Good move by in creating a live system status page at It lets you see the current and historical status of their hosted services: up-down status, performance, and transaction volumes. Smart step in response to their recent availability issues. (Although the page could use a bit more explanation/definition of the data). Hopefully we'll see more of these sorts of transparency initiatives by the major Web Service providers. For more on this see Phil Wainewright's post.

Be sure to read the next Financial article: Mashups Not In Control