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Amazon's HQ2 announcement and the New York Times investigation into the leadership of Facebook dominated the news cycles this week, but here are five other important stories you may have missed.

Catch up quick: LinkedIn expects media business to bring in $2 billion in 2018; China’s networking-equipment manufacturing threatens 5G wireless infrastructure; Spotify launches in 13 new markets in the Middle East and North Africa; the global market for refurbished phones grew 10% in Q2; and veterans with disabilities find work training AI.

LinkedIn expects media biz to bring in $2 billion in 2018

  • Why it matters: LinkedIn has been hesitant to reveal specific revenue numbers around its media efforts since it was acquired by Microsoft in 2016, but is doing so now to highlight the growth of its ad business, which can be in part attributed to user engagement. — Sara Fischer

Report: China’s networking-equipment manufacturing threatens 5G wireless infrastructure (The Wall Street Journal)

  • Why it matters: As China's dominance continues over manufacturing networking equipment, a new report says 5G infrastructure is at risk of security vulnerabilities. Chipmaker Qualcomm is the biggest American player in the underlying 5G technology, while network equipment made by Chinese giants Huawei and ZTE is much more common.

Spotify launches in 13 new markets in Middle East and North Africa (Variety)

  • Why it matters: As Spotify's subscription base in the U.S. is on its way to saturation, the music streaming service is expanding to 13 new markets, with a fully Arabic user experience and locally curated playlists and international music. The new markets are: United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestinian territories and Egypt.

Global market for refurbished phones grew 10% in Q2

  • Why it matters: It's a tough one-two punch for the smartphone industry, which is dealing with slowing growth after a decade of massive expansion, writes Axios's Ina Fried. In related news, Amazon announced last week it's kicking Apple refurbishers and secondhand sellers' products off the site after Jan. 4.

Veterans with disabilities find work training AI

  • Why it matters: Physical disabilities or a mental health condition like PTSD can make it difficult for a veteran to work in a traditional office or work site. But data labeling can be done on a computer from home. — Kaveh Waddell

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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.