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CNET is an American media website that publishes reviews, news, articles, blogs, podcasts, and videos on technology and consumer electronics globally. Founded in 1994 by Halsey Minor and Shelby Bonnie, it was the flagship brand of CNET Networks and became a brand of CBS Interactive through that unit's acquisition of CNET Networks in 2008. CNET originally produced content for radio and television in addition to its website and now uses new media distribution methods through its Internet television network, CNET Video, and its podcast and blog networks.


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New social media app Parler a haven for users kicked off traditional platforms

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Facebook ramps up efforts to avoid repeating 2016 election missteps

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Apple and Google remove Fortnite from app stores

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Mark Zuckerberg reportedly warned Trump administration about TikTok

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New health gadgets can help you keep your New Year's resolutions

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How "disinformation campaigns" could be targeting 2020 election

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