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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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Why 2018’s words of the year leave me speechless  The Advertiser

eet A toxic single-use tender-age shelter was revealed as a deepfake due to revelations its incel members were involved in cakeism and nomophobia.

Susie O'Brien: Dictionary's new words leaving me speechless  Daily Telegraph

Yeet A toxic single-use tender-age shelter was revealed as a deepfake due to revelations its incel members were involved in cakeism and nomophobia.

Wordplay: Yeet! These are the surging words of 2018  The Sydney Morning Herald

From tender-age shelter to himpathy, blackfishing and ecocide, the new words of 2018 reflect our changing world.

Max Meyer's final phone call before avalanche in Austria  Daily Telegraph

Sydney schoolboy Max Meyer told rescuers we need some help in a phone call just minutes before he was swept away in an avalanche.

Microsoft recommends switching to iPhone or Android as it prepares to kill off Windows phones  CNBC

Microsoft says anyone using its smartphone platform, Windows 10 Mobile, should switch to Android or 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.

EXCLUSIVE: “I hope he finds Christ” Parents of Ossian toddler have words for accused baby killer  wpta21.com

OSSIAN, IND. (WPTA 21) – The father and mother of 18-month-old Kamryn Price, who police say was beaten to death last week spoke exclusively with ABC 21's ...

'Words just can't come out': The challenges of living with a stutter  Channel NewsAsia

SINGAPORE: Mr Nawaljeet Singh was about 14 years old when he became aware of his stutter. “I was speaking to a friend and I realised I couldn't get the words ...

In 7 Words, Katelyn Ohashi Explains Why Her Gymnastics Routine Went Viral  Inc.

When you change the way you feel inside, the performer the audience sees will change.

Davich: 'God' text befuddles this agnostic  Chicago Tribune

When the word "God" suddenly appeared out of nowhere on the end of a text exchange, columnist Jerry Davich puzzled over how it happened and what it ...

Zipwhip raises $51.5M for businesses to text customers from any kind of phone line  TechCrunch

A surge of audio services using AI are giving voice a boost in customer *service*, but when it comes to communications in the age of mobile, messaging continues ...

Red telephone boxes redux: rejuvenating the classic kiosk  E&T Magazine

The iconic red phone box is an engineering wonder, as well as a persisting symbol of British identity, but in the age of the mobile phone what can you do with a ...

Daly suggests ‘phone seats’ for selfies at tourism spots  Southern Star Newspaper

Junior health minister Jim Daly has suggested installing 'phone seats' around the coast in order for tourists to take stable selfies.

EXCLUSIVE: “I do not wish him to ever have an easy life again” Parents of Ossian toddler have words for accused baby killer  Fort Wayne's NBC

The father and mother of 18-month-old Kamryn Price, who police say was beaten to death last week spoke exclusively with Fort Wayne's NBC reporter Kaitlyn ...

Best Apps To Stay Organised And Be More Productive  BT.com

There's no better time to declutter your personal life than the start of a new year. Here's our pick of simple and easy ways to help us all get more organised in ...

Brendon McCullum launches war of words with Thunder GM Lee Germon over BBL abandonment  TVNZ

Brisbane Heat star Brendon McCullum has taken aim at Sydney Thunder general manager and former NZ captain Lee Germon over the Thunder's request to be ...

Words of Encouragement Provide Strength for the Fight  Curetoday.com

“You've got this,” my brother said, as I shared concerns over an upcoming visit with the oncologist. His vote of confidence gave me a much-needed infusion of ...

The Zanco Smart Pen Is a Modern Day Talkboy  Gizmodo

Zanco's Smart Pen isn't actually a pen, it's barely a phone (and not very smart), and the company behind it sounds like an outfit that supplies Wile E. Coyote with ...

Biometrics vs. the Fifth Amendment  Slate

Privacy advocates may love a judge's recent ruling on this, but it doesn't … actually make sense.

Rekindled yet again, Nokia’s next-gen phones offer more than just nostalgia  Digital Trends

HMD Global, a Finnish startup that designs and builds Nokia Android smartphones, wants to put the Nokia brand name back “where it belongs.” It helps that it's ...

The biggest competition for Samsung’s foldable Galaxy phone might come from an unexpected place  BGR

Samsung's first foldable smartphone is confirmed to launch in the first half of the year, and the handset won't have that many rivals, as other vendors are yet to ...

Samsung foldable phone launch timeline confirmed  Digit

In an interview with Digital Trends, Director of Product Strategy and Marketing at Samsung confirmed that the foldable phone will launch in the first half of 20.

“What Is Peppa?” – Viral Ad Campaign for 'Peppa Pig' Movie Makes the British Pig More Chinese Than Ever  What's on Weibo

A new ad campaign for the upcoming Peppa Pig movie features a grandfather living in rural China who goes on a quest to find out what Peppa is.

The power of MeToo: how feminism changed the dictionary  The Guardian

MeToo has entered Australia's Macquarie Dictionary. It's a rare kind of word, and also a vital one.

Lindsey Graham Breaks Up Barr Hearing With Wisecrack About Trump And A Cell Phone  The Daily Caller

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham brought the house down Tuesday when he delivered a deadpan crack about President Donald Trump having his phone ...

This might be the worst Galaxy S10 battery rumor yet  BGR

Samsung will unveil at least four distinct Galaxy S10 versions soon, including three 4G models and a 5G phone. All of them will share the same Infinity-O ...

City tycoon tells of last phone call from son killed in attack  The Star, Kenya

Mzee Haji Yassin Jama was lost for words yesterday as he recounted the last moments of his son and best friend who were killed in the Tuesday attack at ...

Meek Mill Reveals His Past With Soulja Boy's Music  Vibe

Meek Mill admitted on social media that he once used Soulja Boy's "Kiss Me Thru The Phone' in love letters from jail.

Aiia Maasarwe's Bundoora murder has shaken Melbourne. Here's what we know so far  ABC News

Aiia Maasarwe's Tuesday night started with a meet-up to practise English in the park and a comedy show with friends. Her life ended shortly after midnight in ...

Code words, knowing gazes: How Chennai’s stolen phone trade works  Gadgets Now

Dressed in dhoti and a shirt, with a cotton bag dangling from his shoulders and holy ash smeared across his forehead, 40-year-old Dhanapalan (*name ...

Jayme Closs' kidnapper lived in 'time warp' without smart phone, former neighbor says  Daily Mail

Jake Patterson, who is charged with kidnapping Jayme Closs and murdering her parents, didn't have a smart phone or social media, his former neighbor said ...

Chinese envoy to Canada warns of 'repercussions ' if Ottawa bans Huawei from 5G mobile phone network  CBC.ca

China's envoy to Canada on Thursday warned Ottawa of possible repercussions if it banned technology firm Huawei Technologies from supplying equipment to ...

News Anchor Apologizes for Using a Racial Slur for Martin Luther King Jr.’s Surname  The New York Times

A television news anchor in St. Louis apologized after he uttered a racial slur in place of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s last name during a Friday morning ...

Online dating: ‘Synchronicity is everything’  The Australian

Impatient creative type, hopeless at DIY, recently separated from wife of 30 years and prostate of twice that time span, now emerging from brief encounter with ...

McDonald’s employee repeatedly uses racial slur in confrontation with black customer  Washington Post

The employee continued to use the slur despite the customer's threat that he'd put the video on WorldstarHipHop.

Woman Perfectly Shuts Down Jiffy Lube Employee Who Texted Her Inappropriately  Scary Mommy

A woman shut down a Jiffy Lube employee who hit on her over text message.

Dad's tragic final words to wife before he stepped out in front of traffic  Mirror Online

Steven Mason, 49, crashed into a HGV on the M62 in a suicide attempt and then walked into oncoming traffic.

Sensory is Enabling Offline Smart Speakers with No Cloud Connectivity to Maximize Security  Voicebot.ai

Sensory announced at CES that it can now enable a smart speaker that does not require WiFi, internet or cloud..

Phone makers are messing with Android's memory management, and Google isn't doing anything about it  Android Central

The company that makes your Android phone is doing Android memory management wrong. Because the best practices and in some cases actual requirements ...

Woman killed in Springfield was loving, talkative, resilient, family says  Springfield News-Leader

Police say Cheyenne Dancause was shot to death Tuesday at a home on Locust Street.

Religion, What happens when we read too quickly?  Columbia Basin Herald

Recently, I downloaded an app for my iPhone. It is called Blinkist. I decided to try their *service* for a seven.

Dua Saleh: Nūr EP | Review  Pitchfork

The debut EP from the Sudan-born, Twin Cities-based singer, poet, and activist reveals an artist with a warm, sophisticated sound and captivating presence on ...

Letters to the Editor  Chicago Tribune

I went to high school with Bob Fieseler, who was quoted in Hilary Decent's Jan. 13 column reflecting on being closeted in Naperville in the 1990s. We knew each ...

In their own words: Excerpts from finalists’ essays for Hillsborough’s Excellence in Education  Tampa Bay Times

TAMPA — Three educators will be recognized on Jan. 24 as the top teacher, diversity teacher and support employee in the Hillsborough County public school ...

Beware! A new WhatsApp bug is exposing your chats to strangers  India Today

WhatsApp this time has been infected by a new kind of bug that causes WhatsApp to show your chats and photos to strangers.

Word of the Year 2018: Toxic, misinformation, nomobhobia among words that defined 2018 as per various top dictionaries  India Today

The year 2018 has come to an end and amongst the hundreds of words added to all the popular dictionaries, a few stand out, including terms such as 'toxic', ...

Her Sext-and-Skype Boyfriend Got Busted By His Wife and Now He Doesn't Have Time For Her  TheStranger.com

Five months ago I started an online relationship with a married man. I'm married myself. We started out having fun, having casual online flirting that turned into ...

No one knows how to talk to me about my PTSD  The Globe and Mail

I've been fighting PTSD for a long time, Anna Wilson writes, and no one around me knows what to say.

Microsoft Office has changed, how you use it should too  ZDNet

Office has evolved into a mix of applications that are continually adding new features and cloud services. Time to rethink how you use it.

Weatherman Is Fired After Using Racial Slur in Naming Martin Luther King Jr.  The New York Times

A meteorologist for a television station in Rochester was fired Sunday after he uttered a racial slur on air while describing a city park named after the Rev.

My 87-year-old dad got duped by a phone scam — it's more common than you'd think  Chicago Tribune

Before I get into the wickedly executed scam, know that my dad is an educated man. He has a doctor of medicine degree, a master's in public health and a ...

‘Pick up the phone now’: Nenshi slams Kenney’s take on Green Line progress  Global News

WATCH: Mayor Naheed Nenshi is taking issue with UCP Leader Jason Kenney's comments on Facebook about the Green Line, saying if Kenney wants to know ...

Brexit impact, de-icing trains, Braille e-reader and more: best of the week's news  E&T Magazine

E&T staff pick the news from the past week that caught their eye and reflect on what these latest developments in engineering and technology mean to them.

Probation for Pa. woman who fatally stabbed boyfriend during domestic dispute  PennLive

During a domestic altercation, a woman who received probation in the case killed her boyfriend with a steak knife to his chest after he smashed her phone.

The Van Dyke divide: A day of agony in Chicago  Chicago Tribune

More than four years after police Officer Jason Van Dyke's shot Laquan McDonald 16 times on South Pulaski Road, more than three years after video of the ...

How your voice hides clues about your love life  BBC News

The way we speak to a partner can betray our true feelings behind the words we use, and artificial intelligence has learned to pick up on these to predict whether ...

Train Your Brain Like a Memory Champion  The New York Times

If you have trouble remembering names, faces or phone numbers, these tips from memory champions and neuroscientists can help.

Review: Kamala Harris in her own words  America Magazine

In her new memoir, The Truths We Hold: An American Journey, Senator Kamala D. Harris, Democrat of California, positions herself as an underdog, a savvy “top ...

Your storm survival kit: Milk and eggs are fine, but here's what you really need  Allentown Morning Call

No matter how it shapes out, a snowstorm is coming and we run the risk of losing power. Here's what you really need to have on hand to ride it out.

Detainees Are Trickling Out of Xinjiang’s Camps  Foreign Policy

This has become one of the most common phrases heard among the Uighur, Kazakh, and Kyrgyz communities outside China, both in private conversations and ...

The SciFri Book Club Reads 'The Fifth Season'  Science Friday

The SciFri Book Club will tackle earthquakes and human disaster response with an apocalyptic work of science fiction by N.K. Jemisin.

For Sheriff Who Led Search for Jayme Closs, No Sweeter Words Than ‘We Got Her’  The New York Times

CHICAGO — When Jayme Closs, 13, appeared along a rural Wisconsin road on Thursday, she ended an 88-day search by hundreds of investigators.

We Don't Need Tech to Help Us Be Better. We Need Tech to Be Better.  The Wire

After a decade of relentless outward optimism and secret internal wilting, we're all finally admitting that swiping, tapping and scrolling our way through life hasn't ...

Most Trusted Consultancy (SME Customers)  Energy Live News - Energy Made Easy

The Most Trusted Consultancy is the award for any broker or consultant who can demonstrate their integrity when it comes to their customers, business dealings ...

Mary Oliver’s Poems Taught Me How to Live  The New York Times

It is no exaggeration to say that Mary Oliver gave me the blueprint, the road map, for the rest of my life.

Letter to My Younger Self | Ty Law  The Players' Tribune

Your story could end here and it would be one happy-ass ending. But you're gonna play 15 years in the league. There's so much more to come.

Your Phone Is Listening and it's Not Paranoia  VICE

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

How Kabila's election strategy unraveled in Congo  swissinfo.ch

By Giulia Paravicini, David Lewis and Aaron Ross. KINSHASA (Reuters) - In Kinshasa's lush Botanical Garden, the scene was set to celebrate the election of the ...

Spectre Unmasked: Racist 'Alt-Right' Podcaster Used To Be Local Reporter  Southern Poverty Law Center

A notorious white nationalist podcaster with a history of instigating harassment campaigns and threats of violence against reporters is in fact a journalist himself, ...

The Anxious Comedy of Howie Mandel  Rolling Stone

These days, Howie Mandel is hanging in there OK, all things considered. “In my humble opinion, I'm doing fine,” is what he says. On the plus side, he's got his ...

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?

Residents group sues, demands Hackensack school board fix error in $170M ballot question  NorthJersey.com

A residents group has sued the Hackensack Board of Education demanding that it correct an error in the wording of a ballot question slated to appear before ...

A mother's plea: End the 'she'll be right' attitude to life and safety  Stuff.co.nz

Ice gripped Jane Mair's stomach when she could not contact her son. Then two police officers walked down the drive.

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.

Marci Whitaker, the wife of acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, sent me an email.  Slate

Marci Whitaker, wife of the acting attorney general, says the Mueller investigation is “wrapping up.”

Alleged killers of man who murdered toddler 'discovered his past just hours before brutal stabbing'  WalesOnline

David Gaut had moved into a flat in New Tredegar just six weeks before he was allegedly murdered by three men.

How my nervous breakdown put an end to a cycle of abuse  ABS-CBN News

After waking up from sleepwalking in a near stranger's house, Celine Lopez finally faced the truth about the destructive cycle that perpetuated in her life. “When ...

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.

Pamela Smart got four boys to kill her husband nearly 29 years ago. Now, they're free. She isn't.  Washington Post

People still write her letters and prominent feminists have come to her aid. What is the enduring appeal of this murderess?

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 ...

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.

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

The scammers often pose as lonely and sad widowed men based on oil rigs or working for the United Nations in places such as Afghanistan or Syria.

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 ...

Nokia 8110 4G review: another retro revival gone wrong  The Sydney Morning Herald

With support for Wi-Fi and 4G but some serious core issues, the new 8110 is both an improvement and a step back compared to last year's revived 3310.

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...

HQ Words: Everything you need to know  Android Central

HQ Words is here, and it looks like a really, really fun cross between Wheel of Fortune and Hangman.

Now Wait for This Week  The Cut

In “Now Wait for This Week,” the award-winning writer Alice Sola Kim tells a story about bad men, rich roommates, and adult birthdays. It will appear in the ...

No, Facebook did not patent secretly turning your phone mics on when it hears your TV  The Verge

Facebook did not apply for a patent on turning your phone microphone on when a hidden signal plays on a TV. I know this because I simply read the patent ...

Surprising rules the Kardashians made for their kids  Nicki Swift

If you've been keeping up with the Kardashians, you might be convinced that there's absolutely nothing normal about the famous TV family. Since their show ...

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 ...

Former President Bush's last words 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.

Is a software update slowing my phone? - Hack - triple j  ABC News

Apple and Samsung have been been fined millions for software upgrades that slowed phones.

These were the first words that Graham Bell spoke on the telephone  India Today

I then shouted into M [the mouthpiece] the following sentence: "Mr. Watson, come here - I want to see you." To my delight he came and declared that he had ...

The Chaser Projected Alan Jones' Phone Number Onto The Opera House  Junkee

The Sydney Opera House / Racing NSW controversy continues to grow, with The Chaser team projecting Alan Jones' phone number onto the side of the ...

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, ...

No, you’re not being paranoid, your phone really IS listening to you  Alphr

Those oddly pertinent ads on your timeline aren't just a coincidence, your phone is listening to everything you say.

How to fix 'ducking' and other iPhone autocorrect problems  CNBC

CNBC walks you through how to stop your iPhone from automatically correcting your text to say something you didn't mean to.

The Mysterious Word ‘Whose’  Voice of America

It may seem short and simple, but how to use and write “whose” confuses even native English speakers. This is partly because they mistake it with another word ...

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.”