April 07, 2009 at 18:40 PM EDT
Google's search goes local
Google Inc. rolled out a new way for users to search for content.
(IBTimes) -- 04/07/2009 --

Google Inc. rolled out a new way for users to search for content.

The search engine giant this week completed a worldwide launch of local search results in Maps. You can now type in a generic name such as "bank" or "pharmacy" without specifying a location, and Google will automatically return results in your area.

"How do we guess your location? In most cases, we match your IP address to a broad geographical location," Google engineers Jenn Taylor and Jim Muller wrote in a blog post.

"You can also specify your likely location using the 'Change location' link on the top-right corner, above the map."

Users can also type in a street address like 120 42nd Street, without specifying the city and Google results will show you results based on your location.

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