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01-04-2006, 10:37 AM
CNET.com Reveals Hottest Products at 2006 International Consumer Electronics Show With the ''Best of CES'' Awards

2006 International CESBooth #SL3
LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 4, 2006--CNET Networks, Inc. (Nasdaq:CNET):

-- 30 Editors Provide Continuous Coverage Through Blogs and Podcasts, Videos From the Show Floor, and Product Reviews at http://ces.cnet.com (http://ces.cnet.com/)
-- Third Annual "Next Big Thing" Super Session With Brian Cooley Reveals Hottest Trends for 2006, Thursday at 3 p.m. in Room N257
CNET.com (www.cnet.com (http://www.cnet.com/)), the trusted, unbiased resource dedicated to helping consumers live the digital lifestyle, and a property of CNET Networks, Inc. (Nasdaq:CNET), today announced its extensive editorial coverage plans for the 2006 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), including its presentation of the "Best of CES Awards" at 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 7 at the CNET booth. CNET was chosen by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) in October 2005 as the exclusive host to produce and judge the 2006 Best of CES Awards.
This year, more than 30 CNET editors will canvass the show floor, which is open tomorrow through Saturday at the Las Vegas Convention Center. CNET's expert editorial team will preview more than 100 products a day, producing video clips and podcasts, writing blogs, and posting product reviews of the hottest products and trends at the show. All of CNET's CES content -- including pre-show coverage (see highlights below) -- can be found at http://ces.cnet.com (http://ces.cnet.com/).
"As the partner of the CEA for the Best of CES Awards, CNET.com covers CES with more detail and insight than anyone," said Candice Meyers, senior vice president of CNET. "This year, we're extremely excited to be hosting the Best of CES Awards. Over the last few months, our editors have reviewed more than 650 submissions, giving them unmatched insight into the products and trends that are going to make headlines at this year's show."
The Best of CES awards honor products in twelve categories, plus a Best of Show award and the People's Voice award. The CNET editors will select three finalists in each of the twelve categories. Finalists will be announced from the CNET Booth, Thursday, January 5 at 5 p.m. In addition, beginning Thursday, January 5 at 5 p.m. Pacific Time, people at home can begin submitting their vote for the People's Voice Award at: http://www.cnet.com/4520-11405_1-6400374-1.html (http://www.cnet.com/4520-11405_1-6400374-1.html). Voting will be open until 12 p.m. Pacific Time on Saturday, January 7. Winners of the Best of CES Awards, including Best of Show and the People's Voice will be announced on Saturday, January 7 at 2 p.m. from the CNET booth.
In addition to the Best of CES Awards, CNET is also presenting the third annual "Next Big Thing Super Session" on Thursday, January 5 at 3 p.m. in room N257. The special event, hosted by Editor-at-large Brian Cooley, and Editors Tom Merritt and Molly Wood, highlights the trends, people, and companies that promise to dazzle consumers and the industry in 2006. The one-hour session features commentary from CNET's expert editors, representatives from the industry, as well as CNET users, who represent consumers' point of view on emerging technologies.
Schedule of Events:
-- Thursday, January 5 at 3 p.m.: The Next Big Thing Super Session (Room N257) and Live Web cast at http://ces.cnet.com (http://ces.cnet.com/)
-- Thursday, January 5 at 5 p.m.: Best of CES Finalists Announced at CNET Stage (Booth #SL3)
-- Saturday, January 7 at 2 p.m.: Best of CES Winners Announcement and Awards presentation at CNET Stage (Booth #SL3)
Other CNET CES Coverage Highlights at http://ces.cnet.com: (http://ces.cnet.com:/)
-- Editors Molly Wood and Tom Merritt take their popular podcast "Buzz Out Loud" to Las Vegas providing an entertaining and unique perspective on all the news at the show
-- Ongoing blogging from CNET's editors on all the major product categories including James Kim and Jasmine France on digital music, Kent German on cell phones, Aimee Baldridge on digital photography, Wayne Cunningham and Brian Cooley on car technology, David Katzmaier on TVs, and much more
-- Video highlights from CNET News.com from CES Keynote speeches
-- Blogs from the "CNET Backstage Crew," a group of self-professed "gadget hounds" from the U.S. and around the world chosen by CNET to help cover the show from a consumer's perspective
-- Coverage from CNET's international sites, including CNET Asia and CNET UK
-- A CNET Editors' Audio Tour of CES that provides conference attendees with a walking tour of the show they can download at CNET.com and listen to on their MP3 player
Members of the press interested in speaking with any of CNET's editors about the latest news and products from the show floor should contact Sarah Cain at 415-344-2218 or Jenifer Concepcion at 415-344-2441.
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CNET (www.cnet.com (http://www.cnet.com/)), a property of CNET Networks, Inc., is dedicated to helping people buy and use personal technology to enhance and enrich their lives. CNET's award winning editorial staff reviews thousands of products each year, providing expert and unbiased advice on what products to buy. The site also offers help and how-to features enhanced with video content that visually shows consumers how to get the most out of technology once they own it. And, with an extensive directory of more than 400,000 products and price comparisons, CNET also gives consumers the most up-to-date and efficient shopping resource on the Web.
About CNET Networks, Inc.
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