almighty_monkey - 12:49 pm on Jan 10, 2011 (gmt 0)
This isn't about the Toolbar PR. Toolbar PR, as others have noticed, is deliberately out of date and I think Google regrets ever putting it in in the first place.
Nothing will actually change. We know what PR is - it's there in the patent in the first place. Bing, et all, have their own versions. It's still part of the algorithm. Its not the entire algorithm. Not even close.
All this expired patent means is that, if I wanted to, I could start an exact copy of Google as it appeared 12 years ago legally. This proposition would also require me to a) have a lot of money and b) to hate it. Oh and C) be mental.