sshuber writes: I just received a notice from my bank that Mastercard alerted them that my credit card information used recently for an online purchase was breached. The catch is that it doesn't list the company but just recommends to check for fraudulent activity and to order a new card. Is there any way to find out which company it was that exposed my data? How can I verify that my information was properly encrypted? If proper measures weren't taken, I would certainly shop elsewhere.
sshuber writes: "It's being reported by various gaming news sources that Square-Enix has announced that they will be releasing Final Fantasy XIII for the Xbox 360. It seems that the Xbox 360 version will not be available in Japan, due to the "market" there, but we should see a simultaneous release of the PS3 version and the Xbox 360 in the U.S. and the EU. This is no doubt a large blow for Sony to lose exclusivity to such a large I.P. franchise, losing Xbox converts that would buy a PS3 specifically for the next-gen Final Fantasy games."
sshuber writes: "It's no secret that the USA and other parts of the world are currently having some economy problems. How is this affecting new technologies under development? With the large amount of layoffs, are we seeing projects, such as things under R&D, that are being axed? Are companies playing it safe and sticking with what they know sells in lieu of pushing the envelope? Finally, how is this affecting the open source community, either positively or negatively?"