Billionaire Patrick Drahi isn't the kind of person to let pesky regulators get in his way. Less than a year after French market watchdogs blocked a first offer on procedural grounds, his telecoms group Altice NV is close to taking full ownership of its biggest European unit, SFR Group SA. Altice says it will pay 34.50 euros per share in cash to the holdouts who own 4.1 percent of SFR's share capital.
Intel Corp. rose to become the world's biggest maker of computing chips by churning out ever smaller and more powerful microprocessors on a rapid product cycle that averaged about 18 months. Its legal battle with Europe's antitrust watchdogs over chip pricing has followed a much slower timeline: it has taken 10 years for Intel chalk up a win. It's a pretty big win though.
Billionaire Vincent Bollore only owns 20 percent of Vivendi SA, but he rules it as a king. The corporate raider engineered the French media company's planned 3.9 billion-euro ($4.6 billion) takeover of advertising agency Havas SA, another company he owns a stake in. He plans to install his 37 year-old son Yannick, who now runs Havas, as Vivendi's CEO. Shareholders could perhaps forgive the whiff of nepotism if the marriage with Havas made strategic sense. It doesn't, as I explained here.
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 Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
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, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
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".