Google Places pages have been entirely replaced by new Google+ Local pages. As of this morning roughly 80 million Google Place pages worldwide have been automatically converted into 80 million Google+ Local pages, according to Google’s Marissa Mayer. It’s a dramatic change (for the better) though it will undoubtedly disorient some users and business owners. Here’s a brief overview of what’s new and what’s changing: - The substitution of the new Google+ Local pages (as mentioned) for Google Places pages - The appearance of a “Local” tab within Google+ - The integration and free availability of Zagat reviews (its entire archive across categories) - The integration of Google+ Local pages across Google properties (search, Maps, mobile) - Integration of a circles filter to find reviews/recommendations from friends/family/colleagues Static Places now give way to more dynamic Google+ Local pages. Google’s star ratings are also being replaced by the Zagat 30-point rating scale (for user reviews as well). Get the full story at Search Engine Land, and Google Read also "Google+ Local replaces Google Places: What local businesses should know" at HubSpot, and "Zagat goes free with launch of Google+ Local" at paidcontent.org