TheOptimizationIdiot - 4:40 am on Apr 8, 2013 (gmt 0)
Yes, the brand did link (do follow) to their new site from their flagship site right a launch.
Can make all the difference based on what I've read in the patent apps and seen, which summarizes to:
Turst in many ways is actually closely to PageRank and definitely link related. And trust, in my opinion, can in some cases overcome actual "time" related factors like Document Inception Date and Historical Based Ranking Criteria.
I would also guess, being a major brand, visitor behavior "backed up" any trust passed through links.