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CNET Helps Students Make the Grade with the Annual Back To School Guide; Recommendations and Buying Advice from CNET Editors Help Parents and Students Shop for the Top Tech Products.

SAN FRANCISCO -- CNET (, the online resource for consumers interested in understanding and comparing the latest consumer electronics products and a property of CNET Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:CNET) (, today announced the launch of its ninth annual "Back to School Guide" ( The guide is an essential resource for anyone planning to invest in technology for the school year, with information about everything from computers, cell phones, MP3 players, and digital cameras, to the software that powers these products.

Today's list of must-have school supplies goes far beyond binders and number 2 pencils. Back to school spending is expected to increase by 19 percent this year, driven in part by electronics.(1) The Back to School Guide includes expert, independent advice from CNET's editors that help parents and students pick the products that are going to meet their needs -- both in and out of the classroom.

"Back to school shopping can be a challenge for parents and kids as they search for the best and coolest products that will meet their needs but not break the bank," said Brian Cooley, editor at large, "Before heading off to a local retailer, or purchasing online, parents and students should take the time to read through CNET's reviews so they can be confident they are choosing the right product and getting it for the best price."

The CNET Back To School Guide includes the following resources to help students make the grade:

--Tech Checklist - Did you forget to buy that surge protector or USB flash drive for your computer? This laundry list of questions will help college students and parents prepare when packing their tech gear.

--Software for kids under 13 - From flash-card programs to homework organizers to scientific calculators, this handy list of CNET's favorite educational programs can help students at any grade level.

--Top 10 Sites for Students - For everything from sharing photos or keeping in touch with family and friends, this list of websites will help students stay entertained, informed and connected.

To learn more visit Press interested in interviewing CNET's editorial experts, who have extensive experience appearing on radio and television, should contact Jenifer Concepcion in the CNET Public Relations department (contact info listed below).

About CNET

CNET ( is the place consumers go to understand and compare the latest consumer electronics, computers and software to find the right choice for them. CNET provides award-winning news, lab tested product reviews, and safe and spyware-free downloads to millions of people each month. It is also home to a vibrant and active online community that participates in the site's user opinions, forums, user-generated photos and video. With an extensive directory of more than 400,000 products and price comparisons, CNET gives consumers the most up-to-date and efficient shopping resource on the Web. At CNET, people learn and share the possibilities of a life gone digital.

About CNET Networks

CNET Networks is a global media company with some of the most important and valuable brands on the Web targeting passionate audiences. The company's brands -- such as CNET, GameSpot,,, Webshots, BNET and ZDNet -- serve the technology, games and entertainment, business, and community categories. CNET Networks was founded in 1993 and has always been "a different kind of media company" creating engaging media experiences through a combination of world-class content and technology infrastructure.

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