Google paying people to colect local data. They’ve launched a program called <a title=”Get paid from Google” href=”http://www.google.com/services/local-business-referrals/index.html” target=”_blank”>Google Local Business Referrals</a>.
“(Google) paying independent contractors, called business referral representatives, to visit local businesses to collect information about them — including their addresses, hours of operation and the types of payment they accept — so it can be added to Google Maps. While at the businesses, the representatives also will tell the companies about Google Maps and the AdWords advertising program. Google said it will pay up to $10 for each referral that it approves and verifies”