest generic-drug manufacturers used code words to collude with competitors, according to a federal lawsuit.

Joe Biden, Cory Booker speak on phone after demanding apologies from each other  CBS News

In an attempt to ratchet down the tension between them, former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Cory Booker spoke on the phone late Wednesday, CBS ...

Bill Gates says it should've been Apple vs. Microsoft in mobile space  iMore

In a new interview, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates called the company's failure in the mobile space his "greatest mistake ever." Gates said the space "was a ...

London Bridge inquest: 'extremist' denies close links to attackers  The Guardian

A man described as having a “strong historical extremist pedigree” has said he had limited contact with the ringleader of the London Bridge terror attackers, ...

What You Actually Need To Change A Bad Habit (Hint: It's Not Willpower)  HuffPost

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Facebook statuses can be used to learn hints about your medical conditions  Quartz

At its core, Facebook is a giant repository of information about the people who use it, from their age and phone number, to their music preferences, to their ...

Sunday Puzzle: Cut From The Same Cloth  NPR

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro and puzzle master Will Shortz play the puzzle this week with Nicole Johnston of Falls Church, Va.

Galaxy Note 10 Tesla Edition Is Just a Render (Update)  Tom's Guide

Update 11:40 a.m. ET: The render in question has been tracked back to a YouTuber, which produced the image as a concept of a theoretical Samsung/Tesla ...

Chassidic Friends and Families Rally to Help Haitian Scam Victim  Chabad.org

Haitian-born Gabriel Pierre is gentle, kind, thoughtful and eager to help others—the perfect candidate to serve as an aide for an elderly person with dementia.

The Art and Politics of Crosswords  The New Yorker

Helen Rosner writes about the soothing and thrilling aspects of solving crossword puzzles.

Rahul Gandhi was translating difficult Hindi words: Congress defends phone fiddling during President's speech  India Today

Justifying Rahul Gandhi's phone fiddling during half of President's address, Anand Sharma said that Congress chief was trying translate "difficult Hindi words ...

Apple's Top Leaders Use This Simple Presentation Hack to Make Their Slides Instantly Memorable  Inc.

Steve Jobs began using this presentation formula long before it caught on.

Gloria Vanderbilt's Most Iconic Quotes on Life, Death, and Style  TownandCountrymag.com

Gloria Vanderbilt has died at age 95. In honor of the style icon, artist, and socialite, take a look back at her best quotes through the years here.

Google is finally taking charge of the RCS rollout  The Verge

We've been hearing about RCS, the replacement for SMS texting, for over a year now, but actually using the next-generation *service* has been nearly impossible ...

The Land Where the Internet Ends  The New York Times

To find real solitude, you have to go out of range. But every year that's harder to do, as America's off-the-grid places disappear.

‘Polite F-U Letters’: DOJ Says Emails Show ‘Brazen’ Illegal Coordination Among Drug Makers  Law & Crime

Read the most egregious allegations from the unredacted complaint alleging drug makers engaged in illegal price coordination.

Hachimura's junior high coach 'delighted beyond words'  The Japan News

Rui Hachimura's junior high school coach said he was so delighted after hearing that Hachimura had become the first Japanese basketball player ever selected ...

Pour Your Rage Into a Postcard to the President  The New York Times

MONTCLAIR, N.J. — My routine is the same every morning: I wake up, pour a cup of coffee and write to the president — or occasionally, to another politician.

How you lock your smartphone can reveal your age: UBC study  Livemint

Older users are more likely to unlock their phones when they're stationary, such as when working at a desk or sitting at home.For every 10-year interval in age, ...

Without Any Warrants, CBP Searched My Devices at the Airport  The Intercept

I should have kept my mouth shut about the guacamole; that made things worse for me. Otherwise, what I'm about to describe could happen to any American ...

Fear, Misinformation, and Measles Spread in Brooklyn  WIRED

Measles is back, health care workers are racing to contain it, and parents of vulnerable children are frantic. How a fever spread in a tight-knit community.

No, we're probably not growing horns from our heads because of our cellphone use — here's the real science  INSIDER

A study posits that people are growing horns on their heads, and it could be because of heavy cellphone use. That's not backed up by the science.

PM Lee on Vietnam-Cambodia controversy: Helpful to meet directly to understand where we stand  Mothership.sg

Over the weekend, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong was in Bangkok, Thailand, for the 34th ASEAN summit. And part of the summit saw him meet both his ...

Andrew Denton on life after a near-death experience  Sydney Morning Herald

Usually the man posing the difficult questions, veteran TV interviewer Andrew Denton is just as adept at being in the hot seat. And he has a lot to say.

Why Section 230 exists and how people are still getting it wrong  The Verge

Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act is one of the internet's most important and most misunderstood laws. It's intended to protect “interactive ...

Be aware of the dangers of fake social media accounts and apps  khqa.com

Social media gives us a chance to connect to people instantly all over the world. Good or bad, it shouldn't replace an old fashioned face to face conversation, ...

“Son of Friedman,” by Emma Cline  The New Yorker

Fiction by Emma Cline: “George had been counting on a certain loose camaraderie, nostalgia tipping slightly toward sloppiness. William not drinking made ...

In full: Boris Johnson interview with BBC's Laura Kuenssberg  BBC News

Boris Johnson - the favourite to become next Conservative leader and prime minister - has spoken exclusively to BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg. Here is ...

Two little birds are causing a big controversy  Chicago Sun-Times

Despite pleas to protect the nests of piping plovers, JAM Productions still plans to hold two nights of shows in August in the midst of the Montrose bird sanctuary.

Remembering the day Michael Jackson died when the entire NME team was at Glastonbury – except me  NME.com

It's a music journalist's time to stand up and counted: the biggest pop icon of your time has died, and all of your colleagues are watching a secret East 17 set at ...

Nick Kyrgios showers umpire with swear words at Queen’s after line call  The Guardian

Nick Kyrgios admonished himself for 'playing Fifa until 3am' but still won one match before losing to Canada's Felix Auger-Aliassime.

Mass. man charged with 7 counts of negligent homicide in N.H. crash  The Boston Globe

A 23-year-old West Springfield man is facing seven counts of negligent homicide for his alleged role in a devastating crash that killed seven people Friday in ...

Joe Biden Says He Can Work With the Senate. The Last Time He Tried, Mitch McConnell Picked His Pockets Badly.  The Intercept

In 2012, the GOP was in trouble. Mitch McConnell turned to his friend Joe Biden for a lifeline.

5 Songs We Can't Stop Listening To with guests David Gray and Lady Lamb  88Nine Radio Milwaukee

5 Songs We Can't Stop Listening To is a collection of our newest favorite songs. Every week we ask an artist that we love to tell us about the music they love.

Octet composer Dave Malloy on internet addiction, video games, and cancel culture.  Slate

For Dave Malloy, whose last musical was an adaptation of War and Peace and who is currently preparing another based on Moby-Dick, an a cappella song ...

Doctor who told patient he wanted to kiss her suspended from medical register for six months  Irish Examiner

A doctor has been suspended from the medical register here for six months for professional misconduct following a finding he told a female patient he wanted to ...

NY Times admits it sends stories to US government for approval before publication  The Grayzone

The New York Times has publicly acknowledged that it sends some of its stories to the US government for approval from “national security officials” before ...

'Don't shoot': why Vetements' latest T-shirt is causing controversy  The Guardian

The garment from the brand's SS20 collection is a semi-replica of one worn by journalists in Lebanon during the 1982 Israeli invasion – and previously reworked ...

My Mom Texted Everyone Her Excitement That My Sister Had a Boy. Doesn’t She Care About Her Granddaughters?  Slate

Care and Feeding is Slate's parenting advice column. Have a question for Care and Feeding? Email careandfeeding@slate.com or post it in the Slate Parenting ...

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.

Here's a Timeline of the Charles Kinsey Shooting Scandal in North Miami  Miami New Times

After nearly three years, Charles Kinsey has finally gotten some semblance of justice after being shot by a North Miami Police officer in July 2016. Kinsey's case ...

The Mystery of Babies’ First Words  The Atlantic

It's nearly impossible to discern when an infant's babbling turns into a fully formed word.

These Massachusetts Students Exposed Their School's Use of Prison Labor  The Marshall Project

Last January, at his high school's chorus fundraiser, 17-year-old Spencer Cliche overheard a chat between a parent and a “trusted faculty member.

'It's hard to help a refugee with PTSD who is 112th in line for a council flat'  The Guardian

It's my job to support refugees to integrate into society, but sometimes I feel so useless when I hear their stories.

Kris Jenner's Comments About Jordyn & Tristan On 'KUWTK' Sum The Whole Situation Up  Bustle

On this week's Keeping Up With The Kardashians, viewers finally see the season's biggest drama play out in real time. A heartbroken Khloé finds out that Kylie's ...

Ingredients for Malaysia's Economic Prosperity  International Monetary Fund

By Christine Lagarde, Managing Director, International Monetary Fund University of Malaya – Kuala Lumpur. June 24, 2019. AS PREPARED FOR DELIVERY.

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 ...

Sadiq Khan brands Donald Trump a 'six-foot-three child in the White House'  Sky News

The London mayor renews his long-running war of words with a jibe at the US president while addressing a room of teachers.

How to block a phone number on your iPhone  Business Insider

You can block a phone number on your iPhone in just four quick taps. Unblocking a number is equally easy, so you can always change your mind later.

Did man admit to Cicero murder while on witness stand? Jury to decide  syracuse.com

Syracuse, NY -- Joe Washington took the witness stand last week to tell his murder jury that he had no choice but to stab Maurice Crawford during a drunken ...

Microsoft’s new language learning app uses your phone’s camera and computer vision to teach vocabulary  TechCrunch

Eight Microsoft interns have developed a new language learning tool that uses the smartphone camera to help adults improve their English literacy by learning ...

Secrets, lies and the girl who disappeared from a British beach  The Guardian

In an exclusive extract, the Observer's art critic tells the remarkable story of how her mother was abducted as a child – and how it was covered up.

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...

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 ...

Use your phone to turn a photo of data into a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet in a snap  CNET

Microsoft's tool for iOS and Android phones turns photos of notes, lists, recipes and numbers into Excel spreadsheets.

'If I grow up to be gay will I go to hell?'  Stuff.co.nz

OPINION: Israel Folau's comments are more damaging than you think for those struggling with their sexuality.

Milan-Cortina's winning bid highlights why no one wants to host the Olympics  CBC.ca

A closer look at the day's most notable stories with The National's Jonathon Gatehouse: Milan-Cortina awarded the 2026 Winter Olympics amid lacklustre ...

There's a wildly popular conspiracy theory that Facebook listens to your private phone calls, and no matter what the tech giant says people just aren't convinced it's not true  Business Insider

There's a belief that Facebook is listening through your phone and then serving ads based on your life. But evidence suggests this is not true.

Designer phone cases you can wear are a new men's fashion trend  Business Insider

Wearable phone cases have slowly been making their way onto the runway at major fashion shows around the world.

I tried the $1,980 Samsung Galaxy Fold and it's impressive for a first-generation foldable phone, though far from perfect  Business Insider

This foldable phone is far from perfect, screen issues aside, but it's a great step forward. Here's what we enjoyed and would like to see improved.

You've been charging your smartphone all wrong  Business Insider

All smartphone batteries have a limited lifespan, but the common habit of charging phones overnight could actually be shortening that lifespan, according to a ...

Amazon hints that it may return to the smartphone market after its $170 million Fire phone fiasco  Business Insider

Amazon's previous attempt at bringing a smartphone to market was a flop.

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.

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.

Energizer's super-thick smartphone tanked on Indiegogo after only 11 backers funded the campaign  Business Insider

Energizer wanted $1.2 million to fund its PowerMax P18K Pop phone. It got $15000.

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

The NFL star and agency GS&P want to help turn meals into phone-free zones.

How to set up Google Assistant on your iPhone or Android phone  Business Insider

You can set up Google Assistant and "OK Google," the voice command behind it, on an iPhone or Android phone. Here's how to do it on both.

There's no way to know for sure whether your smartphone was infected by the WhatsApp attack. But here are some signs you should look out for.  Business Insider

A vulnerability in Facebook's WhatsApp messaging app made it possible for attackers to spread surveillance software to mobile devices through a phone call.

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 ...

'Do Google Pixel phones have wireless charging?': Here's what you need to know  Business Insider

The Google Pixel 3 was Google's first phone to feature wireless charging, but earlier Pixel phones can still charge wirelessly with these receivers.

Jeff Bezos' investigator thinks Saudi Arabia hacked his cell phone — here's how it could have happened  Business Insider

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' personal security consultant Gavin de Becker believes Saudi Arabia had access to Bezos' phone, according to an op-ed published by ...

8 phone grips that make holding your device more comfortable — all under $15  Business Insider

A phone grip is one of the most useful tech accessories under $15. We've tested quite a few, and rounded up some favorites based on Amazon reviews.

How to save videos on Facebook to your phone or computer  Business Insider

You can save, or "bookmark," any video on Facebook to play it again later by selecting "Save to Watchlist" or "Save Video," depending upon whether you're on a ...

I consistently recommend smartphones from a company that few in the US have ever heard of over Apple's iPhones or Samsung's Galaxy phones — this is why  Business Insider

Despite having access to numerous expensive flagship smartphones, like those from Apple and Samsung, my SIM card usually ends up in phones from a little ...

The best ways to contact Amazon for help when you have a problem with your account  Business Insider

You can contact Amazon customer *service* in a few ways to get answers about your account. Here's how to contact Amazon by phone, chat, email, and more.

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.

Samsung, Motorola, and Huawei debuted foldable phones this year — here's how these folding screens work  Business Insider

Flexible phone screens have been in the works for the past six years. Companies like Samsung and Huawei are now making foldable phones.

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While the original Google Pixel had a headphone jack, neither the Pixel 2 nor the Pixel 3 have one. The new Google Pixel 3a phones follow the original Pixel in ...

The odd case of ‘I D.o.n.t.’ autocorrection in iOS  Macworld

A mystery plagues two iOS users, but others must be affected?

How to stop robocalls spamming your phone  TechCrunch

No matter what your politics, beliefs, or even your sports team, we can all agree on one thing: robocalls are the scourge of modern times. These unsolicited ...

What does the Huawei ban mean for your Huawei or Honor phone? (Updated)  Android Authority

News of U.S. firms, including Google, being forced to cut business ties with Huawei has dominated headlines. But how does this affect Huawei devices?

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I would spend my $10 on the Speck GrabTab over a PopSockets grip because it's more secure, more comfortable to hold, and less obtrusive.

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

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Samsung Galaxy S10e is the best new Galaxy phone for most people  Business Insider

Samsung unveiled five (!) new smartphones at its big event in February, but the three main flagships are the Galaxy S10, the Galaxy S10 Plus, and the Galaxy ...

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While the original Google Pixel was not waterproof or water-resistant, subsequent versions of the phone are varying degrees of water-resistant.

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A new way to build tiny neural networks could create powerful AI on your phone  MIT Technology Review

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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.

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

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Doctor suspended after telling patient he wanted to kiss her  The Irish Times

Registrar now living in Saudi Arabia banned from practising in Ireland for six months.

Google's new phone software aims to end telemarketer calls for good  Business Insider

Google's got a crazy new feature coming to Pixel phones that aims to end those annoying telemarketer calls for good.