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Calls for Submissions From the Public

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Submissions
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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ANSWERS TO ESTIMATES QUESTIONS ON NOTICE

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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'Would you like to speak to the president?'  The Sydney Morning Herald

Being asked if he would like to speak to the president of the United States was about the last question a reporter expected from a stranger in Paris.


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 ...


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 ...


Tourism war of words  Latrobe Valley Express

Gippsland's peak tourism body has hit back at suggestions the organisation is "abandoning Walhalla and the mountain rivers region" and that its chief executive ...


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.


The first OnePlus 5G phone might be a lot cheaper than the 5G Galaxy S10  BGR

OnePlus confirmed many weeks ago that it will launch a 5G smartphone based on Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 and 5G technology, and then said its first 5G ...


Mark, My Words: did Bruce steal my song? The pop plagiarism plague, and my half-baked plan to combat it  NME Live

With 'Where Is My Mind?' rip-offs becoming ubiquitous, columnist Mark Beaumont is offering his services as a musical steal-spotter.


Ask a Master Gardener: Computer programs and apps can help keep...  Duluth News Tribune

Q. Every year I am determined to be a more organized gardener. I think I will remember what and where I planted and what varieties of flowers and vegetables ...


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.


Huge leak reveals Galaxy S10 pricing and confirms 1TB storage tier  BGR

For the past few months, we've witnessed an increasing number of Galaxy S10 rumors, revealing almost everything fans of the series would want to know about ...


The best Huawei P20 Pro cases in 2019: protect your camera phone in style  Digital Camera World

So you're looking for the best Huawei P20 Pro case. Good plan: the Huawei P20 Pro is one of the best camera phones right now. It's very expensive – not to ...


‘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 ...


Aiia Maasarwe: Slain student to make final journey home  NEWS.com.au

Aiia Maasarwe's sister had been watching the news in Israel when she saw a young woman had been found dead on the street in Melbourne. She didn't want to ...


Hundreds to gather to seek swift return of Aiia Maasarwe's body  The Age

A public gathering in Israel to pressure the Australian government to quickly return the body of Arab-Israeli woman Aiia Maasarwe is scheduled to begin late ...


If someone named 'Scam Likely' is calling you, don't pick up  USA TODAY

The four major wireless carriers are trying out new ways to combat the rising epidemic of spam callers.


Yes, I still have a landline telephone on-call  York Daily Record

In one of those great mysteries of the universe, our home telephone landline stopped working the other week. It took us a few days to realize the phone was not ...


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 ...


Washington Post writer says Trump was surprised by phone conversation with him | TheHill  The Hill

Washington Post reporter Dan Balz said he was unexpectedly handed a phone on Friday with President Trump on the other end, and that Trump seemed to not ...


Hands-on: Using an iPhone Smart Battery Case for the first time  9to5Mac

I get good battery life with my iPhone X as is, and my home office lifestyle means I'm never that far from a plug, so I'm admittedly not the target market for a ...


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 ...


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.


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

The murder of Arab-Israeli exchange student Aiia Maasarwe in Melbourne's north has sent shockwaves through the city and led to an outpouring of grief and ...


Rep. Lori Saine says blacks, whites lynched in 'nearly equal numbers' for being Republican  Greeley Tribune

A Colorado representative said black people and white people were lynched in nearly equal numbers for being Republican in the post-Reconstruction era. Rep.


Sunday Puzzle: You're Halfway There  NPR

On-air challenge: The answer to each puzzle is a compound word or familiar two word phrase, in which the first part has a long "I" sound and the second part has ...


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 ...


Aiia Maasarwe, DNA testing: Officer’s actions led to arrest  NEWS.com.au

The man accused of killing international student Aiia Maasarwe has briefly returned to court.


Is this what Apple’s first foldable phone will look like?  BGR

Samsung has a huge year ahead when it comes to new smartphone launches, as the company is expected to unveil the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy F on February ...


Nathan Glazer (1923-2019)  The American Interest

The intellectual world will be a much poorer place with the death of Nathan Glazer. I had the good fortune to get to know Nat (as he was known) when I began ...


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.


7 top-rated apps that will make you smarter, calmer and healthier in 2019  CNBC

CNBC Make-It gathered a list of the top-rated self-improvement apps by Apple and Google. Whether you're looking to get fit or learn a new skill in the new year, ...


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.


Bill to put 'In God We Trust' phrase in every public school proposed in Nebraska legislature  KMTV - 3 News Now

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — If one western Nebraska senator gets his way, every public school in the state will be forced to display the phrase 'In God We Trust' ...


Samantha Markle claims Duchess of Sussex didn't call dad for Christmas  9Honey

Samantha Markle has unleashed on her half-sister over Twitter again. Samantha claims Meghan Markle didn't call their father Thomas Markle for Christmas and ...


These podcasts about language give listeners a chorus of swear words and a listicle for the ears  Scroll.in

'The Allusionist' and 'Wordy Wordpecker' invite you to take a closer look at everyday words.


The Instagram influencers who post fake adverts  British GQ

Our weekly trek into the world of Instagram celebrity. This week: the influencers who post what purposefully look like paid product adverts, in order to gain the ...


Nine things about MLK’s speech and the March on Washington  KSTU FOX 13 Salt Lake City

"I have a dream this afternoon that my four little children will not come up in the same young days that I came up within, but they will be judged on the basis of the ...


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 ...


Turkey ready to take over Syria's Manbij, Erdogan tells Trump  Al Jazeera English

In phone conversation, Turkish leader tells US counterpart recent bombing that killed US personnel was ISIL provocation.


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.


The Secrets of Lyndon Johnson’s Archives, by Robert A. Caro  The New Yorker

In 1959, when I went to work for Newsday, on Long Island, the paper had a managing editor named Alan Hathway, who was an old-time newspaperman from ...


Daily horoscope for Monday January 21 – here’s what the stars have in store for you today  The Sun

ARIES. March 21 to April 20. The bright energy of Mars plus the cool determination of Saturn promise success at work or with a personal project. But it's the early ...


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.


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 ...


State Bar drops probe into ex-prosecutor accused of withholding evidence in Texas death row case  Chron

The State Bar of Texas has closed its probe into the former Harris County prosecutor accused of withholding key evidence in a high-profile death row case, ...


Trying to Figure Out That Phone Number Situation in Bandersnatch? Here's the Deal  POPSUGAR

The deeper you go into the wild world of Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, the more complicated things are liable to get. One simple viewing makes it nearly.


"I Reject Walls": A 2019 Poetry Preview  NPR

This year, says critic Craig Morgan Teicher, America's poets are stepping up and expressing their faith in the capacity of words to overcome barriers, find ...


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 ...


Tom Rukavina is remembered for his accomplishments and big p...  Duluth News Tribune

Smart, witty, energetic — larger than life. These were just a few words used to describe Tom Rukavina and the life he devoted to helping others.


Black Mirror: Bandersnatch: 3 things to know before you start watching  Vox.com

With very little warning, three days after Christmas, Netflix dropped a new episode of Black Mirror — or a Black Mirror film, if you want to look at it that way.


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 ...


Have something on your mind? | News, Sports, Jobs  The Steubenville Herald-Star

The Herald-Star welcomes letters to the editor. Letters are published each weekend. Letters must be signed and include your name, address and telephone ...


Two engineers try to make an immortal dog in John Scalzi’s “A Model Dog”  The Verge

In John Scalzi's short story, an overbearing CEO demands that his employees engineer a solution to his dad's aging dog. "A Model Dog" is part of Better Worlds, ...


We Stopped Letting Our Kid Listen to Digital Music. You Should Too  Fatherly

In a world of streaming and digital music, we opted to switch our toddler to the record player only. The results have been amazing. Instead of Baby Shark and ...


Andhra Teen Sexually Harassed Woman On Messages, Caught: Police  NDTV News

A 17-year-old Child in Conflict with the Law (CCL) was Monday caught for allegedly sexually harassing a married woman over phone "demanding sexual ...


After Further Review: Saints deserved to be in Super Bowl  FOX 8 Live WVUE

Sean Fazende explains why the Saints should be in the Super Bowl.


Your Phone Is Listening and it's Not Paranoia  VICE

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


Tired of Murkowski | Letters To Editor  Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

Jan. 12. To the editor: We're fed up with Sen. Lisa Murkowski not representing us as our senator. Time and again, she has “voted her conscience” instead of ...


Daniel Kennell murder trial RECAP: Closing arguments  Coventry Live

Barristers will make their final pitches to the jury today.


Former U.S. pairs skating champion John Coughlin dies at 33  CBC.ca

John Coughlin, a two-time U.S. pairs champion recently suspended from figure skating, died by suicide in Kansas City, Mo. He was 33.


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?


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.


Letter to My Younger Self | Tim Shaw  The Players' Tribune

I want to explain to you why it's so difficult for me to speak — the diagnosis, all of it — and what my life is like now, because one day you'll be in my shoes, living ...


How Kenyans give up privacy for costly mobile loans  The Standard

*Service* providers already have access to users' population and registration data held by the Government.


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

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


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.


Shame and displacement lead to an unexpected end in this short story from an all-women anthology  Scroll.in

A short story from 'May We Borrow Your Country', an anthology of writing by The Whole Kahani, a collective of British women of South Asian origin.


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.


Do You Take This Robot …  The New York Times

Today we fall in love through our phones. Maybe your phone itself could be just as satisfying?


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.


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.


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 ...


Federal workers fearing property tax payments due to government shutdown  KTXS

Tony Yzaguirre, the Cameron County Tax Assessor Collector, says his office is inundated with phone calls. Many federal workers concerned they won't be able ...


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 ...


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.


They sought ‘lead paint virgins’ and bought their settlements. It will be hard for those victims to get their money back.  Washington Post

A Chevy Chase company that made millions of dollars from deals with victims of lead poisoning targeted an “entire generation of youth coming of age in ...


It started when he couldn’t grasp a pen. Diagnosed with ALS at 37, former Obama staffer hopes to use campaign skills to raise funds for a cure.  Chicago Tribune

When Brian Wallach had trouble grasping a pen, he chalked it up to exhaustion. After all, he was the father of a year-old daughter, with another on the way.


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.


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.


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...


Pope Francis Launches A ‘Click To Pray’ App To Remind You To Give Thanks  The Inquisitr News

Amidst scandals at the Vatican, the pope is launching an app to reach kids through their phones. Pope Francis wants to get people back to regular prayer, and ...


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 ...


Aadhaar is back: Minister says it will be linked to driving licence, govt brings Aadhaar Amendment Bill  India Today

Aadhaar is back in full force. It was defanged by the Supreme Court earlier that ruled Aadhaar could not be used by private companies, struck down the entire ...


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.


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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.


Huawei's StorySign app enhances story time for deaf children  CNET

A mixture of AI and augmented reality will bring books to life for children who cannot hear them being read.


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, ...


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.


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.”


The two magic words that can get you an airline upgrade over the phone  Economic Times

By Mark Ellwood At Bloomberg Pursuits, we love to travel. And we always want to make sure we're doing it right. So we're talking to globe-trotters in all of our ...


How to stop nuisance calls to your mobile phone  CHOICE

People are increasingly receiving nuisance calls and texts to their mobiles. But how do telemarketers and charities get your phone number? We look at the Do ...


Put your phone in Do Not Disturb mode forever  The Outline

Join me in a buzz-free, ping-free, vibration-free, light-up-free world.


25 of the New Words Merriam-Webster Is Adding to the Dictionary in 2018  Mental Floss

If you don't spend most of your time on the internet, it can be hard to keep up with the evolving lingo of the digital age. Luckily, the editors at Merriam-Webster ...


New tech surveillance laws more a 'side gate' than 'back door' into Australian phones  ABC News

New laws will be unveiled today aimed at helping the nation's spy agencies and police monitor and prevent criminal activity through phones and the internet.


Chinese tech giant Huawei faces  NEWS.com.au

Spare a thought for the poor souls running public relations for Chinese smartphone and telecom giant Huawei. Because the headlines just keep getting worse.


Papa John's Founder Used N-Word On Conference Call  Forbes Now

John Schnatter—the founder, chairman and public face of pizza chain Papa John's—used racially offensive language on a conference call in May, a source with ...


A new phone-like device from Redmond? Why, Microsoft, why?  Computerworld

Five years ago, in September 2013, Microsoft made one of the most ill-conceived acquisitions in tech history, purchasing Nokia for $7.9 billion. Having failed in ...


 
 
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