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ZDNet Unveils Enhanced ZDNet News Web Site: the Number One Source for News on the Digital Revolution

Introduces Additions to Expert Editorial Staff; Robust News Coverage and
 In-depth News 'Special Events'


CAMBRIDGE, Mass., April 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Underscoring its ranking as the number one News, Information and Entertainment site according to PC-Meter, ZDNet today unveiled its enhanced ZDNet News Web site. ZDNet News (ZDNN), a channel on the ZDNet Web site, has expanded its dedicated expert news team to include some of the industry's most well-respected veteran journalists. It has also expanded the breadth and depth of its "ZDNN Special Events," the most timely and robust packages of news coverage on the digital revolution.

"ZDNN's news and information mission is to be the first to deliver the most important breaking news on technology and cyberspace issues," said Dan Farber, ZDNet vice president and editor-in-chief. "We have an extraordinary team of editors and reporters who can break the stories and provide the kind of in-depth analysis and news packages that truly differentiate ZDNN from other news sources."

New members of the ZDNN staff each have, on average, more than 17 years of news journalism experience. In addition, a number of the staff have several years' experience covering all things digital. Patrick Houston, a former PC Week Inside editor and Business Week bureau chief with 22 years of news journalism experience, will serve as ZDNN's executive producer. Charlie Cooper, former editor-in-chief for Computer & Software News and executive editor of Computer Shopper and PC Week Online, is senior executive editor at ZDNN. In addition, Steve Hamm is ZDNN's executive editor, having recently served as PC Week Inside's executive editor and as assistant business editor at San Jose Mercury News. Also, Bill Snyder, a former senior editor and founding staff member of PC Week Inside, joins ZDNN as senior editor.

The new ZDNN team members and ZDNN's existing staff of more than 50 editors and reporters from across the Ziff-Davis network make up the largest and most well-established team of online journalists in existence on the Web. Other industry notables on the ZDNN staff include John Dodge, editor of PC Week and vice president at ZDNN; Jim Louderback, editorial director of PC Week; and Michael Fitzgerald, former online editor at Computerworld.

As an example of ZDNN's robust delivery of the news readers are most interested in, from now until April 30 ZDNN will provide in-depth coverage of David Coursey's Internet Showcase, a groundbreaking conference where many of the industry's most innovative new technologies are introduced. ZDNN will provide two live Web-casts from the show, including reports from ZDNN staff, insights from David Coursey, comment and analysis from industry analysts, and guest appearances. ZDNN will also deliver live broadcasts of selected panel sessions taking place at the Push Technology Summit; continuous coverage of the companies, people, and technologies highlighted at the show; and on-demand audio and video segments of interviews with key industry players.

"ZDNet News has assembled a top-notch staff, including seasoned editors and reporters who have experience breaking fresh ground," said Patrick Houston, executive producer for ZDNN. "This is a premier group of journalists committed to providing users with the most complete, authoritative source of news and information on the digital revolution. Upcoming coverage of Internet Showcase will illustrate our commitment to 'scouting the frontier' of digital technology for our readers."

About ZDNet News

ZDNet News' new content delivery format ensures that users receive the most comprehensive computing and technology news packaged with background content and links to other articles and Web sites. In addition to posting coverage of industry news and events from Ziff-Davis publications, ZDNN features links to audio and video content, chat sessions with expert advisors on timely subjects, comprehensive Web navigation capabilities -- such as Headline News search and the rumor and comment site -- and commentary from Jesse Berst via the "AnchorDesk." ZDNN also tailors its computing information services for users through "Personal News" emails, enabling users to subscribe to free news tracking services for the topics, issues and companies that interest them most.

ZDNN also recently announced an alliance with PointCast, under which PointCast will provide ZDNet content as a designated technology channel on the PointCast Network(TM). ZDNet selected PointCast as its primary push network for the distribution of ZDNN, providing the most comprehensive selection of ZDNet News information customized for a push network. The ZDNet/PointCast alliance enables ZDNet to provide its award-winning news and content directly to desktops - most of them in offices -- completely free, building on its ongoing effort to cater to its large and diverse Web community by using innovative technologies and services.

About ZDNet

Based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Ziff-Davis' ZDNet division develops and maintains the ZDNet Web site (www.zdnet.com), the Internet's leading and undisputed source for the most authoritative and comprehensive information on computing and the Internet. ZDNet combines groundbreaking, interactive technology with editorial from Ziff-Davis' worldwide network of journalists to produce original, compelling content and create communities of common interests in computing. ZDNet is consistently ranked by PC-Meter, the Neilsen-like survey of Web usage, as the number-one news, information and entertainment Web site.

Ziff-Davis Inc., a Softbank company, is the leading provider of special-interest content about the Internet and computing. The quality and quantity of this content attracts the largest and most powerful audience of early adopters and opinion leaders in both the business and consumer markets. Ziff-Davis enables advertisers to reach this audience effectively and efficiently through an integrated system of print, online and broadcast media.

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