That team bought anonymized data -- including information on Lyft receipts gleaned from customer inboxes -- from analytics firm Slice Intelligence. Although both companies faced criticism over their practices -- Slice for obtaining the data and Uber for buying it -- business and market intelligence experts weren't surprised by their efforts. "A lot of what people learned about Apple, Uber and Google's plans for autonomous vehicles came from looking at their job ads." In the days before Google alerts, companies would buy reports from business services companies such as Dun & Bradstreet and go through Securities and Exchange Commission filings to get an idea of a company's assets and corporate structure.
California piled on 19,300 jobs in March, and its unemployment rate dropped to 4.9% -- the first time the state's jobless rate fell below 5% since December 2006. California's jobless rate still hovered above the national unemployment rate of 4.5%. The county's unemployment rate fell to 4.6%, down from a revised 4.8% in February.