MakeUseOf: The Best Telegram Channels and How to Use Them

MakeUseOf: The Best Telegram Channels and How to Use Them. “One of Telegram’s biggest advantages over similar chat apps is how easy it is to join channels and groups. Telegram channels allow you to meet up with people to talk about any topic you’re interested in. In this article we take a look at the best Telegram channels you should know about. With so many channels to sort through, we’ll show you some of the top picks.”

Neowin: Telegram 5.10 released with silent messages, slow mode, admin titles and more

Neowin: Telegram 5.10 released with silent messages, slow mode, admin titles and more. “Telegram has announced the availability of version 5.10 of its app for Android and iOS. The new update brings a slew of features including silent messages, slow mode, admin titles, video timestamps and thumbnail scrubbing, animated emoji, a new attachment menu on Android, and customisable accent colours on iOS.”

Lifehacker: How To Get Google Assistant To Read Notifications From Third-Party Apps

Lifehacker: How To Get Google Assistant To Read Notifications From Third-Party Apps. “Previously, Google Assistant could only read messages from Android Messages and Google Hangouts aloud — and not very well, either. Now, the sky is the limit: Google Assistant can read your messages from third-party apps such as Slack, WhatsApp, Discord, Telegram, and even Google’s own finicky apps like Google Voice.”

Cops and corgis: New Russian social media bot puts riot police where you least expect them (Meduza)

Meduza: Cops and corgis: New Russian social media bot puts riot police where you least expect them. “FreeOmon is a bot account based in the social network Telegram. Its sole function is to add Russian riot police to preexisting images. Any user who sends the bot an image file immediately receives a new-and-improved, highly secured version in return. “

The Verge: WhatsApp and Telegram media files aren’t so secure after they reach your phone

The Verge: WhatsApp and Telegram media files aren’t so secure after they reach your phone. “While they’re known for strongly encrypting messages in transit, apps like WhatsApp and Telegram may not always be able to keep files safe after they’re on your phone. Today, researchers from Symantec explain how hackers could use a malicious app to subtly alter media files sent through the services.”

United Nations Development Programme: UNDP Kazakhstan launches a Telegram “GenderBot”

United Nations Development Programme: UNDP Kazakhstan launches a Telegram “GenderBot”. “Telegram bot offers access to the gender dictionary and displays gender statistics of Kazakhstan. It also includes a calendar of international and local events related to gender issues. One of the key features of the bot is the possibility to search for contact numbers of crisis centers all over Kazakhstan. Currently the bot is available in Russian and English.”

ZDNet: Source code of Iranian cyber-espionage tools leaked on Telegram

ZDNet: Source code of Iranian cyber-espionage tools leaked on Telegram. “In an incident reminiscent of the Shadow Brokers leak that exposed the NSA’s hacking tools, someone has now published similar hacking tools belonging to one of Iran’s elite cyber-espionage units, known as APT34, Oilrig, or HelixKitten. The hacking tools are nowhere near as sophisticated as the NSA tools leaked in 2017, but they are dangerous nevertheless.”

RadioFreeEurope: Iran’s Social-Media Struggles Laid Bare By Telegram And Cleric’s Viral Moment

RadioFreeEurope: Iran’s Social-Media Struggles Laid Bare By Telegram And Cleric’s Viral Moment. “About a year ago, Iran blocked the highly popular messaging app Telegram, an encrypted tool that half the country’s 81 million people used for sharing news and information, debating in private, and conducting business…. But polling cited by official media and an embarrassing gaffe on state TV suggest that the clerically dominated leadership’s policies on social media and other digital platforms might be missing their mark.”

Telegram: Telegram now lets people delete every message sent or received

Telegram: Telegram now lets people delete every message sent or received . “Telegram just added a feature that makes it easier for users to delete any message they’ve ever sent — or any message they’ve ever received. The service announced this weekend that users can now delete messages from both individual conversations and group chats; however, unlike other services, deleting a message will delete it from the record for every user in the chat, not just the person who deletes it.”

The Register: Back to school soon – for script kiddies as well as normal kids. Hackers peddle cybercrime e-classes via Telegram

The Register: Back to school soon – for script kiddies as well as normal kids. Hackers peddle cybercrime e-classes via Telegram . “Russian criminals have for some time now taught classes over the internet on how to rip off folks and credit card companies. Digital Shadows, which chronicled this trade last year, said this week there has been a shift over the past 12 months from publicizing these courses on marketplaces to attracting wannabe hackers via Telegram.”