As a culture, why shouldn't we be equally concerned with answering a related question -- i.e., have corporations, and especially their R&D groups, gotten close enough to Universities? I take it nobody would have any concern if corporate R&D groups were to become more open in publishing their results, disseminating their knowledge, and even teaching new engineers and scientists.
The poorly kept secret is that there aren't anymore corporate R&D labs like that. Bell Labs is gone. IBM labs are not what they used to be. So Stanford has stepped in to fill the gap. Should we be mourning the loss of its pure curiosity-driven culture -- a culture that probably never existed at Stanford anyway? No there are other universities that do that better. Note that Gerhard Casper, quoted in a few places in the article, hails from Chicago.
It's not wise to pass judgement on Stanford's culture without considering how it fits within the larger ecosystem.