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.

Did Apple and Google Kiss and Make Up?

Two middle-aged guys sit down for a cup of coffee, and people start acting like they just saw Brad and Angelina at Starbucks. What's the big deal?

Google-China: The Plot Thickens

Analysis: Events continue to unfold in the Google-China soap opera and the campaign against censorship.

Google-China Rift Takes More Ugly Turns

From YouTube outages to Google corporate pages displaying in Chinese, the fallout from Google's recent decision is getting ugly fast.

Webcamgate Is an Expensive Lesson in Security, Privacy

High school's Webcam woes make one thing clear: Technology can come back to bite you in the behind — and take a bite out of your wallet.

Viacom vs. Google, YouTube: Oh the Drama of It All

In the ultimate Silicon Valley soap opera, mud flies as court documents reveal the details of Viacom's copyright infringement suit against YouTube.


Is the FBI Watching Your Every Move on Facebook?

It seems U.S. law enforcement wants to be your friend on Facebook, Twitter, etc. The good news? Personal privacy may actually be making a comeback.

Is Wikileaks on Uncle Sam's Hit List?

A leaked document reveals a strategy by the U.S. Army to hack the whistle-blowing Web site and take it down.

Newegg Ships Fake Intel CPUs, Gets Egg on Face

Can you say "quality control"? If so, you're one up on online retailer Newegg, caught selling bogus Intel i7-920 processors.

iPad Invasion Hits Hollywood

Analysis: Apple -- and Steve Jobs -- go to the Academy Awards to make peace and make money.


Apple iPad Is Too Late to Save Print Publishing

The ship for most publications may have already sailed -- because people are too used to getting subpar content for free.


When Schools Spy on Their Students, Bad Things Happen

Sometimes even I am blown away by how mind-numbingly stupid people can be when it comes to technology.

2010 Is Becoming the Year of Google Screwups

From Nexus One support woes and the Google Buzz fiasco to killing off music blogs, it seems like Google can't do anything right anymore.


Why Google Has Become Microsoft's Evil Twin

The backlash over Google Buzz reveals an even bigger problem: The people behind the people's search engine are deeply out of touch.

Sorry, Google: I'm Just Not Buzzed About Buzz

I wake up each morning with the same mix of hope and dread. I hope Google will buy me for a princely sum and allow me to retire to some sandy beach.

Will Wikileaks Drown in Its Own Red Ink?

We have interrupted our nonstop coverage of Apple iPad mania to bring you this important word about the freedom of information -- more specifically...