Update: It seems the WSJ has combined and merged two different stories. The quote from Schmidt is still there, though way below in the new merged copy. Thanks, Henry Blodget!
The quote from Schmidt in question, led to headlines like these, from Fortune:
Except, if you visit that WSJ story, it has been replaced with an entirely different one:
I tried searching for the old story on WSJ.com, but it’s not available anymore. I tried the cached version of that page from all search engines but couldn’t get the old story.
Strangely, Reuters reporting on the same event did not have the same quote from Schmidt that the WSJ had:
“The best thing that would happen is for Facebook to open up its data,” Mr. Schmidt said. “Failing that, there are other ways to get that information.” He declined to be specific.
At present, both the WSJ and Mr. Schmidt can deny these reports.
The only place I can find this story, with that quote, is on Voices on All Things Digital, which gets a syndicated feed from the WSJ. And in case that too disappears, here’s a snapshot for proof:
It is certainly strange that the Wall Street Journal should replace an old story with a new one with the exact same URL. Is there something going on that we are not supposed to know about?