A DMNews.com story: Site Offers U.S. Business Search in Foreign Languages, takes a look at a new service named Tyloon.com (beta), that allows users to search more than 15 million U.S. business listings in English as well as Spanish and Chinese. The article notes that the Tyloon.com database will soon be searchable in French, Japanese, and German.
Tyloon founder Barry Su said it is the only service allowing the search in other languages in one step. It serves the growth of the Spanish-speaking and Chinese populations in the United States, he said, and lets individuals from other countries search for U.S. businesses. Nearly 25 percent of the U.S. population speaks Spanish or Chinese, according to Su, as do 1.6 billion people worldwide.
Listings can be keyword searched or browsed by category. Google paid listings are visible on all pages. Individual listings contain name, address, telephone number, along with maps and driving directions (powered by Google). To switch languages, look for the hyperlinks in the upper right corner of every page.
Documentation on the Tyloon site says that they have applied for two U.S. patents since May 2005 and one of them is also registered internationally. The site also says the company has plans to, "build a similar system on Chinese and Canadian data."