David Weir is KQED's senior editor for digital news. He previously worked at Rolling Stone, Salon, Wired Digital, Excite@Home, Mother Jones, and as a co-founder and executive director of the Center for Investigative Reporting.
Over the past 40 years, he and his teams have won dozens of awards, including a National Magazine Award, an IRE Award and a Webby. He has authored or co-authored four books, including (with Mark Schapiro) Circle of Poison.
He has a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Michigan, and has taught journalism at the University of California at Berkeley, Stanford and San Francisco State.
There is some early evidence that rents in San Francisco, which have generated widespread concern in recent years, might finally be leveling off. According to data gathered by the rental startup Zumper, median rents for one- and two-bedroom apartments actually fell slightly between May and July. The company, which says it carries the “vast majority” of … Continue reading Data Indicate Apartment Rents Falling (Slightly) in San Francisco →
Update: Flight 214 Crash Investigation Begins KQED’s Raul Ramirez was at the International Terminal of San Francisco Airport Saturday waiting for a flight to Thailand when he saw the smoke from the crash of Asiana Airlines Flight 214. Six hours later, large numbers of would-be travelers, including Ramirez, were still stranded at the airport, waiting … Continue reading Long Lines and Delays at SFO; Travelers Remain ‘Remarkably’ Patient’ →
Google Wins Key Ruling in Book-Scanning Case Jonathan Stempel, reporting for Reuters: “Google notched a legal victory in its bid to create the world’s largest digital books library, winning the reversal of a court order that had allowed authors challenging the project to sue as a group. “A panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court … Continue reading Tech News Roundup: Google’s Win, Vine’s Update, Yahoo vs. NSA, and the Inventor of the Mouse →
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco this afternoon issued a one-sentence order lifting a stay on the 2010 lower-court ruling that would clear the way for same-sex marriages to begin immediately throughout California: “The stay in the above matter is dissolved effective immediately.” Reaction of opponents of same-sex marriage was immediate. … Continue reading Appeals Court Lifts Stay; Same-Sex Marriages Begin in San Francisco →
Carolyn Clark, Senior Communications Manager at Yahoo, reports that a number of search terms have been spiking at the giant portal related to the Supreme Court rulings on Prop 8 and DOMA Searches past 7 days ending June 25 (breakout refers to a term that is gaining interest and had little to no interest during … Continue reading Yahoo and Google See Same-Sex Marriage Searches Spike As Rulings Come Down →
Google on Surveillance Earlier this week, Google cited its right under the First Amendment to disclose more details to the public about its role in the U.S. government’s surveillance programs. In a document filed with the secret U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, the company said it needed to reveal more because “Google’s reputation and business … Continue reading This Week in Tech: Google’s Surveillance Challenge, Privacy Worries and Instagram Videos →
Waze App/Waze.com It was a busy week for Bay Area tech companies, big and small. Here are a few of the headliner developments. Google-Waze On Tuesday, Google announced it had bought the social traffic and navigation app Waze, reportedly for $1.3 billion, which seems to be the market range for acquiring the flashiest startups these … Continue reading This Week in Tech: From Google Gobbling, #Hashtag-Following and Ride Cost-Sharing to the NSA →
For many people, staying on top of email has become something of an ordeal. It remains essential, of course, both for personal and work-related communications, but increasingly, our inboxes are overrun by retail messages, promotional items, newsletters and social media updates. This problem is even worse and more complicated on mobile devices, with their tiny … Continue reading Gmail Rolls Out Latest Attempt to Attack Email Clutter →
The apartment rental startup Zumper has updated its maps of the median rents for one and two bedroom apartments in San Francisco by neighborhood. It found that the median price for a one-bedroom in the city is now $2,764. The median price for a two-bedroom is $4,000. The median is the numerical value separating the … Continue reading San Francisco Rents Vary Widely by Neighborhood →
Update at 3 p.m.: Flickr has announced an upgrade to its service just hours after its owner, Yahoo, announced it is also buying Tumblr. Flickr is in fact getting “biggr,” now offering a free terabyte of storage space for photos and videos. From the company announcement: “Just how big is a terabyte? Well, you could … Continue reading Tumblr Joins Flickr Inside Yahoo, But Where Is the Money? →
It’s axiomatic that the defending world champion San Francisco Giants are “built on pitching.” Their five starters – Matt Cain, Madison Bumgarner, Tim Lincecum, Barry Zito and Ryan Vogelsong – have been among the best in the major leagues over the past three years. And their relief pitchers have been equally impressive. Meanwhile, until this … Continue reading The 2013 Giants Win With Their Bats, Not Just Their Arms →
The long-running legal battle between Google and those who oppose its ambitious project to scan virtually every book ever published took a new turn this week. Judges on the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals pressed both sides in a class-action lawsuit to respond to the idea that the search giant’s actions might be covered … Continue reading Is Google’s Massive Book Scanning ‘Fair Use’? Appeals Court Raises Possibility →
Oakland residents might be forgiven if they feel they’ve been watching an episode of HBO’s popular series The Wire. The summary of the Bratton Report released Thursday on OPD’s crime reduction strategy contained a number of criticisms related to the department’s lack of progress in implementing the CompStat management and accountability system. A fictional version … Continue reading Bratton Report a ‘Serious Indictment’ of Oakland Police Department →
Two local software developers, Dan Grover and Mike Belfrage, have designed an interactive map that allows users to view how neighborhood incomes rise and fall along the Bay Area’s public transportation routes. The data is available for all BART, Muni and Caltrain routes. The relative income disparities of residents along the routes can be dramatic, rising from … Continue reading Map: Income Disparities Along Bay Area Public Transit Routes →