A list of characters is here
Glitzy offered a small run to Maggie, Ray and Rusty: a pirate transmitter is broadcasting information about people going into comas while using the Matrix, similar to what happened during the Matrix Crash 2.0 and the mission is to silence those pirates, by any means neccessary. Glitzy has her own agenda, she wants to talk to them to find out where they get their information and she wants to keep them alive.
The Picas are now the Canaries. And if that bring up the picture of mine canaries, you are exactly right. Not that the characters except Maggie know that and I as a player have no idea who is sending them out. But in any case our characters did fairly well against them, although we were lucky. And we haven't seen the end of this, not for a long time.
One of our players comes in via Google+ and so far it has worked great, without much lag or total blackouts. I can only recommend this if you have a player who moves away but still wants to game or if you have problems finding players locally. You just need a good microphone, especially when you have several people in one room and not everyone in front of their own computer.