ColourOfSpring - 12:50 pm on May 21, 2013 (gmt 0)
I think most in our office, in one way or another, believe Google is trying to reign in referral traffic by making webmasters scared to link to other websites. By limiting links to other websites, people would be more likely to use a search product.
Interesting theory. Unlinking the web through fear - a search engine (Google) becomes the ultimate hub to find what you're looking for. It fits with my churn theory - Google's the best place to go if websites keep dying through lack of exposure. Less links, less evergreen content, perfect for Google.