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Mashup: According to Wikipedia, a mashup is “a web application that combines data or functionality from two or more sources into a single integrated application.”  Toted as adding web 2.0 functionality to traditional portals, the recent hype over this tool is attributed to the ease in which ordinary users can produce tailored applications through the use of mashup editors such as Microsoft Popfly, Google Mashup Editor, or Yahoo! Pipes.  Mashups can serve a variety of purposes, combining data from various APIs (application programming interfaces) for commercial or simply informative reasons and often combining data geographically to create a visual, mapped representation.  This is the case when one maps their personal Flickr account to a Google Maps overlay, showing the location where each shot was taken.   Examples of interesting mashups can be found at:


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