Francis Bea

Francis Bea

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 .

Webby Awards announces this year’s meme nominees

The Webby Awards, in conjunction with Buzzfeed, announced the nominees of this year's "Meme of the Year."

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Facebook cuts off Social Roulette, app with 1-in-6 chance of killing your Facebook account

Social Roulette is a risky game with a 1-in-6 chance of having your Facebook account deleted, but Facebook has cut off the app's access to Facebook's API. But worry not: The team is trying to bring a workaround back so you, too, can get the final push you need…

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Vine gets its first brand partnership with Charlie Brown and Snoopy

Khao Phan, a growing Vine "star," is part of the Peanuts gang after being hired to create 12 Vines for Peanuts Worldwide. It's the first official partnership Vine has inked since launching a mere 100 days ago.

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Weev in solitary confinement for remotely tweeting from prison

Weev has reportedly been thrown into solitary confinement for tweeting about his time behind bars, despite not having Internet access, through a friend.

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Turns out Instagram food porn isn’t only annoying, it can land you in prison

Morton's steak is well worth savoring - and bragging about - with an Instagram photo, but it's not worth going to jail over. But that's exactly what happened to an identity thief who couldn't help showing off his dinner.

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This week in Facebook news

In this week's Facebook news, Facebook adds more emojis, courts Waze, and finds out how many of your are friends with your mom.

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Twitter’s Mother’s Day PSA: Get the f*$# off of Twitter this Sunday

If there's one day of the year that you should stay off of Twitter, Twitter says that Mother's Day is it.

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The next big thing in medicine? Live-tweeting and Vining surgeries

In the UK's first live Vine-recorded surgery, Spire Bushey Hospital live-tweeted a hip dysplasia surgery step-by-step without sparing important details.

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Twitter’s latest acquisition means it’s about to get a whole lot faster

Twitter scooped up scalable computing startup Ubalo, which we suspect will be used to speed up search and improve keyword ad targeting.

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100 days in, what do we know about Vine?

Twitter is mum on Vine statistics but Unruly has dug up some interesting numbers after monitoring 10 million Vines shared on Twitter in one month.

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Can the Syrian Electronic army weaponize Twitter to topple Western media?

In an interview with the Syrian Electronic Army, we talked to its 24 year old leader "The Shadow" to get a glimpse of the SEA's motivations and agenda.

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Finally! A discovery engine for Instagram that lets you search by date and location

Seeing as how Instagram is a source for breaking news ProPublica developed Sinatra, an open source Ruby app for searching photos based on time and location.

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Hipstamatic launching standalone photo-sharing app, Oggl

Photo app, Hipstamatic announced the launch of Oggl, a standalone iOS photo sharing app that may feel a lot like Flickr or Instagram.

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Here’s the unofficial Facebook app for Google Glass

Facebook hasn't launched an app for Glass but third-party developer TesseractMobile has filled the demand, for now.

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All the Facebook news you need to know this week

In this week's Facebook news, Facebook courts journalists, and launches Trusted Contacts, while scientists have found that Facebook can drive you mad.

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