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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 sides with Kim Jong-un in war of insults with Joe Biden  Sydney Morning Herald

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How to Get Every Email Returned  The New York Times

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The Trump Administration Is Selling Out Hundreds of Millions of Cell-Phone Users  The New Yorker

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In latest attack, Trump tweets edited video of Pelosi tripping over words  NBC News

President Donald Trump on Thursday night tweeted out an edited video showing Nancy Pelosi stumbling over her words, escalating the personal attacks he has ...

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America, President Donald Trump vowed during his State of the Union in February, “will never be a socialist country.” Well, we have some good news and some ...

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Game of Thrones: The Iron Throne aired last night, bringing the Mother of Spoilers about the fates of the children of Westeros to every nook and cranny of the ...

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

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Hiker missing in Hawaii for two weeks found alive  WTHR

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

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

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European music is more than just the glitz of Eurovision. Turn on your sound to hear 15 of the region's most important acts, musically and socially, right now.

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Counterclockwise: searching for the meaning of max, mini, pro, plus and other such names - GSMArena.com news  GSMArena.com

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Each week, I receive tons of questions from my listeners about tech concerns, new products and all things digital. Sometimes, choosing the most interesting q…

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A richer picture emerged on Wednesday about the dispute between the attorney general and the special counsel over the Mueller report's findings.

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I cleaned out my office over three ago when I retired from teaching. Recently I started to go through piles of information on lesson plans, syllabi, teaching ...

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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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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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Trying to convince ultra-Orthodox Jews to vaccinate, New York messes up the Yiddish  CNN

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He was up there somewhere, at the top of the hill, the man Karl Ammann had come to see. It would soon be night. The forest was all shadows and sounds.

Theatre Under The Stars stages rare run of ‘Jerome Robbins’ Broadway’  Houston Chronicle

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Behrouz Boochani's mission to change offshore detention laws using a smuggled mobile phone  ABC News

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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 ...

Founder buys out Telstra's majority stake in PhoneWords  CRN Australia

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Nomophobia Is Cambridge Dictionary's Word of the Year For 2018—And You Might Have It  Mental Floss

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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.

Book review: Biographer Robert Caro writes about his own life's work  Charleston Post Courier

WORKING: Researching, Interviewing, Writing. By Robert A. Caro. Knopf. 207 pages. $25.

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 ...

Using Phone Contact Book Apps For Digital Research - bellingcat  bellingcat

Popular apps such as TrueCaller or GetContact advertise the ability to see who is really calling you, even if you do not know the number, and alert the app user ...

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.

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Today show viewer’s $40k cash call ‘nightmare’  NEWS.com.au

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