Is Google Places Search Permanently Closed?

Google has removed the link to Places search. The link, which had been located in Google’s “More” drop-down menu option, is no longer there, meaning local businesses can only be found via search (paid or organic), Google+ Local, or Google Maps.

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http://searchenginewatch.com/article/2266202/Is-Google-Places-Search-Permanently-Closed