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Google My Business Adds New ‘Family-led’ Attribute, Tests Future Opening Date in Local Panel

Google My Business local listing now shows searchers when a new store will be opening, and adds a new attribute ‘family-led’.

Add Multiple Owners and Manager to Google My Business Listing

Owners of listings can invite additional multiple users to own or manage a Google My Business listing.

Rated Business with Google Places Now Highlighted on Google Maps with Corresponding Rating

Google MapsGoogle MapsMy Places tab in Google Maps that made you able to view all the places you’ve rated in one manageable list is now being used to personalize your view of Google Maps, enabling you to visualize all the various places you’ve visited, loved, loathed, and might want to check out right on the …

Google Updates Places Reporting Abuse Vulnerability

Remember the community reporting system for Google Places, which recently came under fire due to potential vulnerabilities that allowed users to inaccurately label businesses as being “permanently closed,” Google promised to bring the changes.

Google on September 14, quitely introduced its solution. Now, Google will label businesses as closed only if …

Google Places “Report a Problem” Label Expolited By Spammers

New York Times’ in a blog post highlighted how easy it is for local business owners to become victims cyberspammers reporting a business as closed. “On Google Places, Coffee Rules Lounge was listed for a few days as “permanently closed” on Google Maps. During that time, anyone searching for a latte on a smartphone, for …

Google Maps 5.8 for Android: Adds ‘Photo Uploads, My Places, Descriptive Terms’ and More!

Google Maps 5.8 for Android released today on July 27, improves Places and Latitude. To start using Google Maps 5.8 for Android, download the update from Android Market. This update requires an Android OS 2.1+ device and can be used anywhere Google Maps is currently available. with:

Photo upload for …

AdWords Express Launches to Help Local Businesses Create Effective Campaigns in Just 5 Minutes

AdWords Express, intoduced on July 25, is a faster and simpler way to start advertising online in just under five minutes.

AdWords Express, introduced at Google Boost last October, is “designed to help local businesses that aren’t already AdWords advertisers create effective campaigns. It helps potential customers find your website or Place page, …

Google Offers Beta in New York City and the Bay Area Launches

On June 15, Google Offers beta was launhced in Portland, starting todya, Google begin offering the deals in the Big Apple and the Bay Area. Subscribers who sign up here, or via the new “Today’s Offer” tab in Google Shopper 2.0 for Android will start receiving emails with local …

MapQuest Local Business Center Launched in the U.S.

MapQuest today launched the beat of the “MapQuest Local Business Center” tool to help businesses create or edit their free business listing on MapQuest, and also gives them the opportunity to enhance their listing on eight sites across a partner network.

It also provides additional marketing opportunities to help bring in more customers …

Google Places Test New Branded Onebox Display

Another day another change Google tweaks the presentation of local search results on Google.com. Mike Blumenthal reports that Google has changed the branded Onebox display to now include the image from the Places page and placing the map to the far right.

He specifically caught two different presentations of the Places “Onebox,” which …

Give Your Favorite Business on Google Places the ‘Best Ever Medal’ [Video]

Google Places, give you the opportunity to rate the places most beloved to you as “Best Evers.” Today, Professor Emoji in the video below will share with you all the simple ways to use one of his favorite Google Places features, the Best Ever medal:

[Source: Google Places] …

Facebook Places to Gets ‘Recommend This Place, Community Edits’ Features

Facebook “Places and check-ins” was launched in August 2010 — alomst a year later, Facebook is now planning on bringing a few new features to their Places product.

With Recommend This Place, Pages with Places functionality have been given powerful new viral channel. This’ll operate much like the “Suggest …

Google Adds ‘Offer Ads’ to Google Offers Beta Service

Google recently begin early testing of “Offer Ads,” that allow business owners to provide coupons directly from the Google SERP.

“Offer Ads is an experimental feature being offered to local business owners participating in the Google Offers beta service. While Google Offers is a daily deal service (much akin …

Bing for Mobile: Gets ‘Share on Facebook,Maps/List Split View’ and More!, Now Available in the U.K.

Bing for Mobile Browse today received updated, which’re available on devices that support HTML5 capable browsers including iPhone, Android and RIM devices. In addition, non-touch RIM devices supporting RIM OS 6.0 and higher can now enjoy an enhanced rich browse experience. The screen includes cursor based navigation and all touch gestures have a corresponding non-touch …