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You can now read J.K. Rowling's latest short story that takes place in the same world as Harry Potter

The latest J.K. Rowling-adapted movie, "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," doesn't come out until mid-November. Luckily, Rowling just released the perfect material to hold you over until then: a short story called "Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry."

The best part? You can read the story right now, for free online, since Rowling published the piece on her entertainment website Pottermore. The new tale is the second entry in Rowling's "Magic in North America" short story collection.

"Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry" takes places at the North American version of Hogwarts and follows Isolt Sayre, who seems a lot like the witch-version of good old Harry: she's parentless and lives with her evil aunt, who refuses to let her attend Hogwarts. The young witch hops across the pond to attend Ilvermorny, which has a sorting ceremony and strangely-named houses of its own. 

Cisco is spending $293 million to buy cloud security company CloudLock (CSCO)

Cisco announced another acquisition Tuesday morning. It's picking up CloudLock, a Waltham, Mass. company with Israeli roots, for $$293 million in cash and assumed equity awards, plus additional retention-based incentives for CloudLock employees who join Cisco, it says.

The company has about 145 employees, it says.

CloudLock was founded in 2007 by three Israelis Gil Zimmermann, Ron Zalkind and Tsahy Shapsa, and had raised  about $35 million from backers like Bessemer Venture Partners, Salesforce's venture funds and Boston-based Ascent Venture Partners.

10 things in tech you need to know today (GOOG, AAPL, HP)

Good morning! Here's the tech news you need to know this Tuesday.

1. Google is reportedly working on developing its own smartphone. The company currently licenses the Nexus line of phones with companies like LG and Huawei.

2. Uber is going to start letting people request a hot air balloon or boat ride. The services, which will initially be exclusive to China, are being offered through a new feature called Uber + Travel.

3. HP CEO Meg Whitman is reorganising HP Enterprise just nine months after HP split in two. Several senior employees are leaving the enterprise division.

Facebook is tracking your phone's location and using it to recommend friends (FB)

Facebook is using your smartphone location data to help it find people that live or work nearby that you could make friends with, according to Fusion.

The publication made the claim after talking to an unnamed source that attended an anonymous parents meeting for suicidal teens, only to be shown one of the parents in his Facebook friend suggestions the next day.

A Facebook spokesperson confirmed to Fusion that the social media platform does look at your location data when making friend suggestions. However, they added that Facebook does not recommend friends purely because you happen to have been within the same vicinity them, adding that there needs to be another overlapping factor before this would happen.


I asked Tinder to send me all the info it has on me — here's what I got back (MTCH)

UK law lets you request a copy of any personal data of yours that is held by a company. I decided to ask the dating app Tinder to send me a full copy of all the data it holds about me and my account.

First off, here's how it's done: I sent an email to that followed a fairly standard subject access request format (that's the legal term for this kind of email):





Dear Sir or Madam

Subject access request

Please supply the information about me I am entitled to under the Data Protection Act 1998.

Andy Murray's first Wimbledon 2016 opponent explains why big data is so important

English tennis player Liam Broady has a big game on his hands on Tuesday.

The 22-year-old, currently ranked 235 in the world, is taking on world no. 2 Andy Murray in his opening game of the prestigious Wimbledon tennis championship in London.

Business Insider caught up with the tennis pro at Wimbledon the day before what is likely to be one of the biggest games of his life to find out how he has been preparing.

In addition to the usual training, Broady said he and his coach have been closely scrutinising past match data, which is all collected and distributed by US tech giant and Wimbledon's lead technology sponsor IBM.

"Tennis players get a general feel on what players are good at just from looking at them and seeing what their uncomfortable with but it always helps with the stats," said Broady. "It’s factual, it’s not interpreted.

Here's how easy it is to get started coding with the BBC's micro:bit computer

It has taken a long time for the BBC micro:bit to finally reach students in the UK. The device was first announced in 2012, but it has gone through a series of delays that kept pushing its release date back.

The BBC looked at the success of devices like the Raspberry Pi, a low-cost computer that can be used for lots of different projects, and decided to team up with British chipmaker ARM to create a spiritual successor to the BBC Micro devices from the 1980s.

We tried out a review unit to see what it's like to learn to code with a BBC micro:bit.

The micro:bit arrives in a cardboard box like this. Here's what you get inside the box: The micro:bit itself, some cables, a speaker, batteries, a headphone cable, a USB stick, and a USB cable. There are also some booklets explaining what t...

The top 17 startups to launch so far in 2016

Great businesses can be launched any time, even when there's a downturn in funding.

While the start of 2016 might have spelled trouble for some well-established startups, it also saw the birth of companies tackling things like a cure for cancer, superfast internet, and competition for Uber.

Business Insider spoke to founders and venture capitalists and took a look at funding data to identify some of the startups that had the biggest starts in 2016. Some names on the list are officially launching out of stealth, while others are still in their early months of forming a company.

Here are 17 of the top startups to launch so far in 2016.

Did we miss the next big thing? Leave us a note in the comments.

Starry is making more powerful Wi-Fi for your house.

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Amazon's plan to create a computer entirely controlled by your voice is really catching on (AMZN)

Amazon's voice-controlled virtual assistant Alexa is showing strong growth, just a year after it was made available to developers, according to the latest figures shared by the company.

Amazon said on Tuesday that Alexa now has over 1,400 "skills," or the built-in commands that can carry out various tasks, such as calling a Lyft cab or ordering Dominos Pizza by voice. That's nearly double the number of skills it had in May, and a 7-times growth from January 2016. 

Plus, there are "tens of thousands" of third-party developers working on Alexa-controlled apps, while 16 startups have already received funding from the $100 million Alexa Fund run by Amazon, the company said.

These new wireless earbuds not only let you play music, but also customize how the world sounds around you

Doppler Labs has announced its first mass-market product, called Here One, which combines Doppler’s sound-morphing technology with wireless bluetooth earbuds.

Last summer, Doppler Labs made noise in the tech world by introducing earbuds that didn’t play music, but instead customized the sounds that were coming from the world around you. The pitch was that “Here” earbuds would let you turn the bass up during a concert, or tune out the screeching of cars on the street.

Doppler racked up a 100,000-person waitlist, a resoundingly successful Kickstarter campaign, and $17 million in venture capital money. The company then followed up with a product that