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Amazon never publishes sales figures, so maybe they normally sell 100 per day, and sold 2400 that day.  Who knows?  Idiot reporting.
Apple will have a majority share of all cell phone subscribers in the US by the middle of 2015, according to a straight line extrapolation of their current growth (http://www.asymco.com/2013/12/13/how-many-americans-will-be-using-an-iphone/).  They currently have a little over 25%, up from 17.5% a year ago and 10.2% two years ago.
Apple is exactly keeping up with the smartphone market in terms of the constant of its exponential growth (see recent articles at asymco.com about penetration ratio).  The only difference is that Apple's exponential growth started a little after the market as a whole.  That's not a cause for alarm, it's just a fact.
The obvious drawback I see with this case is the use of a USB connector for charging.  Who wants to plug in twice at night?  Unfortunately there probably isn't a protocol for attaching two devices to the same lightning connector (keyboard plus whatever external device you want to ​plug in).  The people making external battery-pack cases presumably have the same problem, which is why they also charge with micro USB. It shouldn't be too hard to have just a pass-through for...
If you look at the original article, you can see that Apple now has 25.4% of all cell phone subscribers in the US (40.6% of 62.5% of all subscribers). That's up from 25.1% only a month earlier, 17.5% Sept 2012, and 10.2% Sept 2011. As Horace Dediu has pointed out, this growth makes a nice straight line on a log plot of penetration/nonpenetration versus time. That's what exponential growth looks like in a finite market. iPhone is still on track to pass combined Android...
Just because the stock market is irrational doesn't mean Tim Cook did anything wrong. Apple makes the best products and most of the profits in each of its markets. The market share issue is particularly screwy. Just focusing on the US, where we have good figures, more than 25% of *all* cellphones in use are now iPhones (up from 17.5% a year ago, and 10.2% two years ago). And almost all tablet use is on iPads, so they're killing the market they're actually competing in...
Typo in the article. Dan's articles are great but often published with serious typos. It was a $900 million write off, not $900 thousand.
 Apple's share of cell phones in the US is going up exponentially: 25.1% of all cell phones in use in the US in September, up from 17.5% a year earlier and 10.2% a year before that.  You can invent some other market that it's not growing as fast as in the US, or worry about low end world markets that it doesn't participate in, but Apple isn't losing anything.
It does seem like a problem if the same patent is repeatedly challenged, rejected, and then eventually upheld -- with the challenges never stopping.  The usual response of the PTO is that if something that looks like new prior art is drawn to their attention, they will reject all the claims, and make the applicant explain why the purported prior art doesn't "teach" the invention.  This means that awarded patents will repeatedly be rejected and then reinstated.  Patent...
This is an article about theft deterrence.  This is very different than the "find my iPhone" functionality, which has allowed iPhones to be remotely found or erased (or locked) since June of 2010 (free for all in 2011).  This "theft bricking" feature is new, and has nothing to do with what you've posted.  I assume, though, that since Google is providing find-my-Android functionality, there is nothing to prevent them from adding the same theft deterrence feature also.
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