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Taxi fleet in Boston sues over app that hails rides

In an age when consumers can use a smartphone to buy anything from groceries to airline tickets, something as routine as hailing a cab or private car service is proving deeply controversial.

The operators of one of Boston's largest cab companies are suing the smartphone app maker Uber Technologies Inc., which lets users request a taxi or livery service. The traditional cabbies contend the start-up is running an unlicensed car service and ignoring virtually all of the government rules that have been in place for years.

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