Many have been blogging about screenshots (first discovered by Garrett Rogers) that reveal the likely replacement for Froogle, which was pulled from the links above the Google search box, is a more product-savvy Google itself.
Froogle may survive as a vertical, but it appears that Google will offer more “one box” data on products directly in Google search results. Map view (described in the various posts) is about local inventory information. This will soon be a critical component of any shopping engine that wants to be really competitive. See my post on NearbyNow.