Information glut no problem for most Americans: survey

A man uses his Apple iPhone while sitting on the side of a fountain along 6th Avenue in New YorkMost Americans do not see "information overload" as a problem for them despite the explosion of internet data and images, according to a Pew Research Center survey on Wednesday. "Generally, Americans appreciate lots of information and access to it," said the report into how U.S. adults cope with information demands. Roughly four in five Americans agree that they are confident about using the internet to keep up with information demands, that a lot of information gives them a feeling of more control over their lives, and that they can easily determine what information is trustworthy.



Pakistan court indicts four, including brother, over social media star's death
By Mubasher Bukhari LAHORE, Pakistan (Reuters) - A Pakistani court has charged four men with the murder of a woman social media star, including her brother, but all four deny involvement in her death, their lawyer said on Wednesday. The woman, known as Qandeel Baloch, gained massive popularity but also drew censure in mostly conservative Pakistan for her outspoken and often risque social media posts. The killing sent shockwaves across Pakistan and triggered an outpouring of grief on social media for Baloch, whose real name was Fauzia Azeem.

Cab-hailing company Careem launches women drivers in conservative Pakistan

Yasmin Perveen, one of the pioneer women "captains" of Careem, adjusts back mirror while driving her car in IslamabadBy Waseem Sattar and Mubasher Bukhari KARACHI/LAHORE, Pakistan (Reuters) - Taxi-hailing service Careem introduced women drivers in Pakistan on Wednesday, a rare initiative in a deeply conservative Muslim country where women account for only 22 percent of the workforce. Careem has a larger market share than rival Uber in most of the 32 cities in the Middle East, North Africa and Pakistan region in which it operates. Now it has a new idea for Pakistan: taxis driven by women, who will pick up both male and female customers.



New Zealand charity StepUp gains as PM steps down

File photo of New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key waveing to photographers during the APEC Summit in Lima, PeruBy Swati Pandey WELLINGTON (Reuters) - New Zealand Prime Minister John Key may have shocked an entire nation with his abrupt decision to step down, but for one small North Island community, the move was timed to perfection. On Monday, the day Key announced his departure to spend more time with his family, charity group StepUp Taranaki released the world's largest choreographed dance video, featuring a guest appearance by Key. In one of his last acts before leaving, Key tweeted the video from his official account, boosting interest in the elaborate dance film, said Cathy Carpenter, the group's publicist.



Bahamian man gets five years in U.S. prison for hacking celebrities

An illustration picture shows projection of binary code on man holding aptop computer in WarsawBy Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Bahamian man was sentenced to five years in U.S. prison on Tuesday for hacking into celebrities' email accounts to steal unreleased film and television scripts, personal information and sexually explicit videos in order to sell them. Alonzo Knowles, who maintained a list of 130 celebrities' emails and phone numbers, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Paul Engelmayer in Manhattan. Knowles, 24, stole at least 25 unreleased movie and television scripts, as well as music, financial documents and nude and intimate images and videos, prosecutors said.



China shuts thousands of illegal live streaming accounts: Xinhua

A map of China is seen through a magnifying glass on a computer screen showing binary digits in SingaporeBeijing-based live streaming websites have shut down thousands of illegal accounts after new regulations by Chinese internet authorities guarding against violent and obscene content came into effect, the official Xinhua news agency said on Wednesday. The Cyber Administration of China (CAC) formalized controversial rules regulating the country's fast-growing live-streaming video industry in November, in a move that stripped out smaller competitors and placed hard-line surveillance measures on leading firms. More than 4,500 accounts on Beijing-based websites had been closed and more than 3,100 live streaming programs had been shut, Xinhua reported the CAC as saying.



U.S. lawmaker: Sony breach may have inspired Russian election hacking

Representative Adam Schiff waves after speaking at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaBy Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. failure to retaliate strongly for the 2014 cyber attack against Sony Pictures may have helped inspire Russian hackers who sought to interfere in the 2016 U.S. election, a senior congressional Democrat said on Tuesday. "Russia may have concluded that they could hack American institutions and there'd be no price to pay," Representative Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee, told a press breakfast sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor. Russia was blamed for high-profile attacks on Democratic organizations that damaged the party during the 2016 election campaign, in which Republican Donald Trump won the presidency and his party kept control of the Senate and the House.



Delaware Court revives case over Pincus's Zynga stock sale

The Zynga logo is pictured at the company's headquarters in San FranciscoBy Tom Hals WILMINGTON, Del. (Reuters) - The Delaware Supreme Court revived a lawsuit against Zynga Inc's controlling shareholder, Mark Pincus, and fellow board members for allegedly allowing leaders of the social gaming company to act on inside information and dump stock before it crashed in 2012. Delaware's high court ruled that the Court of Chancery erred when it dismissed the lawsuit against the board of Zynga, which created the online game Farmville, in February for procedural reasons. The ruling clears the way for the 2014 lawsuit by shareholder Thomas Sandys to proceed to discovery and trial, or for new motions to dismiss.



Suspect in Washington pizzeria shooting wanted to save kids: police

A general view of the exterior of the Comet Ping Pong pizza restaurant in WashingtonA man charged with firing an assault rifle in a packed Washington pizzeria on Sunday told police he had read online that children were being held as sex slaves there and he wanted to rescue them, police said on Monday. The Comet Ping Pong restaurant for weeks had been the subject of fake news stories claiming falsely that it was the hub of a child sex ring organized by 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. The stories were an example of a proliferation of fake news reports during the election year, often disseminated through websites purporting to be news outlets and quoting bogus sources.



Web giants to cooperate on removal of extremist content

A man walks past a YouTube logo at the YouTube Space LA in Playa Del Rey, Los AngelesBy Julia Fioretti BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Web giants YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Microsoft will step up efforts to remove extremist content from their websites by creating a common database. The companies will share 'hashes' - unique digital fingerprints they automatically assign to videos or photos - of extremist content they have removed from their websites to enable their peers to identify the same content on their platforms. Tech companies have long resisted outside intervention in how their sites should be policed, but have come under increasing pressure from Western governments to do more to remove extremist content following a wave of militant attacks.



Former hedge fund exec's Empire Report keeps tabs on New York
By Svea Herbst-Bayliss BOSTON (Reuters) - Former hedge fund executive JP Miller launched an app on Monday for his startup news site Empire Report that is modeled on the Drudge Report and chronicles New York, its politicians, financiers and celebrities. The website (www.nyempirereport.com) is meant to be non-partisan and has no affiliation with Drudge, Miller said in an interview on Monday.

Chilean start-up that uses AI to reinvent food eyes U.S. deals
By Rosalba O'Brien SANTIAGO (Reuters) - A Chilean start-up that has built artificial intelligence software to help recreate animal-based foods using plants is looking toward U.S. multinationals after signing deals at home to sell its products, the company's founders said. NotCo, founded around a year ago by three Chileans, has already persuaded Cencosud's Jumbo supermarkets to stock its 'Not Mayo' across Chile, and has signed a deal to supply a national food manufacturer with one of its products, said Chief Executive Matias Muchnick.

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