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.

Facebook Timeline: A Narcissist's Dream Come True

If status updates, check-ins, photos, and videos aren't enough for you, Facebook Timeline now lets you tell your life story your way.

Keep it Classy, Yahoo and TechCrunch

Yahoo fires Carol Bartz over the phone, while three major egos duke it out at AOL. This hasn't been the Web's proudest week

Just How Evil is Google?

Google knew it was breaking U.S. laws by running ads for foreign pharmaceuticals--and did it anyway. What else have the Googlers been lying about?

Stop the Patent Insanity, Now!

Patent battles between Apple, Samsung, Google, Microsoft, and more are dragging down the tech industry. It's time to end the madness

This Just In: The Tablet Era is Over

If PCs are allegedly dead, then so are tablets. Also dead: clocks, radios, and sundials.

It's a Hacker's World, We Just Live in it

Analysis: This year's Defcon and Black Hat conferences show that hacking has gone mainstream. But some digital deviants still need to get spanked

Just How Stupid are Internet Explorer Users?

A new survey suggests that IE users are the dumbest of the dumb. Cringely is trying hard not to say 'I told you so'

This Political Revolution Brought to You by Twitter

An anti-Washington tweet storm flooded Twitter this weekend. Could a Twitter revolution over here grow into a real one?

Demand Media Tries to Silence its Critics

Analysis: The king of cheap Internet content is trying to shut down a critical blog written by ex-employees. Is it possible for Demand to stoop any lower?

When Digital Protest Becomes Cyber Crime: A Lesson for Would-Be Hacktivists

Aaron Swartz and 16 members of Anonymous may be in handcuffs, but these alleged cyber perps are far from the worst

Google's Biggest Problem: It's Too Rational

When engineers are driving the bus, the rest of us are likely to get run over -- that's the real problem with Google, Facebook, and Microsoft

Meet the New Copyright Cop: Your Internet Service Provider

Watch out, torrent fans: ISPs have teamed up with the RIAA and MPAA to fight file swapping and throttle your Net connection

Google+ Is Mostly a Minus

Google's new 'Facebook killer' is impressive in demo form, but the Web might not be big enough for another social network

Are You Ready for YaHulu?

Rumors swirl that Yahoo is about to buy Hulu. That can mean only one thing: It's time to kiss Hulu good-bye



Stream a Youtube Video, Go Directly to Jail

Want to embed a copyrighted video on your website? A new Senate bill would make that a felony