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Google Cloud Platform is positioning itself as a major player to help mobile developers get off the block fast. While the platform was complete in terms of its Compute Engine (IaaS), App Engine (PaaS) and cloud services (Storage, Big Query, etc), developers still had to do the work of connecting the pieces. If you were a mobile developer who wanted a quick starter application in the Google cloud, you had to figure out the pieces. Similarly, if you were looking to expose your app engine applications as a bunch of REST-based services that would scale to heavy loads and work across multiple mobile devices, you had to work on your application to do so.
Gnip today announced a much needed piece of the web services infrastructure - a proxy service that sits between Data Publishers (like Digg, Flickr, and Twitter) and Data Consumers (like Plaxo and MyBlogLog) as a means to make moving structured data between services more efficient, flexible and scalable.