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Huawei gets limited reprieve from ban on buying U.S. components

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Huawei has gotten temporary permission to continue buying U.S.-made components, but only to maintain existing networks or support existing devices.

The latest: The Commerce Department has granted a 90-day order easing last week's near-total ban against Huawei getting goods or services from U.S. companies.

U.S. takes on China with new supercomputer

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Chipmaker AMD, long in Intel's shadow, will be at the heart of one of the world's most powerful new supercomputers, a new Cray machine being built for the U.S. Department of Energy.

Why it matters: Though such large-scale computers represent a tiny fraction of the market, they still power advanced basic research — and confer bragging rights on those institutions, companies and, increasingly, nations whose devices top the annual rankings.