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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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Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton counsels Mike Pezzullo over intimidating phone call allegation  ABC News

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has counselled his departmental secretary Mike Pezzullo over concerns he intimidated a crossbench senator in a phone call ...


With 11 Short Words, Elon Musk Just Showed a Tiny Glimpse of Self-Awareness and Humility. (This Needs to Stop Right Now)  Inc.

The jury is still out on Elon Musk, as it is for all of us. But it's likely he will one day be remembered as the greatest creative innovator and entrepreneur of our time ...


Finally, a film that grasps the true beauty of Scrabble  Telegraph.co.uk

In the new film Sometimes Always Never, the thing that drives the plot – its conflict, the characters' search for meaning, their eventual reconciliation – is a game ...


Sunday Puzzle: D'oh!  NPR

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro and Weekend Edition puzzlemaster Will Shortz plays a word game this week with KCRW listener Robert Wemischner of Los ...


BBC World Service - Heart and Soul, The wind phone, Japan's phone to the dead  BBC News

In the small town of Otsuchi in northern Japan, 2,000 residents were lost in the tsunami in 2011. One resident, who had already been grieving his cousin before ...


There's a Major Flaw in How We Look at Smartphone "Addiction", Says New Study  ScienceAlert

Smartphone addiction does not seem like a questionable thing to believe in. It exists. Surely it does, doesn't it?


7 things to know about the new, 10,000-word New Yorker story on Augusta National  Golf.com

The New Yorker unleashed a 10000-word story about the exclusivity of Augusta National on Friday. And the author did not hold back.


Word Game: June 13, 2019  The Mercury News

TODAY'S WORD — PYROPHOBIA (PYROPHOBIA: pye-ruh-FO-bee-uh: Abnormal fear of fire.) Average mark 22 words. Time limit 35 minutes. Can you find 31 or ...


Cellphone holsters: why dads love them, and why they could come back  Vox.com

The Motorola Razr hit the market in the summer of 2004, and immediately it was a very big deal. This was the first cellphone whose fashionability was its main ...


Frontier Communications Offering $1,000 To Ditch Your Smartphone For A Flip Phone For A Week  CBS New York

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — How does $1,000 sound? It could be yours if you're willing to swap your smartphone with a flip phone for a week. Internet *service* ...


Big Little Lies: Shailene Woodley Unpacks That Heartbreaking Scene  Vanity Fair

This post contains spoilers for Big Little Lies Season 2. In Season 2, Episode 2 of Big Little Lies, Ziggy (Iain Armitage) discovers the truth about his father.


'When I try to talk to my grandad words won't come out'  BBC News

As a child, Red was chatty and full of life - but only at home. When she left the house, everything changed.


You can’t believe a word any of these people is saying – that’s the ‘deep fake’ era for you  The Guardian

We are entering an age in which you can no longer trust your ears or eyes. Bots, trolls and fake news merchants have demolished the idea that you can believe ...


Google Drive and Photos Are Splitting: What You Need to Know  How-To Geek

Google has announced that Google Drive and Google Photos will be separating in July. Google says, “the connection between these services is confusing,” so ...


This is fatherhood: 7 dads describe the moment it got real  The Washington Post

To mark this Father's Day, we asked dads to describe a moment when they truly felt like a father, in 500 words or fewer. Here are some of our favorite essays.


The Strange Story of a Secret Literary Fellowship  The New Yorker

Daniel A. Gross writes about what happened after he was offered ten thousand dollars as part of a new—and secretive—award for young writers.


Australia's Most Wanted: Rex Patrick and the Senate's new power-block  Michael West News

Six people exercise extraordinary power in the current parliament. They are the Senate cross-benchers, senators whose votes are wanted, and courted, by both ...


Driver caught speeding in Australia shocks police with phone strapped to steering wheel  Stuff.co.nz

Police who stopped a speeding driver in Sydney's west on Sunday night were shocked to find he was driving with his phone strapped to the steering wheel, ...


Hackers may glean your password by listening to how you type on your phone  The Union Leader

What if scammers could learn your password not from a massive cyberattack or taking control of your device, but from listening in as you type?


Florida State says privatizing athletics won’t change anything. Skeptics aren’t so sure.  The Washington Post

On Tuesday morning, Barbara Petersen — president of the First Amendment Foundation, a Florida nonprofit that advocates for open government — got a text ...


Social media should be a complement to real life. Not a substitute.  The Washington Post

One effective way to correct unhealthy social-media habits is to “fast” for a few weeks and then come back with strict limits on use.


My Dad Was Nearly Killed When I Was 9-Years-Old ... This Is My Story  LawOfficer.com

My Dad is a cop. He was nearly killed when I was 9-years-old. My story begins the night we received the phone call. It is a tale worth telling.


Customer Clairvoyance: I Never Knew I Always Wanted This  Forbes

Customer proactivity has always been a crucial part of great customer *service*. Wise companies anticipate where the customer is going an gain competitive ...


Gabe Grunewald Refused to Let Cancer Have the Last Word  Runner's World

She thought her purpose was to become one of the fastest runners in the country. But living with incurable cancer, Gabe realized her role in the sport was bigger ...


How did Mike Pezzullo become Australia's most powerful bureaucrat?  The Guardian

The home affairs secretary is seen as a Dutton loyalist; he's also been a Labor staffer and is considered a fiercely independent mandarin. So who's the real ...


Surgeon who saved 4-year-old shooting victim cannot find words 'to describe how horrific it was'  Stuff.co.nz

The doctor who helped save the life of a 4-year-old child critically wounded in the mosque shootings, says March 15 started as "just another day in the office".


After surviving one of the largest volcanic eruptions ever, Bradenton family rises from the ashes  Tampa Bay Times

The Spanish word for “slaughter” is how Fulmencio Eladio describes what unfolded in his Guatemalan village just over one year ago. Sitting in his family's small ...


Who Did Bethenny Frankel from 'RHONY' Honor on Father's Day?  Showbiz Cheat Sheet

Bethenny Frankel from The Real Housewives of New York City honored late boyfriend Dennis Shields on Father's Day. She likely chose Shields because he ...


I rode an electric scooter to E3 2019 every day and it was my favorite 'game'  TechRadar

In life, there is no reset button. I had to keep reminding myself of that while riding an electric scooter through downtown Los Angeles on the way to E3 2019 all ...


Here Are Some Of The Features You Can Expect From Apple’s IOS 13  Simplemost

Apple users, get ready for some new features on your phones. The latest version of its mobile operating system, iOS 13, was revealed when the beta version ...


Southwest passenger was 'cyberflashed' by a stranger on her flight  Stuff.co.nz

A woman on a Southwest Airlines flight was sent explicit images on her iPhone by another passenger.


Tired of #$%& passwords? Single Sign-on could be savior  USA TODAY

The experience we know as password hell could be radically changed for the better within the next year and a half to three years. Struggling to come up with ...


'This was the greatest day of my life' - Fathers, sons and Pebble Beach  ESPN

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- Everyone has that magical place, the spot their eyes need to see or their foot needs to step just once before they take in their last ...


The Youngest Child Separated From His Family at the Border Was 4 Months Old  The New York Times

Baby Constantin spent five months of his first year in a foster home. His family got a painful look at America's experiment with family separation as an immigration ...


Editorial: Yes, law should require FBI notification of foreign meddling  San Francisco Chronicle

Americans should not need to rely on the sound judgment and good ethics of a political campaign to determine whether it alerts the FBI of an attempt by foreign ...


Voice Control hands-on: Deep OS navigation for iPads, iPhones, and Macs  VentureBeat

Apple has dramatically enhanced the Voice Control feature it debuted years ago with the iPhone 3GS, bringing offline OS-wide control to most of its devices.


'I Would Do Anything For Her': A German Dad's Search For His Daughter, Taken By ISIS  KCUR

Five years ago this month, Danisch Farooqi dropped off his daughter, Aaliya, at her mother's house in the German port city of Hamburg. He remembers.


My Three Grandfathers  The Atlantic

Mama was in her 70s before she discovered the true story of her conception.


Google Pixel 4: Top features, possible specs, price and everything else we know ahead the launch in India  India Today

The launch of the Google Pixel usually happens in October or November and year 2019 is not going to be an exception. The Pixel 4 will launch in India, and in ...


Peter Ross: My interview with the not-so-great pretender  The National

When Boris Johnson headed for Edinburgh in 2004 there was even then speculation about his political ambitions and his fitness for the highest…


Company will pay you $1000 to use a flip phone for one week  WKRC TV Cincinnati

LAS VEGAS (KSNV) — One company is asking one smartphone addict to take a break from their device and get back to the times of old by “downgrading” to a ...


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.


The Mystery of Babies’ First Words  The Atlantic

It's nearly impossible to discern when an infant's babbling turns into a fully formed word.


IN THEIR WORDS | Louisville's McDonnell, Vanderbilt's Corbin meet media in Omaha  WDRB

Media Day at the College World Series in Omaha features all four coaches on a single side of a bracket speaking at the same news conference, and conversing ...


The U.S. Government Is Utterly Inept at Keeping Your Data Secure  The New Republic

What do your smartphone and the world's most advanced fighter jet have in common? The Trump administration can't protect them from hackers.


Have we taught kids to deal with anger?  TT Newsday

A couple of weeks ago I was part of an investigating team into Cussgate, a WhatsApp video chat involving my ten-year-old son and a group of his classmates.


This City Now Has ‘Public Punching Bags’ For Stressed-out Residents  Simplemost

I spend a disproportionate amount of my life stressed out of my mind. And I'm not alone. According to a recent Gallup poll, Americans, in particular, are the most ...


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

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


How the TODAY team celebrated Father's Day: Hoda, Dylan and more share sweet photos  TODAY

Happy Father's Day! The TODAY team shared sweet tributes on Instagram honoring the dads in their lives. It was the first Father's Day Hoda Kotb's partner, Joel ...


How to block a phone number on your iPhone  Business Insider

You can block a phone number on your iPhone in just four quick taps. Unblocking a number is equally easy, so you can always change your mind later.


Editorial: Gascón, Breed start criminal justice revolution in SF  San Francisco Chronicle

There's a surprising revolution under way at San Francisco County Jail this week. On Wednesday, District Attorney George Gascón announced he was ...


My father, Supreme Court justice and man of mystery  ABS-CBN News

The world that my dad inhabited—the world of lawyers, government, and politics—was always a mystery to me growing up. As he nears retirement age, I've ...


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 ...


Who Stole My Cheese? Archivists Are Cataloging 200 Years of Criminal Records From the Isle of Ely  Mental Floss

And you thought your parents were strict. In 16th century England, the same courts that tried murderers were also tasked with getting to the bottom of cheese ...


The Labor Movement Comes to Virtual Reality: Unionizing Digital Media  Truthout

Union drives at media organizations have been a source of rare good news for the labor movement.


Suspect in shooting of LA deputy investigated in 5 San Diego cases  10News

A sheriff's deputy who was shot in the head in an apparently unprovoked attack at an Alhambra fast-food eatery was on life support Wednesday, while a Utah ...


Bills' actions speak louder than words with McCoy  WBEN

Before you even bring it up, no I'm not hating on LeSean McCoy because he spoiled Avengers: Endgame.Repeatedly over this offseason, the Buffalo Bills have ...


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 ...


Don’t forget to pack travel insurance this summer  Irish Times

By not taking out insurance you leave yourself at mercy of airlines, tour operators.


Why cybercriminals are eyeing smart buildings  We Live Security

What are the key security challenges facing intelligent buildings? ESET's Tony Anscombe explained them very clearly in a recent conference talk.


Meizu Has Unveiled A Phone With No Buttons, Speakers, Sim Card Slot Or Charging Port  Forbes

Zhuhai-based Meizu has had a relatively quiet 2018 compared to its Chinese peers, but it's starting 2019 aiming to grab headlines with a radical concept phone.


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.


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 ...


Device that converts iPhone screen into braille a 'lifeline' for deaf-blind people  ABC News

A small, portable gadget has transformed the lives of people who are both deaf and blind by translating phone screens into braille.


Glued to Your Phone at the Dinner Table? Marshawn Lynch Wants to Have Some Words  Adweek

The NFL star and agency GS&P want to help turn meals into phone-free zones.


Wearable and foldable phones are shaking up tech, making 2019 the year of weird phones  Business Insider

Mobile World Congress debuted some pretty weird phones. We saw phones that are wearable, foldable, and have 5 cameras. Why so many weird concepts?


How to set up Google Assistant on your iPhone or Android phone  Business Insider

You can set up Google Assistant and "OK Google," the voice command behind it, on an iPhone or Android phone. Here's how to do it on both.


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 ...


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.


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.


There's no way to know for sure whether your smartphone was infected by the WhatsApp attack. But here are some signs you should look out for.  Business Insider

A vulnerability in Facebook's WhatsApp messaging app made it possible for attackers to spread surveillance software to mobile devices through a phone call.


How Superhero Movies Have Co-Opted Meditation Without Acknowledging Its Origins  Bustle

Google "meditation" and click on the images. The search results yield photos of women in fitted tank tops and lycra pants sitting near bodies of water with the sun ...


Gmail’s Smart Compose feature opens up to more Android phones – here’s how to get it  The Next Web

Gmail's Smart Compose feature has been around on desktop and on Google Pixel 3 handsets since last October. it's now becoming available on more devices.


Serious FaceTime bug allows you to listen remotely before anyone answers — Apple to fix ‘later this week’  The Verge

There's a serious bug in Apple's FaceTime video calling platform that has been bouncing around some corners of social media today, and that 9to5Mac just ...


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.


Apple's cofounder is worried the iPhone maker has fallen behind on folding phones  Business Insider

Steve Wozniak said he would like a folding phone himself.


How to Use TikTok: Tips for New Users  WIRED

It's been more than three years since the lip-syncing app Musical.ly, now known as TikTok, first became popular among tweens and teens. The social network ...


The odd case of ‘I D.o.n.t.’ autocorrection in iOS  Macworld

A mystery plagues two iOS users, but others must be affected?


Telstra sells Phonewords business to founder and Aura Funds Management  The Australian Financial Review

Telstra is selling its stake in its Phonewords business to a consortium led by the company's founder Gavin Scholes and Aura Funds Management.


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 ...


Burke's own words could come back to haunt as wiretap on cellphone lasted at least 8 months  Chicago Tribune

Longtime Ald. Edward Burke has spent decades at the pinnacle of the city's power structure, but in the end, he may have buried himself with his own words.


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.


Google May Have Finally Made a Truly Usable Voice Assistant  WIRED

Millions of people routinely say “hey” to voice assistants like Siri and Alexa, even though the experience can be frustratingly glitchy. On Tuesday, Google ...


Big Tech Is Here to Help You Fight Excessive Phone Use—Kinda  WIRED

How Google, Apple, and Facebook turned "digital wellness" into a Goopified trend that gives them a new way to market themselves.


Why autocorrect makes so many mistakes, according to the former Apple engineer who helped create it  INSIDER

Why does iPhone autocorrect still make so many mistakes? We spoke with Ken Kocienda, who helped create autocorrect for Apple, to find out why.


Apple's stubborn refusal to make a cheap iPhone resulted in its biggest sales decline in 3 years  Business Insider

Apple saw its biggest iPhone sales decline in almost three years over the holiday quarter, according to new Gartner data. That ties in with an overall pattern of ...


Here's What Happened During Ted Bundy's Execution  Esquire

The serial killer was put to death ten years after the trial dramatized in Netflix's Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile.


10 Thoughts About Liam Neeson's 'Taken' Speech, Which Just Turned 10  Thrillist

The 2009 action spectacular Taken didn't just kickstart a new phase of Liam Neeson's career. The movie also gave us a speech that we all...


'I can't breathe.' Jamal Khashoggi's last words disclosed in transcript, source says  CNN

The final words uttered by Jamal Khashoggi after he was set upon at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul are captured in a transcript circulated to Turkish allies, ...


MWC 2019: all the news from the biggest mobile show of the year  TechRadar

The Huawei Mate X, Sony Xperia 1, LG G8 and more have all been announced at MWC 2019.


How to tell which kind of Apple headphones come included with an iPhone  Business Insider

No version of the iPhone comes with AirPods included. However, they all come with wired EarPods — which kind depends on which model iPhone you have.


Is my phone listening to me — and other questions you asked about our spying tech  ABC News

You had a lot of questions about reporter Simon Elvery's project to spy on what his phone is doing behind his back. Here are some of the answers — and a way ...


How to mute spoilers on Twitter and Facebook  The Next Web

Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, tricks, guides, and advice on how to get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff. Spoilers have become a ...


Your Phone Is Listening and it's Not Paranoia  VICE

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


The heartbreaking phone call that almost drove Princess Diana to cancel her wedding.  Mamamia

Princess Diana had her suspicions there was “somebody else” in her then-fiancé Prince Charles' life, but their startling confirmation almost led her to call off her ...


Why Huawei smartphones are so popular all over the world — except in the US, where stores don't sell them  Business Insider

More people in the world own Huawei phones over iPhones, despite the fact that you probably won't find many Huawei phones in the US.


Huawei P30 Pro: The Gizmodo Review  Gizmodo Australia

"Oh my god." "Is that real?" "How are they not edited!?" These exclamations, often peppered with jovial swear words, have been a common thread, woven ...


Social media and boredom: How technology is changing our emotions`  Vox.com

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


The 15 Best Two-Player Mobile Games to Play Anywhere  MakeUseOf

Wherever you are and whatever you're doing, two-player mobile games are one of the best ways to spend your free time in a fun way.


 
 
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