Stefanie Olsen writes about the new Yahoo! and Ask Jeeves local products.
Yahoo! Launches Yahoo! Local
Yahoo! still has an ongoing relationship with CitySearch but will be using Yahoo! data to power this beta release. If it does well enough Yahoo! may replace Yahoo! Get Local with the new Yahoo! Local product.
CitySearch Finds Ask Jeeves
Ask Jeeves just announced a partnership with CitySearch for the new Ask Jeeves city guide product.
Ask Jeeves on Monday also added a new feature to its results for queries on cities, called a city guide unit, which displays local information such as weather on metropolitan areas. The company also introduced a service that lets people call up local maps and driving directions. Ask Jeeves' upcoming service will complement its "Smart Search" feature by letting people retrieve a box of information on locally relevant search queries, such as "Manhattan Thai restaurants" that would include address information for a business and user reviews or ratings.
Ask Jeeves signed an exclusive multiyear deal with CitySearch and intends to start serving the CityGuide ads in September.
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