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Apple (AAPL) has long been the favorite topic of conversation among tech watchers, iProduct devotees, passionate investors, and fans of black turtlenecks. However, as shares have fallen from their peak, the topics of conversation have changed from real news about real products, to speculation on what's next and advice for Tim Cook's team on how to right the ship.

This week, with a simple tweet (the only angle uncovered is if it was sent from an iPhone...), Carl Icahn launched the discussion back into the here and now. This $20 billion tweet pushed Apple north of $500, and sent our contributors to their keyboards where they pounded out, in my admittedly biased opinion, some of the finest analysis of the event we've seen.

Before I pass along the links, let me share one of my favorite quotes from these articles. I enjoyed it not because of any benefit to a position -- I have none in Apple -- but because as an editor and fan of the English language, it was so well done: "In fact, in the case of Apple, I would even consider the rare decision to purchase shares without immediate and concomitant sale of call options."

Please enjoy the articles below, and if I missed any you think are worth mentioning, feel free to add them in the comments.

Read enough about Icahn? You can catch up on all our coverage on Apple this week, including pieces by Bill Maurer, Richard Bulkeley, and Michael Blair, among others.

Source: The Week That Icahn Bought Apple