06 Jun '12, 3pm

Google Planning New Small Business Service as Part of Local Revenue Push?

Just a few days ago, we reported that Google Places had been swallowed up by Google+ Local Pages , as the search giant continues expanding into new revenue sources. Social, local, and mobile are definitely their focus and it is even more evident in Google’s latest rumored project, a small business service. WSJ.com reports Google plans to have the project launch as early as July, citing “a person familiar with the matter.” At one point, they say, the service was called Business Builder and it will combine several internal and recently acquired products and services under one umbrella to draw small business users in – possibly including Google Offers , Google Wallet , Punchd , TalkBin , and AdWords Express . Local is fast becoming the Holy Grail for companies reliant on ad revenue and competition is stiff, with companies like Google and Facebook leading the charge. Facebook ...

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