muzza64 - 9:58 am on Jun 20, 2013 (gmt 0)
I don't think this wording change alters anything. I can see why they changed it, the original wording sounds too much like they're encouraging link building. But the underlying mission remains the same.....you need high quality links.
However, acquiring really high quality links requires (some) high quality content (note 'some', not the whole site, a few pages will do, the rest just has to be good enough to support the credibility of the great content from what I've seen). Sites like the BBC, The Times, Telegraph etc. won't link to you for no reason and most certainly won't link to you if they don't know you exist.
I think Google realise sites don't accumulate links in a vacuum, some sort of promotion is needed. They just don't want people acquiring links by arrangement (e.g. I'll link to you if you link to me, or I'll pay you X amount to feature our link embedded article). The sort of sites that will link to you on that basis will probably be useless these days (long term).