Telegram acquires 70M new clients in only one day after Facebook blackout

Informing application Telegram acquired a “record” 70 million new clients on Monday, as Facebook encountered an almost six-hour long blackout across its administrations, Telegram CEO Pavel Durov reported. Scrambled informing application Signal likewise announced acquiring “millions” of new clients around the same time. Both applications contend for the most part with Facebook’s WhatsApp, albeit the blackout additionally brought down Facebook Messenger, and left clients incapable to send messages on Instagram.

70 million new clients is an increment of more than 10% contrasted with the 500 million month to month dynamic clients Telegram had as of January this year, the last time it revealed a comparative flood in new information exchanges. Unintentionally, this last expansion in clients was additionally helped by issues at Facebook. In January, WhatsApp misused the presentation of another security strategy, prompting worries that it would be offering private client information to parent organization Facebook.

Despite the fact that Durov asserted that Telegram “kept on working faultlessly” even with its “exceptional development,” he conceded that “a few clients in the Americas might have encountered more slow speed than expected as a great many clients from these mainlands hurried to pursue Telegram simultaneously.” Signal clients were likewise encountering issues where they couldn’t see their contacts as a whole.

“For the new users I’d like to say this – welcome to Telegram, the largest independent messaging platform,” Durov wrote. “We won’t fail you when others will.” Telegram has since a long time ago sought WhatsApp’s 2 billion clients, and prior this year added the capacity to import WhatsApp talk narratives in a move intended to assist clients with changing from the Facebook-claimed informing administration. Throughout this year it’s additionally added other element zeroed in on video calling and live web based, in spite of the fact that it actually doesn’t offer start to finish encryption of course dissimilar to Signal and WhatsApp.

“Facebook-owned Whatsapp being down is a reminder that you and your friends should probably be using a more private, non-profit alternative like @Signalapp anyway,” wrote whistleblower Edward Snowden during the outage, “It’s just as free, and takes like 30 seconds to switch.” Snowden has for quite some time been a defender of Signal, and said in 2015 that he utilized it consistently.


Against Apple’s App Store, Telegram documents EU antitrust objection

Informing organization is most recent organization to condemn limitations and charges

Wire, the informing application, has become the most recent organization to document a formal antitrust grievance to the EU over Apple’s App Store.

In a grumbling to EU rivalry boss Margrethe Vestager, Telegram, which has more than 400m clients, said Apple must “allow users to have the opportunity of downloading software outside of the App Store”.

In June, Ms Vestager declared two antitrust examinations concerning Apple, one of which concerned the App Store. Apple’s contentions with designers over the standards of the App Store have additionally raised as of late.

Both Spotify and Rakuten have recently grumbled to the EU that the application store speaks to a restraining infrastructure power, given that designers need to acknowledge Apple’s terms, including a 30 percent commission on in-application buys, so as to arrive at the a huge number of individuals who use iPhones.

Apple’s App Store charges over the world are evaluated to create more than $1bn for the organization every month.

In its grievance, Telegram disagreed with Apple’s contention that the App Store commission keeps it running.

In a post this week, Mr Durov said: “Every quarter, Apple receives billions of dollars from third-party apps. Meanwhile, the expenses required to host and review these apps are in the tens of millions, not billions of dollars. We know that because we at Telegram host and review more public content than the App Store ever will.”

The informing application, which was helped to establish by Russian tech business person Pavel Durov and his sibling in 2013, blamed Apple for stopping advancement.

Wire said that in 2016 Apple limited the informing application from propelling a gaming stage in light of the fact that it conflicted with App Store rules. Wire gambled being erased from the App Store and destroyed the endeavor.

Message asserted this is a case of Apple’s ability to control development on account of its “monopolistic force” on the application advertise.

“For that same reason Apple is able to charge a colossal 30 per cent commission on turnover of any digital service provided by the applications on the App Store, including but not limited to the sales of the apps themselves or any fees for premium services on those apps,” the grievance included.

Apple has over and over precluded charges from claiming against serious conduct. In an announcement in front of a congressional hearing, Apple CEO, Tim Cook, acknowledged investigation of the App Store to be “reasonable and appropriate” however protected his organization’s strategic policies. He said Apple accepted “competition is a great virtue (which) promotes innovation”.

Message, which has been utilized by demonstrators — most outstandingly in Hong Kong — and drawn assaults from governments including China, has recently blamed Apple for blocking refreshes as it confronted mounting pressure in Russia. A two-year boycott in the nation for Telegram has as of late been lifted.

The other open test in the EU against Apple concerns Apple Pay. The examinations are probably going to run for a while or even years.


Telegram includes new video editing tools, simpler approaches to discover GIFs, and more

Telegram has discharged another update including video editing tools and permitting you to add animated stickers to any photograph or video you send on the mobile messaging application.

The new update permits you to edit videos and modify different elements like brightness and saturation. You can physically change the video to your preference, or you can tap your screen twice to have Telegram alter it automatically.

Even though Telegram previously presented stickers, you would now be able to add them to any photograph or video. The GIF panel got some new features, including a Trending section that shows the most popular GIFs on the application, notwithstanding emoticon-based sections that give significant GIFs to emoticons like the heart eyes or thumbs-up.

In April, Telegram arrived at 400 million active clients. Nearby revealing the new active client achievement, Telegram likewise acquainted educational snippets with tests and another directory with 20,000 stickers. The organization likewise says that it will release secure group video calls at some point this year.