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.

How Much Money is Facebook Making Off of You?

Facebook is worth gazillions -- or it will be after its IPO. But you may be surprised by your value as a cash cow for the company.

Behold! The Once and Future Most Inept Tech Company of All Time

Which tech giant's name is synonymous with comic futility?

Yahoo's CEO Saga: Fake Degrees and Boardroom Battles

As current exec's lie is exposed, Yahoo could have to ready its revolving door of CEOs for another spin.

Lies, Spies, and Wi-Fi: Google 'Fesses Up

Google admits it knowingly gathered sensitive data from unprotected Wi-Fi networks with Street View and did nothing to stop it. The FCC fine: Pocket change.

Welcome to the Google-Oracle Patent Circus

The two tech giants are slugging it out over Java in a San Francisco courtroom, but it's hardly the Greatest Show on Earth.

Seeing the World Through Google-Colored Glasses

Google's dreamy vision of augmented reality could easily turn into a privacy nightmare.

Will the Real Security Threat Please Stand Up?

Hackers and insiders figure prominently in new reports on 2011's data breaches. Either way, your data is fair game.

Tech Support or Extortion?

Remote support company iYogi was caught using scare tactics to sell its services to naive customers. Can it win back our trust?

The Piracy Bullies Want Your ISP to Do Their Dirty Work

It didn't end with SOPA. Now it's time to stop the next phase of the RIAA, MPAA, and content cartel's war on downloaders.

Microsoft Takes a Leap of Faith With Windows 8

In time for leap day, Windows 8 Consumer Preview garners early positive reviews, but we're a long way before it lands.

Ex-TechCrunchers Decry TechCrunch-like Practices

Ex-TechCrunch editors scold tech bloggers for pageview plays, sensationalism, and shoddy standards. Sound familiar?

As the Worm Turns: Apple Exposed

FBI disclosures about Steve Jobs and Occupy Apple protests take their toll on the tech giant's reputation -- though not its sales.

We Need to Regulate Facebook

Facebook, Google, Twitter, and every other data-sucking Web giant should be forced to reveal exactly what data they collect about us -- before it's too late.

How Tweet It Isn't: Twitter's New Censorship Policies

Twitter has announced that it will allow governments to censor some (but not all) tweets. Did they really have any other choice?

MegaUpload: The Content Cartel Strikes Back

Anti-piracy laws too flawed? Send the Feds to bust some heads. One way or another, Hollywood will get Uncle Sam to do their dirty work.