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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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Donald Trump hails Scott Morrison's 'Great Win'  The Australian Financial Review

Washington and London | Donald Trump has become the first world leader to congratulate Scott Morrison on his surprise election victory, with the two leaders ...

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

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

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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 ...

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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 ...

The Buried Truth Of A Key Detail Used To Defend Julian Assange  Gizmodo Australia

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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 ...

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Russian bots rigged Voice Kids TV talent show result  BBC News

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China's top diplomat calls for U.S. restraint on trade, Iran  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 the interests of China ...

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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.

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Most of the meetings of Internet and Technology Addicts Anonymous take place online, which is more sensible than it sounds. Colloquy via web-based ...

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Sydney FC ultimately triumphed on penalties in the A-League grand final against Perth Glory, narrowly dodging a sorry tale of being denied by an atrocious call ...

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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 ...

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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Our emotions today are radically different from what 19th-century Americans felt. That's partly due to technology.

Taylor Swift Reveals Sleep Eating Habit On ‘The Ellen Degeneres Show’  Women's Health

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Tonight is the final episode of Game of Thrones and as with the previous episodes, spoilers will probably be released. That's frustrating for anyone who isn't ...

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

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 ...

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

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Believe it or not – Aviation English is one of the most in-demand forms of English around the world. Why? Because English is the language of the skies.

Lost Your Passport? For Americans in Austria, Any McDonald’s Can Help  The New York Times

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Inside the Five Best ‘John Wick’ Action Scenes  The New York Times

We asked the director how the franchise's greatest sequences came to be. His answers involved phrases like “theater of pain.”

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Brother of slain journalist Veronica Guerin hits out at some of her former journalism colleagues  The Times

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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Trouble starts with "T" and that rhymes with "P" which stands for "pool." So last I heard, and forgive me because I can't recall the exact numbers, the World Surf ...

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We're trying not to make the "long, strange trip" joke about Rudy Rucker's new novel, but it's about three teens in a beat-up purple wagon with a dark energy ...

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Some Airbnb users are being scammed with their accounts being accessed and being charged for non-refundable reservations made on their payment method.

Google reveals lower-cost Pixel 3a phones and Nest Hub Max  BBC News

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The Montgomery County Police Department said in a statement the incident is "disturbing and contrary to our department's values."

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

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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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The painstaking author offers tips and anecdotes from his decades at the typewriter.

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When Opera Software unveiled a new look and feel for its browser earlier this year, the company made a big deal of the impending changes. "We put Web ...

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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 ...

Convicted "Cupid of Chaos" Bigamist Mike Middleton Flees Halfway House To Reunite With Fourth Wife  Newsweek

He would bunch up his fist and get in my face and act like he was going to hit me. He then said, 'I will beat the living s---t out of you.'”

'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 ...

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The tech sector won't wait for us to catch up  Stuff.co.nz

OPINION: The real tech innovation is now coming from surprising places in Asia.

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.

Beacon Institute for Rivers & Estuaries  Clarkson University News

Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries is the Hudson Valley campus of Clarkson University located in Beacon, NY - with administrative headquarters located ...

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.

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Clementine Ford's visit to Dunedin went without incident. that's if you don't count body blows to the patriarchy as incidents, Tom McKinlay writes. Feminist ...

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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Robert Indiana didn't look pleased. It was September 2008, and the two men who controlled most of the income and created much of the angst in Indiana's life ...

Can You Stream Game of Thrones on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon?  Heavy.com

The final episode of Game of Thrones airs tonight. If you're hoping to try a different stream for Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 6 tonight, May 19, 2019, then ...

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 ...

The Night The Lights Went Out  Deadspin

Pieces were stolen from me Or dare I say… given away?”

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It looks like Kik won't sue the SEC after all, founder Ted Livingston told CoinDesk. In a widely circulated story, the Waterloo, Ontario, company had promised ...

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

"The Big Bang Theory" and real science, from Leonard's wedding vows to the "Time Machine" prop  Salon

"The Big Bang Theory" is undeniably popular and influential in shaping public attitudes to science and scientists, and yet there are few books that explore the ...

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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.

Under Modi, Hindu hardliners turn Indian theatre into a battleground  Reuters

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