This is by far the coolest thing I’ve seen in a while: newsmap. It attempts to organize the Google News headlines visually, in two ways: using color to indicate the category (sports, religion, etc) and freshness of the story, and size to indicate the number of related stories. The result is a series of visually stunning bands of color that give you a quick guide to what’s popular in the news. Also cool, you can select the categories that you want to see (don’t like sports? turn it off! but then you wouldn’t get the lastest on Nomar’s defection to the Cubs…) as well as the country of origin for the news (France, Australia, Germany, India, etc.) I’m really impressed, and I think it will be more useful to me than scanning down the text of the Google News page.