Google has implemented real-time search this week, integrating information from Twitter, Facebook and MySpace into its search results. Following in its competitor’s footsteps, Yahoo has also announced that it is launching its own version of real-time search with Twitter integration, but the method used differs to that of Google.

Formerly available as developer previews, Chrome for Mac and Linux have progressed to beta, yet extensions remain compatible with Windows and Linux versions only. For a demo of Chrome for Mac, see this video.

A new and improved Google Web Toolkit (version 2.0) has been released. New features in the package include, Speed Tracer, a Chrome extension for diagnosing performance glitches in your apps; Code-splitter, a tool that divides an app’s code so that only the most important parts need to be downloaded straight away; and UiBinder, for keeping design and logic of apps separate so the two can be updated independently.

After being accused of using GPL code in its Windows 7 download tool for netbooks, Microsoft has republished it under the GPL v2 licence. The software titan is also licensing its Extended File Allocation Table (exFAT) format, suitable for large USB flash drives.

WebGL, the emerging standard for 3D on the web has reached the draft stage. Its founders, the Khronos Group and Mozilla, are inviting developers to provide feedback.

In feature articles this week, we look at the 10 Linux features Windows should have by default and why assertiveness is not bad.

In this video, we take a look at the top five stories that shaped 2009.

–Posted by Lana Kovacevic