dusky - 7:29 pm on May 1, 2010 (gmt 0)
Please give tedster a round of applause (mind the coffee cups on your desks) at least to liven up the place amidst the chaos and this update storm.
In other words, until recently queries for long phrases may have had something like "best guess" results using some secondary signals -- but now Google has the infrastructure to index longer phrases much more directly.
I think you cemented what all of us here including yourself were getting closer and closer to believing, too many similar indicators and consequences hitting many respected sites with identifiable symptoms can't be all wrong. Makes a lot of sense, more space means more choice of data combinations, hence the MAYDAY infrastructure update, yes I know MAYDAY meant for the update (caffeine infrastructure update) so was BD or Florida's infrastructures.