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Soon You Can Use Your Smartphone to Hail a Taxi

Yellow Taxi cab, Manhattan, New York City, USA.

The road to electronically hailed taxis has not been smooth, with the apps that call cabs first being blocked by the Taxi and Limousine Commission, then being green-lit, then being held up again by a lawsuit from livery cab owners who say they violate the city's ban on prearranged rides in yellow cabs. On Tuesday, the judge in that case lifted a restraining order on the apps, saying they weren't comparable to the situation that led to the ban. The upshot: You'll soon be able to hail a taxi from inside the bar. Welcome to the future.

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