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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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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

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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.

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

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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.

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.

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.

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Android’s Live Transcribe will save the text and show ‘sound events’  The Verge

Google is expanding Live Transcribe with two new features. The first is important for extending it as an accessibility tool: "sound events." The second is saving ...

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.

China's top diplomat calls for U.S. restraint on trade, Iran  Reuters

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China's senior diplomat Wang Yi told U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday that recent U.S. words and actions had harmed ...

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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 ...

OnePlus will pay you up to $449 to trade in your phone for a OnePlus 7 Pro  BGR

Shortly after officially announcing its OnePlus 7 Pro smartphone on Tuesday, the Chinese phone maker unveiled a trade-in program that could save you ...

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Sometimes, while waiting for quantum computers to become a thing, or complaining that your stupid laptop keeps dying on 5 percent battery, it's easy to forget ...

New Google Assistant design rolling out to limited users  Android Central

Google appears to be testing a new design for Google Assistant with users reporting the change in a thread on Reddit. The new design drops the white overlay ...

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 ...

These Are The Coolest Apps You Haven't Heard Of  Refinery29

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iPhone 12 concept video envisions the revolutionary all-screen iPhone of the future  BGR

We're just a few weeks out from Apple's WWDC 2019, but you shouldn't expect to see much in the way of hardware announcements during the keynote address.

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

We've been wasting our processing power to train neural networks that are ten times too big.

Android Q’s Live Caption will only work on ‘select phones’  VentureBeat

At I/O 2019, Google showed off Live Caption, an Android Q feature that captions media on your phone. The feature only works on "select phones."

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A WhatsApp vulnerability left Android and iOS devices open to attack from sophisticated surveillance software. The Facebook-owned company said it hasn't yet ...

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Tiger Woods wife plan to catch him cheating revealed in new book  Daily Telegraph

He played in 19 tournaments, finishing in the top 10 in 16 of them, winning seven. But he also was addicted to painkillers, sleeping pills — and sex. He was ...

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 ...

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LOS ANGELES — The first sample that the Chemical Brothers locked down when building their new record, “No Geography,” made its way into the present from ...

Sunday Puzzle: Clues Come In 2s  NPR

On-air challenge: Every answer today is a familiar two-word phrase in 6 letters. The middle 4 letters spell a word. I'll give you the middle 4 letters and a clue to ...

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 ...

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You might think of compensation in terms of your hourly wage or salary. Companies see it differently - they think in terms of “total compensation”.

Ice Hockey World Championship: The risks of free live streaming  We Live Security

You think you're watching the games for free, but is it really the case? Let's review some of the risks that may come with free live-streaming websites.

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SALT LAKE CITY — "The Wi-Fi ate my story." Those are not the words an editor wants to hear just before deadline and they're certainly words all reporters fear ...

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 ...

Amazon's Priorities Over the Years, Based on Jeff Bezos's Letters to Shareholders  Harvard Business Review

Warren Buffet's annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders has been required reading for investors for decades. Now Jeff Bezos's annual letter — the ...

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Major spoilers are all over social media of the fight between Daenerys and Cersei on the Game of Thrones: The Bells episode that just concluded last night.

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Jimmy Guerin used a ceremony to name a Dublin City University (DCU) lecture hall in honour of his sister to settle a few scores with Veronica's former journalism ...

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Angry Birds, Candy Crush, and a history of mobile game data collection  Vox.com

Seemingly simple mobile games made us all way too comfortable with giving away our personal information.

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

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In Hock E Aye Vi Edgar Heap of Birds: Surviving Active Shooter Custer, on view at MoMA PS1, the Cheyenne and Arapaho Nation artist, activist, and teacher ...

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Some former guests on The Jeremy Kyle Show, which has been axed by ITV, talk about what it was like.

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JOSH ROSEN has revealed the details of a phone call he had with Arizona Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury just moments before the franchise made Kyler ...

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Attempting to report a telephone scam was an exercise in futility, writes Ann Lawton-Barry.

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After three years, the voice-activated helper gets its biggest update yet. And it shows just how much Google already knows about you.

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Google is to sell a range of lower-cost smartphones as part of an effort to jump-start sales of its Pixel brand. In addition, the company has shown off its first ...

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What were you hoping for? A fun evening: I was excited to meet someone new. First impressions? We were both trying our best to talk and find some common ...

The Tinder Hacker  The Cut

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

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Mitchell Zuckoff's new book recounts what happened on board United Flight 93. The flight was hijacked on 9/11, but never hit its target in Washington DC after ...

Xiaomi India teases new Redmi phone with 48MP camera: Is this the Redmi K20 flagship?  India Today

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Hours before Congress backs robocall blocking law, guess what the FCC boss suddenly decides?  The Register

On Wednesday morning, after years of actively ignoring demands that phone companies be made to block robocalls by default, the head of America's telecoms ...

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Hide your life from Facebook, while still posting about your life on Facebook.

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People are after your money via the internet. Some $2.7 billion in online theft and fraud was reported to the FBI last year alone. If you're among the millions ...

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Our crowdsourced commencement speech for the Class of 2019, each line contributed by readers on Facebook and Twitter.

A Vigilante Militia Defends an Imaginary Border  The Intercept

On the border near El Paso, hapless grifters attracted to Trump's immigration rhetoric terrorize migrant families and mistake tourists for invaders.

'Silenced' Georgian LGBT+ activists post coded messages to fight discrimination  Reuters

TBILISI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A thousand colored stickers with messages against discrimination were posted across the Georgian capital of Tbilisi on ...

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.

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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 ...

As surveillance culture grows, can we even hope to escape its reach?  The Guardian

The world over, the actions of citizens are being monitored on an unprecedented scale.

HBO NOW vs GO for Game of Thrones Finale: Which Is Better?  Heavy.com

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Flipkart Big Shopping Days sale started on May 15 and it continues. The sale will end on May 19, which means that for two more days you are going to get some ...

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They know what life is like on the other side of cancer, having stared into the specter of death and brushed it off. For both, that's included finding community and.

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 ...

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Google gives you more control over what you share and how it gets used than you might think—if you know where to look. Here's a step-by-step guide.

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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 ...

Citywide yard sales June 7-8  Carroll County Mirror-Democrat

The Savanna Chamber of Commerce has announced that Savanna citywide yard sales will be held Friday and Saturday, June 7-8.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 7S with 48MP camera launches on May 20: What will be price and what happens to Note 7?  India Today

February was when Xiaomi launched the Redmi Note 7 in India. Nearly four months later, May is when the Redmi Note 7 dies in the Indian market, possibly ...

Ohio State's Richard Strauss investigation another sobering reminder that colleges must listen to athletes: Doug Lesmerises  cleveland.com

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Johnson The meaning of the words of the year  The Economist

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Tech That Makes Us Better Humans: JavaScript, Shudder, Chat Apps, Concordia, Signia  WIRED

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

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