Madefire Raises $5.2M, True Ventures-Led Round As It Tries To Reinvent Digital Comics

Their so-called “motion books” are basically comics enhanced with reach media, like animation, sound effects and music. The company launched in 2012 with a series of original titles including famous Watchmen-artist Dave Gibbons.

Full story: Madefire Raises $5.2M, True Ventures-Led Round As It Tries To Reinvent Digital Comics | TechCrunch.

Import.io Turns Web Pages Into Spreadsheets For Getting Out The Data That Matters Most

An interesting Startup @TechCrunch Disrupt: Import.io is a new kind of service pulling relevant data from web sites and turning them into spreadsheets. It minimizes the considerable amount of manual work needed up today for this kind of data retrieval and integration service.

Full story: Import.io Turns Web Pages Into Spreadsheets For Getting Out The Data That Matters Most | TechCrunch.

Bitcoin Transactions Rise As Economic Unrest Hits Argentina

Allowing seamless transactions of cash out of a bank account into the cloud, Bitcoin has become an interesting solution for economies under pressure. Bitcoin downloads now have risen from 1% to 3% of the whole in Argentina and interest is remaining high.

Full story: Bitcoin Transactions Rise As Economic Unrest Hits Argentina | TechCrunch.

Oculus VR raises $16m in series A funding

Oculus VR entered the round with a funding target of USD 5,5 million – but ended with triple the amount because of the massive over-subscription. Since its debut at the E3 in 2012, the hype around the new milestone-product in VR has been steadily increasing.

Link: Oculus VR raises $16m in series A funding | GamesIndustry International.

WTF Is Waze And Why Did Google Just Pay A Billion+ For It?

Google´s acquisition of Waze for reportedly USD 1,1 bn to USD 1,3 bn has raised lots of interest – not only in Israel. Why have the big three (Apple, Facebook and Google) shown so much interest in this 110 employee-company? Rip Emson from TechCrunch says it´s all about the “Map Wars”, the social layer on navigation and local advertising.

Full story: WTF Is Waze And Why Did Google Just Pay A Billion+ For It? | TechCrunch.