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- this week
- Just one day after Apple was questioned by the House Judiciary Committee, another antitrust complaint against Apple has been made – this time by secure messaging app Telegram.
- Telegram co-founder and CEO Pavel Durov outlined his arguments in a blog post a few days earlier. He suggested that Apple’s defence of its 30% commission is based on seven myths – beginning with Steve Job’s original claim that the 30% commission was to cover the costs of operating the store.
- He also says that Apple’s claim that it charges the same 30% commission as Google is true but irrelevant.
- The Verge
- 3 weeks ago
- Earlier this month, the Russian authorities lifted their ban on the Telegram messaging app, citing the company’s willingness to help with its counterterrorism efforts.
- Telegram initially gained the attention of the Russian authorities because it had reportedly become one of the apps of choice for the country’s opposition groups. The authorities wanted access to the encrypted messages of Telegram users but Durov wasn’t in a hurry to give this up.
- The reason was that Telegram found ways around the regulator’s firewalls. It routed its traffic through US cloud services from the likes of Amazon and Google, hiding it from view. In combination with its changing IP addresses, this meant that when Roskomnadzor, Russia’s internet censor, tried to block Telegram, other sites and services got caught in the crossfire.
- These tactics would reportedly not have worked in countries like Iran or China where internet censorship efforts are more sophisticated, but they were enough to get the Russian authorities to give up on their attempts to ban Telegram.
- The Independent
- 1 month ago
- Russia is lifting a ban on the Telegram private messenger app. The app has been officially blocked in Russia's since April 2018 when the tech company refused to provide security services with backdoor encryption keys.
- In reality, Russian authorities struggled to enforce the ban, with Telegram moving to hide traffic behind mobile IP addresses. In often clumsy attempts to block access, regulators ended up switching off large chunks of the internet, including banks and even Gmail.
- Earlier this week, it was reported a number of government agencies had asked Roskomnadzor, Russia's media and internet regulator, to lift the formal ban on the messenger to allow them to use it legally.
- The dispute between Russia and Telegram revolved around the app's commitment to end-to-end encryption, which keeps messages safe as they are passed over the service.
- In early June, Pavel Durov, Telegram's founder said that his team had developed ways to "catch and delete extremist and terrorist content".