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What do you do when things don't go as planned in the course of business? Filing a lawsuit is an option but for many people, myself included, navigating the legal landscape is like a trek into the wilderness. I'd be foolish to do it without a guide. Arbitration is a simpler process, involving only the parties to the dispute and an arbiter who will resolve the dispute. Judge.me is a service that takes arbitration online in order reach parties in business arrangements that span the globe. Now it is possible to integrate submission of arbitration cases to the Judge.me service via the Judge.me API, meaning that dispute resolution features could be added to existing contract focused applications.
Open data—from both government and private sources—has great potential for creating new products, reducing the costs of doing business, and improving people's lives. But for open data to truly benefit both business and local communities, there are still some questions that will need to be answered.
Do you live in the now or keep a foot back in the past? Better yet, what should an API provider do? At the end of July Last.fm (our Last.fm API profile) shut off some old API calls, to the disappointment of some mashup users and developers. The company had some good reasons, but it raises the question about what developers should expect, especially from free APIs.