Startups Mine Data From Fields, Shadows

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A growing coterie of entrepreneurs are selling analysis of obscure data sets to traders in search of even the smallest edges.

Alibaba Becomes Wall Street's Favorite Customer

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Alibaba Group sold $8 billion in bonds, making the Chinese Internet company this year’s biggest source of fees for banks working on capital-markets deals.

Pentagon to Contractors: Innovate

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The Pentagon wants to spend more of its budget on new technologies from beyond its traditional supplier base—posing a challenge for established contractors.

Disney Expands Shanghai Media Group Partnership

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Walt Disney and Shanghai Media Group are expanding their movie-producing partnership to develop TV shows, and cooperate on marketing and content distribution.

Dillard's Sets $500 Million Buyback

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Dillard’s unveiled a $500 million stock buyback program Friday, a day after an activist investor began pushing for change at the department-store operator.

Targeted Ads? TV Can Do That

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TV networks and marketers are harnessing new “Big Data” tools to target ads by matching viewers of niche shows with their shopping preferences, making the television ad landscape more like the online one.

Canadian Miner Nevsun Calls Allegations `Unfounded`

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Canadian mining company Nevsun Resources Ltd. said Friday that it would defend itself against a lawsuit filed in a British Columbia court, calling the human-rights allegations against it and an African subcontractor “unfounded.”

Canadian Railroads Look to Manage Congestion

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Canadian railroads have reduced the number of railcar orders farmers will be able to place this crop season in a bid to manage rail congestion.

EU Reviews Aviation Policy

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The European Union’s executive arm has begun a review of aviation policy that could trigger changes in everything from consumer-rights protection to airline-ownership rules.

Sotheby's CEO to Step Down

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Sotheby’s CEO William F. Ruprecht is leaving, months after hedge-fund activist Dan Loeb and several others joined the auction house’s board.

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