Francis Bea

Francis Bea

Former Digital Trends Contributor
Francis got his first taste of the tech industry in a failed attempt at a startup during his time as a student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Never leaving his love for tech behind, he briefly dabbled in tech PR but switched over to contributing for Digital Trends. He covers all things social media and the next generation of emerging tech startups, as well as mobile apps that can’t be missed .
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Facebook news you might have missed this week

Facebook opened up a Swedish data center, there's evidence of a Facebook RSS reader, and say goodbye to Sponsored Results in this week's Facebook news.
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Facebook is announcing a new product next week, and we think we know what it is

Facebook sent out invites to the press as it wants to unveil something "big" to the world on June 20. Our guess is that it's Facebook's hidden RSS reader.
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The most offensive thing about PRISM? That horrible PowerPoint – so this guy redesigned it

PRISM has some ugly slides, but don't worry Parisian designer Emiland De Cubber has spruced it up a bit despite regardless of the program's purpose.
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Twitter quietly rolls out its free, native analytics feature

Twitter quietly launched its own analytics tool, a free, built-in option that will likely crowd some of the third party competitors out.
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What do Wall Street Bankers have in common with 15-year-olds? A Snapchat obsession

Bankers that can't get enough of social media, but peeved at fallible privacy settings, are picking Snapchat as their de facto social network.
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How to use the Internet without all those PRISM-accused Web properties

Wary of potentially divulging every detail about your life should the NSA have any reason to snoop around? Here are ways to protect yourself from PRISM.
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Zuckerberg denies PRISM involvement again at shareholder’s meeting

While Mark Zuckerberg has denied Facebook's involvement in the U.S. government's PRISM program, can Facebook's statements really be trusted?
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Here’s proof that you probably won’t finish this article

Most people don't actually read articles top to bottom, and despite having just a small grasp of the author's point, readers will tweet anyway.
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‘My Pocket Pal’ explores an Instagram-made friendship between two strangers

Even on social networks, close friendships between strangers be struck as "My Pocket Pal" filmmaker Jean Antolini had done with Instagram user @DCW805.
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Vine may not be releasing an API soon, but here’s how to access it

Can't wait to get your hands on the Vine API? Here's a workaround. Just know that it's all Twitter-unsanctioned business.
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Is your band missing its lead guitarist? Giggem is a LinkedIn for the musician market

Giggem steps in to offered a LinkedIn option for the music world with its matchmaking algorithms to bring bands together.
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Facebook news you may have missed: A cash-stealing virus, ad cutbacks, and a report that Facebook leads to breakup city

Watch out for the Zeus Trojan, Facebook is cutting down on ads, and Home is update in this week in Facebook news you may have missed.