- Telegram now allows importing chat histories from WhatsApp, Line, and KakaoTalk.
- Any included photos and videos will be uploaded to Telegram’s servers, allowing them to free up additional disk space.
- However, users can still delete all their messages for all participants of the conversation without a trace.
“Starting today, everyone can bring their chat history – including videos and documents – to Telegram from apps like WhatsApp, Line and KakaoTalk. This works both for individual chats and groups,” Telegram developers noted.
They explained that the new feature currently allows importing messages—as well as photos and videos included in them—to the current day in the target Telegram conversation. At the same time, Telegram will retain the original timestamps after the transfer has been completed.
“The best part is that the messages and media you move don’t need to occupy extra space. Older apps make you store all data on your device – but Telegram can take up virtually no space while letting you access all your messages, photos and videos anytime you need them,” the developers added.
However, despite this data being stored on Telegram servers, users can delete their messages for all parties “without a trace.” The latest update expanded Telegram’s privacy features even further, allowing users to completely delete secret chats, groups they created, and their call history.
“Telegram servers don’t store information about deleted chats and call logs, so the data will disappear completely, forever,” stressed the announcement.
As Decrypt reported, Telegram has been enjoying a massive influx of new users lately, and even saw 25 million new registrations in 72 hours at some point. People flocked to Telegram—and its competitor Signal—in search of greater privacy. This migration accelerated when Facebook-owned messenger WhatsApp began pressuring its users into sharing personal data with its parent media company.
Endorsements from people like Elon Musk and Edward Snowden actively helped WhatsApp’s privacy-focused competitors too.
In his own channel, Telegram CEO Pavel Durov noted that while “nothing like this has ever been made possible by a major app” and that it required “some serious magic,” the new functionality was developed and implemented in just two weeks.
“Two weeks ago I realized this should be theoretically possible, and yesterday we made this feature available on both iOS and Android, together with many other improvements,” Durov wrote, adding, “Moving messages to Telegram allows people to save disk space and stop worrying about third-party backups or changing devices.”
At the same time, message transfer from WhatsApp, Line, and KakaoTalk might be just the beginning. Telegram is already planning to release a free programming interface that can be used to create tools that will allow importing message histories from literally “anywhere,” said Durov.
He added, “The original meaning of the paper plane on the Telegram logo means ‘freedom’ For us, freedom of choice and data portability are paramount. People should be in complete control over their own data – and their own lives.”
Binance’s Trading Volume Hits $100 Billion in Just One Day
Binance continues to see unprecedent trading activity while attempting to sail through regulatory hurdles
Binance’s daily volume hit an eye-popping $100 billion on Oct. 20, according to a tweet by CEO Changpeng Zhao.
The leading crypto exchange recorded this crucial milestone on the day Bitcoin, the largest cryptocurrency, reached a new all-time high of $67,276.
Despite introducing stricter measures for users due to severe regulatory scrutiny, Binance enjoys a comfortable lead over other crypto exchanges in both spot and derivatives trading, according to data provided by CoinMarketCap.
Eerier this month, the trading platform also announced a $1 billion ecosystem fund.
Meanwhile, the decentralized finance sector is catching up with centralized behemoths. The total value locked in DeFi protocols has hit $100 billion for the first time.
Binance Smart Chain DeFi protocol PancakeHunny suffers flash loan attack
As the users argue “what’s better,” Ethereum or Binance Smart Chain, the latter saw another decentralized protocol being exploited. PancakeHunny on BSC was attacked by a flashloan and no, this wasn’t a first for the protocol.
Blockchain security and data analytics company Peckshield Inc. announced the attack on Twitter.
The last time that this protocol was exploited, was in June, wherein the team had noted the creation of a smart contract to exploit the Hunny Minter Smart Contract. The contract was subsequently executed 91 times, as per the team.
The team took a long time to respond to the hack this time but assured the users that their funds were safe. The team added in a preliminary report,
“On 20 October 2021, at 0920 UTC. A smart contract was created to exploit the Hunny TUSD vault. The Contract was subsequently executed 26 times.”
PeckShield provided some details about the same noting,
According to the agency, this hack was possible due to a profit inflation bug, which converts the relatively small amount of harvested ALPACA, to a large amount of TUSD for staking. PeckShield added,
“These converted TUSDs are then counted as profit, now inflated to mint large amount of $HUNNY!”
Actions taken by the team
The PancakeHunny team has stopped the minting process for the TUSD vault while assuring that funds in Hives were all SAFE. The exploit did not affect other Hives and Vaults but the price of HUNNY.
They added that the issue has been identified and the team will change its rooting to higher liquidity pools to prevent the aftereffects of price manipulation of LP pools.
NBA Makes Coinbase Its Exclusive Crypto Partner
Coinbase has joined FTX in scoring major partnerships in the sports industry
The National Basketball Association has announced a multi-year deal with Coinbase, America’s biggest crypto trading platform in an Oct. 19 press release.
Coinbase will act as the exclusive partner of the NBA, NBA G League, Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA), and other leagues.
As part of the deal, the exchange will have a brand presence during televised games as well as unique content and activations that are meant to boost crypto awareness.
Kate Rouch, Coinbase’s chief marketing officer, says that the company is proud of joining forces with the NBA:
The freedom to participate and benefit from the things you believe in is at the heart of Coinbase’s mission. Nobody believes this more than NBA and WNBA fans. We’re proud to become the Leagues’ official cryptocurrency partner.
The shares of Coinbase are up roughly 3% at press time.