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1. Zion Market Research has forecasted that the global healthcare IoT market will grow 11% annually and hit $14.7 billion by 2022. Connected diagnostic and therapeutic devices will drive the growth. According to Zio IoT systems and software will show the highest growth rate at 12.6%, followed by remote patient monitoring at 11.3%. Professional services will be the largest segment at $2 billion. – HITINFRASTRUCTURE

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2. Amazon is making Alexa smarter with a new function called Alexa Answers, which is adding answers from customers to questions submitted by users. According to Amazon, more than 100,000 answers have been added since internal trials started a month ago. This is an effort to address one of Alexa's challenges relative to other voice assistants – it's not as good as most of its competitors at answering questions. – VENTUREBEAT

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3. Firefly officially launched its rideshare digital advertising platform after raising $21.5 million in seed money. The company's model is to allow rideshare drivers, such as Uber and Lyft, to make extra money with digital smart screens on top of the vehicles. Advertisers will be able to run targeted, geofenced ads. The displays also will collect data that Firefly's leadership plans to share with local government and nonprofit groups, establishing a foundation for a "smart city data network". – TECHCRUNCH

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4. Legislation expected to be filed next week would require federal agencies to make cybersecurity a top priority when buying connected devices. The Internet of Things Federal Cybersecurity Improvement Act would push agencies to shift away from the practice of using the lowest technically acceptable price criteria when choosing device vendors. The legislation is a companion bill to one filed in the U.S. Senate last year. – NEXTGOV

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5. Google's Gradient Ventures was the lead investor in a $7-million funding round for Wise Systems, a startup developing autonomy routing and dispatch software for delivery truck fleets. – VENTUREBEAT

6. Mozilla and ThinksCon launched the "Trustable Technology Mark" aimed at helping consumers know that their smart home devices have great privacy and security designed into them. – THENEXTWEB

7. Cambridge, Mass.-startup Luminoso Technologies raised $10 million in Series B funding as it expands its business using AI and natural language understanding to provide customer insights. – FINSME

8. Google Assistant is personalizing audio news after working with various media outlets over the past year. – 9TO5GOOGLE

9. Forge.ai completed an $11-million round of funding to hire additional engineers, AI scientists and other staff to expand its data labeling and predictive insights platform. – VENTUREBEAT

10. Big tech companies are collecting a lot of data on children through the social media postings of their parents, according to a report. – VOX

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Written and curated by Richard Lawson. He has been a journalist for more than 20 years covering business and technology, most recently as an editor for Crain’s. He’s an avid IoT user and industry watcher from just outside Atlanta. Follow him on Twitter @RlawsonMedia.

Editing team: Lon Harris (editor-in-chief at Inside.com, game-master at Screen Junkies), Krystle Vermes (Breaking news editor at Inside, B2B marketing news reporter, host of the "All Day Paranormal" podcast), and Susmita Baral (editor at Inside, recent bylines in NatGeo, Teen Vogue, and Quartz. Runs the biggest mac and cheese account on Instagram).

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