Changes to how Google Maps appear in search results

Im not sure whether Google are testing out a new way to display Google Maps in the main search results or if it is a permanent change. In the past for certain searches, a massive map would be displayed below the top 3  ppc ads meaning that even if you were in first position you were still being shown at the bottom of the browser page.

When checking some results today I noticed that the map seems to have been moved to the right hand side of the screen and now hovers and moves as you scroll down the results. One strange result of this is that it now covers up some of the PPC results which is surely going to anger some people!

People who are appearing on the maps and also have a top 10 listing,  now have a red marker next to their listing indicating where they are on the map.

Is anyone seeing this new way of displaying the Google Maps or is it just us?

The new way Google seems to be showing the Google Map

The new way Google seems to be showing the Google Map

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