A screenshot of The Register's home page from January 2019
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|Created by||Mike Magee|
|Alexa rank||7,194 (September 2018[update])|
The Register (nicknamed El Reg) is a British technology news and opinion website co-founded in 1994 by Mike Magee, John Lettice and Ross Alderson. Situation Publishing Ltd is listed as the site's publisher. Drew Cullen is an owner, Linus Birtles the managing director and Andrew Orlowski is the Executive Editor.
The Register was founded in London as an email newsletter called Chip Connection. In 1998 The Register became a daily online news source. Magee left in 2001 to start competing publications The Inquirer, and later the IT Examiner and TechEye.
In 2002, The Register expanded to have a presence in London and San Francisco, creating The Register USA at theregus.com through a joint venture with Tom's Hardware. In 2003, that site moved to theregister.com. That content was later merged onto theregister.co.uk. The Register carries syndicated content including Simon Travaglia's BOFH stories.
Editorial staffers include Andrew Orlowski, Paul Kunert, Gavin Clarke, Joe Fay, Chris Williams (San Francisco bureau), Iain Thomson and Simon Sharwood (Sydney office). Jude Karabus is head of production.
Readership and content
In 2011 it was read daily by over 350,000 users according to the Audit Bureau of Circulations, rising to 468,000 daily and nearly 9.5 million monthly in 2013. In November 2011 the UK and US each accounted for approximately 42% and 34% of page impressions respectively, with Canada being the next most significant origin of page hits at 3%. In 2012 the UK and US accounted for approximately 41% and 28% of page impressions respectively, with Canada at 3.61%.
In April 2015, following a redesign of the website, Alexa reported that the site ranking dropped to #3,430 in the world, and traffic had dropped by over 6%.
Popularity of the site continues to decline, at 11 April 2016 Alexa gives a global ranking for the site of #4,750.
Channel Register covers computer business and trade news, which includes business press releases. News and articles for computer hardware and consumer electronics is covered by Reg Hardware. Reg Research is an in-depth resource on technologies and how they relate to business.
Intel chips flaw investigation
Around 3 January 2018, The Register broke news about Google's long-ongoing investigation into Intel's processor design, which revealed that a serious flaw in the design of their chips would require Microsoft, Linux and Apple to update operating systems for computers around the world.
On 7 October 2010, The Register ran an article headlined "Much of recent global warming actually caused by Sun". Martin Robbins, writing in The Guardian, criticized The Register for failing to make it clear that the fluctuation is cyclical, and that the existence of fluctuations is not new information; the Sun's 11-year solar cycle regularly warms the Earth during one portion of the cycle, only to cool the Earth about equally during the opposite portion of the cycle. The reference journal article hypothesizes that the cycles are the reverse of what is usually assumed; contrary to The Register's implications, the journal's findings and comments do not conflict with the scientific consensus around anthropogenic global warming. Robbins also criticized The Register for the repeated use of the negative term 'boffin', "common at the random-USE-of-CAPITALS end of tabloid journalism". Lewis Page published a response in The Register defending his headline as technically correct, that "the article title accurately reflected her comments to Nature...[we] made clear in the body of the piece that the research referred only to the period 2004-2007. We also reported her comments on the solar cycle and possible effects over the past century" and finishing that "down here at the random-use-of-capitals end of tabloid journalism, Mr Robbins, we DON'T CARE what YOU THINK. We are certainly not going to amend the article because you say so: and this is our response, delivered pretty much the way your request for comment was"
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