Liz Gannes

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UrbanSitter’s Social Babysitting Marketplace Raises $6M

UrbanSitter, the site that makes use of friend networks to help match up parents and babysitters, has raised $6 million in Series A funding from Canaan Partners and returning investors. The service is still quite small; it has 22,000 members. But it says 80 percent of job requests are already filled, with an average sitter response time of 3.5 hours.


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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald