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Tech giants had a busy week, with Apple's hardware event and quarterly earnings, and Google's employee walkout in response to the company's handling of sexual harassment. Here are five stories in tech you may have missed this week.

Catch up quick: Tech industry staffers work behind the scenes to push "blue wave"; Bitcoin turned 10 years old; Snapchat is adding polling locations to Snap Map ahead of midterms; Tencent unveiled its own version of Snap Spectacles and Waymo will test robot cars in California without human drivers.

Tech industry staffers work behind the scenes to push "blue wave" (Axios)

  • Why it matters: Many in Silicon Valley were particularly dismayed by President Trump's victory in 2016 and several high-profile players have worked to support a potential “blue wave.” —David McCabe

Bitcoin turned 10 years old (The Wall Street Journal)

  • Why it matters: After the digital currency was accepted by companies and businesses and gained broader appeal in 2013, bitcoin looked like it had a promising path to broad acceptance. But, the leadership fallout and consequences of a price bubble and burst have led some to sour and turned bitcoin into an investment asset. Meanwhile, a wave of alternatives, from Ethereum to failed digital tokens have attempted to take its place.

Snapchat adding polling locations to Snap Map ahead of midterms (Axios)

  • Why it matters: It's part of a greater push to get Snap's users civically-engaged ahead of this year's midterm elections. The new Snap Map feature will include a link for users to find their polling location leading up to Election Day. —Sara Fischer

Tencent unveiled its own version of Snap Spectacles (TechCrunch)

  • Why it matters: The video-recording sunglasses called, Weishi smart glasses, look quite similar to Snap's (except the yellow ring around the camera). And while Tencent is an investor in Snap, the ephemeral messaging app is not available in China, creating an opportunity in the market for Tencent's glasses.

Waymo will test robot cars in California without human drivers (Axios)

  • Why it matters: Waymo has been one of the leaders in the self-driving car race, and now is the first company that will be allowed to test its cars on public roads without a human driver behind the steering wheel. This is a step towards the company's plan to eventually roll out a self-driving car service in California as it has already done in Phoenix. — Kia Kokalitcheva

Check the Axios stream for midterm election coverage.

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Up to 17 U.S. missionaries kidnapped in Haiti

Haitian soldiers guard the public prosecutor's office in Port-au-Prince this month. Photo: Richard Pierrin/AFP via Getty Images

Children were among up to 17 American Christian missionaries and their relatives kidnapped by a gang in Haiti on Saturday, the New York Times first reported.

The latest: Haitian police inspector Frantz Champagne identified the 400 Mawozo gang as the group responsible, in a statement to AP.

Hollywood union reaches deal with studios to avert strike

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A Hollywood workers' union reached a tentative deal with studios, networks and streamers that will guarantee better working conditions, meal breaks and increased wages for low-paid workers, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) announced Saturday night.

Why it matters: The deal, which still needs to be ratified by IATSE members, will avert a nationwide strike by film and television workers that was set to start Monday. It would have been the first strike in the union's 128-year history.

Bill Clinton released from hospital following treatment for non-COVID infection

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Former President Bill Clinton was discharged from the University of California, Irvine Medical Center on Sunday, nearly a week after he was admitted for a non-COVID-related infection, according to his spokesperson Angel Ureña.

What they're saying: "His fever and white blood cell count are normalized and he will return home to New York to finish his course of antibiotics," wrote Dr. Alpesh Amin, who has been overseeing the team of doctors treating Clinton. "On behalf of everyone at UC Irvine Medical Center, we were honored to have treated him and will continue to monitor his progress."

Worth noting: Clinton had a urinary tract infection that spread to his bloodstream, per CNN.

  • The California-based medical team had been administering IV antibiotics and fluids, and was in constant communication with Clinton's New York team, including his cardiologist, according to the former president's physicians.
  • President Biden spoke by phone with Clinton on Friday to see how he was doing, and the catch-up included a discussion of recent politics.