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AOL opened up for testing a new local search service, finally adding a component to its search engine that many competitors have had for years.
AOL Local, for now a beta service, lets users find business listings from a specific area, such as a street address, city, state or ZIP code. The service will return a list of businesses, along with a map indicating where each one is located. Users can also obtain driving directions, AOL said Tuesday.
AOL Local has a "powered by MapQuest" tag in its logo, indicating the maps come from this sister AOL property. However, it's not clear whether AOL Local is also tapping other related services like Yellow Pages and City Guide. The service seems to be limited for now to the U.S. AOL didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.
AOL announced the beta launch of its local search engine at the official [beta.aol.com...]
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