The sequence of event is as follows.
5 Bidders in total, consisting of 2 consortium and 3 single company bidders
1) Consortium One: RPX which represents 20 small, mostly asian companies
2) Consortium Two: Microsoft, RIM, Sony, EMC, Ericsson
3) Apple (Rockstar)
4) Google (Ranger) --> likely in reference to stalking horse bid?
Google starting bid was $900 million
Intel bids $1.5 billion
RPX dropped out after first round of bidding.( 4 bidders...