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Well, it’s Friday again. And as the Equity module team noted today, “You could be wasted without even knowing it.” — Christina and haje

TechCrunch’s top 3

  • The search for more money: Mary Ann follows yesterday’s story about Stripe setting a deadline to go public with additional information that Stripe has attempted to raise additional capital at a reduced valuation. For more on this developing story, check out the Mary Ann’s Interchange newsletter, which appears on Sundays. If you don’t already receive it in your inbox, click here.
  • no music for you: Google has posted its music chops and will no longer share them with the world, Kyle writing. The search engine giant has created an artificial intelligence system capable of generating music from text descriptions, but reports that “afraid of the risks, has no immediate plans to release it” . Maybe if we all say something nice to them…
  • From the angel to the council room: Twitter co-founder Biz Stone is the newest board member of audiovisual startup Chroma, a company Stone began investing in two years ago. Sarah see you.

Startups and VCs

Kano, the company-backed UK startup known for its build-it-yourself computer kits and software to teach coding and related STEM skills, has accused Warner Bros. to have copied one of its products and to have infringed its intellectual property, Paul reports.

By any measure, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff has been a successful leader. He helped build Salesforce from the ground up, starting in an apartment in San Francisco in 1999 and eventually erecting Salesforce Tower, the city’s tallest building. Ron reports. He took the idea of ​​running software in the cloud and made it a de facto way to deliver software in an era when most companies offered software in boxes or on-premises licenses. As activist investors target Salesforce, what’s next for the CRM giant? (TC+)

And we have five more for you:

4 practical steps to use no-code to scale your prototype to an MVP

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Forget the dogs: no-code development tools can be a non-technical founder’s best friend.

Building a minimum viable product once required engineering and design capabilities. Now startup founders can iterate without developers to cut costs and expand their footprint.

“Instead of getting lost trying to design the perfect, complete MVP release all at once, try to create value as quickly as possible and continually improve your prototype,” advises Katherine Kostereva, CEO and Managing Partner of Creatio .

She shares four tactics for turning prototypes into usable products via no-code:

  • Adopt a daily delivery approach
  • Appropriate scope and breakdown
  • Carefully manage and decouple dependencies
  • Invest in continuous deployment automation

Three others from the TC+ team:

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Big Tech inc.

Apparently “AI that can generate art, text and more is in play”, Kyle written today. He followed a class-action lawsuit against Microsoft, GitHub, and OpenAI that “accuses them of violating copyright law by allowing Copilot, an AI system that generates code trained on billions of lines of public code, to regurgitate snippets of licensed code without providing credit.” Kyle walks you through it all and even notes that cases like these against generative AI are just the beginning.

If you enjoyed HBO’s new zombie thriller “The Last of Us,” you might enjoy it a little longer. The show was picked up for a second season after delighting over 22 million viewers, lauren writing.

Here is your Friday the fifth: