ZDNet

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ZDNet

(ZDNet, Cambridge, MA, www.zdnet.com) A technical portal for PC users from CBS Interactive Inc. (www.cbsinteractive.com). ZDNet contains news, white papers, product reviews and links to a wide variety of shareware, trial downloads and public domain software on the Internet.

ZDNet dates back to PCMagNet, the Ziff-Davis PC Magazine bulletin board, launched in 1985 as a service on CompuServe. It was renamed ZiffNet and also made available on Prodigy and its own service. Renamed ZDNet, it evolved to the Web as did most online services of the era. CNET acquired ZDNet from Ziff Davis Media in 2000, and CBS acquired CNET in 2008. See Ziff Davis Enterprise and Ziff Davis Inc..
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At one end of the online spectrum are CompuServe, ZiffNet, America Online, Prodigy and the rest - private networks that allow presentation of proprietary information and deliver an audience, currently a combined subscriber base of about six million users.
As part of the survey, the ZiffNet respondents were asked to pick the single "best" company in six categories--advertising, public relations, direct mail, packaging and in-store displays, merchandising and promotions, and trade show exhibits.
It said many people read its magazines for the ads, while Ziffnet members use vendor-supplied product specifications and direct access to vendors.
2 arrived from ZiffNet on CompuServe as a self-extracting 1,308K file called STEPUP.
Actually a group of networks, ZiffNet has two umbrella services on CompuServe -- one for PC users and one for Macintosh owners -- and a service on Prodigy, available only to PC users, for the time being.
ZiffNet, with more than 275,000 paying subscribers on Compuserve, Prodigy and eWorld, ranks as the Number One special-interest online information service in the world.
ZiffNet on CompuServe PC Magazine and PC Week from Ziff Communications have been available through the CompuServe Information Service for some time as PCMagNet.