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In our first interview, we talked to Nathanaël "Nate" Khodl, the creator of Paquebot.io - the most advanced Telegram bot platform. Paquebot.io is supported by 200 Labs which was in recent news after Google supposedly tried buying the company for it's new messaging service. As Telegram's bot platform is becoming increasingly popular for extending the messengers functionality, more and more platforms are emerging to help users creating custom bots, Paquebot.io is such a platform. What is Paquebot exactly and how did you come up with the idea? Nate: Paquebot is a platform that allows anybody to create…

Today we are excited to announce the launch of our first open source project TelegramLogin. TelegramLogin enables web services to authenticate users via Telegram Messenger. TelegramLogin gives the user full control TelegramLogin can be used for web services to offer users a convenient way of signing in with their existing Telegram account — like other platforms such as Google, Facebook, Twitter and many more already offer. Built on Telegram's Bot platform TelegramLogin is build on top of Telegram's Bot platform, therefore only data which can be retrieved via the Bot API is sent to the web service. With the current…

As Telegram's bot platform becomes increasingly important for the young messenger network, Telegram now takes it one step further: Users can now interact with bots even if they are not part of an existing chat – including group chats. Is this already part of Telegram's upcoming payment platform? In order to access a bot's functionality, users need to add bots to every chat individually. However, this has now changed. As of today, Bots can now be part of every chat on Telegram by simply mentioning them using @botname. Accessing external bots in Telegram will be essential for receiving and sending payments…

Yesterday, Edward Snowden posted concerns about Telegram's default security on Twitter: I respect @durov, but Ptacek is right: @telegram's defaults are dangerous. Without a major update, it's unsafe. https://t.co/pbBt2rHr5x— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) December 19, 2015 triggered by Thomas Ptacek's tweet, who said that Telegram stores messages on their servers in plaintext: By default Telegram stores the PLAINTEXT of EVERY MESSAGE every user has ever sent or received on THEIR SERVER.— Thomas H. Ptacek (@tqbf) December 19, 2015 How Telegram's cloud security actually works In Telegram there are two kinds of chats,…

After WhatsApp previously banned Telegram links on their messaging platform, things are heating up between these two rivals. Now something interesting happened: Brazil blocked WhatsApp for 48 hours — total blackout. This happened after a court decision which WhatsApp failed to comply with. WhatsApp allegedly undermines the local VoIP services by offering free calls through the WhatsApp network, which is owned by Facebook. This issue is also related to net neutrality, yet Brazilian telecom providers had been working on ways to prove the government that WhatsApp is not complying with state law. Reuters reported that one of the most dangerous…

WhatsApp's recent move to block Telegram links in their popular messaging app tells us that they are now seriously considering Telegram as a direct competitor. Furthermore, these links can not be copied to mobile browsers or any other app. It's interesting though that apparently not all phones are affected. We tested Telegram links through WhatsApp on iOS and they seem to work for now – on Android they don't. In the first screenshot, copying a simple text message works fine. On Android, the icons on top of the screen indicate that the selected text can now be copied. As expected, on…