rish3 - 2:49 am on Aug 1, 2013 (gmt 0)
So it has some context, the links in my post above were links to a Google-produced article with do-follow links, with rich (money term) keywords pointing at their properties. It wasn't a press release, but rather an article that was "curated" by various other sites.
Google also has tons of press releases out in the wild, pointing to their sites, with "dofollow" links. Most are bare url's, but if you dig a little, you'll find some with money term anchors.
What rips me is that when they introduce a new rule, they don't "grandfather" the stuff that's out there already. And, as mentioned above, they are guilty of the same behavior. As are many other big brands.
But, guess who gets immunity? Big brands. Because their sites have enough "authority" to earn forgiveness.