Updated from 12:45 p.m. EDTCBS ( CBS) reached an arrangement to acquire Internet company CNET Networks ( CNET) in a $1.8 billion deal. Media giant CBS said it will pay $11.50 for each share of CNET. The acquisition, CBS said, will make it one of the top 10 Internet companies in the U.S., with a combined 54 million unique users a month and approximately 200 million users worldwide. Based in San Francisco, CNET Networks owns a number of entertainment, news and information sites, including CNET, ZDNet, GameSpot.com, TV.com, mp3.com, Search.com, BNET, MySimon and TechRepublic. The company, which had 2007 revenue of $406 million, also has a large international presence, particularly in China. Shares of CNET jumped $3.46, or 43.5%, to $11.41 Thursday. The stock closed Wednesday at $7.95, and it has traded in a range of $6.47 to $9.88 in the past year. CBS, based in New York, was off 2.4% to $24.23.
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