Over the past few weeks, Web marketers concentrating in the local space have been bemoaning the slow rate at which it takes Google Places to update description data as well as several other system bugs such as the service reporting it does not support certain locations.
Corrective measures have apparently been taken however, as Google announced a new update cycle which should result in updated data appearing in a few days and photos and videosabout a week according to this forum post.
Google indicated that newly verified listings (including bulk updates) will take a few days, as will updated attributes such as business titles, address, website URLs, pin marker moves, categories and descriptions. Local Web marketers will continue to see several week delays for more significant issues such as merging and duplicate listings.
Do note that if you are waiting for a listing to go live after you make a claim, Google’s system will indicate it does not support the location during the waiting period.