"Adding to the never-ending stream of scuttlebutt surrounding Apple's hyped buyout of Beats Electronics, a report on Tuesday claims the terms of the supposed acquisition have dropped to $3 billion and will be announced this week."
I think the article meant to say, "... dropped by $3 billion..." har!
If Google was able to keep the operating loss tax credits on the books after the deal with Lenovo then, apparently, it would bring the cost down to around $3 billion... which, all in all, would be a fair price for the patents... but not $7 billion. I haven't read anything to date, though, as to whether or not Google was able to keep the tax credits on the books. Meanwhile... $2.91 billion would be a good price to pay for Synaptic.