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.

50 Billion Reasons Why Facebook Is Not Worth $50 Billion

It seems Facebook, the social network personally endorsed by God, is now worth more than eBay, Yahoo, and Time Warner -- all without selling a single share to Joe or Jane Public.

12 Sure Bets for 2011

Analysis: Cringeley's bold prognostications about Apple, Microsoft, Google, and tech events in 2011.

Top 10 Dumbest Tech Moves of 2010

Among this year's award winners: Steve Jobs, Steve Ballmer, Mark Zuckerberg, Google, and the CIA

2010: The year Google fell to earth

A feeble China protest, Wi-Fi spying, the Nexus One, Google TV, and more all add up to one big fail for the search giant in 2010


Geek of the Year: Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook's boy wonder has won Time's nod as the Person of the Year -- Cringe isn't sure he deserves it

WikiLeaks: A Terrorist's Best Friend?

If WikiLeaks' Julian Assange were in memoir-writing mode, I'd bet "How to Win Friends and Influence People" would not be among the likely titles.

The Web Will Eat Itself Over WikiLeaks

It's the first all-out cyber war, not between nations but between factions: those who agree with what WikiLeaks does, and those who don't.

WikiLeaks: A Terrorist's Best Friend?

WikiLeaks and Julian Assange have finally gone too far after listing dozens of global facilities that may be targeted by terrorists.

Google vs. Microsoft: A Tale of Two Upgrades

I am a brave man. Why brave? Because, for no reason other than the sheer terror of it, I decided to upgrade both my laptop and smartphone operating systems.

Can Yahoo Find Its Inner 'Wow'?

Yahoo vows to wow with 'drumbeat of constant innovation,' but Cringely suspects it'll end up piling on even more stuff

Showdown in Crazytown, featuring Steve Ballmer, Congress, and Cooks Source

Find out what readers had to say in response to Cringely's comments on Windows Phone 7, politics, and plagiarism


Google vs. Facebook: Adult Supervision Desperately Needed

Facebook and Google are squaring off to determine which company can act more like a three-year-old. Cringely says they both could use a good spanking

RIAA vs. the Rest of Us: The Same Old Song

Bet you thought we'd put the RIAA's ugly file swapper witch hunt behind us. Well, guess again.

Surprise! Your Facebook Data Is for Sale

Facebook's privacy problems are like a centipede with footwear issues. "Other" shoes keep dropping, and there seems to be no end of them.

Surprise! Your Facebook Data is for Sale

And not just to advertisers -- some app developers are selling Facebook's user info to data brokers. Where will it end?