Outsourcing giant Serco has secured a hefty discount on its deal to buy a raft of healthcare contracts from failed rival Carillion. Serco said it would now pay £29.7m - down from the £47.7m price first agreed in December, before Carillion's dramatic collapse into liquidation. The move reflects the fact the contracts will have no working capital and will come with none of the usual warranties in place as a result of Carillion's failure, according to Serco.
If you needed another reason to watch the forthcoming Ted Bundy biopic 'Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile', filmmakers have just announced that James Hetfield of Metallica will be making his acting debut in the movie opposite Zac Efron - and he'll be playing a cop. The 54-year-old will be playing Officer Bob Hayward, who was actually the first cop to arrest Bundy when he pulled him over in 1975 and discovered what appeared to be a burglary kit in the back of his car.
Everyone can cancel their next birthday party because they can be sure that it won't be anywhere near as good as Ellen Degeneres' 60th birthday celebrations last weekend. She essentially got a star-studded impromptu concert going on at whatever venue the event was held at.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".