Does this mean it's almost over? Sony's alerted folks via the Playstation Blog that the newest firmware update is available, in preparation for turning PSN back on. Yep, you still can't game or shop or listen to music just yet, but this has got to be a sign that it's coming soon, right?
Once the firmware is downloaded and installed, you'll be required to change your PSN password. You may want to consider inventing a brand new one you've never used before. Just a tip. As a new level of security, once you set up a new password, you'll only be able to change it using that same PS3, another PS3 on which your PSN account was activated, or via the email address associated with the account. Additionally if you've never used PSN to download anything, before changing your password you'll have to confirm your identity via an email.
Hopefully this means PSN will be back up this week: even though it doesn't have any online multiplayer, L.A. Noire is a prestige title for the system, and a little good news for Sony could help convince people to pick up their version of the game. Plus I imagine there will be a lot of demand for those preorder bonuses and the PS3 only case.
UPDATE: Sony has announced that PSN will be coming back in stages, on a state by state basis. They've even put up a map, so you can see if your state's been lucky enough to have service restored. It's just like The Hunger Games! Or not, I don't actually read books. After the break, watch a video of Sony President Kaz Hirai explaining the situation. He doesn't really give any new information, but he is a comforting, familiar face, I guess. He does mention that Welcome Back packages will be announced in the next few days, so keep an eye out for that.
PS3 System Software Update [Playstation Blog]