Thank You john for taking a stand,
This sometimes can be a very trying endeaver.
The industry tactics are not always ethical or have integrety.
Some of the Tactics to get to the top are really out there.
If you had made the article public, like you sometimes do, would it be wrong to link to it in an email?
What i usually see done in other industries: Company buys legit news sounding website name, Creates a web news outlet that looks at first glance to be a real news org, Adds generic industry news and pays freelancers $5-10 an article to make it look fresh, Adds in desired content like reviews or an article bashing a competitor or technology.
I actually did my PhD dissertation on contructed news events, and this happens quite frequently in main stream news in terms of Local TV and newspape stories.
Public or not, the question is not the link but what the manufacturer says in their email / promotion
Well, I guess the Judo move here would be just to use the name of the article in the link, at in a 'boilerplate' looking section like:
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Though I understand your what your thinking is...