FranticFish - 11:01 am on Aug 1, 2013 (gmt 0)
Exactly. This appears to me to be Google saying 'We can't spot syndicated content, please help us.'
Notice also how in these instances Google always EXPECT OTHER PEOPLE TO DO something (rather arrogant) instead of announcing that THEY HAVE ALREADY DONE something.
To my mind a company that was on top of the situation and not trying to pretend that it was not only the entire search industry but also the internet in general would be saying something like 'We noticed that people were gaming press releases with optimised anchor text, so we've decided not to count links within syndicated content.'