Valleywag breathlessly reports that I was paid for doing my videos.
The problem is it isn’t true.
But, that doesn’t mean I’m in the clear either.
PodTech WAS paid for doing a video, and other work, for Intel. We should have clearly marked that as sponsored content. It was not. So, eggs and tomatoes should be flying in my direction. “Incoming!”
Now, for MY videos I was not paid. I only have one sponsor: Seagate.
Intel had no clue what I would be doing when I did my videos. They didn’t get to approve questions beforehand. They didn’t have editing ability (what’s called “prior restraint” in the business). They didn’t get to see my videos before they went up.
Now you understand why I don’t generally edit my videos. I have a conversation. You get to see that conversation. It gets boring sometimes. I have an annoying laugh I wish I could edit out sometimes. I have rough camera work sometimes. My questions suck sometimes. But you get to see it all.
PodTech paid for all my expenses to Intel, including my flight, hotel, and meals.
One thing about this. I answer all questions. If you have any questions, just leave them here and I’ll answer best as I can.
UPDATE: Dan Farber of ZDNet did some original reporting on this issue (has been contacting a bunch of us involved in ZDNet and getting us on the record).