Gary Price blogged about New Web Engine From China Now Online. iAsk, SINA Corporation "self-developed algorithmic search engine", is using that dock effect that Apple has created. Gary also notes the name is a bit too similar to Ask, for a search engine.
Here is the dock effect being used at iAsk:
Here is what Apple's looks like:
And the old Google X:
For fun, I posted a thread about this at Search Engine Watch Forums.