Stories by Robert X. Cringely

Twitter 2.0: Not just for narcissists

Using Twitter is like being trapped in an elevator with someone who has a severe case of attention deficit disorder and just consumed three pots of truck-stop coffee.

Craigslist to state attorneys: Censor this

Probably the last thing Craig Newmark ever imagined was that the little email list he started back in 1995 would one day be at the center of a controversy over prostitution, the First Amendment, and the future of the InterWebs. But 15 years later, Craigslist is in the thick of a dispute over whether its ad service is aiding and abetting prostitution, or merely an exercise in free speech.

Consumer Watchdog thinks Google's Schmidt is a data perv

Imagine wandering through Times Square and seeing a 60-foot-tall animation depicting you (yes, you) as a creepy child-baiting ice cream truck driver. How would you feel? That's probably the question Google's Eric Schmidt is being asked today.

Paul Allen: MS co-founder, tech pioneer - patent troll?

Co-founder of Microsoft, early supporter of commercial space flight, and major world philanthropist Paul Allen has already left a pretty large footprint on the world. Now it seems he's determined to leave his muddy tracks over some of the biggest names in tech.

Can you trust Facebook Places?

Facebook, the company many people don't trust to protect their status updates and personal information, is now in the business of collecting location information, thanks to the introduction of its Foursquare/Gowalla killer, Facebook Places.

The Class of 2014: What these kids don't know

Beloit College has published its Mindset List for the Class of 2014, an annual tradition designed to capture the "cultural touchstones that shape the lives of students entering college this fall" and to make the rest of us all feel extremely old and out of touch.

Microsoft needs more than a new slogan

It seems Microsoft didn't get pummeled enough in the "<a href="http://www.infoworld.com/d/adventures-in-it/microsoft-vs-apple-battle-rages-731">I'm a Mac, you're a PC</a>" ad campaign, so it's coming back for more. This time <a href="http://www.pcworld.com/article/202975/microsoft_vs_mac_redux_new_site_reignites_rivalry.html?tk=hp_new">the marketing marvels at Microsoft have cooked up a new web site</a> detailing the various ways in which the Mac is inferior to a Windows 7 machine. Like, for example, "<a href="http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/compare/pc-vs-mac.aspx">Macs don't work as well at work or at school</a>" or "<a href="http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/compare/pc-vs-mac.aspx">Macs can take time to learn</a>" or "Macs don't like to share."

HP's sex scandal: Obscene and not Hurd

It's usually other industries that get all the sex scandals. Politics, sports, entertainment -- hardly a week goes by without someone getting their dangle in a mangle. But high tech? Not so much.

The two faces of Steve (Jobs and Ballmer)

Writing about Steve Ballmer and Steve Jobs always seems to get a rise out of my readers. Case in point: three letters I've received lately, two of which basically telling me I'm too stupid (and/or cheap) to live. Here are some choice excerpts.

RIP Microsoft Kin, you won't be missed

It's been a week since <a href="http://www.infoworld.com/d/mobilize/microsoft-kills-the-kin-910">Microsoft took its two fledgling Kin smartphones for a ride</a> and left them sleepin' wid da fishes. The fallout is still coming.

Google's Wi-Fi spygate is its BP moment

While it doesn't quite rank up there with dumping hundreds of millions of gallons of crude oil into the ocean <a href="http://larrykinglive.blogs.cnn.com/2010/06/20/as-the-oil-spill-continues-bp-ceo-tony-hayward-goes-yachting/">while your CEO goes yachting</a>, Google's huge Wi-Fi spying "oops" may become the search giant's BP moment.

Spies, WikiLeaks, and hackers, oh my!

It's like a Hollywood thriller. A military spy is arrested, betrayed by someone he thought to be a comrade in arms -- a brilliant yet mentally disabled hacker.

Danger, danger! Tech overload ahead

Today of course is the first day of the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference -- another Steve Jobs love fest during which he trots out the latest life-altering technology for his fanboys to drool over.

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