Google Goes Ultra-Local
The search engine/e-mail/aggregator giant announced on its blog that it's finished its "worldwide rollout of local search results on a map." Even if you don't type in a location with your search — i.e., "restaurants in Dallas" — Google will check out your IP address and guess where you live and customize your search results thusly.
For example, a search using just the word "bookstore" using the West Nyack, N.Y., ZIP code, gives you search results that start with this map:
You can also change the location and get results for wherever you're traveling to, or narrow the search results further.
Users can search for specific locations — addresses, stores — by putting in the exact name or address, such as: