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  • Worry About The State More Than The Church

    Worry About The State More Than The Church

    Editor’s note: Jay Kirsch is the President of AOL’s Business, Technology & Entertainment Group, which includes properties such as TechCrunch, Engadget, Autoblog, DailyFinance and Moviefone among others.  The church and state metaphor is used almost daily in the business of monetizing journalism. For the most part, when episodes like the CNET debacle happen, the damage to… Read More

  • CES Awards The DISH Hopper “Best Of CES” After All, Drops CNET As Awards Partner

    CES Awards The DISH Hopper “Best Of CES” After All, Drops CNET As Awards Partner

    CES today issued a press release announcing that DISH’s Hopper with Sling technology built-in is the “Best of Show” after all, an honor it will share with existing winner the Razer Edge for the 2013 show. The decision follows the revelation that CNET was ordered to remove the Hopper from consideration after CNET parent company CBS asked them to. CBS is currently involved… Read More

  • CNET Now Forbidden To Review Aereo, The TV Service In Active Litigation With CBS

    CNET Now Forbidden To Review Aereo, The TV Service In Active Litigation With CBS

    John P. Falcone over at CBS-owned CNET posted a quick piece on Aereo, the TV-over-Internet startup that is giving broadcasters fits. The story, which would have been a short piece on Aereo on a Roku device, is now awash with ridiculous disclaimers and discussions of lawsuits filed against Aereo by broadcasters. Read More

  • CNET In Talks To Acquire gdgt As Early As This Week

    CNET In Talks To Acquire gdgt As Early As This Week

    Back in 2009, TechCrunch Founder Michael Arrington wrote that CNET (and parent company CBS) were sniffing around gdgt, the then-brand-new community/review site/blog by Peter Rojas and Ryan Block. While CNET was considering an investment at the time, an acquisition was said not to be an option. Oh, how time can change things. Two years later, we’re not only hearing that CNET is now in… Read More

  • Top 10 Greatest U.S. Digital Media M&A Deals Of All Time

    Top 10 Greatest U.S. Digital Media M&A Deals Of All Time

    Back in November 2006, I published the Top 10 Greatest Internet Digital Media M&A Deals of All Time.  It included eBay’s $1.5 billion acquisition of PayPal, Yahoo’s $1.6 billion acquisition of Overture, and Microsoft’s $400 million purchase of Hotmail back in 1998.  It also included News Corp’s $580 million acquisition of MySpace.  Don’t laugh.   The list… Read More

  • Google Hires A Tech Blogger? Caroline McCarthy Leaves CNET For The Search Giant

    Google Hires A Tech Blogger? Caroline McCarthy Leaves CNET For The Search Giant

    That’s right. Even bloggers can get hired at Google. Caroline McCarthy, a social media writer at CNET, announced through her blog today that she will soon be joining the Google ranks in New York as a member of its incipient “Trends and Insights Team”. Sounds investigative. McCarthy tells me that the details of her employment are still being worked out, (like what her title… Read More

  • MyCE launches community-driven gadgets review and news site

    Launching in beta today is MyCE, a community-driven network that aims to cross swords with the CNETs and GDGTs of this world when it comes to building places on the Web people gather to share news, reviews and knowledge about consumer electronics and gadgets. The site is a new venture from Amsterdam, The Netherlands-based RankOne Media. Actually, it’s not entirely new. MyCE is in fact… Read More

  • MyCE Sees Room For Another Social Network For Consumer Electronics Fans

    MyCE Sees Room For Another Social Network For Consumer Electronics Fans

    Launching in beta today is MyCE, a community-driven network that aims to cross swords with the CNETs and GDGTs of this world when it comes to building places on the Web people gather to share news, reviews and knowledge about consumer electronics and gadgets. The site is a new venture from Amsterdam, The Netherlands-based RankOne Media. Actually, it’s not entirely new. MyCE is in fact… Read More

  • The Digital Divisions Are Dead At Big Media

    The Digital Divisions Are Dead At Big Media

    Big Media’s love affair with the Internet ebbs and flows with the markets. When they see money pouring into Web startups, they feel threatened and rush to do the same. They ramp up their digital divisions, which usually are no more than venture arms, and hope to strike it rich. When the markets are down, as they are now, their attention drifts elsewhere—exactly at the time when… Read More

  • ComScore Report: Fastest-Growing Sites And Top-Ten Advertising Magnets

    ComScore Report: Fastest-Growing Sites And Top-Ten Advertising Magnets

    Of the top 100 sites on the Web, which ones grew the fastest in 2008? In a report it is preparing to release tomorrow, The comScore 2008 Digital Year In Review (which you can sign up for here), comScore ranks the 20 fastest-growing Web properties. These are out of the largest 100 sites overall. They are shown below, as measured by growth in unique visitors. (Interestingly, in a separate… Read More

  • Want To See Where Media Is Going? Follow The Money.

    Want To See Where Media Is Going? Follow The Money.

    Yet more evidence that the future of media is digital (in case there are still any doubters out there). In a report released this morning, boutique investment bank Jordan, Edmiston Group estimates that between 88 percent of the publishing and advertising industry’s revenue growth over the next few years will come from four sectors: Database & Information, B2B Online Media… Read More

  • TV.com to get redesigned as a Hulu competitor

    TV.com to get redesigned as a Hulu competitor

    Hulu overcame incredible initial criticism to become the golden child of revenue generating video sites. CBS has been eyeing the NBC success story and reportably has big plans for TV.com. CNET lauched said website back in ’05, but CBS recently aquired the company, along with its websites, earlier this year. The report indicates CBS wants to add full length episodes, but keep the… Read More

  • How Many Bodies Exactly Is CBS Interactive Trying To Hide?  Try "275-ish."

    How Many Bodies Exactly Is CBS Interactive Trying To Hide? Try "275-ish."

    The pink slips were passed out on Thursday throughout the various business duchies that make up CBS Interactive—CNET, CBS.com, CBSNews,com, CBSSports.com, BNET, GameSpot, TV.com, last.fm, and CHOW. While CBS confirmed to me and other reporters that layoffs did happen across the board, it refused to talk about how many total people are losing their jobs. That left us scrambling… Read More

  • Joshua Goldman reviews some camera

    http://www.cnet.com/av/video/flv/newPlayers/universal.swf CNET’s Josh Goldberg reviews the Canon PowerShot SD something or other for CNET, proving that even the habitually drunk can review cameras intelligently. JK – We love Josh and he used to write for us so check out his work. He’s doing quite a few video reviews over at CNET and we’re very proud. Read More

  • CBS Interactive To Change Its Colors.  And Cnet Tests A New Design With Blogs Top And Center.

    CBS Interactive To Change Its Colors. And Cnet Tests A New Design With Blogs Top And Center.

    It’s been just a little over a month since CBS completed its acquisition of Cnet and some of the first outward signs of the deal can be seen in a forthcoming logo for CBS Interactive that we obtained and a new design for Cnet’s Websites that it is testing in random batches. Judging purely by the design shifts, it appears that the cultures of the acquirer and the acquiree are… Read More

  • 1938 Media Inks Verizon Deal, CNET Gets Cold Feet

    1938 Media Inks Verizon Deal, CNET Gets Cold Feet

    1938 Media, the controversial (and hilarious) video blogging site founded by Loren Feldman, has been the center of attention over the last few days. Now big partners are starting to take notice, and Feldman is inking some interesting distribution deals. The site grew in popularity after Feldman began mixing puppet parody shows into his usual punditry, specifically targeting hyper-sensitive… Read More

  • CBS Finishes Acquisition Of CNET; Leslie Moonves, Quincy Smith And Neil Ashe Address The Troops

    CBS Finishes Acquisition Of CNET; Leslie Moonves, Quincy Smith And Neil Ashe Address The Troops

    CBS announced the closing of its acquisition of CNET today. The deal, first announced last month, will bring CNET under the control of Quincy Smith’s CBS Interactive division, “the premier online content network for information and entertainment.” An email to all CNET employees from Smith and CNET CEO Neil Ashe (now CBS Interactive President) is below. It’s interesting… Read More

  • CBS President Leslie Moonves Drops By CNET HQ

    CBS President & CEO Leslie Moonves paid a visit to CNET headquarters in San Francisco today, we’re hearing. He came alone. No Quincy Smith, No Michael Marquez (the guys who did the deal). No entourage of any kind. The goal? Address the troops (all of CNET, in person and via a webcast) and let everyone know how this $1.8 billion merger is going to play out. The main message: CNET is… Read More

  • Why CBS Bought CNET, And Not The Other Way Around

    Why CBS Bought CNET, And Not The Other Way Around

    1999: CNET is a $12 billion company January 2000: CNET Aquires MySimon for $700 million October 2000: CNET Acquires Ziff Davis (ZDNet) for $1.6 billion (after the March 2000 stock crash) July 2004: CNET Acquires Webshots for $70 million October 2007: CNET Sells Webshots for $40 million May 2008: CBS Acquires CNET For $1.8 billion CNET announced its sale to CBS, a $16.5 billion company… Read More

  • CNET CEO: "This Is An Exciting Day For Us"

    CNET CEO Neil Ashe, who has been accused of “presiding over massive value destruction” will go down in history as the guy that was forced to sell CNET out to an old media dinosaur. But at least he’s given CNET’s stockholders back all of the losses they’ve sustained under his watch with the $1.8 billion sale to CBS. Ashe’s email to CNET staff this morning… Read More