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Receipts for Uber rides made up 6% of all business travel transactions—more than any other vendor— last year, according to data on U.S. employers from expense management software company Certify. It was followed by Starbucks and Delta Airlines, each taking 4% of all transactions in 2016.

Other notable data about so-called "on-demand" services:

  • Uber makes up 52% of all ground transportation expenses, up from 40% a year ago.
  • Lyft now has 4% of all ground transportation expenses, up from 2% a year ago.
  • Taxi rides have been halved, down to 11%, from 20% a year ago.
  • Airbnb has doubled since 2014, now making up 0.27% of lodging expenses—still a tiny overall fraction.
  • But Craigslist is nearly twice as big, with 0.53% of all lodging transactions.
  • UberEats now makes up 6% of food delivery expenses.

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Standardized testing becomes another pandemic victim

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National standardized reading and math tests have been pushed from next year to 2022, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) announced Wednesday.

Why it matters: There’s mounting national evidence that students are suffering major setbacks this year, with a surge in the number of failing grades.

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European countries extend lockdowns

A medical worker takes a COVID-19 throat swab sample at the Berlin-Brandenburg Airport. Photo by Maja Hitij via Getty

Recent spikes in COVID-19 infections across Europe have led authorities to extend restrictions ahead of the holiday season.

Why it matters: "Relaxing too fast and too much is a risk for a third wave after Christmas," said European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.

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Africa CDC: Vaccines likely won't be available until Q2 of 2021

Africa CDC director Dr. John Nkengasong. Photo: Mohammed Abdu Abdulbaqi/Anadolu Agency via Getty

Africa may have to wait until the second quarter of 2021 to roll out vaccines, Africa CDC director John Nkengasong said Thursday, according to the Associated Press.

Why it matters: “I have seen how Africa is neglected when drugs are available,” Nkengasong said.

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