I can't imagine Google would ever say anything like that. Sound's like this guy is familiar enough with SEO and webmastering to know that GoogleGuy participates in some forums.
Further, I don't understand why the article is called "Search-Engine Rules Cause Sites to Go Missing" when the gist of the article is that "Mr. Skrenta intends to switch his site over to the more popular .com Web address from .net soon to help eliminate confusion and increase credibility with consumers". Sound's like any ripple effect from a search engine has more to do with his own actions than their rules. We all wish we could buy different extensions for our domains and immediately get ranked. Am I missing something?