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Amazon launched a home services directory in 41 cities a few months ago, and now Google is dipping its toe in the water. According to the Wall Street Journal, for those "in and around" San Francisco, searching for terms like lock repair or clogged toilet will bring you a list of prescreened profes...

August 28th 2015 at 11:34pm 0 Comments
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This morning, Homejoy, an on-demand cleaning service startup in San Francisco, announced that it would be shutting down on July 31st. CEO Adora Cheung told Re/Code that the decision came about in large part due to four ongoing lawsuits brought against the company by workers who wanted to be reclas...

July 17th 2015 at 5:44pm 0 Comments
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Need a plumber, or a tire swap? Amazon is ready to help. The internet giant has launched its promised Amazon Home Services, a one-stop shop that lets you order professionals in categories ranging from home maintenance to tech support -- there's even goat grazing, in case you need to clear an overg...

March 30th 2015 at 9:35am 0 Comments
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There's nothing like a little bounty to light a fire under a group of open source fanatics, is there? We saw this principle applied recently when Adafruit offered up cold, hard cash for an Open Source Kinect driver, and now one enterprising reader over at robotbox.net has gone and hacked the LIDAR...

November 29th 2010 at 6:34pm 0 Comments
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We had lots of fun playing with Neato's XV-11 robot sweeper -- probably as much fun as you can have watching something quietly vacuum a few M&Ms off of a carpet. Of course, the selling point is the company's Room Positioning System, which employs sensors to map the floor space (as opposed to me...

January 7th 2010 at 10:46am 0 Comments