THE NEWS WRAP: Payments provider BlueSnap raises $US50 million in latest funding round

Global payment services provider BlueSnap has raised $US50 million ($A58 million) in growth financing, TechCrunch reports.


BlueSnap’s technology helps online companies maximise customer acquisition and retention through its global payment gateway and checkout pages.


The startup has been growing rapidly on the back of new technologies for buying and new types of shopping, which is driving the adoption of processing technologies.

Stainless steel Apple Watch reportedly priced at $500, Gold version $4000+

French website is reporting that pricing for the stainless steel Apple Watch may start at $US500, while Gold Apple Watches will be available for between $US4000 and $US5000.


As MacRumors points out, the website has been a reliable source of information in the past, most recently reporting the dimensions of both the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus pre-launch.

Google Maps revamped

Google Maps for iOS and Android has been revamped with new features including Material Design, restaurant booking through OpenTable, and Uber ride estimates.


The Dow Jones Industrial Average is up 100.57 to 17,484.41. The Australian dollar is currently trading at US86 cents.


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