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Cab drivers irate as ban against livery app reversed

A mobile app that has brought luxury car service to the masses is stirring a technology-driven battle between the area’s cabbies and hired drivers of those livery sedans.

With a few taps of an app called Uber, users can summon a hired car without needing to find a taxicab. It’s not a bargain — Uber rides cost about 50 percent more than a cab — but the service is catching on in cities across the country, including Boston, New York, and San Francisco.

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