If your New Year's Resolution is to de-Google-ify your life a bit, here are some alternatives I use:

Browser: Firefox
Search engine: DuckDuckGo
Email: ProtonMail
Maps: OpenStreetMap
Chat: Telegram
News: Feedly

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@mcread @markosaric I would say the main benefit is you can use it parallel on lots of devices with everything getting perfectly synced between them. And it has bots and channels which are nice and helpful marketing tools.

@codiflow @mcread also in my experience, non-tech people are also more likely to stick with telegram than signal for whatever reason

@markosaric @mcread I think its much more conveniant than Signal. And thats not only because of the stickers :-)

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but but. ... what about the privacy ? Not to mention that the business model of Telegram is less than clear ...

@mcread @markosaric I don't know if theres more privacy with Amazon servers and a company located in the US... :mastomonocle:

In my opinion the future business model of Telegram is more than clear: Create their own cryptocurrency and regain money from the transactions. They have been very far with this but I think they are stuck with financial regulations. Same problem FB has / had.

@mcread @markosaric As far as I know they claimed this to be the thing for financing Telegram in the future. Maybe I can look for the article which stated this.

@mcread @markosaric Yes and so far Pavel Durov finances everything from the money he got after leaving vk.com. Here they say something about 1.7 billion dollars (its a German article): www.sueddeutsche.de/digital/pawel-durow-dieser-mann-steckt-hinter-dem-telegram-messenger-1.3902438

@codiflow @markosaric I know , hilarious what exaggerated amounts of money can produce .. I tend to have more trust in Moxie than in Pavel ..

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@mcread @markosaric I think the best would be there would be no need to trust anyone...

@mcread @markosaric Now we all know - Telegram won't engage in cryptocurrency anymore as a US court stopped them... Really sad :-/ telegra.ph/What-Was-TON-And-Wh

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