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Can 'Uber for X' Services Survive Outside of San Francisco?

Also on this week's "Too Embarrassed to Ask": What crazy project did Google just kill off?

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How do you find out what on-demand services are in your area? Is the longstanding meme-name for instant gratification, "Uber for X," still appropriate? And what’s the weirdest package Shyp has ever mailed?

Kara Swisher, Lauren Goode and special guest Kevin Gibbon, the CEO of Shyp, answered all these questions and more on the latest episode of "Too Embarrassed to Ask."

In the first half of the show, Kara and Lauren answered listener questions about the recent boom in on-demand services that pair you with people who will do everything from drive you around town to mow your lawn. Thank you to everyone who submitted questions about these services — remember that you can always send in questions about any topic to us by tweeting @LaurenGoode, @KaraSwisher or @Recode with the hashtag #AskRecode.

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In the second half of the show, Kevin Gibbon joined in to talk about why Shyp decided to enter the crowded package-delivery space (hint: eBay) and whether he thinks companies like his can grow and thrive nationwide. Then, in "Too Embarrassed to Answer," Lauren challenged Kevin with questions about Apple getting into TV, Google’s crazy "moonshot" projects and a mysterious bronze-and-silver object.

Listen to or download the episode in the player above, or click here to subscribe on iTunes; you can also find "Too Embarrassed to Ask" on TuneIn and Stitcher.

As we announced earlier this week, the Re/code Radio podcast family is growing! You should check out our newest show, "Re/code Media with Peter Kafka," which features in-depth no-BS interviews with the most interesting people in the media world. Click here to subscribe to "Re/code Media" right now on iTunes.

With Peter’s new show, we now have three other podcasts you will love. On "Re/code Decode," Kara Swisher interviews the movers and shakers in tech and media; and on "Re/code Replay," you’ll find audio content from our live events, including this week’s Code/Media 2016 conference. Click here to subscribe to "Re/code Decode" on iTunes; to subscribe to "Re/code Replay," click right here.

You can follow @Recode on Twitter for the latest on upcoming guests.

If you like what we’re doing, please write a review on iTunes — and if you don’t, just tweet-strafe Kara and Lauren. Tune in for more questions and answers next Friday!

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