Situational awareness: Qualcomm and Apple have agreed to end their bitter legal dispute over patent royalties, with a deal that includes a 6-year agreement on royalty rates and a multiyear deal for Apple to supply chips to Qualcomm. Details.
1 big thing: The miracle at Notre Dame
Notre Dame was 30 minutes from collapse last night, but today she stands, far more intact than we'd expected after yesterday's fearsome fire.
- French President Emmanuel Macron: We will rebuild Notre Dame Cathedral within 5 years and "it will be more beautiful than before."
- There's already been $680 million pledged, including a few huge chunks from wealthy French families.
Between the lines: "Experts say the combination of a structure that’s more than 850 years old, built with heavy timber construction and soaring open spaces, and lacking sophisticated fire-protection systems led to the quick rise of flames," the AP reports.
There'll be a tense wait to see if certain priceless artifacts survived the flames.
- Saved: The crown of thorns, the tunic of Saint Louis, the twin bell towers, the rose windows, the Great Organ, rooftop statues representing the 12 apostles and 4 evangelists.
- Lost: Notre Dame's wooden latticework roof called "The Forest," made of hundreds of oak beams cut from trees between 1160 and 1170, and the spire, built in the 19th century amid a renewed restoration effort.
- Unconfirmed: The Gallery of the Kings, which includes statues sculpted in the 13th century and later beheaded in 1793; relics of St. Denis and St. Genevieve, which were held in the spire; a nail believed to have been used in the crucifixion; a piece of wood believed to be a piece of the cross.
The bottom line: "We're all just dumbfounded. It's more than miraculous, it's heroic,' vicar general Philippe Marsset said, per the AFP.
Bonus: Before and after
Above: People attending mass at Notre Dame last year, and the same view today.
Below: The heart and transept at Notre Dame last year, and the same view today.
2. What you missed
- In hopes of curbing the measles outbreak — which has infected 186 people in Rockland County, New York, — local officials have issued strict guidelines prohibiting anybody with measles from being in a public space for up to 21 days. Details.
- Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk's space age rivalry may not play out as a war of the rockets, but as a war for your internet. Go deeper.
- Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi stands to make a boatload of money if Uber maintains an average fully-diluted valuation of at least $120 billion during a period of 90 consecutive trading days. Go deeper.
- 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg is criticizing the EU for holding multiple emergency summits on Brexit but "no emergency summit regarding the breakdown of the climate and environment." Details.
- 1 🎧 thing: Axios' Dan Primack talks with Amanda Nguyen, who at 24 years old was the driving force behind the federal Sexual Assault Survivor’s Bill of Rights. She just launched a Silicon Valley-style “accelerator” for ordinary people trying to get civil rights laws passed. Details.
3. 1 foldable thing
"Is [Samsung's] Galaxy Fold a gimmick to help sell more smartphones in a slowing market or a true breakthrough that will change how we use our devices?" asks the AP's Kelvin Chan.
The state of play: "Samsung says the case for a folding phone has become clear: People want bigger screens but they also want a phone they can carry around in their pocket."
- The other side: "Skeptics might say that folding phones are a sign that the smartphone industry has run out of good ideas and fallen into an innovation malaise."
"Wide open, the Fold felt more like a small tablet than a smartphone, which suggests that one possible market is people who want both kinds of devices but don’t want to buy two."
- It's "set for release in the U.S. on April 26, priced at $1,980."