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Instant House Help Service Handybook Raises $10M

Handybook, an on-demand service for finding housecleaners and handy people, has raised $10 million from General Catalyst Partners and Highland Capital Partners. Available in eight U.S. markets, the service promises it can book professionals (a.k.a. not TaskRabbit-y people) within a minute.

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Errand-Running Marketplace TaskRabbit Adds Five More Cities

TaskRabbit expanded to Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., today, having now launched in a total of 15 U.S. cities. The company’s first international launch, London, is planned for later this year. TaskRabbit had laid off some employees earlier this summer in what it called a “realignment” to put more resources into “mobile, geographic expansion, business services and our marketplace operations.”

Sequoia Leads $12.5M Funding Round for Thumbtack Local Services Marketplace

Founded in 2009, Thumbtack has been working at the local marketplace problem for a while.

TaskRabbit Would Like to Be Your New Temp Agency

TaskRabbit says it will have lower fees and much more transparency than a traditional temp agency.

Viral Video: “Lucky Ones” Tech Mashup for Hurricane Sandy

Sing it, Silicon Valley.

TaskRabbit Hires Google’s Brown-Philpot in a Renewed Management Expansion (Video)

Can a seasoned Silicon Valley exec deliver for the marketplace for personal projects and services?

Some Last-Minute Online Shoppers Can Still Put Gifts Under the Tree

There are a number of ways to still get deliveries sent to your home if you don’t feel like fighting the crowds at the mall.

Directly Is a TaskRabbit for Online Customer Service

Directly wants to be an alternative to tweeting out into the ether or scanning the dead ends of online forum discussions to find the occasional relevant comment.

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TaskRabbit Acquires One Jackson for Its Talent

TaskRabbit, the marketplace for personal projects and services, has acquired One Jackson for an undisclosed sum. The five-year-old company, which recently raised $13 million, emphasized hiring the kids’ clothing company’s five employees as part of the deal. Among other appointments, Anne Raimondi, co-founder and CEO of One Jackson, will become chief revenue officer; Yee Lee, co-founder and CTO of One Jackson, will be the new VP of engineering.

It Might Already Be Too Late to Be First in Line at the Apple Store This Week

Why preorder a new phone from the comfort of your own home, when you can camp in the street for a week?

The Essential SXSW Tech Tool Kit

Exec Is “An Uber for TaskRabbit”