Wired thinks it has broken a story here:
This has been happening since the iPhone first had third-party programs.
But beyond that is the bigger issue of graft itself.
People accepting long-term “loaner” units from companies in exchange for “reviews” which strangely are always — always! — slanted to be “positive”.
People accepting free trips to trade shows or “conferences.”
It’s one thing to tout the work of people you know. I will do that — but I will do it because I find their work worthy.
But I’m not here at this blog — nor put here on this earth — to kiss anyone’s ass.
Let me repeat that — with links! — so you can see my record and just how damned serious I am about this.
In my iPad Links posts, I’ve often asked on Twitter if there are any writers who have a free eBook that needs a free pimp link. It’s been like pulling teeth — yet these same people will whine whine whine about no one ever mentioning their shit!
Let me tell all of you something right now and tattoo this on your brain: One good review from a site that can be trusted is worth an infinite number of “good” reviews from sites that can never be trusted.
If you pay for a “review,” you don’t have anything worthwhile to buy.
If you accept “pay” for a review, the day will come when you will be found out — and your just future is starving to death on the street in a cardboard box for your home.