londrum - 9:52 am on Sep 26, 2009 (gmt 0)
...if it's a threat to anyone, it's a threat to those template-based directory sites that have a name and address on a page of AdSense ads with very little else
google's place pages aren't a lot different.
what do they have? a name and address and some snippets scrapped from other places. bits and pieces of reviews taken from other places. some images taken from other places. and some directory-like links to similar pages. and a load of ads.
google aren't providing any content of their own. they are just taking it from other people, watering it down, and making money off it with their own ads.