FORTUNE -- The most salient fact about Brian X. Chen's Why the Japanese Hate the iPhone, written for Wired.com in early 2009, nearly three years before Chen joined the New York Times, is that the editor's note responding to Chen's excoriation in AppleInsider is longer (at 751 words) than the original (678 words).
Daniel Eran Dilger, who wrote the AppleInsider critique, invoked Chen's infamous piece once again Wednesday under the heading "Japan never hated the iPhone."
Dilger's new piece was pegged to the latest stats from Kantar World Panel -- reported so far only in a tweet -- that show the iPhone taking 76% of Japan's smartphone sales in October.
So was Chen wrong?
"Hate" may be too strong a word for how Japanese consumers felt about the iPhone in the winter of 2009, but re-reading the piece today, and knowing what features Apple added to the iPhone in subsequent releases, Chen's reporting (misquotes aside) actually holds up pretty well.
An update to the Wired editor's note, added 14 months after the original piece, makes the same point:
Update: 2 p.m. PT, April 23, 2010 — A Bloomberg report today notes that the iPhone has captured 72 percent of the Japanese market. While we understand critics' skepticism in our original report, we would stress that when our report was written in February 2009, an analyst listed reasons for why he thought the iPhone wasn't selling well: high price, lack of a video camera and support for multimedia messaging. All three of those shortcomings have now been addressed. Softbank gives away the phone for free, and Apple has added a video camera and support for multimedia messaging. The Bloomberg report further suggests that those moves were just what the iPhone needed to gain a foothold in Japan.
If you ignore China and count Nokia, RIM, Motorola, LG and HTC as "negative profits."
FORTUNE -- According to Canaccord Genuity's Michael Walkley, Apple (AAPL) and Samsung managed last quarter to split all the world's profits in mobile phones -- 56% Apple and 53% Samsung -- and come up with a total of more than 100%.
That only makes sense if you accept two premises:
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FORTUNE -- Until I read Daniel Eran Dilger's piece on Apple's deferred earnings Friday in AppleInsider I'd forgotten what a big deal these hidden earnings were just a few years ago.
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Making the case that Apple's innovation engine is still humming along.
FORTUNE -- AppleInsider's Daniel Eran Dilger filed a fascinating piece Saturday suggesting that Samsung was caught by surprise when Apple (AAPL) announced Tuesday that the iPhone 5S would be powered not by the 32-bit A6 system-on-a-chip that Samsung manufactures, but by a new, top-secret 1-billion-transistor 64-bit A7 chip.
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The reliability of its market research has been called into question twice in the past week.
FORTUNE -- It may be no accident that Samsung and Strategy Analytics both chose to locate their Korean headquarters in Seoul's prestigious Gangnam Building.
The Boston-based research and consulting firm does not advertise its roster of clients, except to say that they include "13 of the 15 top handset vendors."
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Daniel Eran Dilger rips into some bad analysis and names the journalists who retailed it.
FORTUNE -- On Friday, Strategy Analytics issued a press release headlined "Samsung Becomes World's Most Profitable Handset Vendor in Q2 2013."
It was the kind of news that fits the dominant narrative in the business press -- that Apple (AAPL) is "doomed" -- and it quickly caught the notice of one of the chief promoters of that MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jul 28, 2013 8:33 AM ET
Props to Daniel Eran Dilger for discovering the power of "flexibly adaptive logic"
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A Cold War analysis in which Google plays the part of North Korea's Kim Jong-Il
Daniel Eran Dilger, one of the cleverest writers covering Apple -- both at AppleInsider, and on his own blog, Roughly Drafted Magazine -- has posted an analysis of the latest twist in the smartphone patent wars that reads like a Cold War-era thriller.
Why is Google playing the Cold War patent game in the age of patent terrorism?
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Out of 72,000 paid apps in Google's Android Market, only two have sold more than 500,000 copies
The Utrecht-based analytics company Distimo generated some catchy headlines last month with a report suggesting that Google's (GOOG) Android Market was rapidly catching up to Apple's (AAPL) App Store and might surpass it by July.
What that report didn't mention, as Roughly Drafted's Daniel Eran Dilger pointed out in a pungent analysis entitled "Distimo polishes MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - May 27, 2011 6:57 AM ET
Cooler heads have started to respond to the smartphone data flap, but it may be too late
"If there is anything less appropriate than a technologically ignorant media covering the subtleties of the manufactured LocationGate phony-scandal," writes Roughly Drafted's Daniel Eran Dilger, in a post perhaps too subtle for his usual AppleInsider audience, "it's the investigative policing by US and EU politicians who have suspended their efforts to rectify the economy, MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Apr 26, 2011 8:11 AM ET
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