Yes, I do. Links became a nightmare to manage and social signals plus simple text/images convey a subject much more accurately than 'links' do.
I think saying 'Tom Hanks' is enough for Google to know this article may be associated with Tom's official site since I'm not also mentioning TMZ which would then make a TMZ page about Tom Hanks more related. Hyperlinks can be bought and manipulated, I think their days have been numbered for some time.
googlebot does not crawl your pages through your links either, it hits urls directly and is constantly trying to find new ones to visit(directly). My GWT is full of guessed at urls that have never existed and my gut tells me that is related to link deprecation. Google will have known that eventually people would figure out that links were no longer to be relied upon and had to be ready to discover new pages without them.
[edited by: Sgt_Kickaxe at 7:17 pm (utc) on Apr 11, 2012]