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Inside IoT (May 15th, 2019)

1. Some U.S. senators aren't convinced that the nation's 5G rollout will be a smooth one without efforts from Chinese providers like Huawei. At a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday, senators spoke with several experts who expressed concerns about Chinese network providers, prompting Senator Dianne Feinstein to say Chinese intelligence laws are worrisome, and that "it should become a major element of State Department policy to try to straighten this out before we proceed and have real problems." —CNN 

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2. Google's decision to shelve the "Works With Nest" program could potentially create issues for plenty of smart home owners, as users will be prompted to shift away from their Nest apps and accounts toward Google's services. While some functionality will transfer over between the "Works With Nest" and "Works With Google Assistant" programs, users will no longer be able to control their Nest devices with third-party products like Alexa-powered speakers, which was previously possible thanks to the Nest program. Additionally, users who relied on programs like IFTT to automate their devices will be left with essentially "dumb" products, as the IFTT systems will be difficult to replicate with Assistant. —CNET 

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3. For GearBrain, Z-Wave Alliance executive director Mitchell Klein writes that an AI "evolution" will soon occur, allowing smart home systems to "learn our wants and needs, delivering them without our even asking." Klein argues that "context-aware" environments encourage AI-powered devices to learn about their surroundings and owners continually, and these environments will eventually become smart enough to act independently of human control — and that concept could someday extend outside of the smart home to other applications. —GEARBRAIN

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4. Strategy Analytics reports that edge computing-based data processing will occur in nearly 60 percent of IoT deployments by 2025, thanks to the benefits offered by the technique like efficiency, security, and response time. Additionally, the group reported that 44 percent of companies are already using some form of edge computing in their current IoT deployments. Strategy Analytic's executive director of enterprise and IoT research Andrew Brown argued that edge computing offers a "more efficient and optimized approach in terms of what data is sent to the cloud," and the practice can both improve security and reduce costs. —HASTINGS TRIBUNE 

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5. According to a recent survey conducted by PCMag, 68 percent of smart homeowners think their devices are listening and transmitting data without their knowledge. —PCMAG 

6. Ookla, the company behind speedtest.net, released an interactive map that is continually updated with 5G rollouts around the world. —FORBES  

7. The city of Las Vegas is launching a pilot program with NTT and Dell that utilizes internet-connected cameras to curb the number of instances of wrong-way driving on municipal roads. —NETWORK WORLD 

8. 31 percent of US households own a smart speaker, compared to the 6 percent reported in 2016, according to a new study from the Consumer Technology Association. —DIGITAL TRENDS 

9. Commvault systems engineer Marc Lucas writes that the spread of IoT devices around the world creates a unique problem: data storage and processing. He predicts that edge computing will emerge as a primary solution, but large networks will still be a lucrative target for attackers. —IT PRO PORTAL 

10. On the Marketplace podcast, Vox reporter Michael Waters discussed how "smart diapers" could hit the US market as soon as this summer. —MARKETPLACE

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Written and curated by Sean Wolfe. He is a tech reporter based in Brooklyn, New York, and has previously worked at Business Insider and GIE Media. Follow him on Twitter at @seanthomaswolfe.

Editing team: Kim Lyons (Pittsburgh-based journalist and managing editor at Inside); Susmita Baral (senior editor at Inside, who runs the biggest mac and cheese account on Instagram); and David Stegon (senior editor at Inside, whose reporting experience includes cryptocurrency and technology).

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