Yahoo Redraws Online Maps
Yahoo unveils a redesign of its map services, an upgrade that includes several Google-like features.Yahoo Inc. has upgraded its online mapping and driving directions service by borrowing two key features made popular by rival Google Inc. The most noticeable improvements are how the site displays new maps without having to download another Web page, and the maps themselves now list local retailers, plus contact information and customer reviews. Both improvements are already an integral part of Mountain View, Calif.-based Googles online mapping.
Yahoos latest release, first available Wednesday night, is part of the tit-for-tat battle between Internet giants over online mapping, one of the most popular Internet features. In October, Google followed Yahoos lead by introducing a new online mapping service that combines elements of mapping with local search engines that connect consumers with nearby retailers or service providers.