Yahoo Expands Its Local Search Service

From Bloomberg News

Yahoo Inc. has expanded its local search service to include restaurant reviews by users and maps for specific neighborhoods.

The search-engine results include forums for users to find and share information about businesses and services in cities or neighborhoods. Local event listings and the results of the most popular searches for a specific area also are displayed, Yahoo said.

Yahoo, Google Inc. and Time Warner Inc.'s America Online are adding features that offer community information to draw users and advertisers. Google, the most-used search engine, and AOL have started local-search services for mobile phones.