Google Starting a Standards War?

Great article over at that discusses what appears to be Google trying to set its own standards for inter-application communication.

While the theory behind GData, Google's new API, sounds interesting, I have to agree with ThreadWatch that other vendors may not be too keen to work with Google. For Google, having the standard for data exchange obviously makes sense as their motivation has always been to have as much control over information as possible but I'm not sure how I feel about secure communications being sent over any protocol that can be manipulated by the information king (ie: Google).

Read the full article here and you make your own assessment: