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Commission shoots down taxi app in New York City

NEW YORK -- In New York, you still must hail a taxi the old-fashioned way, by raising your arm, no smartphone apps allowed.

A startup called Uber seeking to launch a service allowing New Yorkers to summon a cab with their smartphones got shot down this week by the city's Taxi & Limousine Commission.

The taxi regulator said in a statement Thursday “that it has NOT authorized any electronic hailing or payment applications (apps) for use in New York City taxicabs.”

The commission said there were other problems with the plan by Uber, which has its own pricing scheme which differs from the city's meter rates.

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