Google search gets an update

Googles updates its search this week, Apple delays iPad launch in Australia, and more in this week's roundup

Google has added speed to its list of metrics when ranking websites in search results, by comparing response times between pages. The search giant also introduced another search function this week, letting users look up tweets on a topic at any given day in the past.

Those hoping to buy the Apple iPad later this month will have to wait a while longer. Due to high demand, Apple has postponed its launch of the product in countries other than US. Meanwhile, Telstra, Optus, Vodafone and 3 Mobile have all stated they'll be offering plans for iPad users.

Oddly enough, Opera has been successful in pushing its Opera Mini onto the iPhone, and according to our tests it does seem to be a lot faster than Safari.

Apple has made new progress with its WebKit engine, showing off a WebKit2 test version with a process separation feature to keep content separate from the interface and application logic. Google uses this practice with Chrome, but according to Apple, its code cannot be reused.

In other news, a vulnerability has been discovered in Java Web Start, Google has expressed concerns about the Australian internet filter to the US State Department, and Adobe has decided to charge Aussies an arm and a leg for the new Creative Suite 5.

In feature articles this week, we looked at how to balance personal and business usage of Facebook and what to expect in GNOME 3.

Posted by Lana Kovacevic