Google Trumps Yahoo with Neighborhood Maps Search

Google Maps now offers localized neighborhood searches, helping users find locations within informally defined city areas.

The upgrade to Google Maps, announced on the Google Maps and Earth blog, comes on the heels of Yahoo's upgrade to their mapping service. That upgrade offers driving directions in 34 European countries.

The Google upgrade allows users to perform searches such as "Italian restaurant, upper east side ny" and to searches simply by city name, if the name is unique.