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Google plans to release the first three-dimensional maps for several cities by the end of the year, the company said at a news conference at its San Francisco offices on Wednesday. Google declined to name the cities, but it showed a demonstration of a 3D map of San Francisco, in which a user can navigate around an aerial view of the city. (Google.com)
Google plans to release the first three-dimensional maps for several cities by the end of the year, the company said at a news conference at its San Francisco offices on Wednesday. Google declined to name the cities, but it showed a demonstration of a 3D map of San Francisco, in which a user can navigate around an aerial view of the city. (Google.com)

Google buys Frommer’s travel guidebook business Add to ...

Google Inc. is buying the Frommer’s travel guidebooks, the Web search giant’s latest move to amass a trove of content that could help its push into the local commerce market.

The deal, which was announced on Monday morning by Frommer’s owner John Wiley & Sons Inc. comes nearly a year after Google announced plans to acquire the popular Zagat guidebooks, which offer reviews of restaurants, hotels and nightclubs in cities around the world.

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Google and Wiley & Sons did not announce financial terms for the Frommer’s deal.

“The Frommer’s team and the quality and scope of their content will be a great addition to the Zagat team. We can’t wait to start working with them on our goal to provide a review for every relevant place in the world,” Google said in a statement.

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