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Some of the Internet's biggest retail players are setting their sights on the flourishing business of local services. Google is reportedly interested in buying local coupon site Groupon for as much as $6 billion and Amazon.com is planning to invest $175 million in online coupon company LivingSocial, a Groupon competitor. eBay is buying Milo.com, which lets users see if items they seek are available on local store shelves. Needless to say, local-services sites and offerings are HOT. Colin Gillis, an analyst with BGC Partners said, "It's local mania." As Jeremy Liew, managing director at Lightspeed,... Read more...
Google knows where you live (approximately) and it's not afraid to use that knowledge in your search results.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... Read more...