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Around the Web 2.23.09: Gawker folds Defamer, poor sports attack Xbox Live, sob stories fill Craigslist

February 23, 2009 |  9:17 am

-- The unintentional poetry of a recession: Craigslist ads tell sad stories of jobs lost and belts tightened. Grandma's wedding china for sale, cheapLAT

Spraying miracle water at the Sheraton Delfina
Housekeeper Marina Ortiz sprays the liquid known as miracle water on a desk at the Sheraton Delfina in Santa Monica. Credit: Ken Hively / Los Angeles Times.

-- Microsoft to laid-off workers: Oops, we overpaid your severance and need that money back. TechCrunch

-- Lose at Street Fighter IV? Cripple your opponent's Xbox Live connection! Ars Technica

-- Across the world, a handy concoction of salt and tap water whose ions have been scrambled by an electrical current has become known as the miracle liquid. LAT

-- A national campaign is in the works to teach kids the three Cs of Internet safety: cyberethics, cybersafety and cybersecurity. USA Today

-- The Yahoo media group in Santa Monica may get its management reorg even sooner than the rest of the company. BoomTown

-- Seven ways to improve your laptop's battery life. TechRadar

-- What is all this texting doing to teenagers' attention spans, social lives, writing abilities and family connections? Textually

-- Nick Denton picked Oscars day to announce he was folding Defamer, the L.A.-based gossip site, into Gawker. Deadline Hollywood Daily

-- For Web surfers, the Google habit is tough to break. Antitrust regulators are paying attention. NYT

-- Netscape founder Marc Andreessen and longtime business partner Ben Horowitz launched a venture fund.

-- Chris Gaither