writes "'Google's goal is to connect searchers with the information they need whether it's halfway around the world or in their neighborhood,' said company co-founder Sergey Brin, as Google is unveiling its location-based search tool local.google.com.
This is going heads on with Yahoo, as it put its SmartView content on its maps."
Phoe6 also points to this AP story carried by the Houston Chronicle
about "Verizon Communications' SuperPages.com, overhauled to deliver more useful local results."
Google's service seems to work pretty well -- I've just located a few coffee shops with free wireless within easy walking distance. Update: 03/17 18:33 GMT
: Here's a no-reg link to the same AP story