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The midterms gave Democrats control of the House of Representatives while the Republicans held onto the Senate. As Axios' David McCabe writes, the fallout is that Congress may start aiming harder at Big Tech. Here are five stories this week buried beneath the election coverage.

Catch up quick: Amazon will now sell Apple-authorized products; traditional sports are looking to new tech to survive; GitHub users created 100 million repositories; Tesla picked Robyn Denholm as new board chair; and the Supreme Court will not hear challenges to net neutrality regulations.

1. Amazon will now sell Apple-authorized products (CNET)

Why it matters: iPhones and iPads will soon be available on one of the most extensive e-commerce sites in the United States. However, as a part of the deal, Amazon will kick Apple refurbishers and secondhand sellers' products off the site after Jan. 4, leaving only "authorized retailers." Amazon is also not listing Apple's home speaker, which competes with its own Echo line.

2. Traditional sports look to new tech to survive

Why it matters, per Axios' Sara Fischer: If the leagues don't innovate, they risk losing the attention and entertainment budgets of younger audiences who are more interested in digital alternatives.

3. GitHub users created 100 million repositories (Venture Beat)

Why it matters: GitHub had 33,000 repositories 10 years ago when it was founded. Today, 31 million developers use the site, and it has come a long way. GitHub is now exploring ways to swap code between popular programming languages like Java and Python for efficiency.

4. Tesla picks Robyn Denholm as new board chair

Why it matters, per Axios' Kia Kokalitcheva: This is a welcome change in corporate governance for Tesla investors who have become concerned about Musk's workload, as he's also CEO of SpaceX. The move is part of a settlement with the SEC over Musk's false tweet that he had secured funding to take the company private.

5. Supreme Court will not hear challenges to net neutrality regulations

Why it matters: The Federal Communications Commission repealed the rules last year, a move that has already been challenged by state attorneys and special interest groups. The three remaining conservative justices said they would have moved to roll back a lower court ruling upholding the 2015 rules.

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Study: Common antidepressant guards against COVID hospitalization

A COVID-19 intensive Care Unit in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil on May 27, 2021. Photo: Fabio Teixeira/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

The readily available antidepressant fluvoxamine significantly reduced COVID-related hospitalizations, according to a large study published Wednesday.

Why it matters: The clinical trial suggests that a cheap, readily available drug could dramatically reduce serious illness and death when prescribed early.

By the numbers: Catholics, Biden and abortion

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President Biden — the second Catholic U.S. president — will meet with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Friday, as some church leaders debate whether to deny Holy Communion to politicians who support abortion rights.

By the numbers: Overall, two in three U.S. Catholics believe Biden should be allowed to take Communion despite his stance on abortion, according to polling by Pew Research Center.

Texas House probes school library books dealing with race and sexuality

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Texas state Rep. Matt Krause, chair of the Texas House Committee on General Investigating, announced Wednesday that he's initiating a probe into schools' library books, according to a letter sent to the state's education agency and other superintendents.

Why it matters: The probe focuses on books that discuss race, sexuality or "make students feel discomfort, guilt, anguish or any other form of psychological distress because of their race or sex," Krause wrote in the letter.

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