Uber launches taxi service in San Francisco after New York retreat

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Uber admitted just yesterday that it was dropping the taxi component of its service for New York residents due to regulatory disputes, but that’s not stopping the company from moving forward: it’s launching a similar service in San Francisco today. According to a post on the company’s blog, the San Francisco Uber Taxi will let customers hail cabs with their iOS or Android device, just as they currently do for the company’s other car services. The cost for a given ride will be generated from the meter in the taxi itself, with users paying a built-in 20-percent tip and a booking fee of one dollar in addition to the base fare. User’s credits cards are charged automatically through the app without any money changing hands in the taxi itself.

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