Fwix is a local search website that uses Google Maps to help present local search results from blogs, news sites, and social media sites.
To search Fwix users simply enter a search term and a location. The results are then shown in list form and on a Google Map. Each result displayed is clearly labelled as 'News', 'Events', 'Reviews', 'Photos' or 'Updates'. If you wish to refine the location of your results the map comes with a simple tool to reposition your search radius and to change its size (if you like the tool - this tutorial explains how to create your own).
Fwix is available for the iPhone and also has an API that allows developers to incorporate local information into their web and mobile websites.