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Google Squared, the new search tool from Google Labs, puts search results into a convenient spreadsheet format designed to help you get the basic facts about whatever you're searching for without clicking through to too many different websites. Search for "horror films," for example, and you'll get a list of movies with info like Author, Director, Cast, and Running Time. It's a great layout that's easy to read at a glance, but the results still need a lot of work.

I tried a search that I thought was right up Google Squared's alley: "linux music player," and the results were pretty weird:

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But it does have a lot of potential. Check out some terms like "roller coasters" and "U.S. Presidents" to see some nice glimmers of potential. The ability to customize your own square when no results are returned will also probably lead to much better results.