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Great Depression 2.0

If we're heading for another depression, it will look a lot different this time around thanks to Apple, Google, and the Internet. Here's a few predictions of what we'll see.
If we're heading for another depression, it will look a lot different this time around thanks to Apple, Google, and the Internet. Here's a few predictions of what we'll see.The iHobo: Apple's latest must-have gadget is the iHobo, a two-foot long bindle that supports up to 50 pounds of your worldly possessions in a bandana or sack tied at one end.

Steve Jobs unveiled the iHobo at the MacWorld Expo, which was held inside a refrigerator box on the sidewalk in front of the Moscone Center. Jobs spoke in front of an adoring group of unemployed tech journalists, bloggers, and winos. In his address, Jobs noted the iHobo also can be used to defend yourself from railroad bulls when they come to toss you off a freight car.

Microsoft's competing bindle, code-named "Milan," has run into development snags and isn't expected until 2012.

Soup Kitchen Mashups: Combine Google Maps and a Salvation Army database to find the soup kitchen or bread line nearest you. Don't forget to download the widget for your iPhone that alerts you when your favorite soup is on the menu. Sweet -- today is chicken noodle!

Migrant Twitters: Sign on for the tweets of T. Joad, a Web developer fleeing the startup dust bowl in SoMa. Track his progress as he heads to Alaska in search of employment on an oil pipeline. Here's a few samples.

Just traded my BlackBerry to some guy for a box of apples. Sucker! 12:26 pm Jan 15th Do you think the guys on the pipeline will be into Battlestar Galactica? Hope they have Blu-Ray up there. 1:14 a.m. Jan 15th

If you're not going to eat that, I will. 10:30 pm Jan 14th

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