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gn_wendy - 8:44 am on Nov 24, 2009 (gmt 0)
Matt Cutts: This is a common misconception--you don't get any PageRank boost from having an .edu link or .gov link automatically. If you get an .edu link and no one is linking to that .edu page, you're not going to get any PageRank at all because that .edu page doesn't have any PageRank.
Matt said this in 2008 and he is talking about pagerank - a factor I tend to pay less and less attention to.
In my experience all .gov/.edu sites were not created equal, but I am a believer in the trust/authority factor.