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Telegram improves self-destructing chats, expiring invite links

Telegram improves self-destructing chats, expiring invite links

WhatsApp's Facebook-friendly privacy changes have caused many users to flock to other secure messaging services. Those services, in turn, have rapidly pushed out changes to improve their features as well as prepare their servers for the sudden influx of new users. For its latest set of updates, Telegram is adding a touch of transience to some of its features, such as public chats as well as invite links, while also making sure that refugees from other messaging platforms will feel at home as well.

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This is how WhatsApp will squeeze new privacy policy hold-outs

This is how WhatsApp will squeeze new privacy policy hold-outs

WhatsApp users who don't accept the company's controversial upcoming privacy policy will steadily lose functionality over a few weeks, as the Facebook-owned messaging platform squeezes them into agreeing with the new rules. Announced last month, the new privacy terms met with near-instant backlash, as they appeared to allow WhatsApp to share user data with other Facebook products and services.

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Signal Iran block workaround released as secure messaging app calls for help

Signal Iran block workaround released as secure messaging app calls for help

Signal is adding a new way for those blocked from using the private messaging platform to connect, a workaround particularly for those in Iran who have found the service censored. News broke in late January that Signal had been targeted by the Iranian government and placed on its internet block list, after the app hit the number one spot for downloads in the country.

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Signal rolls out red carpet for WhatsApp quitters

Signal rolls out red carpet for WhatsApp quitters

Signal just received a new update, and it seems to be rolling out a number of new mainstream features in anticipation of a flood of users incoming from WhatsApp. This update consists of a broad range of features that seem to add a lot to the service, beginning with chat wallpapers. With this update, users can pick from a collection of backgrounds and apply them to chats individually or choose one to apply to all chats.

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WhatsApp alternative Telegram wants your old chat app’s messages and photos

WhatsApp alternative Telegram wants your old chat app’s messages and photos

This week Telegram announced that they'd be accepting chat history from other apps. Starting today, a Telegram representative suggested, "everyone can bring their chat history - including videos and documents - to Telegram from apps like WhatsApp, Line, and KakaoTalk." This system will work for all sorts of chats, including groups and "private chats" alike.

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Beeper is a catch-all app by the Pebble guy with iMessage, Telegram, WhatsApp, and more

Beeper is a catch-all app by the Pebble guy with iMessage, Telegram, WhatsApp, and more

Beeper is a new app from the guy (Eric Migicovsky) who founded Pebble, one of the first very interesting smart wearable devices in the modern smartphone age. The app Beeper "gives you a unified inbox for 15 chat networks" and makes the whole process relatively simple. This app connects to Signal, Discord, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, iMessage, Android Messages (SMS), Telegram, Twitter, and a whole lot more.

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Google Messages gives uncertified Android phones an ultimatum

Google Messages gives uncertified Android phones an ultimatum

If you've got an uncertified Android device in your pocket that's running Google Messages, then you should know that your days with the app are numbered. Google has started alerting users that Messages will stop working on uncertified devices in March, leaving those using such a device to look elsewhere for a messaging service. While few Android users likely use an uncertified device as their daily driver, those who do should start seeing this alert soon.

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WhatsApp delays new privacy policy as Facebook-fearing users flee

WhatsApp delays new privacy policy as Facebook-fearing users flee

WhatsApp is pushing back its controversial privacy policy change, delaying the date by which users must agree to the new terms over what the Facebook-owned messaging platform described as "misinformation" about how it shares data. Concerns began earlier in January, after an upcoming policy update seemingly required WhatsApp users consent to some of their data being passed over to Facebook.

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Signal is down as rush of new users swamps secure messaging service

Signal is down as rush of new users swamps secure messaging service

Secure messaging service Signal is down this morning, with users reporting an inability to log into their account and check their encrypted messages. The company reported a huge influx of new registrations over the past week, accelerated by chatter that Facebook-owned WhatsApp planned to share user data with its social network parent.

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Telegram reports huge surge in new users as WhatsApp backlash grows

Telegram reports huge surge in new users as WhatsApp backlash grows

Telegram has reported a mass of new users over the past 72 hours, an uptick no doubt spurred by Facebook's recent controversial decision involving WhatsApp and data-sharing. WhatsApp has presented itself as a secure messaging platform, including having introduced encrypted chats. However, last week it was revealed that users will need to agree to share their data with Facebook or move to a different app.

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Slack is down as Salesforce’s big acquisition gets a rocky start to 2021 [Update]

Slack is down as Salesforce’s big acquisition gets a rocky start to 2021 [Update]

Slack may have ended 2020 sitting pretty on a $27.7 billion acquisition by Salesforce, but it's starting the first workday of 2021 for many with some unexpected downtime. Many US workers trying to log into their workplace messaging this morning discovered that they simply couldn't get the system to load.

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WhatsApp set new call record during socially distanced New Year’s Eve

WhatsApp set new call record during socially distanced New Year’s Eve

Many people observed common sense and participated in safe, socially distanced New Year's Eve celebrations last week -- something that heavily involved messaging services and voice calls. According to Facebook, its WhatsApp platform saw a record number of calls over the holiday, with more than 1.4 billion video and voice calls having taken place around the world.

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