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Acquired byCBS
Price$1.8B
Date5/2008
TermsCash

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Acquisitions

Total$91M
55BBS.com, 6/2008
FindArticles, 11/2007 $20M
Webshots, 7/2004 $71M
ZDNet, 10/2000

Investments

Automattic 10/2005

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CNET Networks

CNET Networks was a publicly-held online media company with a focus on technology. It was acquired by CBS in 2008 and was later merged with the existing CBS Interactive unit. The company remains headquartered in San Francisco, CA, and maintains offices in numerous countries, including Australia, UK, France, China, Korea, and Japan.

CNET Networks owned many popular websites, including CNET.com, News.com, ZDNet.com, MP3.com, and Download.com. It also created and distributed video content under its CNET TV brand, and maintained a blog network including notable bloggers such as Marc Andreessen and Mark Cuban.

Notable Acquisitions

CNET Networks was acquired by CBS in 2008 for $1.8B.

In November 2007, CNET Networks purchased FindArticles, a database of magazine and newspaper articles, for $20.5 million from LookSmart.

Notable Domains

As one of the earliest Internet players to foresee the value of domain names, CNET Networks acquired hundreds of URLs including Radio.com, TV.com, Browser.com, com.com, Computers.com, Freeware.com, and many others. Many of these redirect to the company’s existing properties, although a great many of them provide the company with search revenue through rather generic-looking portal designs.

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CNET Reviews

Websitereviews.cnet.com
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Above: CNET Reviews Screenshot -- #1
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Download.com

Websitedownload.com
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Above: Download.com Screenshot -- #1
Uploaded: 2/5/08

News.com

Websitenews.com
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CNET Networks screenshot
Above: News.com Screenshot -- #1
Uploaded: 2/5/08

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Sources

  1. CBS To Acquire CNET For $1.8 Billion (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  2. CNET China Acquires 55bbs.com (chinatechnews.com) [edit]
  3. Citation Needed [add]
  4. CNET Acquires Photo Service Webshots for $70 Million (paidcontent.org) [edit]
  5. CNET Networks completes ZDNet acquisition (zdnetasia.com) [edit]
  6. Automattic Raised $1.1M Last October (businessweek.com) [edit]
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