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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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Tumblr Joins Flickr Inside Yahoo, But Where Is the Money?

May 20, 2013 | 12:02 pm

Tumblr Joins Flickr Inside Yahoo, But Where Is the Money?

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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 […]

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The 2013 Giants Win With Their Bats, Not Just Their Arms

May 13, 2013 | 10:59 am

The 2013 Giants Win With Their Bats, Not Just Their Arms

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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 […]

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Is Google’s Massive Book Scanning ‘Fair Use’? Appeals Court Raises Possibility

May 10, 2013 | 3:16 pm

Is Google’s Massive Book Scanning ‘Fair Use’? Appeals Court Raises Possibility

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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 […]

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Bratton Report a ‘Serious Indictment’ of Oakland Police Department

May 10, 2013 | 9:49 am

Bratton Report a ‘Serious Indictment’ of Oakland Police Department

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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 […]

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Map: Income Disparities Along Bay Area Public Transit Routes

May 8, 2013 | 11:05 am

Map: Income Disparities Along Bay Area Public Transit Routes

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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 […]

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May 7, 2013 | 4:24 pm

Leland Yee to Introduce Bill Requiring Background Checks for 3-D Guns

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State Sen. Leland Yee told KQED’s Paul Lancour today that he is planning to introduce legislation to require people who manufacture guns on 3-D printers to undergo background checks. If that effort should fail, Yee said he then will attempt to have such weapons banned altogether. “What I’m looking at right now is to ensure […]

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