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    IBM  is giving Watson, its artificial intelligence computing system, a big boost with the acquisition of a company that will allow more developers to access Watson's technology. The technology giant announced Wednesday it's acquiring Denver-based AlchemyAPI for an undisclosed amount, bringing in the contributions of 40,000 developers who have worked with AlchemyAPI.

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    * Government source says issue discussed at "highest level" * RWE finalised $5.7 billion deal on Monday. By Andrew Osborn and William James. Britain on Wednesday told Russian oligarch Mikhail Fridman he had seven days to explain why he should be allowed to retain ownership of newly acquired oil and gas fields in the North Sea or face being forced to sell them.

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    Qatar Airways would like to raise its stake in the owner of British Airways and Iberia at some point and may invest in other well-run airlines, its chief executive said on Wednesday. Qatar Airways bought a 9.99 percent stake in International Consolidated Airlines Group in January, aiming to forge closer ties to a company with two major European hubs and strong transatlantic networks.

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    International Business Machines Corp (IBM) said on Wednesday it had acquired AlchemyAPI, a fast-growing startup selling software that collects and analyzes unstructured text and data in ways big enterprises, website publishers and advertisers find useful.

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    BEIJING-- Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. (BABA) is buying a $382 million stake in Chinese production company Beijing Enlight Media Co., furthering its push into show business. Enlight Media said in a filing on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange that it sold 2.4 billion yuan worth of shares to Hangzhou Ali Venture Capital Co., a subsidiary of Alibaba Group (BABA). It said it is selling another 400 million yuan of shares to Shanghai Enlight Investment Holdings Co., of which the chairman of Enlight Media is a...

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    The British government discussed the sale of German utility RWE's oil and gas production unit to Russian tycoon Mikhail Fridman at its National Security Council in recent weeks, a government source said on Wednesday. "It was discussed at the highest level, a sign of how seriously we take the matter," said the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

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    Chinese e-commerce titan Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (BABA) has invested 2.4 billion yuan in TV programme producer Beijing Enlight Media Co Ltd, Beijing Enlight said in a regulatory filing on Wednesday. The move follows investments by Alibaba (BABA) worth more than $3.1 billion in the entertainment industry last year as the company aggressively expands into film and entertainment content.

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    Swedish entertainment broadcasting group MTG is seeking a buyer for its 39 percent stake in Russia's CTC Media (CTCM), business daily Vedomosti reported on Wednesday. The move comes after Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law last year that limits foreign ownership of media companies to 20 percent.

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    The following corporate finance-related stories were reported by media: * Italy's Benetton family expects binding offers for its majority stake in the world's No. 2 duty free operator World Duty Free by mid-March, two sources close to the matter said on Tuesday.

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    The following are the top stories in the Wall Street Journal. * Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in a dramatic and highly public showdown with a U.S. president, told a joint session of Congress on Tuesday that an emerging diplomatic agreement with Iran would not only fail to stop Tehran from acquiring nuclear weapons, but virtually ensure it gets them.

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    The following corporate finance-related. * Italy's Benetton family expects binding offers for its majority stake in the world's No. 2 duty free operator World Duty Free by mid-March, two sources close to the matter said on Tuesday.

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    - Ride service Uber is buying mapping and search startup deCarta for an unspecified amount, technology website Mashable said on Tuesday, citing an Uber representative. Uber would buy deCarta's technology and talent through the deal, which closes later this week, Mashable reported.

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    Sahm Adrangi, founder of activist fund management firm Kerrisdale Capital, on Monday launched a campaign against Webster Financial (WBS), pressing the regional bank to spin off its health savings account unit. The insurgency at the $3 billion market capitalization company is likely to be a long one, potentially stretching into 2016 and perhaps culminating in a proxy fight.

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    It's tough to come out swinging with one hand tied behind your back. Glencore (GLCNF) is a company that would like to take advantage of opportunities created by the commodity price slump. Witness the trader-cum-miner's decision to scoop up trading inventory on the cheap in the second half of 2014: That should pay off this year but it pushed up inventories in its trading business, effectively a type of very short-term, liquid debt.

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    RIO DE JANEIRO, March 3 (Reuters) - The Brazilian real closed at its weakest level in more than 10 years on Tuesday on concern about the country's deteriorating economic fundamentals and uncertainty about the future of a central bank currency intervention program. The real has slid about 2 percent since the central bank signaled on Friday that it would reduce the rollover pace of expiring currency swaps, derivatives that provide investors with hedge against currency losses. The move added uncertainty about the future of the central bank's currency intervention program, which is scheduled to continue at least until the end of March. That leaves the real even more vulnerable to risks such as a sharp deterioration in economic fundamentals and the spillover of a growing corruption scandal at state-run oil company Petrobras. "Brazil's economic and political situation is creating a lot of uncertainty among local and foreign investors," said Joao Paulo de Gracia Correa, a trader with Correparti brokerage in Brazil. Petrobras' shares closed 2.1 percent higher, however, after the oil company more than doubled the amount of money it plans to raise through asset sales. A source with direct knowledge of Petrobras' plan told Reuters that the company will focus on selling minority stakes as it seeks to retain control of its oil fields, power plants and utilities. Petrobras' shares boosted Brazil's benchmark Bovespa index , which closed 0.6 percent higher. In the opposite direction, Mexico's IPC stock index dropped 0.6 percent in its third consecutive session of losses on investor caution ahead of key U.S. economic data later in the week. Key Latin American currencies and stock indexes at 2110 GMT Stock indexes daily % YTD % Latest change change MSCI Emerging 985.83 -0.25 3.34 Markets MSCI LatAm 2592.25 -0.86 -4.14 Brazil Bovespa 51304.1 0.56 2.59 Mexico IPC 43600.37 -0.64 1.05 Chile IPSA 3966.17 0.64 2.99 Chile IGPA 19297.1 0.57 2.26 Argentina MerVal 9682.109 1.11 12.86 Colombia IGBC 10129.6 -1.61 -12.94 Peru IGRA 13374.89 -0.34 -9.59 Venezuela IBC 3751.39 0.49 -2.78 Currencies daily % YTD % change change Latest Brazil real 2.9260 -1.09 -9.18 Mexico peso 14.9955 0.13 -1.68 Chile peso 617 -0.04 -1.72 Colombia peso 2553.4 -0.73 -6.48 Peru sol 3.091 0.06 -3.62 Argentina peso 8.7375 -0.06 -2.15 (interbank) Argentina peso 12.88 1.01 8.70 (parallel) (Reporting by Bruno Federowski and Walter Brandimarte; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)