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They have been this way for quite some time now. Just because it's not showing don't mean it's not there.
Where you show in the SERPS is more important these days than what backlinks show up.
Here are some other factors that effect your backlink status.
- A site that is determined to be a link farm can be banned from having their links counting. So, for example, they may have a page rank themselves of a 5 but because google has flagged them as a link farm the backlink for your site does not count even though your link is placed on their page and they have page rank.
- When determining how much benefit is passed to your site from a backlink the number of other backlinks on that site will effect how much is passed to you. If you have a link on a page with a page rank of 6 and you are the only link listed verses a backlink to your site on a page with a pagerank of 7 with 15 other links you may actually get more benefit from the page with a pagerank of 6.
And ofcourse it could be that it is taking longer for one link to be indexed and connected to your website than the other.
Sure they can. PR is a simple mathematical construct, and I know of many cases where a site has got good PR from just one backlink. While only 2 backlinks may make it hard to rank well on very competitive SERPs, this can be more than enough to get page 1 on less competitive ones.