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.