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The Register ("El Reg" or "The Reg" to its staff and readers) is a British technology news and opinion website. It was founded by John Lettice and Mike Magee in 1994 as a newsletter called "Chip Connection", initially as an email service. Mike Magee left The Register in 2001 to start The Inquirer, and later the IT Examiner and then TechEye.

The Register frequently uses sarcasm and satire in its articles, in the manner of the British satirical magazine Private Eye, and often provides an iconoclastic stance e.g. referring to Google as the world's largest ad broker[1], the iPad as the 'Jobsian fondle slab', and Second Life as "Sadville".[2] The Register occasionally runs articles satirising selected people e.g., Captain Cyborg (Kevin Warwick), and Jimbo Wales, a member of the Wikimedia Foundation's Board of Trustees.

The Register has run Simon Travaglia's BOFH stories since 2000. Comment pieces are included along with the news, such as "Bootnotes" and "Opinion". Letters and "Flames of the Week" are often run, and as well as carrying its own content, licensed articles from other sites are included to augment their coverage. The Register does not aim to be popular with the powerful corporations – its tag line is: Biting the hand that feeds IT.

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Channel Register covers computer business and trade news, which includes business press releases. News and articles for computing and consumer electronics hardware is covered by Reg Hardware. Reg Research is an in-depth resource on all manner of technologies and how they relate to your business. Cash'n'Carrion is a shop for The Register merchandise. On 25 February 2002, The Register expanded its business to United States under The Register USA, using domain name www.theregus.com, through a joint venture with Tom's Hardware Guide.[3] On 24 February 2003, that site was switched to the current theregister.com domain name.[4] Content created by The Register's US staff was later merged with content created by the European Register staff on theregister.co.uk. The Register has offices in London, Edinburgh, and San Francisco, plus full-time contributors in other cities.

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