If you haven't been keeping an eye on Google labs then you have missed the new entry of Google 411. Simply call 1-800-GOOG-411 and get business directory listing for any city and state. I have tried it several times and it works fairly well. It free and doesn't even have any ads so it's hard to complain about it. It's all based on voice prompts and will even dial the number for you. (This means be careful if you're goofing around and looking up things like the White House.) Currently it just has business listings, but I hope that they will soon add listings for people. As far as I am aware this is Google's first step out of the computer world and into a seperate type of market. Atleast as far as I know everything else at Google you access with a computer. The arena makes complete sense for Google though since it is all about data and they have lots of it. Where I would really like to see Google go next is tv listings. It's all just data as well and with Zap2it not providing a free feed after Sept 1st it leaves a hole in the US market to be filled. GIve Google 411 a try and let me know what you think.
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