Wikinews Shorts: March 18, 2007
A compilation of brief news reports for Sunday, March 18, 2007.
Masked thieves steal 100 kg block of gold
On March 18 at about 12:45 p.m. three men stole a 100 kg block of gold valued at ¥200,000,000 and escaped in a car driven by a fourth man. The gold was taken from the Ohashi Collection Museum in the city of Takayama, Gifu Prefecture, Japan where it had been on exhibit.
- "展示館から２億円相当の金塊強奪、４人組逃走…岐阜" — , March 18, 2007
- ""2億円の金塊"強奪される！岐阜・高山市の鍾乳洞" — , March 18, 2007
- "金塊２億円分 ４人組が強奪" — , March 18, 2007
- "Thieves make off with gold block from Japan museum" — , March 18, 2007
Microsoft to pay companies to use Live Search
In an effort to boost its 6.76% share of the Internet search industry, Microsoft has offered money to companies to get them to switch to its Windows Live search engine. A new program called "Microsoft Service Credits for Web Search" allows companies to get paid for the searches that their employees run using Windows Live Search.
Companies, depending on how many searches their users run, can get paid $2 to $10 a year per computer and an addition $25,000 just for enrolling in the program. Larger companies have the potential to earn $100,000 to $200,000 per year through this program that can be used for anything they need. A browser helper object (BHO) will be used to track searches made through Windows Live Search on individual computers.
- Alex Zaharov-Reutt. "Official: Microsoft 'bribes' companies to use Live Search" — , March 19, 2007
- Juan Carlos Perez, IDG News Service. "Microsoft Offers Incentives to Businesses to Use Live Search" — , March 15, 2007
Chemical bomb attack kills eight and sickens hundreds in Iraq
Three different suicide bombers blew up trucks carrying chlorine in Anbar province in Iraq on Saturday, releasing noxious fumes that sickened about 350 civilians. Two Iraqi civilians and six U.S. troops were killed in the attacks.
- Christian Berthelsen and Tina Susman, Los Angeles Times. "Chemical attack sickens 350" — , March 18, 2007
- Kim Gamel. "Chemical Blast Sickens Hundreds In Iraq" — , March 17, 2007
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