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David Weir

David Weir is Senior Editor, Online News for KQED. He is a veteran journalist who co-founded the Center for Investigative Reporting, and was a reporter, writer and editor at numerous media companies, including Rolling Stone, Salon, Wired Digital, California Magazine, Mother Jones, 7x7, and Excite@Home. He has published four books and his articles have appeared in many publications including The Economist, The New York Times, New York Magazine, The Nation, LA Weekly, San Jose Mercury News, Wired News and Salon.

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How the CPUC’s New Rules Will Affect Ride-sharing Startups

August 1, 2013 | 8:09 am

How the CPUC’s New Rules Will Affect Ride-sharing Startups

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When the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) proposed new rules on Tuesday to govern the emerging ride-sharing startups, many of which are headquartered in San Francisco, the news was greeted as a victory by Lyft, Sidecar and Uber. And it is a victory, since as recently as last fall, the companies were facing cease-and-desist orders […]

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Data Indicate Apartment Rents Falling (Slightly) in San Francisco

July 19, 2013 | 11:18 am

Data Indicate Apartment Rents Falling (Slightly) in San Francisco

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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 […]

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Long Lines and Delays at SFO; Travelers Remain ‘Remarkably’ Patient’

July 6, 2013 | 5:39 pm

Long Lines and Delays at SFO; Travelers Remain ‘Remarkably’ Patient’

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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 […]

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Tech News Roundup: Google’s Win, Vine’s Update, Yahoo vs. NSA, and the Inventor of the Mouse

July 5, 2013 | 8:57 am

Tech News Roundup: Google’s Win, Vine’s Update, Yahoo vs. NSA, and the Inventor of the Mouse

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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 […]

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Appeals Court Lifts Stay; Same-Sex Marriages Begin in San Francisco

June 28, 2013 | 6:30 pm

Appeals Court Lifts Stay; Same-Sex Marriages Begin in San Francisco

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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. […]

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Yahoo and Google See Same-Sex Marriage Searches Spike As Rulings Come Down

June 26, 2013 | 4:07 pm

Yahoo and Google See Same-Sex Marriage Searches Spike As Rulings Come Down

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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 […]

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This Week in Tech: Google’s Surveillance Challenge, Privacy Worries and Instagram Videos

June 21, 2013 | 9:41 am

This Week in Tech: Google’s Surveillance Challenge, Privacy Worries and Instagram Videos

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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 […]

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This Week in Tech: From Google Gobbling, #Hashtag-Following and Ride Cost-Sharing to the NSA

June 14, 2013 | 12:52 pm

This Week in Tech: From Google Gobbling, #Hashtag-Following and Ride Cost-Sharing to the NSA

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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 […]

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Gmail Rolls Out Latest Attempt to Attack Email Clutter

May 31, 2013 | 1:43 pm

Gmail Rolls Out Latest Attempt to Attack Email Clutter

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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 […]

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San Francisco Rents Vary Widely by Neighborhood

May 24, 2013 | 11:48 am

San Francisco Rents Vary Widely by Neighborhood

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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 […]

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