Hats off to Danny Sullivan over at Search Engine Watch for breaking this info. The link to his article is in the title.
Google will be working to get a better reach into web sites and using all the tricks and algorithms they have at their command I imagine it will eventually help improve the overall quality of the listings in their database.
A byproduct of this move is a cool new tool: SiteMap Generator!
I will be following this one thoroughly and will post more as the story unfolds. But have to admit they have been busy over there at G-ville. Guess the increased stock price has everyone there whistling a happy tune as they work!