CNet Networks ( CNET) just landed one of the leading members of the tech industry punditocracy.

The operator of the CNet and ZDNet technology news and information Web sites said Friday that it acquired EDventure Holdings, the business founded by longtime industry commentator Esther Dyson.

The move -- the latest of several acquisitions announced by CNet in recent months -- appears to be an effort to combine the mass reach of CNet's current businesses with the classy audience reached by Dyson.

EDventure Holdings is best known for Release 1.0, a monthly newsletter devoted to new technology, and PC Forum, an annual gathering of industry movers and shakers.

This year's PC Forum -- a three-day event that starts Sunday -- features such participants as AOL Chairman Jon Miller, Yahoo! ( YHOO) Chief Operating Officer Dan Rosensweig and Google CEO Eric Schmidt. The session is priced at $4,195 (hotel room not included); Release 1.0 subscriptions cost $795 annually.

Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

Neil Ashe, senior vice president of strategy and development for CNet Networks, characterized the deal as an opportunity to give Dyson "a lot larger access to a broader audience. ... Our strong desire is to give Esther a bigger megaphone."

While the company will be marketing EDventure Holdings' products to a broader audience, Ashe indicated the company wouldn't necessarily be repricing those products on a mass-market basis. Dyson will likely be contributing to CNet's News.com site on occasion, Ashe said.

Acquiring PC Forum doesn't signal that CNet Networks is launching an events business in the U.S., Ashe said. "We are principally an interactive content company," Ashe said. "We believe in the power and platform of interactive content, and that will be our anchor for the future."

Earlier this month, CNet announced that it acquired the Wireless Gaming Review Web site. In December it acquired the MP3.com domain as a platform for launching a music information site.

CNet's shares fell 10 cents to trade at $9.27 Friday. The stock is up from a 52-week low of $1.58 one year ago.

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