Google is developing Flipper, a new reader for Google News that visually displays results.
From the beta screen-grabs assembled at Techcrunch, it's an obvious step up from the plain-text results on Google News. Search can be conducted by words, phrases, most-popular and recommended, so there is greater flexibility.
The implications could be significant for the news business, in that Flipper is bound to make more attractive the results of search. The search flexibility yields some interesting pages, so in the hands of news consumers, Flipper might be very handy.