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"7 myths Apple is using to justify their 30% tax on apps"

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Pavel Durov, founder of Telegram, published a blog post with “7 myths Apple is using to justify their 30% tax on apps”. He explains quite well why Apple’s practices are not fair and disproves many arguments that you can regularly read from Apple fans on Hacker News or in comments on tech news sites.

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What was TON and why it is over

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Telegram wanted to launch a cryptocurrency, but now they stopped that experiment because a US court stopped them and the US has too much power they rather didn’t want to feel.

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Use Telegram as a notification service with Go

Published on in 👨‍💻 Dev

Telegram is my favorite messenger for chatting. There are many reasons for this. But Telegram is also very suitable to use it as a notification service for your own projects. For example I get a daily overview of the number of page views of my blogs, but also notifications about new Webmentions, or likes and announcements via ActivityPub are sent to me via Telegram.

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Published on in 💬 Micro

It seems like I’m currently a bit obsessed with creating new Go-based projects. Yesterday, I announced my new Telegram channel, where it’s possible to receive notifications about new entries on my blog (I created another channel for the German posts too). First, I tried to use IFTTT, but somehow IFTTT’s behavior is a bit unpredictable and I thought it’s probably easier to just code my own solution. It was only a task of about an hour, but now it works the way I want it to work. To trigger updates on the Telegram channel, I configured my blog build pipeline (I use Drone CI to build and publish my blog) to always make a webhook request to my new tool after the updated site got deployed to the server. I have to say that the Telegram Bot API is a really nice and simple API. Sending a message is done with just a single HTTP call. Although there are a couple of libraries that can do that too, I noticed it’s easier to just write some simple code for the request myself.

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Coronavirus Telegram stickers

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Today Telegram published a blog article regarding Coronavirus news. In it they also mentioned a channel where they announce official and verified channels with information on COVID-19. I just visited that channel out of curiosity and saw there’s a sticker pack with virus stickers. I don’t know whether to laugh or cry about it. 🤔

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My favorite Telegram features

Published on in 💭 Thoughts
Reply to: Thoughts about Telegram by Henrique Dias

I think I’m in some kind of bubble, but most of the people I instant message with use Telegram, because either they are computer science students too or because I convinced (or persuaded) them.

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Why Using WhatsApp Is Dangerous

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Pavel Durov, founder of Telegram, wrote about “why using WhatsApp is dangerous”, citing the attack against Jeff Bezos.

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Maybe it's time to stop using Facebook

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I deleted my Facebook account back in 2017. If you still have an Facebook account, maybe think again if you really need it. There’s this site and Kev Quirk also wrote a list of reasons why using Facebook might be a bad idea.

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How I Built An App For Telegra.ph

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Telegra.ph is Telegram’s new Medium alternative made for easy and also anonymous publishing. It’s quite similar to Medium, except the need to log in. Of course you CAN log in, but it isn’t necessary.

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