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#5 "You're being paid by [fill in the blank]."
This claim is more common than you'd believe, and amusingly seems to happen on opposite sides. One day, I'll pick on Microsoft and some trolls will claim Apple is paying me. The next day, I'll criticize Apple and a couple of cranksters will claim Microsoft is paying me.
It just doesn't happen.
Each of us here on ZDNet publishes a full disclosure of all our business relationships (mine is here — tap the "Disclosure" tab), and, if there's anything that comes up in individual articles, we disclose additional information in the articles themselves. For example, in an article I wrote this week about the NSA, I disclosed I worked with one of the people who was discussed in the article.
The fact is, being critical comes naturally. My wife once told me that I would certainly come up with enough material to be a blogger because I was always talking back to the TV. Lots of us are curmudgeonly, cranky, and have seen and heard it all. We just reports it likes we sees it.
For the record, I paid for both my iPhone and my Samsung Galaxy S4 phone out of my own pocket.
Should Apple users feel better about themselves because of this? Nah. This dog won't hunt.
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