Elsewhere I have suggested that the "next big thing" will be "Non-Google Search" by (also search for my "wild west" version of technology expressed several times here at webmasterworld) startups who will bring back the mom and pops, the small sites, the "vanity publishing" which originally made the web great and offer them a method of income.
I don't know if you guys have seen it yet, though I have, but Google is running scared these days. All these "updates", "changes", "inclusions/exclusions" are rampant examples of the Google Scramble. These "holds" on updates, these "panda" changes, the odd and confusing tweets by G players... The G has peaked and will do whatever it can to stay there, even it it requires killing several million customers (all of which get marginal returns in the dollar stream) because they still maintain other millions in the dollar stream.
Nothing algo or mystical, guys and gals. It is a company trying to stay alive and milk every dollar (dinero, peso, drachma, yen, etc.) possible. As long as they can.
Google has finally become AT&T (or similar). They made it. They broke it. They have oversight descending. Nations are involved. And the copyright folks, too. Approaching a perfect storm? Maybe.
But this "time penalty" or "trust" thing is hogwash. There's no SEO involved. Google is extending their hold on webmasters worldwide to milk the dollar. And there's nothing you (or I) can do about that. Google is the House... think Vegas...