David Pierson

Writer

David Pierson covers tech for the Los Angeles Times. A staff writer since 2000, he previously covered food and agriculture and was based in The Times' Beijing bureau from 2009 to 2013 covering China.

Recent Articles

  • Trump speaks with Alibaba's Jack Ma about what else? Jobs

    Trump speaks with Alibaba's Jack Ma about what else? Jobs

    One surefire way to get an audience with Donald Trump appears to be the promise of American jobs, even if you’re one of China’s leading pariahs in the eyes of U.S. trade officials.   Jack Ma, founder of Alibaba Group, met with the president-elect Monday at Trump Tower to pitch plans on how to create...

  • SpaceX delays rocket launch because of bad weather

    SpaceX delays rocket launch because of bad weather

    SpaceX postponed a scheduled launch of its Falcon 9 rocket Sunday because of high winds and rain at Vandenberg Air Force Base. The launch would have been the company’s first since a launch-pad explosion destroyed another rocket last September at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.  SpaceX ...

  • Why tariffs on Chinese imports could backfire in California

    Why tariffs on Chinese imports could backfire in California

    With each provocative tweet aimed at China from the president-elect, David Vered worries about a trade war that would hurt profits at his Los Angeles jeans company.  All the denim Vered buys for his brand, YMI Jeans, comes from Chinese factories, which have come to dominate the industry because...

  • Uber defies DMV's order to cease self-driving car program in San Francisco

    Uber defies DMV's order to cease self-driving car program in San Francisco

    Uber said it will continue to operate its self-driving cars in San Francisco despite demands from the California Department of Motor Vehicles to cease its program or face legal action. In a call with reporters Friday, Anthony Levandowski, Uber’s vice president for self-driving technology, argued...

  • Facebook is working to stop fake news by tapping human fact-checkers

    Facebook is working to stop fake news by tapping human fact-checkers

    Facebook is introducing new policies to stem the flow of fake news, including partnering with third-party fact-checkers to flag fabricated articles in a seeming admission that humans still play a vital role in policing the world's biggest social network. The company said Thursday it would work...

  • What happened when Silicon Valley went to Trump Tower

    What happened when Silicon Valley went to Trump Tower

    Obama retaliates against Russia over election meddling Jan. 12, 2017, 7:54 a.m. This is our look at President-elect Donald Trump's transition and the outgoing Obama administration: Sanctions against Russia are part of sweeping punishments announced by Obama administration Trump claims credit for...

  • What happened when Silicon Valley went to Trump Tower

    What happened when Silicon Valley went to Trump Tower

    It wasn’t so much a reckoning as a reboot. The nation’s top tech executives couldn’t know what to expect when they headed to Trump Tower in Manhattan on Wednesday for what President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team had billed as an innovation “summit.” They had reason to fear an ambush. But...

  • 当硅谷遇上特朗普,特朗普大厦中发生了什么

    当硅谷遇上特朗普,特朗普大厦中发生了什么

    这不是重翻旧账而是一次重启。 美国顶级科技管周三前往曼哈顿的特朗普大厦当时他们并不知道会发生什么。特朗普的过渡团队把会议宣称为一次创新“峰会”。担心一场突然而来的伏击其实不是过分的焦虑。 大选期间许多硅谷谷民诋毁和嘲笑特朗普的一举一动。然而现在特朗普即便有任何怨言也努力不表现出来。 如果特朗普的开场白存在任何暗示的话暗示是这次会议并非重复那次大选几天后与广播、有线电视新闻管的不幸会面。那次会面中特朗普大部分时间里在指责他们。 如果空气中有任何怨气发泄的对象是周三没有出现在25层会议室的人。 比如特朗普最爱的社交媒体平台推特。Politico将其归因于报复推特拒绝在竞选期间按照特朗普的要求生成#CrookedHillary的emoji表情。...

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