Where Search Stumbles

Locating a business inside your zip code can still baffle big-name search engines. Check out alternative Web sites to surf to nearby needs

Searching the Web, I can find the text of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales in Middle English or the definition of an elliptic curve. But can I find a nearby supermarket or pharmacy open at 2 a.m.? Clever as search tools are at ferreting out the obscure and global, they tend to fall down badly at the mundane and the local, despite major investments by search providers.

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