Sunday, 26 June, 2022

Topic: Telegram

Interoperability affects platforms like WhatsApp, Signal, Telegram. EU can learn from India

Evaluating the costs and benefits of interoperability requires a clear context. Modi govt's UPI push shows what consumer-friendly tech can look like.

Forensic linguistics, layered voice analysis — how Israel embassy blast case is being probed

NIA says a letter found from the blast site — calling the explosion just a ‘trailer’ — was not written by an Indian, but someone from Afghanistan or Turkey.

5% Indians have deleted WhatsApp, 21% using alternate platforms, finds survey

In a survey conducted by LocalCircles, 75% of respondents have also indicated that they will not use WhatsApp business chat and payment feature if its privacy policy is implemented in May.

Are Indians worried about privacy? Not really, shows data on WhatsApp, Signal, Telegram usage

A comparison of app usage between WhatsApp, Signal and Telegram in the first two weeks of January shows us how India reacted to WhatsApp privacy controversy. 

WhatsApp suffering ‘Facebook moment’. After capture by uncle-aunties, time for trendier apps

From loud and proud ‘Good Morning’ messages that clogged the web to endless memes, WhatApp’s ‘free’ service was a game-changer for Indians.

Not just Signal and Telegram, more apps offer ‘true privacy’ as WhatsApp popularity wanes

One Russian, one Swiss, an American not-for-profit & a European collaborative — 4 apps are seeing their fortunes change even as WhatsApp tries to put out the user privacy fire.

Jair Bolsonaro asks followers to pivot away from Twitter, Facebook after Trump ban

The Brazilian president invited his 6.6 million Twitter followers to subscribe to his channel on the messaging app Telegram, a competitor to Facebook’s WhatsApp.

With Parler out of the game, many apps claiming ‘free speech’ for users vie for its place

After big tech’s decision to ban Parler, US users supporting alternative sites that bill themselves as promoting free speech and privacy are going to apps like Gab, Telegram, Rumble.

The emergence of Uddhav Thackeray 2.0 in Arnab Goswami’s arrest

A selection of the best news reports, analysis and opinions published by ThePrint this week.

Better than Netflix, torrents — Why Telegram is the new destination for movies, shows online

From new shows to obscure art films, Telegram has evolved into more than just an encrypted messaging service. It is becoming the go-to place for pirated content.

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A fire rages in the Taj Mahal Palace and Tower hotel during the 26/11 Mumbai attacks | Prashanth Vishwanathan/Bloomberg News

Quiet conviction of 26/11 mastermind Sajid Mir shows Pakistan’s flimsy terror crackdown

LeT’s 26/11 operational head Sajid Mir was secretly tried and convicted last week, days before Pakistan’s fate is decided by terror-finance watchdog FATF.
Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

Does breaking up big states boost economy? Data doesn’t back up hype, says Indian study

The study by researchers at Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research looked at economic impact of reorganising Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, and Bihar in the year 2000.


The Indian Air Force logo | Commons

Almost 4,000 enrol for IAF’s Agnipath recruitment scheme on day 1 of online registrations

These registrations pertain to the Indian Air Force's Agniveer Vayu programme. The online portal for the first phase was opened at 10 am Friday, and will close on 5 July.

With Agnipath, Modi govt’s shock & awe doctrine may have misfired a vital reform, yet again

Modi govt's biggest flaw has been its disinclination to accept limitations of electoral majorities. This ruined land acquisition and farm reform, stalled labour codes.