Why Red Ventures bought CNET

CNET editor in chief Connie Guglielmo interviewed Red Ventrues CEO Ric Elias about the company’s purchase of the technology site. Here is an excerpt: Q: Why CNET Media Group? What is it about what we do that drew your attention? Elias: First, let me state the obvious: The CNET Media Group platform includes some of the most […]

CNET senior reporter Rubin leaving for Mastercard

Ben Fox Rubin, a senior reporter at CNET, is leaving the technology news site for a job at Mastercard. His last day is Friday. “I have loved my time at CNET and as a reporter. It’s sad to leave but I’m excited to see what’s next,” he said on Twitter. He has been with CNET […]

RedVentures to acquire CNET for $500 million

ViacomCBS Inc. is close to selling CNET Media Group to Red Ventures LLC, according to people familiar with the matter, for $500 million, reports Benjamin Mullin of The Wall Street Journal. Mullin writes, “Red Ventures, a media and technology company, is expected to pay about $500 million to acquire the network of websites, which includes CNET, […]

ViacomCBS in talks to sell CNET for $500 million

ViacomCBS Inc. is in talks to sell technology news and reviews site CNET to digital-media holding company Red Ventures LLC, reports Benjamin Mullin and Sahil Patel of The Wall Street Journal. Mullin and Patel report, “The price being discussed for CNET is about $500 million, some of the people said. The deal isn’t final and talks could break down, […]

Covering the tech boom at CNET, and learning about tech coverage

Ina Fried, a technology correspondent at Axios, writes about the decade she spent at CNET, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Fried writes, “But when we ventured outside our tech home turf, people often hadn’t heard of CNET. Some thought we were calling from CNN, a notion we didn’t always immediately dispossess them of. “As […]

CNET looks at its 25-year history

Tech news site CNET has put together a look at its history as it celebrates 25 years in existence. You’ll want to watch to see an early Ryan Seacrest.

When CNET was banned by Google

Elinor Mills of CNET writes about the time that the tech news site was banned by Google. Mills writes, “After I pitched the story to my editor, Jim Kerstetter, I spent a month researching and reporting the ins and outs of Google’s products and policies, trying to understand what data the company collected and how that […]

ViacomCBS weighing options for CNET

ViacomCBS Inc. is weighing options for CNET after receiving takeover interest in the tech product review site, reports Ed Hammond and Nabila Ahmed. Hammond and Ahmed report, “A number of potential suitors contacted ViacomCBS about the unit after Chief Executive Officer Bob Bakish said he’s looking to offload non-core assets following a merger with CBS Corp. last […]

CNET has shuttered its quarterly magazine

CNET has stopped publishing its quarterly magazine, reports Troy Wolverton of Business Insider. Wolverton reports, “The organization informed employees of the closure of CNET Magazine at a company meeting last month, current and former employees said. “CNET confirmed the closure in a statement emailed to Business Insider, saying it would no longer publish the magazine […]

CNET hires Blumenthal to cover software, services, apps

Eli Blumenthal has been hired by tech news site CNET to cover software, apps and services in its New York office. He started Monday. Blumenthal has been at USA Today since December 2016 as a digital editor. He has had a primary focus on covering breaking news and reviewing consumer technology for the Money and […]