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Amazon Alexa devices. Photo: Daniel Berman / Bloomberg via Getty Images

Amazon Alexa will soon be available on Windows PCs, creating a new challenge for Microsoft's built-in digital assistant, Cortana, reports GeekWire.

Why it matters: Digital assistants are being integrated into a wide range of devices, from your smartphones and TVs to your toasters and refrigerators. Amazon's move to take on Microsoft's power in the PC market would give it another edge in its quest to be the dominant digital assistant.

What's next: Hardware makers HP, ASUS, Acer and others all plan to integrate Alexa into several Windows 10 computers set for release this year. HP is set to introduce Alexa to its Pavillion Wave PC, which doubles as a speaker. Lenovo is also bringing Alexa to its laptops.

The backdrop: The integration is separate from the partnership that Microsoft and Amazon announced last year, under which Alexa and Cortana will work together. The rollout of the partnership is expected to start soon.

Go deeper: The proliferation of digital assistants is a big trend at this year's CES in Las Vegas.

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Scoop: Iran preparing to enrich weapons-grade uranium, Israel warns U.S.

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi holds a press conference. Photo: Presidency of Iran handout via Getty

Israel has shared intelligence over the past two weeks with the U.S. and several European allies suggesting that Iran is taking technical steps to prepare to enrich uranium to 90% purity — the level needed to produce a nuclear weapon, two U.S. sources briefed on the issue tell me.

Why it matters: Enriching to 90% would bring Iran closer than ever to the nuclear threshold. The Israeli warnings come as nuclear talks resume in Vienna, with Iran returning to the negotiating table on Monday after a five-month hiatus.

Biden: Fight against Omicron won't include "shutdowns or lockdowns"

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President Biden on Monday said that the new coronavirus variant, Omicron, is "a cause for concern, not a cause for panic."

Driving the news: Biden said later this week the administration will be releasing a strategy on how "we're going to fight COVID this winter. Not with shutdowns or lockdowns, but with more widespread vaccinations, boosters, testing and more."

Updated 3 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Omicron dashboard

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

  1. Health: WHO says Omicron poses "very high" risk — Fauci says Omicron variant will "inevitably" be found in U.S. — U.S. restricts air travel from 8 countries over Omicron concerns.
  2. Politics: Biden says fight against Omicron won't include "shutdowns or lockdowns."
  3. States: New York declares state of emergency amid concerns over Omicron.
  4. World: Omicron adds urgency to vaccinating worldWHO warns against travel bans on southern African countries — First North American Omicron cases identified in Canada.
  5. Variant tracker: Where different strains are spreading.