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Roslan Rahman/AFP/Getty Images

Uber has agreed to sell a majority stake in its Singapore-based car rental business to the country's largest taxi company, ComfortDelGro, for SG$295 million. The combined venture will be valued at SG$642 million (US$474 million).

Why it matters: Uber competes in Singapore (and the rest of Southeast Asia) with local rival Grab, and this latest deal is sure to stiffen their competition. Grab is backed by SoftBank, which is currently in the midst of negotiating an investment in Uber.

  • In Singapore, Grab has an estimated 10,000 licensed drivers, and the deal will give Uber exclusive access to ComfortDelGro's 15,000 drivers, according to TechCrunch.

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Hybrid work now dominates the knowledge economy

llustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

For the first time since the start of the pandemic, most knowledge workers are in hybrid work arrangements, partly remote and partly in-office, a new survey finds.

By the numbers: 58% said they now work this way, in a survey of around 10,000 knowledge workers from the U.S., Europe, Australia and Japan, conducted last November by Future Forum, a research group backed by Slack.

Rents hit all-time high

Data: Zumper; Chart: Axios Visuals

The national median price of a one-bedroom rental apartment in January was up 12% year-over-year, to $1,374 — an all-time high, per Zumper, an online apartment rental site.

Why it matters: Inflation is taking a bigger bite out of people's paychecks these days not only in food and gasoline, but also in housing costs.

A pandemic victim: Ethical supply chains

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Over the last decade, global companies have put in place elaborate policies to ensure their suppliers protect worker safety and human rights. They're struggling to comply with those policies in the pandemic.

Driving the news: COVID-era disruptions have caused a spike in noncompliance with health and safety rules, according to new data from Qima, which audits supply chains.