From the horses mouth;
“Hey folks, I wanted to let you know that new toolbar PageRank values should become visible over the next few days.
Iâ€™m expecting that also in the next few days that weâ€™ll be expiring some older penalties on websites.”
Interesting… is this google doing a full u-turn on paid links perhaps? We’ll have to see. Although i’m not interested much in pagerank these days, you can’t ignore it as it does have an impact on a site’s ‘strength’ or influence – possibly affecting search results too…