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Today's top headlines: Square valued at $3 billion plus; Project A to release Toroleo Written by Nina Fowler on 8. August 2012

top tech headlines

We’re serving up a mix of Berlin- and internationally-relevant headlines today, with a serious main course – Square’s latest multi-million dollar financing round, including a partnership with Starbucks:

Square’s latest round, including $25m from Starbucks

SquareMobile payment provider Square’s getting mainstream – with a latest Series D financing round, which includes $25 million investment from new partner Starbucks and values the company at an impressive $3.25 billion. Read more on The Next Web.

Project A gears up for Toroleo

ToroleoBerlin-based company builder Project A is planning a new venture – a price comparison service for car parts, going by the name of Toroleo. Heilemann Ventures partner Manuel Hinz is acting as managing director. Read more on Gruenderszene (article in German).
For more on what Project A’s been up to, check out: Project A sprinkles share of $4.5m on Popdust, looks to a future in digital content over eCommerce

Realtime gets $100m to create a real time overlay for the web

realtimeRealtime, a company that was created in 1997 as Internet Business Technologies, has announced a whopping $100m round of funding from BRZTech Holding, a São Paulo-based technology investment company.
And the product? Technology to let developers create an open path direct to web site servers, whcih means users don’t have to refresh browsers for updates. Read more on GigaOM.