Huawei's logo seen at a technology conference.
Enlarge / Huawei’s logo at the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona in November 2019.

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The US House and Senate approved legislation to create a $1 billion fund that will help small telecom providers remove and replace Huawei and ZTE networking equipment.

The bill, which awaits President Trump’s signature, also prohibits telcos from using Federal Communications Commission funding to purchase Huawei or ZTE equipment. But the Congressional action is largely duplicative, as the FCC had already approved a ban.

The Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Act

Pictured: a full set of Office 365 icons on the taskbar. Not pictured, for good reason: "Cortana, play Old Town Road."
Enlarge / Pictured: a full set of Office 365 icons on the taskbar. Not pictured, for good reason: “Cortana, play Old Town Road.”

Microsoft

Today, Microsoft announced a major shift in focus for its personal assistant, Cortana: she’s getting out of the consumer gadget business and focusing on productivity. The new version of Cortana will debut with the next major update to Windows 10, expected to roll out in April.

Microsoft is tightening access to Cortana considerably. First and foremost, no more Cortana use for anyone only using local accounts. Cortana access will only be available to those logged in

Starliner touches down in December.
Enlarge / Starliner touches down in December.

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On Friday, during a detailed, 75-minute briefing with reporters, a key Boeing spaceflight official sought to be as clear as possible about the company’s troubles with its Starliner spacecraft.

After an uncrewed test flight in December of the spacecraft, Boeing “learned some hard lessons,” said John Mulholland, a vice president who manages the company’s commercial crew program. The December mission landed safely but suffered two serious software problems. Now, Mulholland said, Boeing will work hard to rebuild trust between the company and the vehicle’s customer, NASA. During the last decade, NASA

Mark Zuckerberg speaks.
Enlarge / Mark Zuckerberg speaks at Facebook’s F8 summit in 2018.

Facebook is canceling its massive F8 developers’ conference over fears of COVID-19. The conference had been scheduled to begin on May 5 in San Jose, California.

“F8 is an incredibly important event for Facebook, and it’s one of our favorite ways to celebrate all of you from around the world—but we need to prioritize the health and safety of our developer partners, employees, and everyone who helps put F8 on,” wrote Konstantinos Papamiltiadis, Facebook’s director of developer platforms.

Facebook will attempt to compensate for the closure of the main

The Raspberry Pi 4 is approaching its first birthday in a few months, but it’s already getting an upgrade: more memory. The Raspberry Pi launched in June 2019 with 1GB of RAM for $35, 2GB

Artist's conception of spacecraft over the Earth.
Enlarge / A video still showing a rendering of an Exploration Upper Stage in flight.

NASA is close to finalizing a plan to land humans on the Moon in 2024 and is expected to publicly discuss it next month. While the space agency has not released its revised strategy publicly, a recently updated “mission manifest” for the Space Launch System rocket may provide some clues about the new Artemis Program.

According to a planning document circulated at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center this week, titled “Moon 2024 Mission Manifest,” the space agency has set target launch dates for its first