Roundup: New internet, new Facebook Pages, new TechStars office and more

Here’s the latest action from over a long weekend:

TechStars opens up a Boston operation — The Boulder, Co.-based company provides mentorship and a small amount of funding to early-stage companies.

Facebook working on new Pages for advertisers — The redesigned feature will mimic the user profile redesign implemented last year. It will include a tabbed interface for wall posts, a photos tab, an info tab for static information and a boxes tab for third-party applications. InsideFacebook has an early look here.Half of charges against The Pirate Bay dropped – The well-known site for sharing sometimes-copyrighted music and videos is in court in its home country of Sweden, but prosecutors seem to have trouble making their case against it.

Mobile internet traffic growth expected to be recession-proof — More than 100 million mobile internet users in Western Europe and the United States expect to do more browsing from their phones in the next two years, according to a recent Nielsen study. Another 50 million or so people who don’t use the mobile web also expect to start “shortly,” the study found.

“Do we need a new internet?” — Leading tech journalist John Markoff takes a deep dive into security issues, and other problems of the present-day internet and ponders ways of building a better version from the ground up. Not every technologist agrees on the solution.

Sun cofounder Bill Joy talks up cleantech’s potential — More from the Kleiner Perkins partner here.

A new age for a gaming empire? — Ensemble Studios generated $1 billion in revenue from its Age of Empires strategy game trilogy and then made Halo Wars as its swan song. But Microsoft shut it down, anyway. Now the studio’s founders have set up a new game development studio. More here.

How Google kills its own products — According to a New York Times story, here are some reasons products like Jaiku and Dodgeball were recently axed: “They were not especially popular with customers; they had difficulty attracting Google employees to develop them; they didn’t solve a big enough problem; or they failed to achieve internal performance targets known as “objectives and key results.”

Job cuts have been adding up in Silicon Valley — The region experienced negative job growth in 2008 for the first time in years.

Social bookmarking site Ma.gnolia‘s creator looks back on what not to do — The site recently lost all of its users’ data and has basically gone offline (at least for the time being). Here’s a video of founder Larry Halff talking with Chris Messina about lessons learned.


Citizen Garden Episode 11: Whither Ma.gnolia? from Larry Halff on Vimeo.