Robert X. CringelyColumnist, InfoWorld

The pseudonymous author Robert X. Cringely® has been covering the foibles and follies of Silicon Valley since 1986, and writes InfoWorld's Notes from the Field blog. With a fedora on his head and a keyboard in his hands, he wrangles rumors, gathers gossip, and reports the stories the world's high-tech honchos don't want you to hear.

Let's Play the Windows 8 Tablets Name Game

Phablets? Stablets? Fliplets? Windows 8 tablets gird against Apple onslaught with pens, snap-in keyboards, kitchen sink.

AT&T to Customers: Net Neutrality is Whatever We Say It Is

Wireless giant says it can do whatever it pleases with preloaded apps, Net neutrality and ticked-off customers be damned.


Whither WikiLeaks? Cryptome Has You Covered

Julian Assange and WikiLeaks may grab all the headlines, but Cryptome's John Young is the Internet's real crusader for truth.

Today's Internet: All the Fake News that's Fit to Publish

Fictional Apple screws, phony New York Times editorials, bogus sources -- is anything on the Net not a fake?

It's Google's Web, We Just Search On It

Google's new algorithm targets torrents sites -- and opens the door to bogus copyright claims. Chalk one up for content cartel!

Memo to Microsoft: This is How You Do Marketing

So you think you can salvage Windows 8 Metro? Then join Cringely as he proposes new names for the upcoming OS.

Amazon and Apple Aid and Abet Digital Drive-By

Hackers turned Mat Honan's life upside down last week -- with a big helping hand from the two tech giants.

Apple and Samsung: You Can't Make This Stuff Up

Wacky claims aside, Cringely says patent trial affects more than iPads, iPhones -- the whole notion of tech innovation is at stake.

Let's Call Facebook What It Really Is

Fakebook? Facebots? Either way, Facebook needs to address its 83 million fake accounts, many linked to click fraud, before its reputation slides further.

Anatomy of an Internet Death Spiral

Analysis: Be forewarned, Facebook: When tech companies screw customers, tech companies die. See Zynga and Digg for proof.

Google to YouTube Users: Don't Be Evil

Google wants to usher in a kindler, gentler Web, starting with YouTube comments. Cringely sees a long, bumpy road ahead.

Microsoft-Skype Snooping Accusations Push All the Paranoia Buttons

Hold the phone, Internet, before deciding whether Microsoft has engineered a backdoor to allow Skype wiretaps.