The Local Focus of Yahoo!
The Yahoo! Local Blog announced a new feature which empowers users to add their favorite new local business, alert others when an old favorite has clsoed and add or change business info quickly. Fill out a short form and within 24 hours the information will be available on Yahoo! Local for everyone to see. It's important for local businesses to routinely check their local listings from now on as open systems such as these (the system does have editorial and user oversight however) are prone to abuse. This clearly shows Yahoo!'s focus on the local market, especially with the recent announcement that search (and advertising) listings will be available through GPS provider Dash Navigations' devices to let users search for services or businesses from their cars.