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.

Consumer Watchdog Thinks Google's Schmidt Is a Data Perv

A consumer rights group has created a cartoon showing Google CEO Schmidt as an child-baiting ice cream truck driver and put it on a billboard in Times Square. Who's being evil here?

Attack of the Flash Cookie Zombies

Adobe Flash cookies are at the heart of three federal lawsuits that allege they violate your privacy and help advertisers track you across the Web.

Why Google Live Search Creeps Me Out

Google watches as you type in search words and displays "live" results in real time -- in this search experiment, we're all guinea pigs.

Microsoft: Stick with What You Know, Even If It Sucks

Microsoft needs better products -- not ill-advised marketing campaigns or promotional websites -- to truly challenge Apple.


Sex-Crazed Tech CEOs Should Be Seen and Not Hurd

Hewlett-Packard CEO Mark Hurd taken down by a sex scandal? Next we'll find out that Steve Jobs is really a woman.

Net Neutrality: What's the Price?

Analysis: Talks by Google and Verizon raise worries among net neutrality advocates even as the FCC shifts its stance.

Calling BlackBerry Users: Who's Spying on Your E-mail?

A day after RIM debuted its latest entry in the it's-not-an-iPhone-but-an-amazing-facsimile contest, the BlackBerry Torch 9800, it got a kick in the keister from Saudi Arabia.

Your IPhone May Be Spying on You

Beware of third-party smartphone apps that steal your data, according to a recent report.

Microsoft Scrambles to Catch up with the iPad

Analysis: Ballmer backpedals on tablet talk; can Microsoft imitate Apple once again?

WikiLeaks' Afghan War Diary Tells Two Tales

WikiLeaks' work with the New York Times, the Guardian, and Der Spiegel also points to future of Web journalism.

At Facebook, More Members Means More Lawsuits

Even as Facebook welcomes its 500 millionth member, it faces a lawsuit claiming ownership of 84 percent of the social network.

Apple's Steve Jobs: He's No Old Spice Guy

iPhone 4 signal problems aside, here's what Jobs and Co. need to do next: Hire Old Spice spokesmodel Isaiah Mustafa.


iPhone 4 Bar Woes: Boost the Signal and Cut the Noise, Please

Apple released an explanation for its iPhone 4 reception problems, but no real solutions. Is anyone surprised?


Apple Doesn't Embellish More Than Other Tech Firms

Apple's hype machine was in overdrive at this week's WWDC, but it's not the only tech company stretching the truth.

Microsoft's Real Problem Is Ballmer

Yesterday Steve Ballmer beheaded his president of his president of entertainment and devices, 22-year veteran Microsoftie Robbie Bach. Bach's top design guy, J Allard, went with him.