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Android Users Can Now Get On-Demand Therapy With ‘Talkspace’

Talkspace is now available in the Google Play Store. (Google Play Store)

Stressed because your parents, their four dogs and your weird aunt are all coming to stay at your place for the holidays? The app that provides on-demand therapy sessions is now available to a broader range of customers.

Founded in 2012 by Israeli husband-and-wife duo Roni and Oren Frank, Talkspace lets users text with licensed therapists for way cheaper than it’d be to see one in person. Users can either be billed quarterly, at $19 per week, monthly, at $25 per week, or weekly, at $49 per week.

Originally only available for iPhones, the app announced today they’re also available on Android. Read More

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As Uber Secures $1.2 Billion in Funding, CEO Admits to Company’s ‘Significant Growing Pains’

"Check out all our $$$$ you guys" (Getty)

Uber’s public image has suffered in the past few weeks, what with its Senior Vice President blaming Sarah Lacy for sexual assault against female passengers, and its CEO following up with a preeeeetty unprofessional and unapologetic tweetstorm.

But that didn’t stop the company from announcing the completion of a $1.2 billion funding round today. An Uber spokesperson said the company’s now valued at $40 billion, according to Re/code. Read More

Delivery From Inconvenience

High-Tech Butler Service Launches in NYC, Raises $2 Million

This could be your Alfred picking out your crappy all-natural, raw, vegan granola. (Alfred)

It’s hard to feel fancy when you’re living in a cramped, occasionally-roach-infested apartment in Brooklyn. But guess what? Now you can pay $99/month for an app-controlled butler.

Alfred, the TechCrunch Disrupt-winning app that calls itself “the first human-powered operating system for your busy life,” launched today in New York City and Boston. The company also announced the completion of a $2 million funding round, led by Spark Capital, additional investors SV Angel and CrunchFund. Read More

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Pinterest Valued at $5 Billion Because Mason Jar Crafts Have Huge Growth Potential

Important. (Screengrab: Pinterest)

Investors must see massive growth potential in photos of D.I.Y. Peeps projects, because Pinterest is now valued at $5 billion, ReadWrite reported yesterday.

Pinterest hit the $5 billion mark after successfully completing a $200 million Series F led by SV Angel, TechCrunch reported. Existing investors Bessemer Venture Partners, Fidelity, A16Z, FirstMark Capital and Valiant Capital Partners also reportedly contributed. Read More

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In 2013, Investors Finally Figured Out That 3D Printing Is Going To Be Huge

(via Makerbot Industries)

3D printing has been talked about for years as a potentially groundbreaking technology, and it looks like investors finally got the memo. Funding for 3D printing companies in 2013 was 319 percent higher than the previous year, says a report on the CB Insights blog.

“Previously, consumers didn’t really know how to get things printed with their 3D printers,” CB Insights founder Anand Sanwal told Betabeat. “By having a growing marketplace to lead the space, the applications will be more clear and usage will have a lower barrier of entry.” Read More

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NYC’s Birchbox Scores $60 Million in Series B Round

All of the Birchboxes. (Facebook)

Birchbox announced this morning that it’s just closed a $60 million Series B led by Viking Global Investors, along with existing investors First Round Capital, Accel Partners, Aspect Partners, Glynn Capital, Comcast Ventures, Sam Lessin, Consigliere Brand Capital, Slow Ventures, Red Swan Ventures and TriplePoint Venture Growth BDC Corp. Read More