Dymero - 8:32 pm on Oct 19, 2012 (gmt 0)
The top menu doesn't always carry the term over to the vertical. So, if you go to News there, it won't carry your term. You have to use the "News" option in the second menu.
I agree, though, it does look very strange. One thing I notice is that the weird gap on the left looks about the same width as the Google+ left menu. I wonder if they intend on moving the main menu there, in order to bring the layouts even more in line between products.