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Yahoo! Announces New ‘Local & Social Search’ Features

At Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco, Yahoo! unveiled a range of new local and social products focused on personalizing your Web experience.

  • Yahoo’s launching “Local Offers” program with over dozen partners to provide a wide selection of local deals, coupons, and other offers — from nearby spas, restaurants and other local retailers in the U.S.. Launch partners include Groupon, LivingSocial, Gilt City, BloomSpot, BuyWithMe, DealOn, Zozi, CrowdSavings, Lifebooker, FreshGuide, Scoop St, Goldstar, HomeRun, Tippr, Coupons.com, and Valpak, with more partners to come.
  • Local Search Enhancements — Locally relevant “Quick Apps” will empower people to find restaurants they want and take action on things they discover in a more productive Yahoo! Search.

    Apps launching later this week include a new and improved Yahoo! Sketch-a-Search for visually zeroing in on a street or neighborhood to find local restaurants — now available across connected devices, including PCs, iPhones, and iPads. Other new apps will enable easy comparisons of local restaurants and let people make reservations through OpenTable right on the Yahoo! Search results page.

    This video offers a sneak peek at these new Quick Apps in action:

    Here’re full features:


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