TypicalSurfer - 9:41 pm on Nov 8, 2012 (gmt 0)
The demise of once a great search engine.
By their own admission they are no longer a search engine, it is all about the "knowledge graph" and monetizing queries, they'll show you what they think is best, no external web sites necessary.
But back on OT, I suppose the new layout is cool in an AOL kinda way. Some folks probably like the console aspect of the thing.