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Find people to meet on HotOrNot.com by browsing on a Google Map. Start in your zip code and browse the nearby areas.
Using mashups to reach new heights, or new lows, in security. Uses HotOrNot pictures to create a visual captcha system. Prove you are a human. 2nd place winner at Mashup Camp 2.
Browse world wide HotOrNot users on this Google Map. NOTE: as of March 30 2007 appears to be dead.
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