Vincent Ramos, the chief executive of encrypted smartphone company Phantom Secure, has been arrested by the US Department of Justice and indicted, along with four associates. Charged with racketeering and conspiracy to aid the distribution of drugs, the accusations centre on the company's products being knowingly supplied to drug cartels. Phantom Secure, which is based in Canada, sold devices on a subscription basis, charging between $2,000 and $3,000 (£1,400 and £2,100) for six months of use.
Google has announced it is opening up its mapping platform to game developers, providing them with additional tools that will enable them to more easily create games that map onto the real world in a similar fashion to Pokémon Go. The new Maps platform for games is divided into three parts. Firstly, developers who sign up will gain access to real-time data from Google Maps.
Rihanna has accused Snapchat of "intentionally bring[ing] shame" to domestic violence victims after an advert that ran on the platform appeared to reference Chris Brown's conviction for assaulting the singer in 2009 while they were dating. The ad, which was for a game, asked users if they would "rather slap Rihanna or punch Chris Brown".
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".