tedster - 12:01 am on Apr 2, 2010 (gmt 0)
internetheaven, I'd find the article even more interesting if it didn't begin with "According to snippets of information gathered from sources at Google UK's HQ in London". That sounds like rumor journalism and possibly complete FUD.
But I have no doubt that Google has been struggling against "scrapper" sites and other kinds of worthless pages for a long while. Maybe they will make a breakthrough on that front, at least for a time - we can only hope!
The article also says "Bizarrely, we heard that some price comparison websites or sites that only rely on third party feeds could be affected by this." I have seen some evidence that results showing price comparison sites are being "adjusted". I'm not sure why the writer would find it bizarre - how many of those sites do you need in any one SERP, anyway?