Google Places (GOOG) has been slapping a "this location is permanently closed" label on...

|By:, SA News Editor

Google Places (GOOG) has been slapping a "this location is permanently closed" label on several small businesses that actually have been continuously open for business, NYT reports, and the error can stay up for hours or even weeks. What's more, the site makes it easy for a business to sabotage a competitor - just a few reports that a firm has closed, and it's as good as dead.