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The History of CNET

With the help from the co-founder of Fox, Kevin Windle, CNET produced four television programs in 1994. All of these programs were about computers, internet, and technology. CNET television was made up of The Web, CNET Central, and The New Edge.  CNET Central was aired first in, and created in the United States.  It first aired on the USA network then, it later was aired on the Sci Fi Channel, as well as The Web and The New Edge.  These were then followed by in 1996.  Rytan Secrest who is a famous radio talk show host and also the American Idol host, got his start at CNET as the host of The New Edge. In 1999 CNET produced a television technology called  It was a news program which aired on CNBC.  They also produced the company GDT that was renamed to CNET channel. 

When CNET became CNET Networks in January, 2000, they created a comparison shopping site called mySimon, for $700,000,000.  CNET purchased ZDNET for 1.6 billion dollars in October of 2000.  In 2001 ZDNET had an agreement with CNET to restore the URL’s that were lost to SoftBank Corp.  SoftBank Corp was  a Japenese technology and media company. From 2001 to 2003 CNET operated WBPS 890 am which was in Boston, KNEW 910 which was in San Francisco, and also on XM Satellite Radio. Then  In 2004 CNET went public stating that they would acquire Webshots.   CNET had to cease operating CNET radio due to financial losses.

Shelby Bonnie, who was CNET’S CEO and chairman, resigned on October 11, 2006 as a result of a stock options backdating scandal, which occurred between 1996 and 2003. Neil Ashe took her place as the new CEO.  In December of 2006, James Kim, a respected editor at CNET, died when he was traveling in the Oregon wilderness. In his honor, CNET hosted a memorial show.  They also named dedicated podcast for him. In March of 2007, CNET publicly announced the launch of BNET.  BNET was a website specifically designed for business managers.  BNET had already been launched in 2005 in beta form.
CNET’s domain name is  This website provides all access to CNET’s news, reviews, downloads, and CNET television.  It also provides access to a web search powered by is separated into seven sections. These seven sections can all be accessed from a person’s home. These sections are:

This section displays product and service reviews by CNET.  It also include extras, such as opinion articles,  internet connection speed tests, and buying guides.

CNET News is also known as  This section is all about technology.  Its content is created by other external media agencies as well as CNET.  On this site a person would find a daily podcast, which covers main stories.  

Tips & Tricks
In this section there are a range of tutorials, guides, and tips for people who use technology.  This section is considered the learning section of CNET.

This section is CNET's internet video channel. It offers a selection of on-demand video content, which includes,  video reviews, and special features.

This section is an online tool that  finds the lowest prices on items from numerous online retailers.

This section can be found at In this section there is a round-up of all the blogs from CNET personalities.  There are also official blogs for CNET and its programs.
This section provides downloads for, Windows, Macintosh, and mobile software.  CNET makes an extra effort to makes sure that this software is completely free of spyware.

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