Several weeks ago rumors started circulating that the Local Carousels were on their way out and would no longer be displayed for local search results. Today, the Local Carousel is gone when searching for hotels and restaurants on all of my browsers whether logged in or incognito. While this could be a test it could also portend a rollout of results in which local carousels are no longer displayed in local search results. A number of other recent developments have taken place that have, in affect, reduced the visual artifacts that have accumulated on the search results page in local. Get the full story at Understanding Google Places & Local Search