Webware Radar: Google Checkout stalls as Bill Me Later soars
Also: iPhone developer Smule has raised $3.9 million in funding; Mixx has a new homepage; and Yammer is set to announce a hosted version of its software.
Marketing agency Rosetta released a study Thursday that found Bill Me Later and PayPal are the most popular alternative payment options on the Web, capturing 26 percent and 25 percent market share, respectively. Google Checkout increased its share by just 1 percent in 2008 commanding just 11 percent of the market.
Rosetta also found that 37 percent of the top 100 major retailers on the Web employ alternative payment options like those offered from PayPal and Bill Me Later, but just 7 percent of those retailers offer all three services.
iPhone developer Smule announced Thursday that it has secured $3.9 million of funding in a round that was led by Granite Ventures. According to the company, its apps have been downloaded by more than 1 million users and due to that success, it was able to raise the capital. It plans to use its funding to further invest in apps for the iPhone and other mobile devices.
Mixx, a Digg-like service "for the mainstream," launched a new homepage Thursday called YourMixx and will allow users to decide whether they want the company's new page to be their start page or their individual notifications page. The company also announced that users who write polls that are selected for publication on the site will be rewarded with "Karma and props." The Mixx user who has the most polls published will be given a Pollster badge to add to their profile page.
Enterprise microblogging service Yammer will announce a hosted version of its software Thursday that can be installed inside a corporate firewall, TechCrunch is reporting. Yammer customers will be able to switch from the SaaS version of the software to the hosted service and it plans to transfer network information between both iterations, the report claims. Yammer plans to charge $12 per seat per year.