Russia May Unban Telegram…if it Shares Encryption Keys with the FSB

Russia’s telecommunications watchdog said that it will consider reversing the ban on messaging service Telegram if the company submits to a court order requiring it to share its encryption keys with federal law enforcement. Russia-based news outlet RT reports that Roscomnadzor (RKN), which began blocking local access to Telegram after the company refused to comply

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Cryptographic Experts Reveal Security Issues in Telegram Passport

Virgil Security, Inc., a cryptographic services provider, has published a report which raises concerns regarding the security of Telegram Passport. Telegram Passport is the latest feature introduced by the messaging app last month. It allows users to upload personal identification documents such as passports, identity cards, and drivers licenses to be stored in the Telegram

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Opinion: Blood, Sweat, and Tears

The only thing I really know about running a startup is that you’re supposed to suffer. It’s hard as hell to create a good company. The recipe sounds so simple, though: find a problem, create a solution, build a product around it and monetize it. It seems like it’s almost impossible to fail. The reality

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Snapchat’s Main Investor is Forming a Cryptocurrency Fund

On May 18, Recode reported that it has discovered Lightspeed Venture Partners, the main investment firm which backed many successful technology companies like Snapchat operator Snap, is planning to establish a fund that is exclusive to the cryptocurrency market. Three Options Sources of Recode confirmed that the venture capital firm is actively investigating into various

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Telegram Takes Alleged Trademark Squatter to Court over Cryptocurrency Naming Rights

Encrypted messaging company Telegram has filed a trademark suit against a Florida company that also intends to create a cryptocurrency named “gram.” The suit, which was filed on May 11 in the San Francisco branch of the US District Court for the Northern District of California, alleges that Lantah LLC violated Telegram’s service mark rights

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Telegram Cancels Public ICO After Raising $1.7 Billion in Presale

Encrypted messaging app Telegram has decided against holding a public initial coin offering (ICO) to fund the development of its “third-generation blockchain.” Citing sources familiar with the matter, the Wall Street Journal reports that the Pavel Durov-led firm determined that it is pleased with the $1.7 billion it had raised for the Telegram Open Network

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Iran Government Bans Telegram, Accuses App of Causing Widespread Unrest

Iran’s judiciary banned the Telegram Monday, accusing the popular messenger app of allowing armed opposition groups to fuel unrest, according to Mizan Online, the judiciary’s news agency, AFP-Services reported. Government officials publicly called for Telegram to be banned earlier this month after the messenger app concluded the second round of its record-setting $1.7 billion ICO to

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Pavel Durov: I’m Using Bitcoin to Neutralize Russia’s Telegram Ban

Russia’s Telegram ban officially went into effect this week, but the encrypted messaging app is fighting back against the government censors — and it’s using Bitcoin to power those efforts. Telegram founder Pavel Durov revealed Tuesday that he has begun distributing Bitcoin grants to groups and organizations operating virtual private networks (VPNs) and other proxy

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Russian Court Bans Telegram on Heels of $1.7 Billion ICO

A Russian court has levied an official ban against messaging app Telegram, just weeks after its initial coin offering (ICO) presale raised nearly $2 billion in two private funding rounds. Tagansky court judge Yuliya Smolina ruled against Telegram on Friday, siding with communications regulator Roskomnadzor’s request for the authorization to block access to the app

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Scam Exposed: Fraudulent Company Registers to Exploit Billion-Dollar Telegram ICO

A company called Telegram Open Network Limited was registered in Britain on February 28 under the name Pavel Durov, the founder of Telegram. Telegram, a chat app with 200 million monthly users, is a commonly used platform for ICO teams and investors to interact with each other. The company’s new crypto project, Telegram Open Network,

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