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There’s currently a huge race in the payments-as-a-service space. Companies are doing everything from accepting Bitcoin to giving out free services to startups and everything in between to differentiate themselves from the pack. 2Checkout’s strategy seems to be going for the international market. 2Checkout, a company that provides payments services to merchants around the world, announced today it has brought in the final chunk of its $60 million funding round. Chicago Growth Partners and Trident Capital led the round, with additional participation from other undisclosed investors.
Read more on VentureBeat: How to win in payments-as-a-service: take $60M & go international
Expect to see more iPad-powered cash registers in the near future. ShopKeep POS, a New York City-based startup that uses iPads and a cloud analytics platform to replace traditional cash registers, has announced a new $25 million round of funding led by Thayer Street Partners.
Read more on VentureBeat: ShopKeep raises $25M as it aims to replace aging Windows XP point of sale systems
Don’t be jealous of Facebook and Google. With the help of a startup called Synack, your company can put on a bug bounty, too. Such programs entice researchers to come in and find security flaws in web applications in exchange for acknowledgment of finding the bugs and, in some cases, cash rewards.
Read more on VentureBeat: Catching bugs never looked this cool: Synack raises $7.5M
Internet radio on your mobile device is about to get a lot more interesting. At least for ad agencies and listeners. XAPPmedia, which provides interactive audio advertising for Internet radio stations, raised $3 million from private investors Wednesday. The Washington, DC-based startup will use the windfall to support the development of what the company is referring to as their XAPPmedia advertising platform called XAPP Ads.
Read more on VentureBeat: Internet radio ads get voice control as XAPPmedia lands $3M
If there’s one thing we really love, it’s mysterious companies flying under the radar and secretly building things — that is, until they publicly file financial documents and we discover their existence. Yesterday, a stealthy startup called Snowball quietly submitted a Form D to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Thus far, the company has only raised about $45,000, but seeks to reach a total of $850,000 in exchange for good ol’ equity, according to the document.
Read more on VentureBeat: Stealthy Snowball is yet another social sharing app, but with an interesting design pedigree